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UN75: Sustainable Engineering in Action, book launch and webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 16 November 2020
  • 09:00 - 10:45
UN75: Sustainable Engineering in Action, book launch and webinar

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The ICE was there at the start; on this day in 1945, the UNESCO charter was signed and the first ever UNESCO meeting took place in the Great Hall, One Great George Street. Now we celebrate both the 75th year of the UN and the progress in engineering sustainability over this time, with a book entitled UN75: Sustainable Engineering in Action, published with Artifice Press.

Infrastructure is key to sustainable development; it influences all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in turn they all impact deeply, and increasingly, upon the whole infrastructure sector. We need civil engineers to increasingly use the SDGs in their work, to make society and the world more sustainable.

The ICE has a mission to make the SDGs accessible to built-environment professionals to ensure the infrastructure they build enables sustainability rather than diminishes it. As the profession broadens, we need to share good examples more. This book and this event champions leading examples of engineering sustainability, and there is learning here for all.

This event will showcase examples from leading clients, worldwide charities, standards bodies, international software houses and global development organisations. We hope that by highlighting sustainable engineering in action, we can inspire, engage and challenge current thinking.’

Speakers at this event will include Steve Crosskey, Head of Strategic Initiatives at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), who will explain how the agency uses a systems-based approach to help with crosscutting SDGs, in particular for the supply of clean water and sanitation.

It will also feature Vincent Casey, Senior water, sanitation and hygiene manager – water at WaterAid, who will discuss how his organisation creates an enabling environment for lasting water and sanitation in low-income countries, where financial and human capital are in short supply.

In addition, Dr Scott Steedman, Director of Standards for the British Standards Institution, will explain the BSI’s data standards for sustainability and what this means for civil engineers.

And Jason Tucker, Director of Strategic Delivery & Commercial at Anglian Water, will talk about how the company is digitising its infrastructure and processes for managing its assets.

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With grateful thanks to all of our sponsors.


Water session

09:05 Speaker 1: Jason Tucker, Director of Strategic Delivery & Commercial, Anglian Water; ‘ICG and Infrastructure Digitisation’
09.15 Speaker 2 Steve Crosskey, Head of Strategic Initiatives, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); ‘The importance of water: examples of a systems-based approach’. The SDG's provide a clear way to demonstrate the importance of infrastructure to sustainable development. A focus on ‘SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation' is important, but also the cross cutting nature of water and the impacts it clearly has on health, poverty reduction etc. needs to be taken into account and better understood and incorporated throughout the infrastructure lifecycle. This talk will illustrate how we have embedded these ideas into practise at UNOPS.
09.25 Speaker 3 Vincent Casey, Senior WASH Manager, WaterAid; ‘Ensuring the sustainability of water supply and sanitation in low income countries’
Water supply and sanitation infrastructure is often introduced into resource scarce environments where the financial and human capital needed to sustain service levels is in short supply. This presents several sustainability challenges that need to be overcome if investments in infrastructure are going to deliver value for money and long-term benefits to poor and marginalised people. This presentation will explore WaterAid’s efforts to navigate sustainability challenges and strengthen the enabling environment for lasting water and sanitation service provision.
09.35 Comfort break

Digital solutions to Sustainability challenges session

09.40 Speaker 4 Mat Kellett, National Sales Manager – Geo Positioning, Topcon; ‘Constructing a Sustainable Future’
Construction is one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world, however it is one of the least automated, with a Productivity Index that has seen a steady decline over the last 50 years. 20% of all construction costs are caused by mistakes such as poor planning, ordering wrong and excess materials, poor communication between parties and costly re-work. This presentation will offer brief insight in how technology is and can play an important role in building a sustainable and resilient future and how this $10T industry can help to meet the challenges of the global recovery.
09.50 Speaker 5 Dr Scott Steedman, Director of Standards, British Standards Institution; ‘Data standards for sustainability’
10.00 Speaker 6, Muhammad Malik, CEO and Founder at NeuerEnergy; ‘Understanding carbon footprint costs and options’
10.10 Questions and Answers
10.40 Summation from the Chair
10.45 Formal book launch, Anna Danby, Publishing Director at Artifice Press
10.50 Close of event


Chair: Mark Hansford

Director of Knowledge, ICE

Mark Hansford

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.

That passion for the industry stems from his 20-plus year association with it. He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practising engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.

As a practising civil engineer he carried out water supply and distribution analysis in the UK and overseas, spending several months in Ghana conducting a fixed asset condition and revaluation study of its 100 largest urban water schemes.

At New Civil Engineer he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.

He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War. Didn’t see Nick or Sean there.

Beyond the ICE Mark volunteers time to judge numerous industry awards and in recognition of his efforts to promote the profession was in 2016 invited to join the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City of London Livery Company that works to promote the highways industry and provide opportunities for young people through its London Highway Academy.

Steven Crosskey

Deputy Director Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Steven Crosskey

Steve is a Civil Engineer with nearly 30 years of experience in the Civil Engineering industry, within both the private and development sectors. A major area of focus for Steve has been sustainability, and he has great experience in Institutional Capacity and Community Development in infrastructure projects, including review and recommendations on policy, and development strategy.

Steve joined the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in September 2014. In his current position, Steven leads a multi-disciplinary team that provides the standards, guidance and training for UNOPS in infrastructure and project management, and has also worked, inter alia, on new strategies and tools to assist governments to provide infrastructure and project management solutions in the context of the global agenda 2030.

Scott Steedman

Director of Standards, BSI Group

Scott Steedman

Scott is an Executive Director of the BSI Group and Director of Standards, where he is responsible for BSI’s activity as a global standards organisation and its role as the UK National Standards Body. A civil engineer by background, Scott spent seven years as an academic at Cambridge University specialising in geotechnics and earthquake engineering before moving to industry, where he worked for consultants Gibb, Whitby Bird and High Point Rendel on building and infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world.

Scott has been Vice President (policy) for the International Standards Organisation (ISO) since 2017. He is a Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow and former Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was appointed CBE in 2010.

Mat Kellett MCInstCES

National Sales Manager – Geo Positioning, Topcon

Mat Kellet

Mat currently works for Topcon Positioning GB Ltd as the UK National Sales Manager for GeoPositioning. After graduating from Plymouth University with an BSc Honours degree in Hydrography and Marine Navigation, Mat joined Racal Survey as a Hydrographic Surveyor in the Offshore Industry working on large offshore construction projects within the oil & gas sector as well as large scale projects installing inter-continental fibre optic cables for the telecommunication industry.

After 5 years offshore and progressing to a position of offshore Project Manager, Mat moved to an onshore position with Thales GeoSolutions, where he spent 2 years developing Global GNSS Positioning correction services primarily used for precise positioning in the offshore and Agricultural markets. Mat then changed career paths in 2004 and joined Topcon GB Ltd as a regional sales person, predominantly selling precise GNSS and optical survey instruments to the survey and construction industries; in 2009 he then moved to look after emerging technologies such as mass data and UAV, before moving to his current role as National Sales Manager.

Jason Tucker

Director of Strategic Delivery & Commercial Assurance, Anglian Water

Jason Tucker

Jason is a member of the AWS Management Board, member of UKWIR Board and Chair of the @one and SPA Alliance Boards. Jason is responsible for a wide portfolio of activity within Anglian Water Services Ltd. He sits on all their Alliance Boards that span the delivery of all their asset creation, maintenance and technology investment programmes. Functionally accountable for Supply Chain Management including Logistics, Portfolio Management of Investment programme delivery, Asset Intelligence, Carbon & Energy, Innovation Engagement, Alliance Contracts Management and Commercial & Delivery Assurance.

Jason uses his position to enable greater integration and efficiency within Anglian Water’s supply chain. Jason previously worked for Skanska Construction UK, on many and varied Design & Construct Infrastructure Projects and Programmes, across multiple sectors. He began in their Civil Engineering arm, before finally becoming their Sector Director for Water & Renewable Energy, in their Utility Division, spanning a 25-year service. This time included membership of several Alliance and Joint Venture Boards, with various Client organisations and Contract Partners.

Muhammad Malik

Founder and CEO of NeuerEnergy

Muhammad Malik

Muhammad is founder and Chief Executive of London based technology companies NeuerEnergy and Aqovia. Muhammad commenced his professional career in the US banking technology sector. Subsequently he led large scale transatlantic and cross continental infrastructure planning and engineering projects for global telecommunications networks and systems.

Following a highly successful corporate career Muhammad hired a world-class team of engineers and together they have successfully applied innovation and technology enabling blue chip global companies to deliver complex large-scale digital transformation. Addressing an increasing demand from investors and corporations for accountability and a means of controlling the drive towards green energy and carbon footprint reduction, Muhammad and his team in NeuerEnergy have developed an intelligent platform that helps deliver on this promise.

Vincent Casey

Senior Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Manager – Water , WaterAid

Vincent Casey

Vincent is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene specialist working for international development organisation WaterAid. Vincent manages the Water Team in WaterAid’s International Programmes Department. He has 18 years of experience working on water supply and water security in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, The Middle East and Latin America. Vincent holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Bristol and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Over the course of his career Vincent has worked for the World Bank on a study of alternatives to the Red Sea Dead Sea water conduit in the Lower Jordan River Basin and as a Water Supply Advisor in WaterAid’s Programme Support Unit. Vincent is responsible for formulating and implementing technical standards, quality control procedures and steering the strategic focus of WaterAid’s water supply work. His interests include groundwater development, water supply service sustainability, water resource management and water security.

Anna Danby

Publishing Director, Artifice Press; Creative Director, SJH Group

Anna Danby

Anna is the Publishing Director of Artifice Press, an international imprint that specialises in design, urbanism and the built environment, and which, in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers, has produced UN75: Sustainable Engineering in Action. Anna leads the team responsible for establishing and managing Artifice’s project partnerships and oversees all aspects of the publishing process, from concept creation, to production, to sales and distribution.

Recent Artifice collaborations include publishing projects with the likes of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Foggo Associates and Eric Parry Architects, and in 2018, it launched the first in a series of partner publications with ICE, entitled Shaping the World: Two Hundred Years of the Institution of Civil Engineers, to mark the organisation’s bicentenary. Anna trained at Glasgow School of Art and, having worked in design and publishing in the education sector for several years, joined Artifice’s parent company, the SJH Group, in 2010, where she holds the position of Creative Director.

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