Welcome statement from HVTT Forum President, Loes Aarts
I'm delighted to invite you to be part of the Technology Convergence 2023. The decision to bring the 17th HVTT Forum (HVTT17) and the 9th International Conference on Weigh in Motion (ICWIM9) together into a single conference builds upon the strong long-standing relationships between both organisations.
It will also be the first time in fifteen years that the HVTT Forum and ISWIM have organised a joint conference, again with a focus on topics and subject areas which are of mutual interest to both organisations. The theme of Technology Convergence 2023 – Setting the wheels in motion – Reimagining the future of heavy vehicles, roads and freight is intended to highlight the synergies between vehicle-based technologies and road-based technologies to deliver improved productivity, safety and environmental outcomes together. As we emerge from the challenges of the last couple of years, there is a renewed focus on the future of road transport and supply chains, and how changes to traditional operating arrangements are being accelerated through the application of technology.
The joint conference is intended to showcase the very latest research, developments and thinking, and to help shape the future of heavy vehicles, freight, asset management and technologies. The broader societal context in which this occur remains a key aspect of our work. After all, technology is a means – not an end in itself. In response to the rapid pace of change occurring across the globe, new models of collaboration across disciplines are needed to meet the challenges that lay in front us.
The conference is therefore a critical step in building lasting relationships, networks and working relationships that will position us well for the future. The joint conference guarantees a rich spectrum of knowledge, contacts and experiences – as well as invaluable networking opportunities. I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in November 2023.