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How Highways England are Moving an Entire Industry Towards Data Driven Projects


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Infrastructure projects are rich in data, but we often struggle to leverage it. The data isn’t just on performance metrics and cubic metres of soil, we also capture data on supplier performance, compensation events, and a wide variety of other data. This data is held at every level of our supply chain.

Within his talk Alan Perkins, Head of Complex Infrastructure Programme, will be providing an overview of how Highways England are beginning to transform how they leverage this data. He will walk us through a number of case studies, explain some of the implementation challenges and share their vision for what is coming in the next couple of years. A mixture of real case studies, insights and vision, including how they won digital transformation project of the year 2019. It will be followed by Q&A.

Highways England is a major client and where they go, their supply chain will follow. They will also help to set the bar for other sectors; many of the challenges are common. Whichever sector you work in, we would recommend that you tune in and see what is coming down the track.

Alan is the Head of the Complex Infrastructure Programme which comprises the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme, the Lower Thames Crossing, A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet and the A303 Stonehenge projects.

During his tenure the A14, Highways England’s largest roads construction project, has successfully been completed eight months early and on budget.

Alan Perkins started his career as a telecommunications apprentice and studied computer engineering at the Open University and spent some time leading expeditions working for UNICEF in Sri Lanka building wells and installing latrines in remote villages. Before joining Highways England in 2015, Alan worked for operators BT & Ionica and then moved into the service sector with Marconi. He then joined Alcatel-Lucent for six years as a Project Director delivering telecommunications and IT solutions to the highways, railways and utilities sector across Europe.
He is also a qualified expedition leader of the Royal Geographic Society.

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