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Brunel closing lecture 2019: Transportation infrastructure and interdisciplinary interfaces on complex mega projects, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 11 December 2019
  • 18:30 - 19:45
Brunel closing lecture 2019: Transportation infrastructure and interdisciplinary interfaces on complex mega projects, London

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Part of the 12th International Brunel Lecture series.

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"Dreaming Big"

It is no secret or surprise that a transport boom is overtaking the world. On every continent and in every government, transportation infrastructure is seeing a call to action as hasn't been heard in decades.

The reasons driving these are many, and the time for all institutions, private industries and members of the public to put a shoulder behind this boom is now.

Why is this so? Why now? The answer is because the next generation is "dreaming big" and they are crying out for:

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Economic Prospects

The two key factors in bridging the gap between poverty and prosperity are education/skills, and mobility.

Mobility is, of course, the goal of great transportation projects. Transport puts the wind in the sails of young adults starting off in the world; economically disadvantaged individuals making it to steady employment; small business enterprises connecting their products with customers; and growers, creators and workers with the education/skills to deploy moving forward. Mobility is the wind.

Social Justice

Future societies increasingly value all people, including those who need multiple diverse pathways for their transport.

Now, in every single extended family, we each have at least one loved one, who – because of health, physical incapacity – a wheelchair, loss of sight, a potential for seizures, learning or mental differences, and, increasingly due to fragile old age – are not able to drive.

Diverse transport options are, for them, the difference between imprisonment at home or freedom.

Environmental Imperatives

Climate change and the counting of our Carbon Footprint are no longer far away, abstract concepts, or a burden in the hands of our scientists! They are overtaking us today and the next generation is already changing the way we create every political decision we make, every bite of food we eat, every way we move.

Dramatic, quantifiable environmental benefits are springing from intelligent transport projects, and new innovations – both from engineers and from all creative thinkers in all walks of life – are generating a leap-frogging of the benefits each year.

New government priorities, funding models and stakeholder engagement methods are being crafted. What else is needed? What do leaders and engineers in great, powerful, intelligent transport projects need to do, and how can they thrive amidst the changing nature of engineering and the emerging needs and capacities of the next generation?

During the 12th Brunel International Lecture Series, Linda Miller OBE will address all of these concepts, using six "inescapable" lessons to embrace and act upon, and giving practical examples, using experience from projects on three continents.

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18:00 - Registration and welcome refreshments

18:30 - Welcome from the Chair

18:35 - Dreaming Big: Transport Infrastructure and Interdisciplinary Interfaces on Complex Mega-Projects  - Linda Miller, Director, Bechtel

19:20 - Questions and Answers

19:40 - Summation from the Chair

19:45 - Close of lecture


Linda Miller

Linda Miller

Linda Miller is a Bechtel leader currently serving as Construction Director.

Linda’s most recent project was working on the Sydney Metro, which is Australia’s biggest public transport project, which, will deliver 31 Metro Stations and more than 66 km of new tunnels, including tunnels crossing under the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Prior to this, Linda was the Project Manager of London’s Crossrail Farringdon Station and previously the Project Manager for Crossrail’s Connaught Tunnel Project, which inspirationally included bringing a 135-year-old disused tunnel back to life. Crossrail is currently Europe’s largest construction project, adding 42km of new East-West tunnels and 10 new Stations under the heart of central London.

Linda was born in the USA and began her career as a US Army Officer & Helicopter Pilot. She has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from West Point Military Academy, New York and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Linda is proud to have worked for Bechtel for over 25 years, on projects including a new Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the “Big Dig” highway tunnel under Boston, Massachusetts and many other challenges around the world.

Linda has a personal passion for encouraging girls & women to join the global engineering & construction industry. For this work in promoting diversity, she was selected in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Linda has also been featured on several recent TV Documentaries on the BBC.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Charles Jensen

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