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Mega Projects, Wednesday 6 March 2019



Rail 5.0 and Digital Mobility

 Oh Young-Sik

Keynote Interview: Oh Young-sik, CEO and President, KORAIL

Mr Oh Young-sik will sit down to discuss the future of rail technology in the world’s most digitally connected country. As CEO of a company that oversees one of the outstanding high-speed rail networks in the world alongside a metro system in Seoul that is responsible for over 1 billion journeys per year, Young-sik will share KORAIL’s strategy for future growth and their drive for deeper digitalisation.
Brian Kelly

Keynote Interview: Brian Kelly, CEO, California High Speed Railway Authority

The California High Speed Rail Authority have started construction of one of the world’s largest high-speed rail programs. The landmark US high-speed project represents a watershed moment for the US market as high-speed rail continues to grow. CEO Brian Kelly will sit down to discuss the key technologies CHSRA are looking at using to bring about momentous change in West Coast pubic transport and beyond.
Nicholas Owen

Keynote Digital Rail Panel: How can the rail industry adapt to the rapid changes that come with digital technology and embrace the digital revolution?

  • With the rise of IoT, sensors and automation, what are the priorities of the future of public transport?
  • What is the role of public transport operators in the future of door to door travel?
  • How can we use Artificial Intelligence in a sustainable way to ensure reliability and cost-effective maintenance?
  • Where will the next generation of disruptors in the transport industry come from and how can we prepare our organisations?

Exhibition Opening Ceremony


Networking refreshment break


Technology and Strategy Roundtables

With rising passenger expectations and rapidly-changing technology, how can we as an industry evolve to meet these challenges?Our round tables are hosted by senior level topic specialists.Participants are asked to introduce themselves to the table, and then as a group, they brainstorm and produce their suggestions on what technology would work best for them.After 30 minutes, there is one rotation, so participants can join two tables during the session.


Andrew Mcnaughton
Mega Projects

Connecting hubs with domestic high-speed services

  • Capitalising on the demand for inter-city transport services in the UK
  • Managing the socio-political impacts of huge-scale infrastructure works
  • Comprehend the effects of high-speed on the wider strategy for transport
Johan Sundin
Mega Projects

The challenges of increasing connectivity and investing in new infrastructure

  • Optimising inter-city & suburban to urban connectivity with improved transport links
  • Comprehend the socioeconomic impacts and benefits of large-scale projects during and after construction
  • Breaking down how planning and permissions processes can be navigated

Networking Lunch and Exhibition viewing


Kaspars Rokens
Mega Projects

Connecting European & Baltic hubs with new infrastructure

  • Navigating the complexities of a regional project with five EU member countries
  • Determining the most feasible route for the railway and overcoming the challenges of connecting to existing networks
  • Evaluate the socio-economic benefits and longevity of these strategies as traffic flows between hubs increase
Tim Keith
Mega Projects

Building a high-speed line from the bottom up

  • Managing cross-border stakeholder complexities
  • Creating a balance between convenient service and speed whilst maintaining overall profitability
  • Overcoming the challenges of integrating into an existing high-commuter market

Afternoon networking break and exhibition viewing

Julio Gómez-Pomar

How can we invest in billion-euro projects and be sure that they will ready for future passenger demands?

  • Where are the key touch points for operators and infrastructure managers when looking to future proof megaprojects
  • What are thetechnologies we should be looking into regarding innovation in mobility?
  • What are the benefits of open data and what role can it play in these projects?
  • How can we be sure to integrate this innovation across our entire system and company?
  • How can we regulate and invest intechnologies for a smooth introduction of disruptors?

End of Day

Please join us for an evening drinks reception at the iconic San Mamés Stadium – the home of Athletic Bilbao FC
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Mega Projects, Thursday 7 March 2019



Keynote Sessions


Mobility and Infrastructure Keynotes

09.05 In the face of radical and disruptive technology evolution, how can we ensure that our businesses are securely equipped for the future passenger?Automation, IoT, AI, blockchain the reality of innovation at the heart of global railway infrastructure companiesHow can we use cutting edge technology such as blockchain, AI and chatbots to facilitate operations and maintenance in a traditional industry like rail?
  • How can we create infrastructure that is flexible enough to adapt to the capacity demands of tomorrow?
  • What areas of innovation should we explore in order to develop the major projects of the future?
Keynote Panel: How can we guarantee that mobility will remain sustainable and a seamless passenger experience is not jeopardised with the introduction of disruptors?
  • How can we create digital platforms that are agile enough to adapt to the rapidly changing demands of passengers?
  • What steps should we take to ensure open data can be advantageous in the face of cybersecurity and GDPR challenges?
  • Where should operators be focussing to maximise the efficiencies available with future technology?

Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall


Global Project Roundtables

With the ever increasing need for new transport infrastructure and smart technology, how are organisations around the world rising to meet this demand?Our roundtables are hosted by senior level projects specialists from across the world.Participants are asked to introduce themselves to the table, and then as a group, they brainstorm and produce their suggestions on what technology would work best for them.After 30 minutes, there is one rotation, so participants can join two tables during the session.


Mark Loader
Mega Projects

How collaboration is key to international expansion

  • Evaluating evolving passenger demands for international transport links
  • Collaborating with international players to accelerate planning stages
  • Predicting future trends for international expansions
Matias Uslenghi
Mega Projects

Modernising transport links on a national scale

  • Recovering an entire rail network through new track infrastructure
  • Optimising operational efficiencies and passenger capacity
  • Overcoming the challenges of securing financing for these projects

Networking lunch in the exhibition hall


Close of Conference – See you next year!


Welcoming drinks in Torre BEC

last published: 07/Nov/18 21:35