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RICS Commercial Management in Infrastructure Conference

Conference London, 8 Mar 2018

A whole life-cycle approach to value for money.

The 2017 conference has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the date and programme for the next event have been confirmed.

The 2017 conference had a renewed focus on demonstrating value for money over the course of the project lifetime.

With development of the UK’s infrastructure still regarded as a means by which to generate growth in the national economy, the importance of demonstrating value remains tantamount for commercial managers. 2017 event took a closer look at approaches to overcoming barriers to collaboration and how better project measurement can drive better project management.

Attendees joined key speakers and leading experts to explore further topics including progress of the National Infrastructure Plan, the challenge of attracting investment into national and regional infrastructure projects and the best means of addressing industry fragmentation and skills supply.

In addition, delegates received updates on key guidance designed to inform and improve professional practices in the infrastructure sector.

A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

Group discounts

We recognise the value of learning in teams. Groups of 3 or more booking at the same time from the same company receive a 10% discount. 5 or more receive a 15% discount. 7 or more receive a 20% discount. Only one discount available per person and all delegates must be of the same member grade.

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2017 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening comments

Beth West, Commercial Director, HS2

09:40 Opening keynote: Enacting the National Infrastructure Plan
•    A focus on investment: public and private finance

Matthew Vickerstaff, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Project Finance, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

10:10 Encouraging private sector investment in UK infrastructure projects
•    Exploring disparities in levels of private funding by sector
•    Demonstrating yields to potential investors
•    International comparisons – the G7 nations
•    Matching investment targets
•    Engendering investor trust through the delivery of international industry standards

Introduction by:
Ken Creighton
, Director of Professional Standards, RICS
Panellists will include:
Sue Kershaw, Managing Director – Major Projects Advisory, KPMG 
Greg Bradley
, Partner and Head of Business Advisory UK, Arcadis
Brad  Miller
, Corporate Director of Redevelopment, Manchester Airport Group

10:45 Networking refreshment break 

Removing barriers to whole-life infrastructure collaboration

 11:15 Asset Information Modelling: Embedding awareness of asset maintenance needs at design stage
•    Improving operational and maintenance expenditure decisions based on information models
•    Planning for transfer of operations: improved approaches to information handover
•    Best practice approaches to improving accuracy of asset information
•    Eliminating costs arising from incomplete data   

Andy Green, Director, Faithful + Gould

12:10 6D BIM for infrastructure: A case study

Kevin O’Grady, Associate Director, Arup
Justice Sechele, Associate, Arup

12:40 Panel discussion: Collaborative conflict avoidance for complex projects
•    A closer look at collaborative conflict avoidance techniques
•    Cross professional and cross organisational collaboration on conflict avoidance

Chaired by:
Martin Burns
, Head of Alternative Dispute Resolution Research and Development, RICS
Panellists will include:
Stephen Blakey
, Commercial Projects Director, Network Rail
Sue Barrett
, Head of Commercial Procurement – Stations, Transport for London
Andy Dixon
, Commercial Director, Costain

13:30 Networking Lunch

Better project management through better measurement

14:30 Beyond value management: Into value and benefits management 
•    Valuing the benefits – addressing questions of quantification and tangibility
•    Key performance indicators towards benefits realisation
•    Establishing benefit-cost ratios
•    Existing outcomes based regulation in infrastructure and the role of the commercial manager in benefits realisation

Stephen Parker, Chair, Institute of Value Management and Technical Director, GHD

15:10 Effective planned progress measurement: Demonstrating earned value
•    Exemplary data accuracy standards
•    Challenges to quantifying work in progress
•    Identifying milestones and charting deviations
•    Evidence for improved cost and time allocations based on earned value analyses

Richard Palczynski, Director of Programme Controls, Crossrail

15:50 Networking refreshment break

16:10 Identifying risk in a data driven industry: Legal essentials for Commercial Managers
•    Data collection, storage and application – risks and safeguards
•    Data ownership: addressing issues of intellectual property, issues of joint authorship and in-project use of copyrighted material
•    Copyright license suspensions in cases of non-payment and post-completion usage restrictions

David Wilkinson, Partner, Clyde & Co
Mark Williamson, Partner, Clyde & Co

16:40 Introducing the RICS guidance note: The Role of the Commercial Manager 2

Alan Kirk, Head of Commercial – Line Upgrade, Transport for London

16:55 An overview of forthcoming RICS infrastructure guidance

Steven Thompson, Associate Director of the Built Environment, RICS

17:05 Closing keynote: President’s address – Infrastructure as an economic enabler
Bridging the global US$57tn funding gap
The role of infrastructure in meet8ing the challenge of rapid urbanisation
Infrastructure as a driver of social change and long-term job creation

Amanda Clack, President, RICS

17:30 Chair’s closing remarks