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RICS Commercial Management in Infrastructure Conference

Conference London, 26 Apr 2017

A whole life-cycle approach to value for money.

This conference returns for 2017 with 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. Building on topics covered during the conference in 2016, this event will take a closer look at emerging concepts such as benefits management and earned value, while exploring best practice approaches to project initiation and considering how digitisation stands to add a new layer of complexity to the commercial manager’s role.

Join 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 will also receive updates on key guidance designed to inform and improve professional practices in the infrastructure sector.


RICS Members - Early Bird Rate (on bookings before 26 February 2017) £230 + VAT
RICS Members - Standard Rate £255 + VAT
Non Member Rate £344 + VAT

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

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:
Matthew Vickerstaff
, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Project Finance, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Greg Bradley
, Partner and Head of Business Advisory UK, Arcadis
Senior representative
, 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

Panellists will include:
Stephen Blakey, Commercial Projects Director, Network Rail

13:30 Networking Lunch

Better project management through better measurement

14:30 Beyond value management: Including benefits measurements in your business case
•    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

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