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Delivering the concrete pavements programme, online

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  • 05 November 2021
  • 12:00 - 14:00
Delivering the concrete pavements programme, online

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Around 4% of our roads are made of concrete and are in urgent need of repair. Highways England’s Concrete Pavements Programme is the biggest ever programme to rebuild and revitalise our concrete roads in England, with £400 million investment between now and 2025. The volume of work proposed is the equivalent of building a new motorway.

This event will discuss the challenges to delivering this ambitious programme, that puts safety, customer satisfaction and sustainability as key priorities.

Join us to learn about the delivery of the programme and discuss how to overcome the challenges of safe delivery and asset life extension.


12:20 Registration and log on

12:30 Chair’s introduction
               Shamit Gaiger, Director of Strategic Advisory, Consultancy, AECOM

12:35 Geobear session
              Dr Mohamed Wehbi, BSc, MSc, PhD, FPWI, Technical Director, Geobear
              Martin Reader BEng (Hons) CEng FICE FCIHT FIAT, Senior Pavement Engineer, Geobear

13:00 Delivering the concrete roads programme – next steps

13:20 Panel: Overcoming the challenges of safe delivery and extending asset life
               Ed Hartley, Regional Manager, Dyer and Butler
               Ian Spellacey, Client Director, Atkins
               Dr Mohamed Wehbi, BSc, MSc, PhD, FPWI, Technical Director, Geobear
               Martin Reader BEng (Hons) CEng FICE FCIHT FIAT, Senior Pavement Engineer, Geobear

13:55 Summation and closing remarks

14:00 Event close


Martin Reader BEng (Hons) CEng FICE FCIHT FIAT

Martin Reader

Senior Pavement Engineer, Geobear

Martin is a Chartered civil engineer with over 30 years experience in the transportation sector. He has spent his career with Contractors, Consultants and Material suppliers specialising in construction materials. He is a fellow of the institutions of civil engineers (FICE) and highways & transportation (FCIHT) and is passionate about product development and use of innovative methods for highway maintenance.

Dr Mohamed Wehbi, BSc, MSc, PhD, FPWI

Mohamed Wehbi

Technical Director, Geobear

Mohamed is a Civil Engineer specialised in geotechnics and transportation. He come from Network Rail where he worked as a Senior Design Engineer in the Track Bed Investigation team. His responsibility in that role was to develop Network Rail’s in-house track bed modelling capabilities and provide bespoke design solutions for problematic sites. During his time in Network Rail, Mohamed has led the Track Bed Stabilisation (TBS) programme and many other innovation initiatives that resulted in the introduction new technologies to Network Rail’s standards such as Geocells, Micro-piles and Under-Sleeper-Pads. These new technologies have resulted in significant cost savings to Network Rail on various track renewal projects and enhancement schemes.

Mohamed has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham and he is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow member of the Permanent Way Institute (PWI). He recently received an Honorary Research Fellow position at the University of Birmingham in the School of Civil Engineering. Mohamed is actively publishing technical papers in peer reviewed journals and international conferences and his research work has won number of awards in the Permanent Way Institute and Railway Business Award.

Ed Hartley

Ed Hartley

Regional Manager, Dyer and Butler

Ed is a Regional Manager with Dyer and Butler with responsibility for the company’s Highways projects in the North and Midlands as well as several key accounts. Ed led Dyer & Butler’s bid for the Lifecycle Extension Works framework. Dyer & Butler were successful on the Joint Sealing and Concrete Repairs lots and Ed now acts as Framework Direct for Dyer and Butler. Ed sits on the Concrete Roads Programme Community Council.

Ian Spellacey

Ian Spellacey

Client Director, Atkins

Ian is an experienced business leader with an established track record within the highways sector. Over the past 25 years Ian has developed a detailed knowledge of sector and gained expertise of working with a range of contract forms and Clients. Ian has developed and led teams to deliver a full range of services for Highways Agency and Local Authorities businesses; working in partnership with clients, consulting engineers and supply chain partners in the delivery of highway design, project management, maintenance and asset management.

Ian is driven by continuous improvement and believes the sector has so much opportunity to innovate and introduce new technologies to drive value for business, Clients and customers alike.

Michael Ambrose Highways England

Michael Ambrose

Technical Lead, Centre of Excellence, Concrete Roads Programme, National Highways

Michael has worked in Leisure Management, Teaching, Emergency medicine. The last 11 years have been involved with concrete and pavements more widely. Working with the United States Air Force and on maintaining airfields, roads and other concrete related structures. 3 years ago, I moved to Highways England, as a pavement engineer and almost immediately started work on the conception of the Legacy Concrete Roads Programme. This is to replace our older pavements (40 years plus or over design load) I have helped developed a 25-year programme of which we are currently starting on the first 5 years tranche currently.

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