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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 16 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

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

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 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   
•    The role of the commercial manager in benefits realisation

12:15 Best practice approaches to project initiation
•    Establishing your objectives
•    Risk management processes
•    Addressing skills shortages and building crucial competencies
•    Managing handovers between project partners
•    The UK Government’s Project Initiation Routemap

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Effective planned progress monitoring: 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

14:45 Tackling industry fragmentation through whole-life collaborative frameworks
•    Barriers to collaboration
•    Establishing common goals and shared incentives
•    The role of BIM
•    Performance management
•    Examples from other industries of collaboration in action

15:30 Networking refreshment break

15:50 The role of the Commercial Manager in the digital space
•    Introducing the RICS guidance note: The Role of the Commercial Manager 2
•    Information and operational technologies – commonalities and distinctions
•    Issues of data ownership and intellectual property

16:35 Infrastructure in the Black Book: An overview of available RICS guidance

16:50 Closing keynote: President’s address

17:15 Chair’s closing remarks

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