Lila Tachtsi

Lila Tachtsi

UK & Europe

Lila has more than 20 years experience in highway asset management in the UK and overseas. She worked at the University of Birmingham for 10 years developing and implementing asset management around the world. At the same time, she was the Course Director for a postgraduate degree in Road Management.

Lila joined Atkins in 2013 providing strategic asset management advice to various Central and Local Government clients. Lila has worked on a number of strategic national reviews on highway maintenance that influence national policy, including the 2009 UKRLG Winter Service Review and the 2012 Potholes Review. She has also workedd on a number of guidance documents, including the first hihway asset valuation guidance, Well-maintained highways and she is currently managing all UKRLG Codes of Practice.

Lila has developed and delivered asset management training modules on behalf of the World Bank and the IRF, through the UoB. More recently, she is working on various HMEP products. Lila’s work includes advising authorities on how to strategically deal with damage caused by weather emergencies, on behalf of the DfT and supporting CIPFA on regional workshops on asset management.

She has worked with more than 15 local authorities in the UK and Ireland in developing and implementing asset management policies and practices. Lila is currently working with all strategic road authorities in the UK advising on asset valuation and its role on managing the asset. Lila has worked with the NRA on the implementation of asset management and the use of appropriate systems. She is also leading the asset management implementation support contract for the DfT, which includes working with CIPFA, HM Treasury, the National Audit Office and local authorities from across the UK to ensure that the Government’s requirements for highway infrastructure asset valuation can be met effectively. Lila often presents in national conferences on asset management.

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Data is valuable, it’s the new currency. In many sectors, including transport, it becomes invaluable when it is gathered, analysed and transformed into operational and business intelligence. And now there is a great potential for doing so in real-time, offering even bigger opportunities for the travel experience. It’s how we use data that will inform and influence the design of our future cities.

We have released a white paper that considers how we can use insights from big data to influence strategic decision-making and user behaviour.

As well as adding extra network capacity and delivering a better customer experience, big data presents an incredible opportunity to influence people’s behaviour, offering travellers with smarter and more sustainable transport choices.

For example, in a world of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), we can gather data that will inform us about the condition of the transport network, traveller and vehicle behaviour, usage peaks and troughs, the design and operation of towns and cities, and social trends. The maximum value of collaborative CAVs will only be possible with shared ownership and better planned urban networks.

Atkins is currently expanding its use of big data to include mobile phone data, GPS data and a wide range of maintained data assets and connected sensors. This helps us to plan and design future services, quickly address any issues on the network, inform customers of disruptions, travel updates and much more. This is just the tip of what is possible.  We have a growing portfolio of big data insight projects based on more generic and well-maintained data sources, and built on data analytics platforms that can automate common analysis, which enables substantial productivity and quality improvements. 

Using big data insight, we will be able to encourage and incentivise users of the transport system to move closer to their workplace and popular facilities, as well as to more sustainable transport and urban environments. Contemporary planning will help ensure we have the right travel alternatives in the right place and at the right time, making these long term choices attractive.

So what do we need to do now?

  • We need to increase the ‘velocity’ of traditional data analytics from what might be several weeks to a matter of minutes, with big data enabling new forms of algorithms and models to be trained and applied on accelerated computer systems.
  • We need to find a way to ensure data can be shared seamlessly across systems and sectors so we can maximise the benefits of big data for society as a whole.
  • We need to show the general public the benefits that sharing data can have so public opinion can shift and we can better improve people’s lives and journeys through having access to the bigger picture.

By capturing data and applying scenario planning, we can chart our route towards a more connected, automated and data-driven future, and a better passenger experience for us all.

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