Future Roads is a conference for the New Zealand roading industry, which was first held at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton in November 2022. The first event was well received, attracting over 300 delegates.
Waka Kotahi sponsored the inaugural event, and then Minister of Transport, Hon Michael Wood, gave the opening address.
The annual conference is designed to attract an audience from road owners throughout New Zealand including central and local government. The conference is also supported by the engineering and infrastructure services community.
Conference content is assembled under the guidance of an advisory panel. The key subject areas are leadership and government strategy; network futureproofing; procurement; materials; technology; sustainability; and, smart traffic signal technologies and control centres.
The large exhibition hall hosts technology displays and equipment providers from throughout New Zealand with exhibitors ready to discuss and share their knowledge.
Future Roads is pleased to have the support of industry associations including Infrastructure New Zealand, UDINZ, Civil Contractors New Zealand, The Signals NZ User Group (SNUG) and the Aggregate & Quarry Association.
Leadership and government strategy
- Waka Kotahi direction and overall government policy around roading
- government funding and financing options
- iwi investment and partnering in roading
- network design
- contract models
- social procurement
- standards and consistency
- sustainability responsibilities – contractor or owner
- the role of consultants and contractors
- understanding and overcoming constraints in procurement processes
- designing your roading network to withstand changes in climate
- water-proofing and drainage considerations
- re-sealing techniques
- the question around managed retreat
- future technologies around road construction and maintenance
- international developments in roading technology
- asphalt and bitumen plant technology
- pavement design technologies
- R & D
- near sourcing
- aggregate supply and specification
- the supply of bitumen and asphalt
- recycled materials
Smart Traffic Signal Technologies and Control Centres
- developments in new signals technologies
- wireless systems around cameras and radars
- traffic monitoring and use of data