Preliminary Programme 2022

Please find below details of the Preliminary Programme for 2022... and return regularly for any updates as the sessions and speakers are finalised.

Wednesday 25 May 2022

08:30-09:30

Registration & Exhibition networking

09:30-10:00

The view from the DfT

The new head of local resilience at the Department for Transport gives an update on the government’s approach to climate adaptation, mitigation and protection. 

Matt Eglinton, Head of Local Highways Maintenance, Innovation, and Resilience, Department for Transport

10:00-10:30

NWSRG: A new code and a new offer for the new climate

Having released the long-awaited update to the winter guide, the new chair of the NWSRG provides a vital update on the organisation’s latest work and offer to the sector.

Richard Stacey, Chair, National Winter Service Research Group

10:30-11:00

The strategic approach to winter

Cutting edge insights from the strategic road operator, including the latest weather and data analysis. 

David Batchelor, Project Manager, National Highways

11:00-11:45

Refreshments & Exhibition networking

11:45-12:15

Decarbonisation and the circular economy

An expert view on research into mitigating climate change and tackling extreme weather through long-term action to reduce carbon.

Helen Bailey, Managing Director, The Driven Company Associates Limited

12:15-12:45

Using vehicle data to inform winter service

A local case study using a groundbreaking innovation: the use of in-vehicle data to inform our understanding of winter service and route treatments.

Kiley Cudworth, Senior Asset Management Technician for Highways, Derby City Council

12:45-14:00

Lunch & Exhibition networking

14:00-17:00

For the first time, Cold Comfort brings you a full afternoon workshop from the NWSRG

Curated by the NWSRG, this afternoon session will provide knowledge, training and analysis from the heart of the winter service sector. 

Thursday 26 May 2022

08:30-09:30

Registration & Exhibition networking

09:30-10:00

The first results from Stormchain: Highway Asset Rapid Impact Assessment (RIA)

Insights and evaluations from the first trials of a game-changing new system for impact assessments from extreme weather and other major incidents hitting the network.

Speakers :
Hugh Deeming, Resilience Expert and Government Adviser , John Lamb, Director of Environmental Services, Oldham Council, Local Government Technical Advisers Group

10:00-10:30

Local and regional flooding resilience

As part of the new Climate UK agenda, a senior manager in the Environment Agency brings you insights from a career spent in flood management and resilience. 

David Throup, Area Manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Environment Agency

10:30-11:00

Winter resilience and parking

Winter service doesn’t just mean the road itself: An expert guide from the British Parking Association on making sure your car parks are protected.

Graeme Middleton, , British Parking Association

11:00-11:45

Refreshments & Exhibition networking

11:45-12:15

Making the switch

Advice and evidence on how to prepare gritter fleets for the switch to battery power.

Phil Moon, Marketing Manager, DAF Trucks

12:15-12:45

Winter service world tour

Insights from a trip halfway around the world and back, investigating the different approaches to winter service in different nations.

Marc Corbin, Highways Key Route Network Manager, Transport for West Midlands

12:45-14:00

Lunch & Exhibition networking

14:00–14:30

Connected roads: road sensor networks and monitoring of environmental factors

Insights into environmental monitoring from the team that brought you the UK’s first 5G road sensor network, using cameras and emissions sensors at selected sites across a key route network (KRN).

Martin Thirlaway, Transport Project Manager, WM5G

14:30-16:00

TBC

The rest of the afternoon session are to be confirmed. Cold Comfort has issued a call for papers and is inviting input from potential sponsors as well as anyone with new research or innovations. 

 

Bonus material: Professor Alex Klein-Paste: ‘a video discussion on cutting edge winter resilience research with a world expert.