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RICS Infrastructure Conference 2019

Automated, digital technology and AI is reshaping the world around us; a new approach to planning, building and operating the UK’s infrastructure is urgently necessary.

Data driven success in the infrastructure sector

Tue 2 Apr 2019
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT
6 hours formal CPD
£265 + VAT


The UK’s infrastructure is in need of radical upgrade in order to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century and drive long-term, sustainable economic growth. There is growing appreciation of the potential of data-driven techniques and technologies to drive efficiencies and reduce risk in the planning, development and management of the country’s essential assets.

This event will look at how smart projects are utilising data to reduce strain on costs and resources, analyse performance in real time and future proof the nation’s vital networks. Featuring contributions and case studies from some of the leading players in the field of next-generation infrastructure, the event is a must-attend for the sector’s future thinkers.

The fourth industrial revolution is profoundly changing the way in which the country operates; business-as-usual is no longer a viable option. Join us to discuss how trailblazing infrastructure projects are leading the way.



  • Hear an update into one of Europe’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects: the expansion of Heathrow airport
  • Better understand how the UK Digital Twin will revolutionise planning, construction, maintenance and operation of the nation’s infrastructure network
  • Discuss with the profession’s leading figures how best to address the most pressing practical, economic and ethical questions facing the sector, including competition for funding, shortage of labour and skills, and environmentally responsible working practices
  • Consider key legal issues around the collection and use of data to ensure you are processing information securely and within the requirements of the law
  • Learn how Infratech is changing the industry and how you can futureproof your business against the threat of obsolescence in the era of digital disruption


Building the UK National Digital Twin
The UK National Digital Twin is a key pillar of the National Infrastructure Commission’s plan for modernising the UK’s infrastructure. Proposing a digital blueprint of the UK’s infrastructure network, allowing real time and predictive network performance analysis, the idea is as complex as it is ambitious, and would represent a visionary and world-leading development. Realisation will be dependent on the support, co-operation and collaboration of the entire industry, which will be required to alter established practices and assumptions about how projects are planned and managed. This session will cover the progress of the project so far, identify the main objection and barriers to realisation and encourage delegates to become stakeholders in the project.

Data share, data scare: Essential considerations of legality and security
The collection and application of data is increasingly key to the successful planning, management and delivery of the UK’s infrastructure pipeline. Companies collecting and using data are vulnerable to security breaches, along with expensive and damaging consequent legal actions. Drawing on high-profile examples from other industries, this session will look at how you can ensure that you are storing sensitive data securely and in compliance with the key tenets of data protection law.

A workforce for the future: Attracting, training and retaining talent
New approaches to infrastructure project management necessitate the development of new skillsets to complement those already embedded within the industry. This session will look at how new working models are driving realignment of skills priorities. Further consideration will be given to the effectiveness of existing routes into the industry and assess how the next generation of talent can be enthused about the prospect of a career in infrastructure.

The age of disruption and the rise of “infratech”
Many industries have already reshaped by disruptive business models, driven by new technologies. This session will consider the growing influence of Infratech and consider how it stands to change the day-to-day working life of surveyors in the infrastructure sector.


To present the sessions, we have invited industry leading speakers, including: 

  • Matthew Vickerstaff, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Projects Authority
  • Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
  • Jennifer Croughton, Senior Commercial Manager – Hinkley Point C, Laing O’Rourke
  • Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald and Chair, Digital Framework Taskgroup
  • Steve Groves, Commercial Delivery Director – Smart Motorways, Highways England
  • Mark Ollerton, Commercial Delivery Director – Major Projects, Highways England
  • Charlie Woodley, Director and CRUX Programme Lead, HKA
  • James Corrigan, UK Lead – Cost and Commercial Management (Infrastructure), Turner & Townsend
  • Edward Day, Senior Consultant, AECOM
  • James Fiske, Director of Product Delivery and Operations – Data and Information Products Group, RICS
  • Alex Gosney, Head of Procurement Infrastructure, Laing O’Rourke
  • James Bromley, Commercial Operations Leader, Laing O’Rourke
  • Bridget Treacy, Partner – UK Privacy and Cybersecurity Lead, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Richard Wood, Director, Turner & Townsend
  • Bryony Goldsmith, Director, Arcadis

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.


Book before 1 February 2019 to benefit from the Early Bird discount.

Group discounts

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven or more places and get 20% off

Only one discount available per booking. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS.


  • RICS Professional Standard Rate £265 + VAT
  • Non-RICS Professional Standard Rate £357.75 + VAT
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