Transport Scotland & Scots Seminar Theatre Programme

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Day One: Wednesday 13 November 2019


Opening Address: Transport Scotland


Keynote address: How SCOTS continues to provide best practice in delivering roads services

  • The major issues and challenges facing roads authorities
  • How SCOTS collaborates to meet these challenges
  • The potential for improvements to Transport Governance through the National Transport Strategy.

Stewart Turner, , SCOTS


Value of the Local Roads Network in Scotland

  • Scottish Roads Research Board provided funding to the Improvement Service and SCOTS (the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland) to undertake a study on the value of the local roads network in Scotland
  • The project involved consultation with a breadth of key stakeholders in Scotland as well as exploring existing relevant literature
  • It looked at how ‘value’ might be defined by building on traditional roads and transport oriented definitions to include wider assessments of economic and social impact
  • This session summarises the output from the research. It also introduces an emerging framework for assessing value linked to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and related policy objectives identified at a local level throughout Scotland.

Derek Stewart, , Community Models


Brine and increased brine share pre-wetted salt trials in Scotland – Trial overview and next steps

  • Overview of 4-year programme of live trials on the Scottish trunk road network
  • Comparison of the performance of brine only with pre-wetted salt with different brine percentages
  • Suitability of different treatment methods for different routes

Matt Evans, Senior Researcher, TRL


Evaluation of the Friction After Polishing (FAP) Test for Skid Performance Classification

  • Why the need for research in this area
  • Testing the methodology for using a new European Standard test method called Friction After Polishing (FAP) to classify the level of skid resistance that will be achieved with specific road surfacing materials.
  • Working towards creating a more effective and efficient approach to road surface skid resistance specification

Alan Ferguson, Materials Advisor, Transport Scotland


Automated data capture to improve road pavement construction

  • Why we need to automate pavement data capture
  • How technology is driving change
  • The development of new specifications to include in future contracts issued by Transport Scotland

Michael Gordon, Technical Director, WSP


Future proofing the Scottish network - Panel Discussion


Leading with Data

  • How data is revolutionising asset management
  • What are the main benefits and how it helping authorities make better decisions
  • The use of artificial intelligence-the advantages

Steve Birdsall , Chief Executive, Gaist Solutions


Future ready highways

  • From climate change to new technologies
  • Finding solutions to today’s challenges
  • Future proofing the network-how others are taking action

David Symons, Future Ready Leader, WSP


Close of day one

Please take time to visit the exhibitions, grab some lunch and refreshments and network with your peers.

Day Two: Thursday 14 November 2019


Delivering Safer Roads-an update

Speaker from Transport Scotland TBA


Cycle by Design

Speaker TBA


Improving lives through innovation

  • Innovative waterjet cutter – The injured veterans are not just given menial jobs at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company but instead are at the cutting edge of manufacturing. This allows them to utilise transferable Forces skills retrain in the use of modernised industry machinery, giving them the further expertise needed to make more attractive prospects for future employers – all whilst producing first-rate products at low cost.
  • Circular economy – Recently developed through a partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is undertaking a project which will see our veterans engage in the circular economy manufacturing of road and rail signage. This first-of-its-kind project will allow our factory to extract maximum value from the product – reducing waste, cost and the environmental impact of production and consumption in the process.
  • Innovative approach to learning and development – All organisations recognise the importance of up-skilling their staff. Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company have taken this one step further however, developing an in-house learning and development suite, which will offer bespoke training schemes, tailored specifically to take into account any challenges our beneficiaries may face as the result of a difficult transition from the Armed Forces.
  • Flexible opportunities –The injured veterans who found their next step in life at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company have wide-ranging and often complex needs. Offering totally flexible working opportunities at SBMC to our team allows us to help alleviate any potential daily stressors whilst ensuring our beneficiaries reap the maximum rewards of employment.

Michelle Ferguson, Director, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

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