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ICE Smeaton Lecture 2018 - The Breadth of Engineering: the impact of metros in the world's great cities, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 17 July 2018
  • 18:45 - 20:00
ICE Smeaton Lecture 2018 - The Breadth of Engineering: the impact of metros in the world's great cities, London

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Engineering is a much broader discipline than many of us were taught, or have understood. The problem with the engineering profession is that we have not recognised that many of the skills required for success have nothing to do with maths or physics.

Tony Ridley, Past President of ICE, will illustrate the breadth of engineering through his experience as Managing Director and Chairman for some of the world's great metros. He will draw on lessons learned from a career at the highest level of civil engineering, taken from his recently published book "Engineering in Perspective – Lessons for a Successful Career".

His colleague Richard Anderson, Managing Director of the Railway Technology Strategy Centre (RTSC) at Imperial College London, will describe the history of the RTSC, drawing on examples from benchmarking undertaken for metro systems worldwide to demonstrate the growth and the beneficial impact of metros serving diverse communities.

The 2018 Smeaton Lecture will, in the spirit of ICE200, bring out lessons learned from engineering history that are essential for engineers of the 21st century.

Smeaton Lecture Dinner

The Smeatonian Society is hosting a dinner after the close of the ICE Smeaton Lecture. Tickets for the dinner cost £50 excl. VAT and include three course dinner and beverages. The seating capacity is very limited; book your place at the dinner.

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18:15 - Registration and refreshments

18:45 - Welcome from the Chair – Lord Robert Mair

18.50 - Presentation – Tony Ridley with Richard Anderson

19:35 - Questions and Answers

19:55 - Vote of thanks – Robert Benaim, President, Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers

20:00 - Close of lecture


Professor Tony Ridley CBE FREng

Tony Ridley

Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering, Imperial College London

Past ICE President, Professor Tony Ridley, has been extremely influential in the world of transportation. As the first Director General of the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive he was the promoter of the Tyne and Wear Metro system which opened in 1980 carrying 40m passengers per year. He subsequently led the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation and London Underground Ltd before joining the board of Eurotunnel.

He was Director of the University of London Centre for Transport Studies and was also Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering at Imperial College London (1991–1999) and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1997– 1999).

World Scientific will shortly publish his book, Engineering in Perspective – Lessons for a successful Career, which is based on wide experience in both practice and academia.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College

Richard is the Managing Director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre at Imperial College London, an applied and academic research division within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He co-directs a growing, multi-disciplinary team, of over 30 researchers, practitioners and consultants, specialising in transport performance and analytics, mass transport in cities, international benchmarking and public transport management.

Richard has a unique, global knowledge of urban public transport operations and is a specialist in international benchmarking and mass transit. He provides advice to the leaders of major urban railways worldwide. He combines an understanding of the commercial imperatives facing transport systems with academically rigorous research and analysis. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, including those recently hosted by the OECD International Transport Forum and the Indian Ministry of Urban Development.

Prior to joining the RTSC, Richard was employed by consultants Halcrow Fox until 2000, working on the planning of major rail projects and including a two-year secondment to London Transport Planning.

Event venue

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

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell

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