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A snapshot into robotics for civil engineers, Truro

  • Lecture
  • Truro
  • 26 September 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
A snapshot into robotics for civil engineers, Truro

About this event

In this presentation, we hope to communicate the advancements and achievements of engineering robotics. The talk will look at the past, present and future of civil engineering. Looking back in time we will examine the early aspirations of civil engineers and the ongoing drivers for technological development. Then we will take a look at the present; where modern day machines will be examined together with thoughts on how industry has encouraged mechanisation. Finally, we will look to the future.

Audience participants will have the opportunity to voice their own opinions on the future of robotics in engineering, with ideas for innovation and changes in technology that could affect the way future Civil Engineers work.

There will be a presentation and short workshop/discussion session.


Alan Ibbotson

Alan has a background in Architectural and Civil Engineering work in both private and public sectors. An Incorporated Engineer, he is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Alan’s previous roles in Cornwall include managing traffic engineering, casualty reduction and urban regeneration programmes and developing the county’s countryside service. A former President and Fellow of the Institute of Public Rights of Way, Alan was involved in the management of outdoor access and recreation in the UK including the South West Coast Path.

Alan’s work within Cormac Contracting Division includes liaison and coordination with clients and developers, devising cost-effective solutions for new work streams.  This involves infrastructure projects on highways, greenfield and brownfield sites, developing and marketing Cormac’s capabilities in specialist fields such as mining remediation, marine, coastal, landscape and construction works.

Alan’s marketing work includes submissions for national and regional industry awards for civil engineering projects, including ICE Civil Engineering Projects and People’s Choice Awards.

Currently engaged in client relations and the management of contracting work programmes, Alan continues to search out innovative and creative solutions to challenges in the built environment.

Will Harwood

Will Harwood has a background in civil and coastal engineering work in both the private and public sectors and is a graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Will’s previous roles as a Project Engineer for Falmouth Divers (a commercial diving company) and as a site agent for Shaylor Group (a regional building contractor) have allowed him to gain a variety of experience working with different technologies.

Currently will is employed by Cormac Solutions Ltd as a Graduate Engineer, where he has managed a wide range of civils and transport engineering projects, including structures and mining remediation. Will is working towards chartered status and hopes one day to be involved in consultancy work.

Event venue

New County Hall
Treyvew Road
Truro TR1 3AY
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet

e: [email protected]