WJ delivered an exceptional Innovation Day recently, which was their first in London. The chosen location was the prestigious ExCel Exhibition Centre in London Docklands, allowing the event to be played out against an iconic backdrop of the River Thames, O2 Arena, Emirates Cable Car and London City Airport.
WJ Group Managing Director Wayne Johnston commented “We expanded our activity in London following the highly successful delivery of 2012 Olympic Route Network for TfL. Working as part of a collaborative community, we have listened to our clients and other stakeholders. Understanding the complex problems in delivering a safe, sustainable and inclusive infrastructure in the capitol as helped shape our business for the better. It’s just one of the many reasons why I have been looking forward to sharing our latest innovations with our client base in London and the South”.
The regional road marking conference was attended by around 180 high level delegates from across the highways industry, supported by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and Charted Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) with a programme of CPD endorsed technical presentations. The theory was followed by practical demonstrations providing a real understanding of WJ’s ambition to find better and more environmentally beneficial ways to deliver road markings.
The Clients View was delivered by Dana Skelley OBE Director Asset Management TfL, together with presentations from key representatives from IHE, RSMA, Open University and LoCity, this wide-ranging event covered subjects from molecular chemistry and ground breaking plant to autonomous vehicles, road worker safety and community inclusion.
The agenda was further enhanced through presentations and demonstrations from the WJ Supply Chain, demonstrating the culture and many benefits to be gained from true collaboration.
WJ also showcased their forward-thinking ethos for workforce safety with automated processes aimed at removing vulnerable operatives off the carriageway and a key feature of the day was the demonstration of the WJ Guardian Automatic Road Stud Installation process.
George Lee Chief Executive of the Road Safety Markings Association extolled the virtues of high performance road markings as a low-cost engineering solution to provide appropriate levels of road safety for the growing numbers of older drivers now, whilst identifying the commonality and need for advanced road markings to aid autonomous vehicle technology for the future.
WJ are the UK’s leading specialist road marking company with a vision for delivery of an exceptional service combined with a drive to develop advanced processes to make the sector a leader in innovation and sustainable practices balanced on the people, planet and profit model.