Resilient Assets for a Resilient World

The World Road Association UK Congress 2016, headline sponsored by Atkins, drew together UK & international expertise in the field of asset management.  Working closely with international experts on the World Road Association Technical Committee D1 Asset Management the event provided an opportunity for anyone working in highways & transportation to learn the latest thinking and approaches to help manage road assets for more resilient networks.

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WRA UK Congress programme:  WRA UK Congress 2016 - 1st November

Further details on associated events which took place is listed below:

UK Technical Committee representatives meeting - 31 October
Meeting Timings  - 15:30 - 17:30 

WRA UK Dinner Debate - 31 October:
Drinks reception - 19:00 – 19:30
Dinner - 19:30 onwards
A three course dinner was included, with tea/coffee, half bottle of wine and water. The evening  included a round-table debate discussion.

WRA UK Congress - 1 November - whole day congress - 09:00 - 16:45

Roy Brannen, Chief Executive of Transport Scotland and UK First Delegate

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Roy Brannen is the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland and part of the Scottish Government responsible for delivering Ministers transport priorities and commitments with oversight of the operation and improvement of the trunk road, ferry, inland waterway and railway networks in Scotland; prioritising future transport policy and investments, actively promoting sustainable transport and road safety, air passenger facilities in the Highlands and Islands and securing of traditional and new air routes for Scotland; national concessionary travel schemes and the provision of network traffic and travel information services.

Roy is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chief Road Engineer at Transport Scotland, he is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.

Graham Pendlebury, Director Local Transport and Chair of the UK Roads Liaison Group

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Graham leads the Local Transport Directorate at the Department for Transport (DfT).  This multi-disciplinary unit comprises policy administrators, economists, statisticians and other professional staff, with responsibility in England (except London) for local transport funding (maintenance and new build), regional engagement, buses & taxis, local sustainable transport initiatives, and transport solutions for disabled people.  The Directorate is a major contributor to the Government’s economic growth and localism agendas, and is accountable for £2.8 billion of public expenditure per annum.

Graham is a leading member of various cross-cutting DfT committees and the Audit & Risk Committee of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. He also leads for DfT on relations with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He is the senior Whitehall sponsor for two Local Enterprise Partnerships – South East and Worcestershire – and is Chair of the UK Roads Liaison Group. Graham also had a leadership role in DfT’s contribution to the London Paralympic Games 2012.

Graham was Director of Greener Transport & International from 2007 to January 2013, with responsibility for environmental strategy and performance, vehicle standards, and the overall conduct of DfT’s international relations. Previously he was Director of Road and Vehicle Safety & Standards from 2004 to 2007, with responsibility for road casualty reduction, traffic management policy and certain transport technology issues.

Earlier posts in the DfT and its predecessors at senior civil service level involved responsibility for tackling the environmental impacts of air transport (2001-2004) and management of long term strategic thinking and cross-cutting work (1999-2001).  Graham has also held posts in the international aviation and rail sections of the Department, and was Principal Private Secretary to the Minister for Roads and Traffic in 1989-91.

Graham has a Masters degree in History, and is a Continuing Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy.  He also participates in advisory panels at the universities of Leeds and Newcastle.  Graham is married with one son, and lives in Sutton, Greater London.


Graham will talk about the work of the UK Roads Liaison Group, a unique body that, with its supporting boards, brings together experts from every level of government around the UK to develop common policies and advice on the delivery of roads-related services to citizens and businesses.

Nicola Debnam, Divisional Director, Asset Development – Highways England

Nicola Debnam smallNicola has been the Divisional Director – Asset Development at Highways England since January 2016. She began her career in 1991 on a training programme with Strathclyde Regional Council, studying for an HNC in Civil Engineering. She held a variety of technician roles in local government before moving into the private sector with Balfour Beatty.

In 2007 Nicola completed an MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering and following that was involved in a wide variety of roles covering transport policy, strategic transport projects and regeneration programmes. She then moved “down south” and took up the role as Head of Highways at Cambridgeshire County Council in 2012 and was responsible for all operational aspects of the highway service.

Nicola was Director of Highways and Transport at West Sussex County Council with overall responsibility for the safe and smooth operation of the County’s highway and transport network, before joining Highways England.


Drivers for change – exploring the drivers for change for an asset management approach in Highways England.

Thomas Linder - Chair of TC D1 Asset Management

Thomas Linder smallDoctor-Engineer Thomas Linder graduated as a Civil Engineer at the Technical University of Munich.
After a few postgraduate years of research work on traffic flow theory he moved to the Bavarian Roads and Highways Authority where he worked on motorway design projects.
For some years he dealt with organisational and economical questions of investments in roads at the Bavarian Supreme Audit Court.
Then he became head of a road planning, building and administration authority for a road network of about 1.000 kilometers.
After that time Dr. Linder was head of the department for traffic and maintainance at the South Bavarian Motorway Head Office. In this function he managed the operation including winter maintenance service for a 1.200 kilometer motorway network in Southern Bavaria.
Until today he works in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Transport as Road Network Manager for Southern Bavaria.

Synopsis: Introduction to the work of the Technical Committee (TC) D1 Asset Management

Asset Management is one of the main topics in the consecuting Strategic Plans since many years and cycles of World Road Associations work. A short view back to the work of former cycles is given. Hints on publications concerning several aspects of asset management are given. The focus is then set to the issues during the 2015-2019 cycle in the context of WRA’s framework which are:

Development of a web-based Road Asset Management Manual
Dissemination and education in terms of Asset Management expertise
Innovative approaches to Asset Management

James Elliott, Group Director WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and UK representative on TC3 – Disaster Management

James Elliot smallJames is a Group Director with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and a civil engineering fellow with 28 years’ experience in highways and transport infrastructure asset management, design, construction, operations and maintenance. This includes international highways in Pakistan and Malaysia. He leads the company’s Asset Management business and is the Key Account Manager for a number of strategic highway maintenance contracts in the UK including PPPs. Recent projects include developing 'whole life' and 'risk' solutions for highway assets to meet ISO55000 requirements.

James is the working group leader for the WRA Disaster Management technical committee and chair of the HTMA Asset Management group and member of the CIHT Asset Management Panel. He has been a part-time lecturer at Surrey University.


James will provide an outline of the work of WRA’s Disaster Management technical committee TC3 as well as a perspective on the  forecast future resilience trends and adaptation strategies that the UK and other countries are having to develop to be ‘future ready’. This will include an understanding of combined and emerging resilience threats and the role that formalised asset management systems such as ISO55000 can play to support effective resilience. UK and US case studies will be used to illustrate adaptation strategies.

Even Sund, Senior Principal Engineer, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Road and Transport Department, Road Management and Development

Even Sund smallName:  Even Sund , age 49
Married, 3 children

Current position: Senior Principal Engineer with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, central office (Directorate of Public Roads) working within the area of maintenance and asset management since 2006. I live in Trondheim.
Previously (1996-2006) worked as research engineer for the SINTEF research foundation in Trondheim within the area of road technology and maintenance management.

Ph.D. 1996  “Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Road Pavements”, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Civil engineer, 1989  Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH)

Jean Pohu, Asset Management - Business Development Director, Egis

Jean Pohu smallOver the past 35 years, Jean has concentrated on the promotion, planning, development and implementation of major Operation & Maintenance infrastructure projects. He has particular experience in asset management, contract negotiation and project management.

Jean is currently Egis Business Development Director for Asset Management and Managing Director of EAMS - Egis Asset Management Solutions developing IT solutions for asset management
Jean previously joined the UK M25 Core Team in charge of developing the winning asset management submission (over £1bn over 30 years) and setting up the related business process to start the Service in 2009.

David Darwin ME CPeng / Outcome Delivery Manager, Highways and Network Operations, NZ Transport Agency   

David Darwin small David is responsible for the maintenance and renewal components of the New Zealand State Highway Activity Management Plan and its implementation through the development & delivery of the annual programme of works.  He is a Chartered Professional civil engineer, experienced in infrastructure asset management including the development of the state highway maintenance programme, development of asset information systems, management of transport and drainage business units, and development of the National Land Transport Plan.

Christophe Nicodème, Director General, European Union Road Federation (ERF)


Christophe Nicodeme smallFurther to studies in Languages, then in Marketing, Christophe Nicodème has been active for 17 years in the Road Safety Sector, as Senior Business Manager for a company specialised in Road Markings, Road Maintenance and Road Safety Systems.

During this time, he participated to local, regional and national programmes of Road Safety in liaison with local authorities in various countries of Europe (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and of Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Guatemala), especially for the implementation and the assessment of Traffic Calming Schemes in urban areas and maintenance works on major road networks.

Christophe Nicodème has been involved in the activities of the European Union Road Federation (ERF) for more than 4 years as Member, Member of the Executive Committee, Treasurer and Vice-President.

In January 2008, he took over the position of Director General of the ERF.

The ERF (European Union Road Federation) is a non-profit organisation, based in Brussels, which coordinates the views of Europe’s road infrastructure sector and acts as a platform for dialogue and research on Mobility and Road Safety issues.

Oliver Riches BEng(Hons) MSc DIC CEng MICE MIStructE

Oliver Riches smallOliver is an Associate Director with Arup, based in their Edinburgh Office. He has over 25 years design and construction experience on major infrastructure projects in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and Asia.  Oliver obtained his honours (1990) and master’s (1994) degrees in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London. He completed his professional training with the civil engineering contractor Tarmac Construction, working on large infrastructure projects in the UK and Germany and is a chartered engineer and member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Oliver joined Ove Arup and Partners London Office in 1995 and worked on the design of the Bangkok Elevated Road and Train System and the Potsdamer Platz Tower in Berlin before moving to their Edinburgh Office in 1997 where he was design lead for a range of projects including the Falkirk Wheel Aqueduct, the design of highway bridges and footbridges and the strengthening of a number of Victorian railway viaducts. Oliver is currently the Queensferry Crossing Design Compliance Manager, working as part of the Employer’s Delivery Team, which acts on behalf of the Scottish Ministers to deliver the Forth Replacement Crossing project. He is Project Manager for Engineering Services provided to Amey for the maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge and is currently preparing for the role of Queensferry Crossing Bridges Manager, responsible for the management of Inspection and Maintenance services on the Queensferry Crossing, following the completion of construction.

Steve Berry OBE, DfT

Steve is currently Head, Local Roads, Innovation, Resilience, Light Rail and Cableways Branch in the Department for Transport’s Local Transport Directorate. Steve has been Head of the Branch since 2010. Steve’s areas of responsibility are varied but include; Resilience, Innovation, self-assessment and Highways Maintenance funding.

Steve has developed his career in various roles within Civil Service particularly within the Department for Transport. He was awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for his services to local highways resilience and his expertise in this area.

Paula Claytonsmith, Director Strategy & Performance, Gaist Solutions

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Paula has been at the heart of public sector transformation and local government improvement for many years. Paula has had a number of key roles at national and government advisory level in the public, private and charitable sectors, Paula has also been involved with high profile government initiatives and sectoral change for the benefit of local government. Paula is passionate about the use of technology to transform services, a weather enthusiast and a member of the Royal Meteorological Society.


Last winter in the UK, we experienced some unprecedented levels of flooding not seen for some years. Cumbria experienced by far the worst impacts, and the scale meant they turned to specialist technology partners to help them both during the storms and post recovery. Technology can greatly support responses in resilience situations. Drones and the derivative information benefited Cumbria County Council and others to make key assessments. In this session we'll explore how they were used, how other autonomous vehicles are playing a part, as well as other resilience useful technology that is emerging.

David Porter, Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland

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David Porter is currently the Chief Executive of DfI Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland. The Agency is responsible for river and sea defence maintenance, the construction of flood alleviation schemes, the provision of flood maps and risk information and it carries out the role of Lead Government Department for flood emergency events throughout Northern Ireland.

In his early career, David worked for Northern Ireland Roads Service including time in major works design, road maintenance and bridge management. David is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a past chairman and also the Council representative for the Northern Ireland Region.

Mark Arndt BEng(hons) CEng MICE, Account Director,  Amey

Mark graduated from Heriot Watt University in 1996 with an honours degree in Civil Engineering, gaining Chartered membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2003 with his project report winning the James Rennie medal.

Following graduation he was employed as a Graduate Structural Engineer with Royal Haskoning and then Carl Bro (Sweco). In 2003 he joined Amey and was promoted to the positions of Senior Engineer, Engineering Manager and in June 2015 was appointed as Amey’s Director responsible for the Forth Bridges Unit.

In December 2015 Mark was the Director responsible for recommending the closure of the Forth Road Bridge and oversaw the 400 strong team that was mobilised to inspect, design and deliver the sequential repair solution that ultimately enabled the bridge to be re-opened against a backdrop of technical, operational, safety, media, climatic and political challenges. Described in Parliament as an event of national significance, the project demonstrated exemplar innovation and creativity in engineering, management and communication. On a daily basis he provided progress updates to the Scottish Ministers, leading the engineering updates at 8no. Media Briefings and attending a televised Parliamentary Inquiry.


Dealing with unpredicted infrastructure failure – case study lessons from the Forth Bridge

The full closure of the Forth Road Bridge in December 2015, caused by the unexpected failure of a vital structural component, lead to a period of intense
activity as engineers battled around the clock to re-open this vital link in Scotland’s road network.

An advanced structural monitoring system was used to justify the early opening of the bridge and the lessons learned from this episode will be used to develop a rolling programme of investigations to minimise the risk of future unforeseen failures and an advanced asset management system utilising a cloud based, inspection and defect repair database.

Geoff Allister OBE, Executive Director at the HTMA

Geoff Allister smallGeoff is the Executive Director of the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), the trade organisation that represents the service providers who maintain around 90% of the UK roads network. He directs the work of the Association and acts as its public advocate as it strives to promote and develop an efficient, effective and safe highways management and maintenance industry.  

Prior to joining the HTMA in 2012, Geoff was Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s Roads Service, working closely with local Ministers and the Northern Ireland Assembly, and responsible for managing and developing the province’s road network.

Geoff is a Past President of both the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and CSS (now ADEPT).  Geoff was awarded an OBE in the New Year 2016 Honours List for services to Highway Engineering in Northern Ireland.

Synopsis - How to deliver through the supply chain:

This presentation will look at asset management from the perspective of private sector providers. It will promote the benefits of private sector delivery working collaboratively with clients and the supply chain. Evidence of financial savings and customer focussed outcomes will be presented. Innovation, risk management and certainty of delivery will also be discussed.


31 October - UK Technical Committee Representatives Meeting Venue:

Jurys Inn Glasgow Hotel
80 Jamaica St
Glasgow, G1 4QG
United Kingdom

31 October - Dinner Debate:  Drinks Reception & Dinner Venue:

200 St Vincent Street
Conference & Events Venue
Glasgow, G2 5RQ
United Kingdom

1 November - Congress Venue:

200 St Vincent Street
Conference & Events Venue
Glasgow, G2 5RQ
United Kingdom


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