Infrastructure as an asset – are we there yet?

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Strategic session 7:
Delivering quality transport infrastructure for the future

The European public desires transport infrastructure that suits its needs. This involves, for instance, fluid borderless mobility, efficient transport, preserving the environment, improving living conditions, but also connecting physical and digital worlds. Public value from infrastructure will come in many forms. This requires a balancing act which involves quality of corridors, local circumstances, needs, interests, and available resources to name a few. Fundamentally, National Transport Infrastructure Authorities (NTIAs) are gradually transforming from cost-effective managers of their hardware to providers of public value through their networks. They do so in an increasingly dynamic setting of actors.

The above mentioned transformation is not easy, as NTIAs need to excel on three levels:

  1. NTIAs remain fully responsible to ensure their networks meet the current expectations on a day-to-day basis (safe, reliable and cost-efficient).
  2. They need to be effective coordinators in a myriad of public-public and public-private coalitions to address a piling number of connected issues (environment, finance, synchro-modality, urban/regional transport, digitalisation, climate, circularity).
  3. They need to be sensitive and  responsive to an increasingly dynamic context outside their control. Dynamics can come from policy, economy, society, and technology (e.g. public procurement rules, cost-cutting, new mobility services, big-tech).

The objective of the strategic session is to highlight new and evolving approaches for public-public and public-private innovation co-operation that will help deliver Europe’s infrastructure for the future. The starting point is a common strategic vision for the capabilities that NTIAs need to develop to address the changing needs of infrastructure users and changing technology, achieve sustainability targets, and generate added-value in a broad sense, including digitalisation. Innovative finance and procurement approaches in the context of the common strategic vision will also be considered.

Session organisers: Arjan Hijdra, CEDR and Ari-Pekka Manninen, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Arjan HijdraDr. Arjan Hijdra is an infrastructure planner and researcher. His background enables him to link engineering, network and governance perspectives. He holds a PhD degree in infrastructure planning and a M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering. He started his professional career in 1994 in international port consultancy. In 1999 he joined Rijkswaterstaat, the executive arm of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstaat. He is senior advisor on network performance within Rijkswaterstaat and co-ordinator of Network Governance for CEDR. In the past decade Arjan has been project leader for the World Economic Forum on resilience of infrastructure within the Future of Construction program, he was seconded at the US Army Corps of Engineers in Washington for a comparative study on network performance, and for a full academic year he was a visiting scholar at MIT, Cambridge, to investigate value optimisation of infrastructure projects. Arjan is co-founder of the Global Infrastructure Institute, a not-for-profit organisation fostering the practical use of evidence-based solutions to push social, ecological and financial sustainability in the infrastructure sector.

Dr. Ari-Pekka Manninen has a long experience of infrastructure management and governance. He has worked two decades in infrastructure branch from contracting business, academic research, and legislation to the agency governance. At the moment, Dr. Manninen works for the  Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency as a development manager. His specialties cover infrastructure asset management and digitalisation.


Strategic session 8:
Infrastructure for co-operative, connected and automated mobility

The session focuses on ways to transition from research, development and innovation to deployment of infrastructure for co-operative, connected and automated mobility on the TEN-T Network. Starting from future end-user needs, the session will discuss how the performance of digital and physical infrastructure networks needs to be optimised to better serve the needs of multimodal door-to-door services.

The session brings key European stakeholders to jointly identify the key gaps in the value chain of RDI and deployment of infra for CCAM. Addressing the current RDI activities and strategic future needs, the aim of the session is to reach a joint stakeholder view for European co-operation framework for the next five years.

Session organiser: Alina Koskela, Special Adviser, Traficom

Alina KoskelaMs Koskela (Ms.Soc.Sci. University of Helsinki) is an experienced project manager and international co-operator in the field of smart transport and mobility solutions, with particular focus on connected and automated mobility and infrastructure for CAM. Koskela is a special adviser for the 5G Momentum ecosystem, which is run by Finnish Transport and Communication Agency Traficom. The 5G Momentum ecosystem enables 5G trials in all transport modes and facilitates networking of 5G players in the field. Koskela is tightly involved in the ”learning by doing” process of Traficom and committed to promoting new digital and intelligent solutions in all transport modes. She has a cross-sectoral experience from the public sector with focus on international initiatives and cross-border projects.

Strategic session 9:
Powering future transport networks

The session will focus on opportunities and bottlenecks for the successful deployment of battery/energy storage solutions and electro mobility as well as energy grids and interlinkages. The session shall discuss the measures needed to enable a transformation towards smart infrastructure that shall link storage energy solutions and (fast) charging points, together with use of data through new services, applications and networks of networks, and interoperability. The session includes aspects for all modes of transport.

Session organiser: Jaap Gebraad, Executive Director, WATERBORNE Technology Platform

Jaap GebraadJaap has worked for about ten years as Board Secretary and Senior Project Manager of the “Bureau Innovation Research & Development” of the Foundation STC Group. He was also the Daily Secretary of the European Association EDINNA (Education in Inland Navigation). Jaap holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics and Economics of the University of Applied Sciences (HES) in Rotterdam and a Master’s Degree in Shipping and Transport of the Netherlands Maritime University. Currently, Jaap holds the position of Director Research and Development Affairs at SEA Europe, representing the European shipbuilding and maritime equipment suppliers.


Please note that the session descriptions are subject to change.