15 October 2019

Automation in operations, testing and monitoring

Organised by:

SCI's Construction Materials group

London, UK

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A desire for increase in productivity and efficiency in machinery and manufacturing facilities has driven the application of automation in the process industries.  Benefits include cost savings in energy and materials, and improvements to quality, accuracy and precision.  There is an argument for the issue with workers displaced by automation countered by, for example, new industries and jobs in the technology sector.  We are seeing drones used to facilitate surveys and monitoring in the quarrying industry.  This event will look at recent developments in automation in the road pavement industry, as well as reviewing its application across manufacturing, installation, testing and monitoring.  Will processes that are smarter, safer, and more advanced also establish a sector that is more reliable, consistent, and efficient than before?
This event will be of interest to those working in highway authorities, civil and military airport authorities, road and railway engineering consultants, university civil engineering departments, construction materials testing laboratories as well as materials suppliers and contractors, and road and airfield construction contractors and operators.
09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and introduction
10.10 Digitalisation of standards
Mungo Stacy, WSP
10.40 Design / rapid engineering model
Lorraine Butler, Highways England
11.10 Refreshment break
11.40 Use of IT during asphalt paving process (GPS, track-trace, infrared thermography, smart compaction systems for asphalt, fibre bragg gratings)
Wim Van den Bergh, Antwerp University
12.10 Are we ready to embark on automation and digital technology in quality monitoring of road construction? (Case studies in England)
Iswandaru Widyatmoko, AECOM
12.40 Discussion
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Automation in Testing - 1
Matthias Martus, Infratest


Energy-based data-reduction and novel sensing approach for continuous pavement monitoring: apt case study
Mario Manosalvas Paredes, University of Nottingham
15.00 Automation in Monitoring / acquiring and Managing data
Chris Newson, AgileAssets
15.30 Application of Robotic and Autonomous Systems for Road Defect Detection and Repair
Dr Mehran Eskandari Torbaghan, University of Birmingham
16.00 Discussion
16.20 Conference close

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Early bird fees before Friday 6 September 2019

£105 SCI Member
£40 SCI Student Member
£65 SCI Subsidised Member
£115 IAT Member
£130 Non-Member

Standard fees after Friday 6 September 2019

£135 SCI Member
£60 SCI Student Member
£90 SCI Subsidised Member
£150 IAT Member
£170 Non-Member

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Organising Committee
  • Mike Gibb, SCI / Hyperion Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd
  • John Richardson, SCI / Colas Ltd
  • Nassera Thompson, SCI / Highways England
  • David Crofts, SCI/ RSK

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.