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How is technology influencing railway engineering for a sustainable future? London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 25 October 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
How is technology influencing railway engineering for a sustainable future? London

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Join this free-to-attend evening event, part of the Global Engineering Congress

Since the beginning of the railways in the 1800’s, engineering for railways has been rolled out on a grand scale with brick, stone, steel and concrete. It has enabled huge changes in human society.

However, increasingly it is relatively ‘invisible’ engineering, based on electronics and data, that is shaping railways of the future, ones which increases capacity and performance more sustainably.

Three short presentations will focus on how modern technology is influencing current developments in railway engineering, and what the future holds both for medium term improvements and long-term aspirations that will enable railways to support the sustainable development of human society for subsequent generations.

We will examine this theme with speakers covering ‘classic’ conventional railways, high speed rail and London’s latest metro Crossrail. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience to discuss future developments.

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Delegates will also have the opportunity to network and continue the discussions over drinks in the ICE Café Bar sponsored by Costain.

About GEC

The Global Engineering Congress is bringing together the worldwide engineering community to look at how we can trigger real change and deliver the outcomes specified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The programme offers 5 full days of multi-streamed content. 2,000-plus engineers will take part in a practical programme designed to produce answers that can improve the lives of millions around the world. Don’t miss your chance to take part.


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:10 Questions and answers session
19:25 Summation from the Chair
19:30 Networking and drinks in the ICE Café Bar
20:00 Finish


Andrew Went

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience within the Transport and Civil Engineering industry, with the last 23 being focused specifically on rail maintenance, scheme concept and development, major project implementation and commissioning. He joined Arup in July 2017 as a Director and Global Lead for High Speed Rail and, since July 2018, has also led the UK, India, Middle East and Africa Business; which currently has a turnover of £200m.

Through his 23 years with British Rail, Railtrack and subsequently Network Rail he has led on and managed the development of asset renewals strategies for regional and national areas. He has worked closely with industry leaders and DfT to develop and set 5 year control period renewal programmes and delivery programmes. He has worked closely with rolling stock experts and DfT to develop and specify the technical specification for new rolling stock.

In 2009 he was seconded into HS2 to work on the development of the proposed routes to Birmingham and subsequently Manchester and Leeds. Through his 5 years at HS2 Andrew was actively involved in the development of the proposed High Speed Rail network, working closely with ministers, central and devolved government departments, local authorities and Network Rail and its operators.

In 2015 Andrew was appointed as Development Director for the proposed Crewe Hub. Through this scheme he developed a collaborative working approach with Government Bodies, Regional authorities, Network rail, HS2, designers and architects to help define and develop the proposed options for the existing station.

His presentation will explore how the application of technology, now and in the future, will influence our approach to railways and in developing a more sustainable future.

Simon Blanchflower

Simon is Network Rail’s Major Programme Director for the Thameslink Programme. His involvement in major rail projects dates back 20 years having been involved with Heathrow Express, Terminal 5 Rail Projects and Crossrail. He first joined the Thameslink Programme in 2007 and at that stage was responsible for the leadership of several functional teams including engineering, consents, environment and sponsorship.

He led the planning application process for London Bridge station and the new train depots and in 2010 worked with the Department for Transport to secure the funding for the Programme as part of the post-election comprehensive spending review. He left the Programme between 2012 and 2014 to become the Director of Route Asset Management for Network Rail’s Kent Route before re-joining Thameslink in August 2014 as the Major Programme Director to lead the delivery through to completion in 2018.

Simon has 36 years’ experience in railway engineering, maintenance and projects; is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Railway Civil Engineers Association and a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution.

Event venue

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

For more information please contact:

Sach Sandhu

e: [email protected]