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This is an online discussion event for Fellows to explore the challenges and opportunities for civil engineers in keeping pace with digital acceleration during and after the coronavirus pandemic and throughout the industry in general.
The coronavirus emergency has put digital technology firmly at the forefront of the lives of civil engineers across the UK. But as we come to rely on digital connectivity during the crisis, questions are being asked about whether civil engineers are making the most of digital transformation.
Has the industry fallen behind or embraced digital change? How should we be using data to work smarter and revolutionise the design and delivery of infrastructure? What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on changing attitudes to digital technology in engineering? And how well-equipped are the civil engineers of today to meet the challenge?
Paul Sheffield ICE President will answer questions from the attendees and discuss some of the issues.
This event will use Microsoft Teams and registrants will be sent the link to join the day before the event.
13:00 Moderator’s comments – Keith Jones, ICE Wales Cymru Director
13:02 Welcome and introductions by Yvonne Murphy, ICE Wales Cymru Chair
13:05 Paul Sheffield, ICE President – ‘Digital as the new normal’
13:15 Questions and discussion
13:55 Closing remarks – Yvonne Murphy
Paul studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey, graduating in 1983, becoming Chartered in 1987. Following graduation, he spent 31 with the Kier Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer, and latterly as Project Director on a power station in Hertfordshire, a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia and underground railways in Hong Kong.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was on the Board of Keir with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities and from 2010 to 2014 he was the CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and high rise residential.
In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in major infrastructure and construction projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and various hospitals, schools, retail and residential projects.
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