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Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world's population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050; as engineers at the frontline delivering urban infrastructure, do we build our way out of trouble or do we make better use of the assets we have by adopting new technologies?
The availability of systems to record a whole range of parameters for use in design, operation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure gives rise to the production of vast quantities of data, particularly in an urban environment. BIM calls for a record of that which has been built, data on the ground conditions is fundamental to foundation design and monitoring of building and infrastructure behaviour is key to refinement of design and sustainability. Hence, there is a need to manage such data to ensure that its value can be realised and be available to future generations in an accessible format.
As an exemplar, the Geotechnical Industry has created the AGS Format for recording, transfer and storage of geotechnical and geoenvironmental data which is independent of proprietary software. This tried and tested innovation is being extended for use in piling, tunnelling and grouting and such experience has given rise to a British Standard for geotechnical data management. Similar systems need to be developed by the construction industry for other areas of activity to ensure that data from this technological revolution can be used to advantage by current and future generations.
We are inviting papers, from both academia and industry alike, that showcase the novel and innovative advancements in the practice of civil engineering that meet the growing needs of urban populations.
Prospective authors wishing to describe innovative work and submit papers are invited to submit two page in-depth abstracts relating to any of the relevant themes or topics for review by a panel. These themes and topics are as follows:
The project or research must have taken place in the Midlands, or, the work, project or research team (or individuals) must be based in the Midlands.
Please note that ICE will not reimburse any misbooked rates and will review all submissions to confirm they meet ICE requirements.
The 'Early Bird' booking rate applies until 23:59 on Friday 21 December, 2018.
All Abstract submissions must be submitted by Monday 17 December 2018.
Please forward any submissions or further queries to Daniel Stanyard at firstname.lastname@example.org