Infrastructure, which the UK government views as crucial to the economy, will form a central pillar to the UK’s forthcoming industrial strategy. And with the UK population expected to be 75 million by 2050, the majority living in cities, it is critical that existing and future urban infrastructure is fit-for-purpose and resilient to the effects of increased users and climate change.

However, new ways of working, underpinned by technology are needed to deliver projects more efficiently, and cost effectively, and with less disruption. This conference will assess the key challenges facing urban infrastructure and explore how collaboration can better deliver projects. It will also showcase some of the digital technologies that are helping to transform infrastructure projects. 

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Who should attend

  • Local Authority town and transport planners
  • Clients, including landowners and developers
  • Civil engineers
  • Main contractors
  • Consultant

Why attend

  • Find out about the latest government policy and infrastructure priorities
  • Learn about the key risks for city infrastructure
  • Discover the key benefits of collaborative working, including latest information about ISO 4001
  • Understand how clients are using technologies to improve collaboration


When: 2 February, 2017
Where: BRE Watford
Time: 09:00 - 15:30

Conference Partner

Conference Season Partner


Chris Loaring

Chris Loaring


Angus Walker

Angus Walker


Caroline Field

Caroline Field

BuroHappold Engineering

John Twitchen

John Twitchen


David Hawkins

David Hawkins


Prof Tim Broyd

Prof Tim Broyd

President ICE

Charles Mills

Charles Mills

London Underground

Duncan Kneller

Duncan Kneller


Ian Gill

Ian Gill

Mott MacDonald

Jennifer Schooling

Jennifer Schooling


David Ferroussat

David Ferroussat




Chairs Welcome - John Twitchen, Director, PCSG

Keynote - Prof Tim Broyd, President, ICE

Session 1: The challenges and priorities for city infrastructure

Challenges of meeting city infrastructure priorities - Angus Walker, Partner and Head of Planning and Infrastructure, Bircham Dyson Bell 

Risk and resilience for city infrastructure - Caroline Field, Head of Risk & Resilience, Buro Happold

Data management for improving the delivery of brownfield regeneration - Chris Loaring, Head of Consultancy, Landmark Information Group

Session 2: New approaches to managing and delivering infrastructure

Benefits of smart-enabled collaboration - Jennifer Schooling, Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure

The new ISO 44001 standard for collaboration - David Hawkins, Operations Director & Knowledge architect, ICW

Best practices for managing risk on large infrastructure projects - Duncan Kneller, Regional Sales Director UK & Ireland, Aconex

Creating an Expanded Community for the Future - David Ferroussat, Infrastructure Procurement Director, Heathrow

Session 3: Digital technology to improving the delivery of projects

Use of digital technologies on projects - Robert Dickinson, Project Director and Ian Gill, Senior Engineer, Mott MacDonald

BIM for improving collaboration on infrastructure projects - Charles Mills, Programme Manager, Crossrail






Conference Partner

Landmark Information Group has been sourcing, creating, analysing and adding value to geospatial data for 30 years. As a leading provider to the environmental consultancy, lending, conveyancing, surveying, asset management, utilities and Government markets, Landmark's breadth and depth of service, experience and expertise, and its ability to deliver genuine, client-specific value from Big Data, make it a valuable partner to any business in need to such information.

Aconex provides a leading cloud and mobile project control platform for the global construction industry. The platform connects owners, contractors and their project teams in the construction, infrastructure, and energy and resources sectors, providing project-wide visibility and control between the many different organisations collaborating across their projects. With more than 60,000 user organisations and over $1 trillion of project value delivered in more than 70 countries, Aconex is the industry’s most widely adopted and trusted platform. Founded in 2000, Aconex has 47 offices in 23 countries around the world, including headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and European Headquarters in London, UK. 

Conference Season Partners


Air Quality Plan (AQP) provides two specialist services related to Indoor Air Quality:

  • Preparation of site-specific Indoor Air Quality Plans (to help gain the first credit under BREEAM Hea02 or LEED IEQ Credit 3.1)
  • Post-construction testing for VOCs and Formaldehyde (to gain a further credit under Hea02 or IEQ 3.2)

AQP was formed as an off-shoot from Building Monitoring Services, a company with over 20 years’ experience carrying out measurements to the exacting standards stipulated in BREEAM and LEED.  So we know what we’re doing.


BDB is a multi-disciplinary UK law firm advising private companies, public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations and individuals since 1834. Our success has been built through developing long-standing relationships. We listen to you and your business objectives or life goals so that we provide not only excellent technical advice, but a complete solution. We work with you to understand the challenges you face, and aim to not just meet expectations, but to exceed them.


BuroHappold Engineering is an international, integrated engineering consultancy operating in 23 locations worldwide, with over 50 partners and 1,800 employees including some of the world’s leading consulting engineers. For 40 years we’ve been building our reputation for delivering creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever changing world.


The Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) was established in 1990 as a joint initiative between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) now BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). It is a totally self financing, not-for-profit, organisation. The Institute's continuing role is to help organisations, large and small, in both the public and private sectors, to build and develop effective competitive business relationships based upon a collaborative approach.


The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents those practising and studying within the discipline. CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.


The BPF represents the commercial real estate sector – an industry with a market value of £1,662bn which contributed more than £94bn to the economy in 2014. We promote the interests of those with a stake in the UK built environment, and our membership comprises a broad range of owners, managers and developers of real estate as well as those who support them. Their investments help drive the UK's economic success, provide essential infrastructure, and create great places where people can live, work and relax.

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) was founded in April 2011 to translate research into commercial application to transform the future of infrastructure. As a world-leading centre of excellence at the University of Cambridge, CSIC's key objective is to develop robust and innovative solutions to meet challenges in the infrastructure and construction industry and to accelerate and enable knowledge transfer and exploitation of these emerging technologies.



We're a global, employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy delivering innovation saving our clients money and time.



Cities Infrastructure is being hosted at the BRE offices in Watford, which is home to the world renowned BRE Innovation Park.

Ideally situated close to the motorway junctions of the M1 and M25, within 60 miles of London’s four main airports and with British rail links less than five miles away at both St Albans (Thameslink) and Watford Junction stations, we are easily accessible from all parts of the UK. For those who come by car, complimentary car parking is available.

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When: 2 February 2017

Where: BRE Watford, Bucknalls Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 9XX