8:00 am - 9:15 pm

Registration, Breakfast and Networking



9:20 am - 9:40 am

How Digital Technologies are Delivering Efficient, Connected and Agile Assets

  • Accelerating the uptake of smart tech (wireless networks, sensors, machine learning, AI, cloud technology and end user connected devices) through people, partnerships and acquisition
  • Embedding Infratech capabilities across all business lines and building a more agile innovation culture in a resource constrained industry


9:40 am - 10:00 am

How Anglian Water is developing the Workforce for the Future

  • Widening the talent pool and mitigating the steep attrition of an ageing workforce through engagement and diversity
  • Taking the long-term view and upskilling new and existing workforce to drive excellence and increase productivity
  • Addressing the skills shortage through innovative recruitment models
  • Considerations for retraining the existing workforce; whilst delivering a live programme


10:00 am - 10:20 am

Digitising the Physical: A collaborative approach to connect, enable and improve our industry


In this interactive session you will learn about:

  • Digital expectation – Understand the growing digital expectations of customers and why they expect persistent digital innovation
  • Digital reality – Learn how cutting edge digital experiences are a reality for commissioners across the UK
  • Digital futures – Draw inspiration from digital innovations that are taking place now, outside of our industry


10:20 am - 10:25 am

Questions and Answers


10:25 am - 11:10 am

Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition


11:10 am - 11:30 am

Harnessing skills for critical infrastructure projects

  • Understanding the challenges and opportunities to delivering major infrastructure
  • Transferability of people and skills between sectors & how can we work together to build a multi-skilled mobile workforce
  • Attracting new entrants to the industry and growing the diversity of the workforce to increase productivity
  • Identifying the implications of new technologies for the skills agenda
  • Enabling partnerships to respond to labour market needs


11:30 am - 11:50 am

Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the 21st Century – Where are we?

  • Analysing the government’s response to the National Infrastructure Assessment 2018, aiming for 50% of the UK’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, creating a national, visible charging network for electric vehicles and providing additional powers and £43bn funding between now and 2040 to city leaders
  • Improving the resilience of infrastructure systems to cope with disruption through better design and application of new technologies
  • Building high quality infrastructure and tackling under investment in low cost renewable technologies, transport networks, energy, digital infrastructure and housing development
  • Matching private investors to infrastructure projects and driving investments which will allow cities and regions to achieve their potential
  • Overview of the current regulatory model its impact on competition and innovation and the regulatory consistency between sectors


11:50 am - 12:10 pm

The Future of Infrastructure Delivery

  • Review of IPA’s progress in delivering infrastructure projects more efficiently and in increasing the effectiveness of investment in UK Infrastructure
  • Overview of IPA’s strategy over the next 12 months in improving the build and operation of assets
  • Measuring infrastructure projects against global benchmarks to drive better performance


12:10 am - 12:15 pm

Questions and Answers


12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Seminar Session 1

How resilient is infrastructure to weather extremes and future climate?

The impacts of windstorms, flooding and snow events, like the Great Storm of 1987, the Tewkesbury floods of 2007 and 2018’s “Beast from the East”, are wide ranging across critical infrastructure. But adverse weather doesn’t always mean weather extremes. Some of the most costly and problematic weather conditions for those tasked with designing, building, operating, or decommissioning pieces of key infrastructure can be the most unassuming…

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Be aware of how weather and climate information can be applied to support decision making across the infrastructure lifecycle to ensure that design, construction, operation and decommissioning of assets is safe, resilient and efficient.
  • Have an appreciation of some examples of best practice from a range of industries including water, energy, rail and offshore.
  • Gain insight from other members of the audience on perceived priorities for resilience, awareness of the likely impacts of climate change and the relative importance of climate resilience on their projects and sectors

Taking a spatial approach to unlocking efficiencies in infrastructure project delivery

Understanding ‘where’ is essential in all aspects of successful infrastructure project delivery. However this is often overlooked or missed as an opportunity. This session will demonstrate with examples, how spatial can be used as a framework to support infrastructure delivery from inception through to operation.


By attending you will gain understanding how spatial is being use to support:

  • Collaboration and Supply Chain: through enhanced collaboration across the project lifecycle
  • Infrastructure Investing: through providing a common reference to understand current and future infrastructure investment demand
  • Workforce of the Future: through application of smart technology delivering digital services anywhere, anyplace, anytime


12:45 pm - 1:35 pm

Lunch, Networking & Exhibition


1:35 pm - 2:25 pm

Panel | Unlocking Private Investment in Green and Climate Resilient Infrastructure

The 2017 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline set out £460 billion of planned infrastructure investment, with the aim of offering certainty to investors and encouraging future investment. The private sector will be responsible for delivering 45% of investment needed by 2021.

  • Overview of the current political, regulatory and financial regimes in place to meet the objectives of the Clean Growth Strategy 2050 and the imperatives of the Paris Agreement
  • Analysis of the structural barriers to supplying and accessing finance and funding for green infrastructure
  • Encouraging a shift in existing investment patterns and leveraging new financial instruments and mechanisms to accelerate builds and projects across energy, transport and water


2:25 pm - 2:35 pm

Questions & Answers



2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

Infrastructure is everyone’s business: Is anyone really satisfied?

  •  Over 10,000 citizens from 10 major cities share their views on how satisfied, safe, inspired and engaged they are with their infrastructure networks and services. While every city has its own distinct story, there are shared views and experiences that people have around the world. Mark Raiss talks about how Londoners really feel about their infrastructure and what the industry can do to support the voice of the people


3:15 pm - 3:20 pm

Questions & Answers


3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition


3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

Stream 1

Transforming regional infrastructure
Action plan for increasing housing delivery

The government pledged that Britain would build 300,000 homes in 2018, but only managed around 230,000; even optimistic estimates suggest it will only manage around 250,000 in future years. Only 44% of local authorities are meeting their housing needs. Only 15 authorities have been challenged for lack of supply of available housing land.


  • Aligning government investment strategies with the infrastructure plans of local authorities
  • Planning reform? Adopting a more responsive planning system-so development does go ahead
  • Integrating housing schemes with infrastructure which add value to local communities
  • Delivering infrastructure more efficiently and researching the skills gap in planning teams

Future Proofing Infrastructure
The vision for 5G in the UK


  • Overview of the challenges and opportunities involved in rollout out next generation mobile networks across the UK
  • Deploying the infrastructure necessary and driving greater collaboration between operators, local authorities and central government to ensure a smooth roll out
  • Supporting innovation and technology in the sector


4:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Stream 2

Transforming regional infrastructure
Improving airport connectivity

  • Assessing the future of UK air connectivity
  • Creating new routes, boosting connectivity and capacity for local and national economies
  • Understanding the impact of expanding airport capacity on connectivity, environment and competition

Future Proofing Infrastructure
Preparing for a roll out of autonomous and electric vehicle energy infrastructure

  • The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act– how will this break the barrier in enabling low cost infrastructure
  • Adapting for change and challenges to creating accessible and affordable charging infrastructure


4:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Stream 3

Transforming regional infrastructure
Managing risks in major programmes: Learning from the failure of the Thameslink and Northern Rail timetables

  • Understanding the causes of major programme failure that lay behind the collapse of the May 2018 national rail timetable
  • Highlighting key lessons to be learnt for other complex infrastructure programmes, such as strengthening governance, risk management management and accountability between interdependent projects
  • Maintaining public trust in major public infrastructure works, and the oversight role of regulators and government bodies

Future Proofing Infrastructure
Developing a framework of a national ‘digital twin’ of infrastructure Assets

  • Understanding how the ‘National Digital Twin’ would help in the management and planning of infrastructure
  • Delivering better outcomes and value for money for people by making the most of infrastructure data and using new technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Unlocking the value of information in the built environment and realising the potential of improved data sharing


4:50 pm -

End of conference