Northern Ireland - committees

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ICE Northern Ireland's various committees and groups bring together like-minded people and give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge, get advice, and raise the profile and standard of civil engineering.

Find out about the committees and groups that make up ICE Northern Ireland, including what they do, who are members and how you can get involved.

Special interest groups

Special interest groups (SIGs) are a link between industry and ICE, helping us to provide information, training and best practice to our members. Members of SIGs are volunteers from a range of backgrounds within the profession. If you would like to get involved with any of the SIGs in Northern Ireland, please contact the relevant chair.

Commerce and Contracts

The ICE Northern Ireland Commerce and Contracts group aims to promote a better understanding of contract conditions, the legal framework within which they operate and the management procedures needed to deliver projects successfully. This group also provides training for members in the region who are preparing for ICE Law and Contracts exams.

Name Position Employer
Brenda O'Loan Chair AECOM
James Golden   Quigg Golden
Sean Bradley   Farrans
David McCune   AECOM

Digital Group

This group explores the themes of the Digital Catapult, focusing on new ways to work with personal data, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cyber security and immersive technology.

Members

Myra Lydon

Myra Lydon - In 2016 Dr Myra Lydon obtained her Doctorate in Structural Engineering specialising in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and fiber optic sensing systems. She is currently working as a research fellow at Queens University Belfast developing new camera based contact-less SHM methods.

Lauren Reynolds

Lauren Reynolds - Marketing professional with over five years of international marketing experience, specialist in software and technology marketing. She is currently the Digital Catapult Northern Ireland Manager, helping organisations scale and grow through digital transformation.

Simon White

Simon White - Simon is a Chartered Civil Engineer who, over that last 20 years, has specialised in providing value added services in multidisciplinary design across a number of sectors both in the UK and internationally. He is now the Digital Director for Atkins' 3,000 strong Infrastructure division, shaping Atkins' approach to digital engineering, collaboration and automated design.

Melanie Dawson

Melanie Dawson - Melanie's combined design and construction experience has formed an excellent foundation to support her role as Head of BIM in Graham Construction. She manages the BIM ideas process collaboratively to deliver sustainable innovation through BIM. Melanie is a Leader in BIM integration and drives the progress of Graham Construction's BIM vision and objectives.

David Clark

David Clark - David Clark stands at the forefront of innovation within the McAvoy Group and has spent the last number of years dedicating himself to the industry shift towards digital construction and offsite technologies. David has ensured that The McAvoy Group is, and will remain, at the forefront of the digital revolution in the offsite construction industry across the UK and Ireland.

Aimee McCabe

Aimee McCabe - A recent graduate from Queen's University Belfast with a MEng in Structural Engineering with Architecture, Aimee's research project was focused on Immersive Technology in Structural Engineering. She now works on immersive technology at WDR & RT Taggart and has helped to bring projects to life using VR and AR.

Michael Shaw

Dr Michael Shaw - Michael has extensive experience in most aspects of maritime engineering relating to structural engineering projects. His experience of over 25 years encompasses harbour design, coastal defence structures, berthing facilities, cargo handling, infrastructure, aquaculture, marina development and renewable energy projects.

He is one of the very few Chartered Engineers who holds a HSE commercial diving certificate. Mike, using his diving experience in recent years has also become a renowned expert in the field of Accelerated Low Water Corrosion of marine structures and has sat on the CIRIA panel/steering committee for the publication of new guidelines on dealing with the problem.

Education and Training

The ICE Northern Ireland Education and Training Group oversees activities related to the education and training of ICE members in the region. It also aims to identify areas where members can't get the training they need or if improvement is needed.

Name Position
Alan Skates  
David McCune  
Grainne McQuaid  
Martyn Harvie  
Mark McGuigan  
Richard Kirk  
Siobhan Mullan  
Stephen Heaney  
Wendy Armstrong  

Geotechnical Group

The Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group (NIGG) provides an opportunity for the local geotechnical community to meet, and organises technical meetings, seminars and occasional site visits.

Name Position Employer
Keri Fitzpatrick Chair Byrne Looby
Monica Steele Secretary Amey
Eoin Hughes Treasurer Byrne Looby
Laura Carse Member Arup
Simon Wells Member AECOM
Daniel O'Higgins Member Dawson WAM
William Brown Member Gavin Doherty Geosolutions
Noel Kelly Member AECOM
Gabriel Gallagher Member AECOM
Gifford Ferguson Member Ground Check
David Hughes Member QUB
Kaine Lynch Member TransportNI
Andrew Graham Member Doran Consulting
Clare Brennan Member Gavin Doherty Geosolutions
 

Interested in getting involved?

A simplified application process for UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP) Professional Grade is available to members who submit their application within 12 months of becoming chartered by ICE

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety group shares knowledge and best practice with ICE members, industry and wider society, to ensure the highest standards of health and safety awareness. The group runs seminars and training courses on a number of health and safety-related topics.

Name Position
Charlie Hutchison Chair
David Bramall  
Wendy Armstrong  
Andrew Cooke  
Nancy Henry  
Laura Gallagher  
David Agnew  
Ron Coates  
John McCullagh  
Chris Toal  

Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW)

The NI PHEW committee is responsible for identifying, recording and promoting historical works across the region. Committee members prepare and update record forms for historical sites in Northern Ireland, so they can be added to the central UK database of historical engineering works.

The committee encourages excellence in the conservation of significant works.

Name Position
Dr Phil Donald Chair
Frank Robinson  
Dr Michael Gould  
John McRobert  
Prof Adrian Long  
Ivor Pollock  

Reservoir Safety Group

The ICE Northern Ireland Reservoirs Safety Group was established to help the Rivers Agency shape policy for the Reservoirs Bill. The group's members use their expert knowledge to reduce flood risk and the problems it poses to health, the environment, culture, heritage, and settlements.

Name Position
Bill Gowdy Chair
Alan Cooper  
David McKillen  
Stephen Orr  
Donal Ryan  

Transportation Group

The Transportation Group gives members the opportunity to discuss and promote the study and practice of transportation engineering across land, water and air. The group provides information and expert knowledge for publications such as State of the Nation.

Name Position
Mark Atkinson Chair
Kieran O'Connor  
Kevin McShane  
Douglas Ferguson  
Clare Anderson  

Sustainability Group

The Sustainability Group encourages civil engineers to adopt and implement sustainable approaches and promotes ICE's Sustainability Charter. This group is also responsible for the region's Sustainability Award

Name Position
Gerry Hennity Chair
James Nicholl  
Jonathan Bradshaw  
Jacqueline Gibson  
Richard Robinson  

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