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RICS Commercial Management in Infrastructure Conference

Conference London, 26 Apr 2017

Delivering value, mitigating risk

The 2016 conference has now past. Register your interest in the 2017 conference.

Date and venue for 2017 conference is yet to be confirmed

Commercial managers are crucial to proving business cases and ensuring investment returns for any construction projects, but these skills are perhaps even more crucial when applied to the infrastructure sector. They give confidence to clients, investors, and the public, and ensure the commercial structures exist for effective delivery, while managing costs, and delivering promised value.

Our Commercial Management in Infrastructure Conference examined the huge value that commercial managers bring to large-scale infrastructure projects. Key speakers and leading experts in infrastructure addressed core elements of the commercial manager’s role, including risk mitigation, collaborative working, supply chain management, cost planning, dispute avoidance, and the use of BIM software.

In addition, delegates also received the latest updates on key guidance designed to inform and improve business practices in their role.

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.

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2016 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening comments
Martin Buck, Transition and Strategy Director, Crossrail

09:40 RICS and infrastructure  
• Infrastructure Forum update
• The role of the commercial manager
• Commercial Management in Infrastructure and The Informed Client - an update on recent guidance
• What’s next for infrastructure?
Amanda Clack, RICS President Elect and Partner & Head of Infrastructure, EY

10:05 Commercial management in infrastructure – examining the key differentiators
• Examining the changing environment between contractors and clients
• Working in a multi-project environment
• Commercial management – is it all about finances?
• Collaboration is key
• Commercial Management in Infrastructure Guidance Note – update
Peter Sell, Partner, Gardiner & Theobald LLP

10:35 The informed infrastructure client
• Understanding client expectation and identifying desired outcomes
• Early operator and maintainer involvement
• Managing client on-going immersion within the supply chain
• Consideration of appropriate and sustainable risk transfer
Andy Roach-Bowler, Director, Rowsell Wright Limited

11:05 Networking refreshment break

11:35 Practical realities of disputes and dispute avoidance for commercial managers
• What is causing disputes in the infrastructure sector and what methods are common in avoiding or addressing claims
• The real cost of disputes and the importance of managing the process
• Obtaining the best possible outcome
Anthony Albertini, Partner & David Owens, Legal Director, Clyde & Co

12:05 Cost planning in infrastructure
• Developing a consistent approach to cost planning and pricing
• Embedding whole-life costing into infrastructure projects
• Benchmarking
• The Rail Method of Measurement cost planning tool
Stephen Blakey, Commercial Projects Director, Network Rail

12:35 Networking lunch

13:35 Changing the way we think, the way we price and the way we deliver
• The importance of shared knowledge and making better use of it
• Examining parametric assemblies combined with the use of GIS with BIM
• The importance of collaborating design, cost and project plan – the Ionian Highway
• Why infrastructure projects may be more prone to inflationary risk
Alan Windley BSc VP Global Business Development, Nomitech

13:50 Inflationary risk in infrastructure
• Inflation – is it really an issue for infrastructure projects?
• How do we measure inflation?
o Nuclear Decommissioning Authority case study
• How do we forecast inflation?
o Highways England case study
• How to mitigate your inflationary risk
James Fiske, Director of Product Delivery and Operations, Information Product Group, RICS

14:20 Commercial management of systems and technology in infrastructure
Alan Kirk, Head of Commercial – Line Upgrades, Transport for London

14:50 Best practice in supply chain management
• Establishing a “single aim” across the supply chain
• Maintaining a collaborative approach throughout the project
• Driving performance, innovation, and sustainable growth
• The benefits of early contractor involvement
Richard Graham, Director, Rail Networks, CH2M Hill

15:20 Networking refreshment break

15:40 Risk management
• Examining the importance of early visibility of potential risk
• Ensuring correct allocation of risk ownership and shared risk
• Developing mitigation action plans
• NEC3 and early warning risk management processes
Beth West, Commercial Director, HS2

16:10 BIM in infrastructure
• Examining how technological evolution will positively and negatively impact commercial management
Andy Rhoades, Head of Service Protection, Engineering Operations, Heathrow

16:40 Programme management vs project management – the longer term, coordinated   
solution
• Embedding long term strategic planning into infrastructure projects
• Predicting and controlling costs post-project completion
• The role of the commercial manager in ongoing performance management
Sue Kershaw, Programme Director of Major Projects Advisory and the UK Head of Infrastructure Programme and Project Management, KPMG

17:10 Chair’s closing remarks



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