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James Forrest Lecture 2019, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 09 July 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:00
James Forrest Lecture 2019, London

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James Forrest Lecture 2019: Centre of Excellence in Testing - accelerating adoption and transformational change in rail

To achieve true transformation and a more efficient and reliable infrastructure network, the rail sector must do more and work faster to adopt new technologies and innovations.

On 9 July, join the James Forrest lecture to explore how the rail sector can accelerate new technologies and products from research into market applications.

Delegates will hear key insights from research activity at the UK Rail Research Innovation’s Centres for Excellence, and explore the next steps needed to take rail innovations to implementation.

Speakers from Transport for London, Network Rail and the Quinton Rail Technology Centre will cover:

  • Ongoing research and innovations at the UK Centres of Excellence
  • How infrastructure providers are currently adopting this research
  • How to overcome some of the challenges and barriers currently preventing implementation
  • Examples of innovation and how this was achieved

Graham Lewis from Network Rail will present a case study on innovation in drainage and water management on the rail network.

This event contributes to ICE’s Digital knowledge programme and will be the setting for the third event in the UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and Railway Engineers Forum (REF) lecture series. An innovative series focusing on the four UKRRIN Centres of Excellence, their capabilities, and the future of rail in the UK.


18:00     Registration and welcome refreshments

18:30     Welcome from the Chair
Jenny Cooke, Chair, Rail Engineers Forum

18:40     Presentation by Amanda Mackie, RIDC Programme Manager at Network Rail

18:50     Presentation by Colin Flack, Director at Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC)
19:00     Presentation by Simon Chung - Head of Engineering - Commercial Development, City Planning and Technology & Data | Transport for London
19:10     Keynote address by Graham Lewis, Senior Engineer – Drainage and Off-Track at Network Rail
19:30     Q&A session
19:50     Closing remarks and next steps

20:00     Event close



Chair: Ms Jenny Cooke

Jenny Cooke is Chair of the Rail Engineers Forum (REF), a multi-disciplinary body drawn from professional institutions with strong railway interests.

Jenny has been ICE’s nominated representative on the forum since 2017 and as Chair, she has been working to help engineering institutions support practicing rail engineers with the lifelong learning needed to thrive in a fast-changing world. She has been particularly interested in leading the REF to address developing digital and data science skills which can help engineers turn data into wise decisions.

As well as her activities with ICE and REF, Jenny is Senior Project Engineer (Buildings and Civils) at Network Rail’s Route Services division, an entrepreneurial team of building and civil engineers providing engineering support for asset management and third party funded schemes.

Event venue

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

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