Fukushima: The story of a nuclear disaster with Mark Whitby, London

8 February, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:30

Fukushima: The story of a nuclear disaster with Mark Whitby, London

About this event

Despite three reactors melting down at Fukushima, possibly the greatest risk was the lack of cooling to their fuel ponds, and particularly the fourth reactor which had recently been taken off line.

Mark Whitby, Chairman & Design Director at WME and ICE Past-President, presents a lecture on the only other Level 7 incident on the International Nuclear Event Scale besides Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.

This talk, drawn from a number of reports and first-hand accounts, will explain how this disaster unfolded, and how the engineers on the site ultimately rescued the situation.

Arrive 6:30pm for 7pm start. Light refreshments provided.

This is a joint event with ICE London.

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Due to demand we will now be streaming the lecture via our WebEx service as well as recording it for later viewing (via our website). Please note this will be slides and audio of the lecture only.

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Jack Bennett
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Event materials

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Mark Whitby

Mark Whitby

Mark Whitby is a prominent structural engineer and currently Chairman and Design Director at WME Consultants. Previously, he co-founded and led the consultancy firm Whitbybird until they were incorporated into Ramboll in 2007 when he became chairman and director of Ramboll Whitbybird.

Over a 40-year career, he has led design teams on such projects as the new Tate Modern and British Museum extensions in London, the 1982 British Antarctic Survey base, York and Lancaster Millennium Bridges, the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, and British embassies in Sana'a, Dubai and Berlin.

Mark was President of the ICE in 2001/02 and is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineers.