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Graduate and Student Annual Conference 2018, Belfast

  • Lecture
  • Belfast
  • 11 May 2018
  • 08:30 - 16:30
Graduate and Student Annual Conference 2018, Belfast

About this event

The G&S Conference is an annual all-day event for young civil engineering professionals and students. This years' programme features an impressive list of speakers covering a wide range of sectors in celebration of the Institution's bicentenary.

Talks will cover everything from restoration works on the Mourne Wall Heritage sites, to the digital future of our industry implementing BIM and Numerical Modelling solutions across multiple sectors.

There will be a breakout session, a few demos from local companies, and plenty of opportunities for networking. This event is sponsored by Atkins.


Registration, Tea/Coffee & Scones

'Skills and Capabilities to Succeed in a Digital World'
Simon White, Digital Director Infrastructure UK, Atkins

'Conference Welcome – ICE 200'
Dr Ruth Kelly PhD MEng GMICE, Amey
ICE NI G&S Chair

'Bridges – Shaping the World'
Philip Brown BEng CEng FICE, Graham Construction
Chairman, ICE Northern Ireland

Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW)
'The importance of promoting an understanding amongst civil engineers, and the broader public, of our rich engineering heritage'
Dr Philip Donald

'Working in Partnership to Restore Century-old Heritage: Restoration of the Mourne Wall'
Alice Whittington, RPS
Niall McGovern, Geda Construction


'The past, present and future of contaminated land management.'
Melanie Thrush, Geoenvironmental Engineer, Arup

'Use of Immersive Technologies within BIM and Project Management'
Dr Michael Shaw, RPS
Stephen Henderson RPS

'Erie Basin Development – Enabling Regeneration with BIM'
Laura Killeen, DesignID
Stephen Smalley, DesignID

'Digital Skills Workshop'
Keith Robson and Simon White, Atkins


'Highway Infrastructure: Past, Present and Future'
Daryl Armstrong, Amey
Alan Scroggie, Amey

'Industry collaboration and drive for fully integrated catchment planning'
Paul McDonald, Senior Principal Engineer, Jacobs

'Implementing BIM - Business as Usual?'
Paul Davison, Head of Water Capital Delivery, Northern Ireland Water
Francis Rainey, Head of Clean Water Networks, Jacobs

Tea/Coffee & tray bakes

'Non-intrusive electrical geophysics and applications to peatland management'
Dr Hugh Cushnan, RPS

'Your Digital Future'
Simon White, Atkins

'Conference Close'
Dr Ruth Kelly PhD MEng GMICE
ICE NI G&S Chair


Philip Brown BEng CEng FICE, Graham Construction

Philip Brown

Chairman, ICE Northern Ireland

Philip is Engineering Director for GRAHAM Construction, a leading contractor who deliver civil engineering and building projects to both public and private sector clients throughout the UK and Ireland.

A Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, he has worked for GRAHAM since 1993 on a variety of projects. He leads the company's engineering team with responsibility for design development, value engineering, technical management and temporary works.

In recent years, he has played a key role in delivering some high profile projects including Dargan Bridge in Dublin, Stobcross On-Ramp at Kingston Bridge in Glasgow, Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin, Peace Bridge in Londonderry, Dounreay Low Level Waste Vaults in Scotland, Green Port Hull, Chelmer Viaduct in Essex and Tennison Rail Bridge in London.

Philip is GRAHAM's Supervising Civil Engineer and a Reviewer for ICE. He is a former member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for ICE's Bridge Engineering Journal and has authored three papers published there, winning the John Henry Garrood King Medal in 2012 for his paper on the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin. He has also been awarded Ferguson Medals in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2016 for the best papers presented to ICE's Northern Ireland region, and the inaugural Adrian Long Medal in 2016 for the best paper published in an ICE Journal by a Northern Ireland member.

Philip is married with 3 boys aged 19, 17 and 14 and is a keen cyclist.

Dr Ruth Kelly PhD MEng GMICE, Amey

Ruth Kelly

ICE NI G&S Chair

Ruth is a Graduate Engineer for Amey who graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a MEng Civil Engineering in 2012, and will graduate in June 2018 with a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. Ruth worked as a Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast as a numerical modeler on an EPSRC funded project. From 2017, Ruth worked at the Water and Energy team at Jacobs Belfast, and recently joined the Geotechnical team at Amey.

Ruth is the current Chair of the ICE NI Graduate and Student committee, and sits on the ICE's Regional Executive Board, as well as the ICE Main committee during the 2017-2018 term. She has been on the ICE G&S committee since 2012. She is also a past committee member of the Northern Ireland Geotechnical Group.

Ruth Kelly (nee Harley) has published/ co-published a number of journal publications, peer reviewed conference papers and continues to publish. Having won the William Dearman QJEGH Young Author of the year award in 2016, she spent a year on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. Ruth has presented at a number of international conferences, including the Canadian Geotechnical Society conferences, and also to a number of industrial research partners, including the UKs Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum, and project sponsors.

Ruth is married, with 1 boy aged 2, and has is a keen pianist in her spare time.

Alice Whittington, RPS

Alice Whittington

Alice is a Project Engineer within the Water Infrastructure Team at RPS and acts as Project Manager for the scheme. Alice has 5 years' experience in the design, delivery and project management for a variety of schemes, with particular focus on wastewater treatment projects for NI Water. Alice has been involved in all aspects of the project since its inception in 2014, completing the original Business Case which scoped the extent of the repair works required on the Mourne Wall and engaging with various stakeholders to start the collaborative process of restoring this piece of heritage.

Dr Michael Shaw, RPS

Michael Shaw

Michael has extensive experience in most aspects of maritime engineering relating to structural engineering projects. His experience of over 25 years encompasses harbour design, coastal defence structures, berthing facilities, cargo handling, infrastructure, aquaculture, marina development and renewable energy projects.

He is one of the very few Chartered Engineers who holds a HSE commercial diving certificate. Mike, using his diving experience in recent years has also become a renowned expert in the field of Accelerated Low Water Corrosion of marine structures and has sat on the CIRIA panel/steering committee for the publication of new guidelines on dealing with the problem.

Stephen Henderson, RPS

Stephen Henderson

Stephen Henderson is part of the RPS Digital Transformation and Visual Communication teams in Belfast driving the adoption of emerging and immersive technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) across the wider RPS Group. Stephen has worked with RPS, formally Kirk McClure and Morton for over 20 years.

Stephen is educated in diverse fields from engineering, marketing and management. He has over 20 years' experience within the Engineering Consultancy sector and holds Bachelor's Degrees in Management and Economics with Post Graduate Diplomas in Marketing and Design for Visual Communication.

Stephen and the Digital Transformation team in Belfast utilise their combined expertise in engineering and business strategy to help identify and utilise the technology through collaborative cross-sector development programmes.

At RPS they are exploring applications of VR and AR in BIM, Health and Safety training, Asset management and many more fields where it is advantageous to visualise and understand a new environment before it is built or operated.

Stephen Smalley, DesignID

Stephen Smalley

Stephen has over 15 years' experience in the construction industry. In those years he has gained experience in steel frame, concrete, timber and load bearing masonry design, as well as Project Managing notable large and smaller scale commercial, education, industrial and Heritage projects.

Before joining Design ID, Stephen was an Associate with Ramboll. Having started his career with a Contractor, Stephen has a keen eye for constructability and building sequencing and as such is able to understand and overcome issues at the early project stages, therefore minimising project risks and increasing cost certainty during the construction process.

The environment must be at the forefront of all we do in our industry both now and when considering the life of the project and beyond. Stephen has designed with 'zero carbon' materials, considering both the embodied and sequestered carbon, however no matter what material is used, he is passionate about lean design; limiting the volume of material used is paramount, and Stephen has developed tools and methods for benchmarking designs at every stage of the project to manage both risk/cost and eCO2.

Laura Killeen, DesignID

Laura Killeen

Laura studied Structural Engineering with Architecture at Queen's University, Belfast. Graduating in 2007 with a Masters degree. Laura has ten years post graduate experience in structural engineering design- the majority of the first ten years of her career was spent at WDR & RT Taggart in Belfast. Laura has been Project Engineer on a wide range of projects and is particularly interested in the Building Structures sector. Laura gained Chartership with the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2014.

Laura has a keen interest in BIM, and was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Supervisor, working with Queen's University on a Building Information Modelling (BIM) in relation to Structural Engineering project. The partnership worked to achieve effective interoperability of structural engineering BIM software with structural analysis software and with other Integrated Design Team software, to produce a seamless and efficient interaction process. The project received the highest grade, the Certificate of Excellence. Laura has been putting the knowledge gained from this partnership into practice, creating BIM models for all her projects and collaborating with other disciplines involved.

Laura is an active member of the Northern Ireland Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers, now in her 4th year on the committee - she is Assistant Secretary.

Hugh Cushnan, RPS

Hugh Cushnan

Hugh is a Project Engineer within the Water Environment sector of RPS. Hugh recently completed his PhD, which investigated the baseline conditions and restoration potential of Irish raised bogs through hydrogeological and numerous ecohydrological and geophysical field surveys to support investigations under Article 6(3) of the Habitats geophysical methods.

Since joining RPS in 2016, Hugh has worked closely on the raised bog conservation programme, helping to develop hydrological restoration plans. In addition, Hugh has carried out Directive to assess the impact of turf-cutting on Annex I Raised Bog Habitats. Hugh is currently providing hydrological support for "The living Bog project"; this EU funded LIFE project aims to restore the hydrological conditions on 12 raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across seven Irish counties and is the largest raised bog conservation project ever undertaken on the island of Ireland.

Paul McDonald, Jacobs

Paul McDonald

Paul is Principal Engineer with Jacobs and their Wastewater Modelling Discipline Lead for Ireland. He has a wide range of experience across the wastewater sector with specialist knowledge of network modelling. His experience within the sector extends from feasibility studies, flood risk assessment, hydraulic modelling of sewerage, storm and river networks, water quality analysis, sewer serviceability, structural assessment and rehabilitation. Paul is also chartered with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Alan Scroggie. Amey

Alan Scroggie

Alan Scroggie is a Civil Engineer with Amey, with over 5 years' experience working in the highway sector on a mixture of projects across the UK. Recent projects include the North Liverpool Key Corridor dualling and the Highways England Smart Motorways Programme as part of the Highways design team and the BIM Coordination team. He is a past member of the ICE NI Graduate and Student Committee, and gained Chartership through the ICE in 2017.

Daryl Armstrong, Amey

Daryl Armstrong

Daryl Armstrong is Project Manager and BIM Manager at Amey with over 8 years' experience working in the highway infrastructure sector. In his current role, he has led both Structures and BIM teams on a wide range of projects across the UK. Recent projects including the 'M8M73M74 Motorway Improvements' and 'A96 Dualling: East of Huntly to Aberdeen' for Transport Scotland as well as the 'Smart Motorways Programme: M1 J13-16' for Highways England, the latter two of which he undertook the role of BIM Lead for an AmeyArup JV. He is a past member of the ICE NI Graduate and Student Committee and gained Chartership through the ICE in 2014.

Melanie Thrush, Arup

Melanie Thrush

Melanie is a geoenvironmental engineer with Arup Belfast, working alongside a UK & ROI-wide team of 60+ geoenvironmental consultants and engineers.

She regularly advises clients on cost effective and sustainable solutions for material management during site redevelopment, in line with existing good waste management practise in NI & ROI.

Melanie also has experience managing land contamination issues on various projects such as site redevelopment including historical landfills and infrastructure schemes. She works with clients and regulators to ensure successful delivery of the project and discharge of planning conditions.

Melanie graduated in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and went on to complete a MSc in Water Resources Management at Queen's University Belfast. She has international experience and previously worked on a diverse range of geoenvironmental projects for the Christchurch Rebuild, New Zealand.

Niall McGovern, Geda Construction

Niall McGovern

Niall McGovern graduated from QUB in 2012 with a Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his role as a Site Manager for GEDA Construction LLP, Niall has played a key part in the delivery of Infrastructure and Non Infrastructure projects for Northern Ireland Water, Irish Water and Local Authorities.

Dr Philip Donald

Dr Philip Donald

Philip graduated BSc (1957) and PhD (1960) from Queen's, Belfast. He joined Richard Costain in London and for three years designed reinforced concrete buildings and prestressed concrete bridges. On site from 1963-65 he worked on the M4 motorway from Chiswick to Heathrow, in 1965-66 on a large dam in northern Argentina and 1966-68 on a major bridge on the M1 in Yorkshire.

In 1968 he joined John Graham (Dromore) Ltd and until retirement in 2000 was engaged on many contracts including the M2 bypassing Antrim, Shane's Viaduct on the M22, two extensions to Ballycastle harbour, the Central railway in Belfast, the Bearney suspension bridge in Sion Mills, the Foyle bridge, the M3 motorway and Dargan rail bridges in Belfast and ten miles of the M1 south of Dundalk. He may be the only engineer to have worked on the M1s in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He has, with the help of others, built 56 bridges. After retirement in 2000 he was surprised to find himself with a charity in Guinea in West Africa, still building bridges.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of ICE, IEI, IAE, CIHT and a past Chairman of ICE(NI).

He has written two Papers for The Structural Engineer, five Papers for ICE which were published in four different Proceedings, two books (his memoirs Mud on my Boots and The Silent Valley Dam, an Engineering Triumph in the Mournes) and was co-editor on Ireland's Civil Engineering Heritage.

He has been awarded two Ferguson medals and two Poskitt medals for Papers delivered to ICE(NI), a Warren medal for services to ICE(NI) and a Brunel medal for services to civil engineering on the Laganside Projects. He gives talks to any interested organisations.

He is widowed with three children and four grandchildren. He plays golf twice a week, rain and snow permitting.

Paul Davison, NI Water

Paul Davison

Paul Davison is Head of Water Capital Delivery for Northern Ireland Water, where he helps deliver the capital programme for the company. Paul has worked in the water industry for 25 years, delivering large capital programs of work, coming up with innovative solutions to overcome difficult problems and delivering a step change in customer outcomes. Paul been consistently bring new technologies and new ways of working in the water industry and the latest is BIM and Digital Transformation.

Simon White, Atkins

Simon White

Simon is a Chartered Civil Engineer who, over that last 20 years, has specialised in providing value added services in multidisciplinary design across a number of sectors both in the UK and internationally. Until recently, he led a UK team of over 270 engineers, driving technical excellence and digital innovation, and is now the Digital Director for Atkins' 3,000 strong Infrastructure division. His current role will help shape Atkins' approach to digital engineering, collaboration and automated design.

Keith Robson, Atkins

Keith Robson

Keith is a Chartered Engineer with over ten years’ experience in Civil and Structural design and multidisciplinary design co-ordination extending across Nuclear New Build, Metro, Water & Waste Water projects. Keith has worked primarily in the Design and Build sector based in the UK and internationally in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Currently, Keith is leading Atkins’ strategy for International Design and Build Water market development and project delivery in Saudi Arabia.

Francis Rainey, Jacobs

Francis Rainey

Francis Rainey is Jacobs’ Regional Solutions Lead (Europe) for Conveyance & Storage technologies, responsible for managing teams delivering Water & Wastewater Infrastructure programmes across a portfolio of UK/Ireland, European and International clients. Responsibilities include development and management of clients’ investment needs and plans, business case development, development and implementation of emerging technologies and innovative solutions.

Event venue

Riddel Hall
185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5EE
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Jude Faloon

e: jude.faloon@ice.org.uk