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Welcome statement from ISWIM President, Chris Koniditsiotis

Chris Koniditsiotis, President ISWIM

I invite you to a key event which brings together two associations, ISWIM and HVTT Forum into one single international scientific conference experience. The joint conference theme Technology Convergence 2023 – Setting the wheels in motion – Reimagining the future of heavy vehicles, roads and freight is relevant and timely.

This relevance and timeliness acknowledge the impact of the convergence in technology within the sector in delivering concurrently improved productivity, safety and environmental outcomes. Furthermore, these outcomes are being achieved by bringing the world of heavy vehicles and weigh- in-motion together. I would like to thank the efforts of both Boards – ISWIM and HVTT Forum in their cooperation to work together in making this possible and importantly ensuring the focus is the ‘stakeholder delegate’ experience. Traditionally, ISWIM international conferences are designed to address the broad range of topics related to on-road and in-vehicle weigh-in-motion technology, its research, installation and operation, and use across variable end-users.

These conferences are held every three to four years and as such represent milestone events in reporting and bearing witness to major advances in both the ability to collect mass information, and its use in better designing, maintaining, and operating infrastructure and transport networks. As with our previous eight conferences, ISWIM underscores the importance of stakeholder participation and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is particularly pleasing for me that the conference is being held in my country of Australia. Australian governments and industry have worked over many years to increase the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle operations. The collection and use of mass information has been a key enabler to achieving this and I know this will be showcased at the conference.

This joint conference along with the supporting exhibition promises to be a great event, providing a richer collaborative stage for both associations and all stakeholders. I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane, Australia.

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