Meet the Finalists 2017

The Colas Presentation Award National Final for 2017 will be held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 hosted by CIHT at Britannia Walk. 

See the profiles below to find out a little about the finalists who will be representing their Region in the finals in November.

Philippa Ivens – CIHT Cymru Wales

  • Philippa Ivens – CIHT Cymru Wales

    Philippa Ivens – CIHT Cymru Wales

    Transport Consultant – Arup

    Philippa is a Transport Consultant with a particular background in development planning projects

    Philippa is a Transport Consultant with a particular background in development planning projects, demonstrated on a range of residential, commercial and mixed-use developments in Bristol, elsewhere in the UK and the Middle East. Philippa’s recent work has focussed on new approaches to Transit Orientated Development and Demand Responsive Transport. 
     
    Presentation Title - Cardiff Central Bus Interchange: From Desktop Design to Full Scale Trial
     
    Presentation Synopsis - Cardiff Central Bus Interchange presents a unique case study arguing the value of rigorous operational testing during the design process. The unusual approach of undertaking a full-scale trial for a constrained design is explored, the outcomes critiqued and lessons learnt generalised for future projects.
     

     

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James Goodwin – CIHT East Midlands

  • James Goodwin – CIHT East Midlands

    James Goodwin – CIHT East Midlands

    Implementation Manager – Colas Ltd

    After completing an advanced apprenticeship in metal fabrication, James began studies at The University of Nottingham

    After completing an advanced apprenticeship in metal fabrication, James began studies at The University of Nottingham; completing the Engineering foundation programme and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  During two summer placements he was employed by Colas to assist in the surface treatments department before being offered a full time role as a Contract Supervisor of microasphalt surfacing. James worked in this role for three and a half years on a variety of projects. In June 2017 James was transferred to the Midlands Metro Alliance, as a civils supervisor part of the team installing a new tram within the centre of Birmingham.
     
    Presentation Title - Trust in the Highways Industry 
     
    Presentation Synopsis - A review of the contractor/client relationships that exist in the infrastructure maintenance sector. Why trust is so important in these relationships and how we can improve relationships between the public and private sector.
     

     

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Shakir Mahboob – CIHT London

  • Shakir Mahboob – CIHT London

    Shakir Mahboob – CIHT London

    Civil Engineer – Project Centre

    Shakir is a dynamic Civil Engineer experienced in delivering multi-million pound schemes across Boroughs such as RBKC, LBI, LBWF and KCC

    Shakir is a dynamic Civil Engineer experienced in delivering multi-million pound schemes across Boroughs such as RBKC, LBI, LBWF and KCC. He specialises in Technical Design package management and delivery on Highway, Public Realm & Infrastructure projects. Outside of work, he enjoys Mixed Martial Arts, socialising, Netflix and relaxing.
     
    Presentation Title - Design Stages: An Overview
     
    Presentation Synopsis - Adherence to a solid design process is a critical strategy for today’s engineers. This presentation explores project life cycles in the context of design stages.  Derivatives of the RIBA stages 0-7 (Concept to In-use stage) and their underlying methodologies are examined. Further emphasis is provided on Stage 4 – Detail Design. Schemes undertaken by Shakir such as the Borough-wide Ticket Machine Replacement Strategy for Hammersmith & Fulham, Ebbsfleet Route Development and Islington Quietways Route 2 are discussed to flesh out real life implications in the design stages.

     

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Philip Miller – CIHT North East & Cumbria

  • Philip Miller – CIHT North East & Cumbria

    Philip Miller – CIHT North East & Cumbria

    Transport Planning Consultant – AECOM

    Philip is a consultant in the Transport Planning team based in the Newcastle office and has four years’ experience.

    Philip is a consultant in the Transport Planning team based in the Newcastle office and has four years’ experience. He has worked in both development planning and transport modelling, developing capabilities in strategic transport modelling, scheme appraisal, junction modelling and transport assessments for public and private clients. He is currently working on the appraisal of a number of highway schemes and has been working with clients to develop appropriate forecasts to assess the impacts of these schemes.
     
    Presentation Title - An assessment of DfT’s TEMPRO and the latest NTEM 7 data sets
     
    Presentation Synopsis - Transport modellers rely on TEMPRO forecasts to provide an industry-wide consistent approach to appraisal, but are they reliable? This presentation looks at the positives and potential pitfalls in the use of the latest NTEM datasets from a transport consultant’s perspective.
     

     

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Rachel Nixon – CIHT North West

  • Rachel Nixon – CIHT North West

    Rachel Nixon – CIHT North West

    Trainee Quantity Surveyor – BAM Nuttall

    Rachel has just completed a 4 year apprenticeship/trainee programme with BAM Nuttall from which she gained a HND.

    Rachel has just completed a 4 year apprenticeship/trainee programme with BAM Nuttall from which she gained a HND. In addition to major civils contracts, she has worked on several highways projects all around the country from small pinch point schemes to large motorway maintenance contracts. 
     
    Presentation Title - Technology Enhanced Innovative Traffic Management for a Sustainable UK Road Network
     
    Presentation Synopsis - It is necessary to consider the affect changes in the use of the UK’s road network will have on the selection of traffic management systems on both current and future schemes. Wireless traffic signals are just one example of an emerging technology that is already being utilised in preparation for the coming changes. However, a lack of research and development in this sort of technology has permitted problems with these systems to exist.
     
    The presentation will analyse the effects of these problems and investigates potential solutions. This will assist contractors when making informed choices on: practicality, safety and whole life cost when considering the construction of traffic management systems and, moreover, provide a sustainable road network for the future.

     

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Andrew Ferguson – CIHT Northern Ireland

  • Andrew Ferguson – CIHT Northern Ireland

    Andrew Ferguson – CIHT Northern Ireland

    Graduate Transport Planner – Amey

    Andrew is a Graduate Transport Planner working within the Amey Transport Planning Team in Belfast. He is currently working on a variety of transport planning projects across the United Kingdom.

    Andrew is a Graduate Transport Planner working within the Amey Transport Planning Team in Belfast. He is currently working on a variety of transport planning projects across the United Kingdom. This includes feasibility studies, junction design and modelling – both localised and strategic.
     
    Presentation Title - The Introduction of the First Residents’ Parking Scheme in Northern Ireland
     
    Presentation Synopsis - The presentation will outline the background situation and give justification for such a scheme. It will discuss and identify how such a scheme would fit with the Belfast Metropolitan Transport Plan. The presentation will chart the design process, through preliminary design, stakeholder consultation, detailed design and public consultation.
     

     

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Simon Alvey – CIHT Republic of Ireland

  • Simon Alvey – CIHT Republic of Ireland

    Simon Alvey – CIHT Republic of Ireland

    Highways Engineer – WS Atkins (Ireland) Ltd

    Simon has worked in Atkins’ Highways Department for the past 4 years, and is immersed in all aspects of the administration of Highway Maintenance Contracts through Atkins’ Motorway Contracts

    Simon has worked in Atkins’ Highways Department for the past 4 years, and is immersed in all aspects of the administration of Highway Maintenance Contracts through Atkins’ Motorway Contracts Audit and Administration Services (MCAAS) Commission. Simon also acts as a Design Engineer on numerous projects and has carried out a range of Audits of Maintenance Providers, including the PPP Companies on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
     
    Presentation Title - Irish Motorcycling Policies
     
    Presentation Synopsis - Motorcyclists are over-represented in collision statistics in Ireland: they represent less than 1.5% of licensed vehicles but make up 10% of road deaths. With the aim of improving both motorcyclist safety and the number of motorcyclists in Dublin, this presentation sets out the benefits that increased motorcycle usage can bring to a congested city such as Dublin, highlights some of the poor safety statistics surrounding motorcycles in Ireland and identifies some of the shortcomings in current Irish policies and Design Standards.

     

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Adrian Garcia Thorp – CIHT Scotland

  • Adrian Garcia Thorp – CIHT Scotland

    Adrian Garcia Thorp – CIHT Scotland

    Transport Planning Consultant – AECOM

    Adrian is a Consultant based in AECOM’s Glasgow office. He has worked for AECOM for over two years, where he has gained excellent experience of transport strategy and appraisal projects

    Adrian is a Consultant based in AECOM’s Glasgow office. He has worked for AECOM for over two years, where he has gained excellent experience of transport strategy and appraisal projects. Recent work has seen him assisting with the development of business cases and STAG assessments across Scotland. Adrian also has a particular interest in road safety, including this piece of research into the impacts of distracted walking.
     
    Presentation Title - Calling all Smombies & Pedtextrians
     
    Presentation Synopsis - With smartphone use on the rise in the UK, this presentation looks at research into the implications of ‘smartphone oblivion’ on road safety including, in particular, the dangers associated with distracted walking. 
     
    The research presents the results of a review into the problem of distracted walking, including how different countries across the world have sought to raise awareness of the issue through the use of engineering, education and enforcement measures. The research has also been informed by a preliminary study in Glasgow City Centre using a video survey of pedestrian movements associated with the use of smartphones in the city. Consideration is given to how the results could inform development of local campaigns.
     

     

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Hannah Clark – CIHT South West

  • Hannah Clark – CIHT South West

    Hannah Clark – CIHT South West

    Transportation Planning Officer – Devon County Council

    Hannah is a Transportation Planning Officer at Devon County Council. Hannah started her career in 2013 having graduated from Exeter University in Mathematics

    Hannah is a Transportation Planning Officer at Devon County Council. Hannah started her career in 2013 having graduated from Exeter University in Mathematics, and has since completed an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering from Southampton University. Hannah has gained a wide range of public sector transport planning experience, with a predominant focus on traffic modelling for various Devon based major highway schemes. Hannah is an active member of the CIHT South West Young Member Group and in February 2017, won the Peter Swain Emerging Professional Award at the CIHT South West Awards.
     
    Presentation Title - An Investigation into TEMPro Growth Factors
     
    Presentation Synopsis - The way we travel is changing, and the future of traffic growth and patterns are uncertain. TEMPro growth factors are a best-guess estimate of future year travel demand used across the UK’s transport planning industry. These growth factors can influence the expected operation of highway networks, subsequently informing infrastructure funding decisions. This presentation attempts to critique the reliability of TEMPro growth factors to date with an investigation into their performance through a Devon based case study.

     

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Gergely Raccuja – CIHT West Midlands

  • Gergely Raccuja – CIHT West Midlands

    Gergely Raccuja – CIHT West Midlands

    Graduate Transport Planner – Amey

    Gergely was born in Budapest, Hungary. He read Politics, Urban Planning and Italian at UCL, graduating in 2015 with First Class Honours.

    Gergely was born in Budapest, Hungary. He read Politics, Urban Planning and Italian at UCL, graduating in 2015 with First Class Honours. In January 2016, he started as a Graduate Transport Planner at Amey Consulting in Birmingham. His proposal, Miles Better, won the 2017 Wolfson Prize in Economics. Since then he has been working on creating Amey’s mobility strategy and understanding the way technology will shape the future of transport.
     
    Presentation Title - Miles Better (A distance based charge to replace Fuel Duty and VED, collected by insurers)
     
    Presentation Synopsis - Exploring the argument that in order to restore trust between politicians and motorists, fuel duty and VED should be scrapped and replaced with a simple and fair distance-based charge that also captures road and environmental impacts.
    The lighter and cleaner your vehicle is, the lower the per mile charge. The proposed system will boost investment and update the way we run roads ready for a new generation of electric and autonomous vehicles.
     

     

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Thomas Coleman - CIHT Yorkshire & the Humber

  • Thomas Coleman - CIHT Yorkshire & the Humber

    Thomas Coleman - CIHT Yorkshire & the Humber

    Roads Asset Technician – A-One+

    Thomas started working for A-one+ in 2009, who currently manage the Highways England Area 12 ASC contract, which includes day to day management of 500km of the regions motorway and trunk road network.

    Thomas started working for A-one+ in 2009, who currently manage the Highways England Area 12 ASC contract, which includes day to day management of 500km of the regions motorway and trunk road network. Thomas works within the Asset Development team; whose primary function is the identification and justification of schemes at the feasibility stage. He developed a key interest in advancing technology, utilising ESRI and Autodesk software within the Highways and Transportation industry. He intends to pursue an MSc in Geographic Information Systems once he has completed my current Civil Engineering studies.
     
    Presentation Title - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Asset Data Management
     
    Presentation Synopsis - A-one+’ new, online GIS system is the perfect platform to provide a visualisation of our road network and front door access to the network data repository for Area 12. A wide variety of information/data can be stored in a single, visual, user friendly format, which can be analysed to identify network needs, improve performance, keep our road users safe and minimise waste in the form of time, effort and cost. The presentation will discuss the functionality that has been implemented in our GIS system so far and the advantages this provides A-one+.
     

     

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