A Digital Future for Ports, London

24 April, 2017 | 14:30 - 17:30

How technology is chaning the shape the future of port engineering
How technology is chaning the shape the future of port engineering

About this event

Many ports need to redevelop and build new terminals to handle the increasing size of ships and remain viable. New technologies have a major role to play in improving construction efficiency and operations to meet these requirements.

The Institution of Civil Engineers is offering a half day seminar to explore the digital innovations that will shape the future of port engineering.

The programme will cover:

  • Use of new software to accurately plan dredging and maintenance needs
  • How going digital can lead to time and cost reductions and avoid clashes in construction
  • How digital models and visualisations contribute to the consent process and public consultations

Registration and prices

Follow the booking links to register or call us on +44 (0)20 7665 2226.

Member rate: £70 excl. VAT
Non-member: £90 excl. VAT


14:00 Registration, refreshments and networking

14:30 Chair’s opening remarks

14:35 Taking a digital leap towards smart ports

  • Addressing the challenge of bigger ships, increased cargo volume and passenger numbers
  • Utilising every tool available to increase efficiency
  • Ensuring port development/redevelopment is adequate for current demand

14:50 Optimising dredging, berthing and mooring needs

  • Saving on costs and maximising capacity
  • Benefiting from collecting and analysing data
  • Utilising the latest software the supply-chain has to offer

15:05 Panel Discussion: Enabling the use of digital technologies in port construction

  • How can we secure appropriate financing?
  • What are the barriers for digital transformation?
  • What can we learn from other construction sectors?

15:45 Refreshments and networking

16:15 Digitising our way through consent and master planning

  • Capturing the imagination of the public; why visualisations are important
  • Accurately assessing environmental and marine-life impact
  • How 3D,4D and 5D models can better support the consent application

16:30 Case Study on Port Construction

16:45 Panel Discussion: Reducing costs for operations and maintenance

  • How can better information management add value to the project?
  • Why is it important to start with the end in mind, when in the design stage?
  • Can we apply innovative techniques with the current supply-chain?

17:25 - Chair's closing remarks