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Asset Utilisation & Rehabilitation Session Lineup Announced

Our SWIFT September session on Asset Utilisation and Rehabilitation at looks into the topics of asset lifecycles, sustainability in asset management, fleet parts management, tendering and TCO, and asbestos management. Led by Sarah J. Demory, AAE, ACE, Assistant Aviation Director City of Phoenix Aviation, she will be joined by Lisa Gahm of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Nicolas Bernard from Paris CDG, Jon Dueck, VP Technology at Evergreen Solutions, and Gabriel Nevarez, Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport When asked why he thought the SWIFT Conference was so important this year, Nicolas said: “This conference is an opportunity to allow us to progress by discovering and sharing good, innovative practices. Given the difficult context of COVID and having to find new solutions for the maintenance of our infrastructures, this will be a great chance to discuss our ideas, as well as expanding our professional networks.” You can register for any, or all, of our nine 90-minute sessions running throughout the course of September, here: https://lnkd.in/eHWqRN4

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Winter Operations session

The Winter Operations session at SWIFT September will be held at 09:10 CDT, 15th September. Three speakers have joined the panel for this discussion: Charlie Beuning, Field Maintenance Manager at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, Richard Brannan, Assistant Director of Field Maintenance at Denver International Airport, and the SWIFT Committee’s very own Roy McLeod, Airfield Operations at Calgary Airport. Charlie has twenty-five years of airport operational experience within four different departments.  He was instrumental in the creation of MSP’s runway snow/ice removal playbook.  His passion is coaching the snow/ice removal teams.  Charlie believes you “play like you practice” and execution is critical to our success, which gives us an advantage over mother nature. In his current role he is responsible for the day to day operations of Field Maintenance, Richard oversees asphalt and concrete projects, perimeter and security fence repair, assisting with special events, erosion and MS4 control, mowing operations, emergency response, PAR 139 compliance and all airside snow removal operations. Turning his attention to the benefits of SWIFT September, Richard says: “With the pandemic and the world having basically been on hold for the past year, it’s good to get our industry back together and reconnect with one another. I’m

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Climate Change and Asphalt Pavements – Speakers Confirmed

The first of two sessions at SWIFT September to be hosted by CAPTG (Canadian Airfield Pavement Technical Group), this session on Climate Change and Asphalt Pavements will be hosted by CAPTG Committee, Richard Blommers of Tetra Tech, who will be accompanied by Dave Anderson, Project Manager at Associated Engineering. Joining the session from National Research Council Canada is Dr. Omran Maadani, Associate Research Scientist who has developed Climate Adaption and Asphalt Selection Tool (CAAST) to do climate parameters analysis and climate resilient asphalt selection for flexible pavement roads. Mohammad Shafiee, Research Officer also from National Research Council Canada has since 2018 focused his research on climate resilient pavements and sustainable infrastructures. Mohammad comments: “Reconnecting with airport community after a challenging year and staying informed about how the community is adjusting to the changes is going to be inspiring for me. I look forward to sharing and exchanging ideas with airport community the impact of climate change and extreme weather events of asphalt selection .” Omran and Mohammad will be speaking alongside Dr. Lukas Arenson from BGC Engineering Inc. Lukas is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at BGC Engineering in Vancouver with twenty years of expertise in permafrost Engineering. He is also currently

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Speakers revealed for SWIFT Session: ‘When the Noise Stops’

SWIFT September’s ‘When the Noise Stops’ is a topical session on business recovery from crisis. It will be the first session on September 8th, 09:10 CTD, chaired by Neil Pritchard, Head of Business Change for Heathrow Airport. Neil will be joined by guest speakers Regional Manager for Western Canada from Transportation Safety Board, Jon Lee, and Director of Operations at Halifax International Airport Authority, Jeff Macmillan. When asked about this year’s virtual conference, MacMillan explained the value. “The industry has been adversely affected by the pandemic in many ways. SWIFT provides the opportunity to reconnect and see best practices for a strong airport recovery, this year very significant.”  This session is sponsored by Tradewind Scientific, and registration is now open. Sign up here: https://swiftconference.org/attend/

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SWIFT September – Welcome session announced

This year’s welcome session is going to be unmissable. Some of the SWIFT committee members will be previewing the upcoming sessions and advising on how to get the most from this year’s virtual event. Presenting the session is Myron Thiessen, Department of National Defence, Steve McKeown President of SWIFT September headline sponsor Team Eagle, and Roy McLeod, Airfield Operations at Calgary Airport Authority. We’ll also hear from a selection of airside ops personnel as they reflect on the last 18 months, and what they think the future holds for the aviation sector in a post-Covid19 world. If you’d like to attend, secure your place by registering via our attend page: https://swiftconference.org/attend/

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Having made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 event, SWIFT, the industry’s premier airfield conference has confirmed that the 2021 show will go on – but with a new twist, says Roy McLeod: ‘On behalf of your SWIFT Committee, we are pleased to have partnered with UK aviation events specialists Aviation Events Group, to bring you an alternative conference format, delivering the same high-quality content you expect from SWIFT. ‘Reformatted and re-branded ‘SWIFT SEPTEMBER’, the conference will run as nine virtual sessions over five consecutive Wednesdays: 1st (welcome) 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th September. Each Wednesday is split into two, bite-sized, 90-minute sessions covering all aspects of airfield operations and best practices. SWIFT’s long-term association with CAPTG means that delegates can still explore technological developments in the design, construction evaluation, and maintenance of pavements within this new, fresh format.’ Operations Director Andrew Organ of Aviation Events Group comments ’SWIFT has always been known for sharing engaging, up-to-the-minute content with an extensive range of airports, airlines, regulators, and suppliers. We are delighted to have this opportunity to support the show, and to provide a fresh route for the many loyal attendees to get together by bringing SWIFT directly to them.’ Neil Pritchard,

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