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Join Rachel Skinner, ICE President as she hosts a special webinar and Q&A to mark the launch of the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) Integrating Route Map.
The route map, which is founded on fundamental learning and collaboration principles, is aimed at guiding the region’s infrastructure stakeholders in building a new mindset and supporting capabilities to equip themselves with the capacity for brave, ambitious, knowledgeable leadership of net zero thinking and practice.
SWIP has undertaken an ambitious co-production process to generate the route map, working with more than 300 professionals and stakeholders in the region. The route mapping process has been co-ordinated by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and consisted of three online workshops using a digital canvas tool to elicit sector and cross-sector information and develop the emerging proposition.
During this webinar, Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair with Professor Colin Taylor and Dr Neil Carhart of the University of Bristol will present the new route map for the first time. They will explain how it can support the ongoing drive to achieve net zero carbon infrastructure in the South West.
Andrew Page-Dove, Regional Director (South West), Highways England will give a response from the client viewpoint; Caroline Field, Resilient Shift and Arup, will respond on behalf of the consultant community; and Paul Santer, Regional Director, CECA South West will give a perspective from the civil engineering contractor sector.
A discussion of the route map will be chaired by Rachel Skinner and audience members will have the opportunity to share their views and ask questions.
Everyone is welcome at this free webinar, but the session is of specific interest to civil engineers and infrastructure professionals and stakeholders in South West England.
The event forms part of the 2021 ICE Presidential Visit to the South West region.
The previous SWIP workshops highlighted that decarbonisation is a poorly understood, ‘wicked’ system-of-systems problem in which beneficial actions on one part of the system can produce perverse outcomes in other parts if not holistically designed. The often-parochial business-as-usual (BAU) approach is blind to the fundamental complexities of the problem. BAU has created the existential challenge of climate change and is ill-suited to solve it.
A new holistic and systemic mindset and set of capabilities are needed. The scale of the complex net zero challenge and its urgency demand brave, ambitious, knowledgeable leadership of innovative, holistic, and systemic change at all levels.
Recordings of previous workshops (excluding the breakout group discussions) are available via the ICE event archive.
Workshop 1: https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/route-to-net-zero-workshop-online
Workshop 2: https://www.ice.org.uk/eventarchive/route-to-net-zero-workshop-2-sw-online
The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) is a collaboration of organisations and professionals from across the South West, all with an interest in how we shape our region. It was founded in 2017 by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West which continues to act as its secretariat.
SWIP is aimed at encouraging joined up thinking and brave knowledgeable leadership as the region faces the twin challenges of becoming net zero whilst delivering the necessary infrastructure. The SWIP steering group includes senior industry figures from Highways England, Network Rail, Bristol Port Company and The Environment Agency. The organisation has more than 150 contributors, made up of civil engineers and infrastructure professionals who contribute to SWIPs activities and outputs.
SWIP works throughout the wider South West region, including Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and everywhere in between.
Rachel Skinner is Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019 and is a Chartered Engineer, Trustee and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Highways and Transportation and a Chartered Transport Planner.
In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.
In late 2018, she was appointed by the Scottish Government as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland and is a Patron of Women in Transport, a not-for-profit networking organisation working to improve gender equality, having been one of its founding board members in 2005.
South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) Chair and Infrastructure Consultant, WSP
Peter Kydd is an ICE Fellow with over 40 years of experience in infrastructure consulting. He is Chair of the ICE’s South West Infrastructure Partnership and a Consultant to WSP. Prior to this he was Director of Strategic Consulting for Parsons Brinckerhoff (now part of WSP) and the Bristol Office Location Director.
He has advised BEIS and DECC on tidal power since 2008 and led the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study and the due diligence reviews on tidal lagoon development. He has been involved in decarbonisation initiatives since 2001 when he helped set up Parsons Brinckerhoff’s global task force on sustainable development.
Emeritus Professor of Earthquake Engineering, The University of Bristol
Colin has over 40 years’ research and practice experience in assessing the impact of natural and other hazards on all kinds of infrastructure systems. His group’s work for EDF Energy, on modelling seismic effects on an Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor graphite core, won the 2017 ICE SW Showcase Award and was selected for the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2020. He was Bristol lead academic, and a national leader, of the £138m UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC).
He is continuing his UKCRIC related research in the area of Future Cities and Smart Infrastructure, with an emphasis on improving understanding of the nexus between people and physical systems. This work centres on how learning and human behaviour change are shaped by infrastructure systems. He is closely involved with the establishment of the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), helping to steer SWIP’s decarbonisation activities. In this role, he is championing a systems learning, thinking and practice approach to both characterise the South West decarbonisation challenge and to identify a long term, adaptive development route map to solve the challenge.
Lecturer in Infrastructure Systems, The University of Bristol
Neil’s research includes investigating the planning and management of infrastructure interdependencies, the systemic resilience of infrastructure systems and infrastructure performance management. This includes the exploration and use of Systems Theory, Systems Engineering and System Dynamics to improve planning, delivery, safety, reliability, sustainability, and resilience of infrastructure systems.
Regional Director (South West), Highways England
Andrew qualified from Kingston University with a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering (BEng) and is an Incorporated Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers. Brought up in North Devon and now living in Somerset, Andrew has a real affinity to the region.
He has a varied background including highway and traffic engineering, development control, asset management and traffic operations in the public sector spanning 30 years. Andrew started his career in development management with Devon County Council, progressing to project management on a number of infrastructure projects including a £2m package of measures for Barnstaple to regenerate the town centre.
Caroline Field leads The Resilient Shift’s Energy Work and is also an Associate Director at Arup focusing on organisational and supply chain resilience. She has over 25 years of professional industry experience which spans building resilience, city resilience, infrastructure resilience and organisational resilience.Caroline is active in developing standards in resilience. She was Chair for the recently published British Standard on City Resilience, Co-Chair for the ASCE Infrastructure Resiliency Division SPEED committee, Lead SME for the AEI Resilience program and Chair for the ISO Urban Resilience Standard Working Group.
Caroline recently received the Royal Academy of Engineers Visiting Professorship Award and is supporting Loughborough University’s Civil Engineering Department as a Professor of Structure and Infrastructure Resilience. She is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Civil Engineers in the UK, a Member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, a licensed professional engineer in California and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Regional Director, Civil Engineering Contractors Association CECA (South West)
Paul is a Westcountry man, married with two grown-up sons, now living back in his home town of Sidmouth in East Devon. During his forty years as a civil engineer, he has worked on various construction projects for contractors in the UK and the Middle East.
In recent years, as Business Development Manager for a major UK contractor (BAM Nuttall), his skills in customer relationship management and work winning enabled BAM to secure key contracts across all market sectors in the UK and also in Uganda and Tanzania in Eastern Africa.
Paul joined CECA (the trade association for the civil engineering industry) at the beginning of 2017 as its first South West director. Since that time, he has represented and supported CECA member contractors in the region through training provision, client and government engagement, promoting civil engineering as a career in schools and universities and backing the apprenticeship programme. Paul is also a member of the SWIP steering group.
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