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The full programme for the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) inaugural Elevation conference, networking and gala dinner event on 25 September has been confirmed. 

The special early-bird booking discount has been extended until 24 August for the event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, UK.

The afternoon will be given over to a condensed conference with each speaker giving a 20-minute presentation. 

  • Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director, CITB: Update – Engagement and future plans
  • Jo Fautley, Deputy CEO, Build UK: Catalyst for change: Transforming construction
  • Malcolm Bowers, Director, Lifterz: The changing dynamics of platform rental
  • Nigel Taylor, European Director, Serious Labs: VR today, tomorrow and the future
  • Angel Ibañez, IPAF’s Global Representative for MCWP & Related Products: New IPAF hoist course
  • Paul Lindup, Network Rail’s head of Infrastructure, Construction and Engineering Air Operations: MEWPs vs drones
  • Jan-Willem van Weir, AWP Product Manager, JLG: JLG site of the future;=
  • Ray Cooke, Construction Sector Safety Unit, HSE: Work at height – the importance of planning it right
  • Giles Councell, IPAF’s Director of Operations: IPAF Update
  • Richard Whiting, IPAF’s UK Market General Manager; Closing remarks and general Q&A session

In the morning IPAF will host a meeting of the Access Link group, as well as IPAF’s UK Country Council and MCWP Committee. A workshop to help IPAF rental members in the UK making the mandatory transition to IPAF Rental+ minimum standards will run concurrently.

From 1pm to 1:45pm IPAF will hold a UK Open Meeting ahead of the afternoon conference.

There will be a gala dinner in the evening and the whole event will be a chance for attendees to meet and network, as well as to try their hand on a state-of-the-art MEWP simulator machine as part of IPAF’s ongoing virtual reality (VR) consultation (www.ipaf.org/VRconsultation). The person who completes a specific MEWP challenge with the fewest faults and closest to the target time will win IPAF’s “Smooth Operator 2018” award.

There will also be a competition to choose the best marketing video for IPAF training, with attendees at the event able to vote for their favourite from a showreel of shortlisted finalists (nominations or submissions to Faith Cobaine at faith.cobain@ipaf.org by 15 September).

Richard Whiting siad, “IPAF’s inaugural Elevation event boasts a diverse and engaging line-up of speakers and what will be a fascinating range of activities and entertainment that will appeal to anyone working in the powered access industry in the UK today. I’m looking forward to it tremendously and I expect it will quickly become an established fixture in IPAF’s top-class global events calendar.”

Visit www.ipaf.org/elevation for more information and to reserve your place. Anyone booking a place will also receive an exclusive reduction in the price of the award-winning 2018 IPAF Global Powered Access Rental Market Report, compiled by Ducker Worldwide.

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