This year’s themed event will focus on the role of the engineer, especially those working in local government. Are they a dying breed? What does the future hold? Presentations will be delivered on a range of issues around the challenges faced in the delivery of highway engineering services and research into innovative ways of dealing with them.
The following three talks will take place during the event, followed by a question and answer session.
National Lighting Survey – Liz Hudson BA(Hons), Yorkshire Marketing Machine
At the ILP Lighting Summit in June this year, Liz presented the findings of the national lighting survey. She plans to review this and discuss some of the key results from the study, including reflecting on the progress of conversion to LED within local authorities, alongside a selection of key statistics covering the following topics: lighting specialist employment within local government, retrofitting vs replacing, asset condition and carbon reduction.
There are opportunities to launch a new survey, so Liz will discuss her thoughts and those of ILP VP Local Government Ian Jones, on future surveys.
The Precarious Role of the Professional Engineer in Local Government – Richard Hayes CEng FIHE DMS, Institute of Highways Engineers
Richard will be speaking about the role of professional engineers in local government and how that is changing, creating challenges for service delivery. Core to efficient delivery of engineering services is asset management.
The presentation will begin with the basis of good practice in asset management. The second part of his presentation will focus on skills and competence and the challenges of maintaining these in a local authority environment where budgets continue to be squeezed. Local councils continue to experience difficulties with staff retention and dealing with resilience in service delivery. The final part of his presentation will look at artificial intelligence, the use of big data.
Lighting for Pedestrians – Steve Fotios CEng MEI MSLL MILE PhD BEng(Hons) FHEA PGCE, Sheffield University
For the past few years Steve has focused on lighting for pedestrians – how can we use lighting to enhance the safety and perceived safety of pedestrians?
There are two reasons for doing this. One, because current standards are not qualified by robust empirical data, so we do not know that they are optimal. Two, because better lighting promotes more walking. Both reasons promote the sustainability of lighting.
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