In supporting the ICE charter to foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering, the purpose of the Municipal Panel is to provide professional leadership for the development and application of knowledge relating to the built environment. Find out more in our Terms of Reference.
Meet the panel
The Municipal Expert panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.
What are we working on?
Having helped create an ongoing mentoring scheme for qualified ICE members, as well as a series of briefing reports, the panel have identified 3 projects they will be focusing on for 2018-2020:
Urban Infrastructure Technologies and Innovation: Identify how technology and innovation can be used more effectively in the development and management of urban infrastructure, specifically towns and cities. For more details, read the project mandate.
Future Cities Standards: Produce case-studies, briefings and a report that outlines a standard for the governance and management systems that will be required for the city of the future. For more details, read the project mandate
Education and Forward Thinking: To consider what new skills and techniques will be required to move forward and provide urban engineers with the requisite skills and resources beyond traditional engineering. For more details, read the project mandate
In 2016, the panel held one of their quarterly meetings at Coventry University followed by attendance at the ICE West Midlands conference titled 'Re-Engineering Our Cities'. John Thomson gave a presentation on 'Translating the urban vision into reality'.
Links to the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME)
John Thomson (past Chairman and current standing member of the Municipal Engineering Expert Panel) represents the ICE Municipal panel and the UK on the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME). IFME is an organisation that fosters technical and cultural exchange of information, innovations, skills and experience between municipal and public works engineers worldwide. ICE's link to IFME is important as it increases awareness and understanding across differing cultures.
John has produced a number of papers showcasing municipal best practice in countries like Denmark and Canada as well as the UK. John took over as President of IFME in August 2018, at the congress held in Kansas, USA. Watch this space as ICE will be hosting the IFME Triennial Congress in 2021. John will be working closely with the ICE international team to push forward ICE's agenda internationally. More details on IFME, their work and past congresses can be found at https://ifmeworld.connectedcommunity.org/home.
Technical briefs and congress papers can be found in the IFME Knowledge Hub at www.ifmeworld.connectedcommunity.org/knowledgehub.
On 28 June 2019, a senior delegation from the China Municipal Engineering Association was hosted at the ICE. They met with the ICE International Membership Recruitment Manager, Patrick Courtney to discuss professional qualifications, global BIM standards and approaches to STEM education and careers support. The visit was facilitated by the IFME and also included a tour of One Great George Street provided by ICE Archivist, Carol Morgan.
Visit the ICE Journals page and access the Municipal Engineer journal.