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Lord Robert Mair's Presidential address, Singapore

  • Lecture
  • Singapore
  • 19 January 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:00
Lord Robert Mair's Presidential address, Singapore

About this event

The new ICE President's theme for the year addresses how civil engineering has changed radically over 200 years and outlines how civil engineers today are as innovative and dedicated to solving problems now as ever they were. Tackling challenges such as climate change, population growth and rapid urbanisation is how civil engineers transform millions of people's lives for the better.

In his speech he looks at how the profession can use technology to improve infrastructure assets, transforming the industry and the societies it serves. He also sets out the opportunity for civil engineers of today to solve current global challenges and encourage the next generation to become engineers.

He explains that civil engineers have often been 'invisible superheroes' as they tackle real problems which impact people, across the world, daily. No other career has such a positive yet unseen benefit for society and the 200th anniversary of ICE is an opportunity to showcase the vibrant, rewarding and valuable career of being a civil engineer – just as Sir Joseph Bazalgette and Thomas Telford saw two centuries ago.

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Robert Mair was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998. He was the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering 2011-17. In 2011 he became Chief Engineering Adviser to the Laing O'Rourke Group and Chairman of their Engineering Excellence Group. He is also one of the founding directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG), an international consulting company based in London, started in 1983. As well as working on many international tunneling and deep excavation projects, Robert has been closely involved with the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1) and Crossrail.

Event venue

NUS University Town Auditorium 2
Stephen Riady Centre, Level 1
2 College Avenue West
Singapore 138607

For more information please contact:

Rachel Coburn

e: rachel.coburn@ice.org.uk