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Understanding the roadscape, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 15 July 2020
  • 13:00 - 14:00
Understanding the roadscape, webinar

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This webinar looks at why it's important to understand the roadscape. Asset condition data informs highway asset managers, enabling them to plan a more effective and proactive approach to highway service delivery.

The condition of our road networks is critical to the safety of all road users. This is becoming even more important as the government continues to encourage Active Travel, improve air quality and tackle the impact of climate change.


Steve Birdsall FCIHT

steve birdsall

Steve has been involved in surveying and mapping since the early 80s. He has project managed large-scale geophysical surveys worldwide, specialising in high-tech positioning systems in the oil exploration sector.  Steve’s particular expertise was grounded in navigation systems integration with sensing systems.

In 1999, Steve was commissioned to project manage a full survey of the UK rail network (22,000km) following the Hatfield Rail Disaster and was involved in the Potters Bar Rail Enquiry as an expert witness with respect to asset management.

Steve moved into the highways industry in 2003 to overseas the design and build of the early SCANNER technology, as a member of the DfT’s Implementation and Advisory Group (IAG), Steve worked with TRL, DfT, Practitioners and Suppliers to develop the standards and operation procedures for SCANNER.

Steve is now the founder and Chief Executive of Gaist Limited, an award-winning business, specialising in the strategic and emergency management of assets and new technologies aimed at improving information management, maintenance and investment planning.

Working predominantly with local highways authorities and utility companies, Steve’s company Gaist has developed advanced imaging systems and artificial intelligence technology to create insight into how highways infrastructure is performing in the short to long term.

Steve has worked collaboratively with York University’s Centre for Complex Science to develop advanced deterioration modelling technology which is being used to underpin significant investment programmes into highways in the UK and overseas.

Steve has worked with BAE systems to develop strategic asset management plans for their site facilities, one particular project winning the BAE Systems Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Steve’s current focus is to introduce more intelligent safety systems for local government which leverage the power of computer vision and artificial intelligence. Steve is involved in highways asset management projects in Japan, Middle East, Africa and UK.

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United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Felicity White

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