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How will technological advances impact London’s infrastructure?, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 20 January 2020
  • 18:30 - 20:00
How will technological advances impact London’s infrastructure?, London

About this event

ICE London invites you to our first lecture as part of its 2020 Knowledge Programme.

Speakers will present their ideas on the future of technology and its impact on the built environment, including some of the opportunities presented by developments and how civil engineers can utilise them in order to remain at the cutting edge of technology and innovation.


Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS (Chair)

Lord Robert Mair

Robert was President of the ICE 2017-2018. He was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998. In 2011 he became Chief Engineering Adviser to the Laing O'Rourke Group and Chairman of their Engineering Excellence Group.

As well as working on many international tunnelling 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.

Robert was Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-11 and was awarded the ICE Gold Medal in 2004 and the President's Medal in 2013.

He was Chairman of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Review of Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing for the Government, published in 2012. More recently, he became Chairman of the newly formed Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport.

In October 2015 he was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent crossbencher. As a crossbencher, Robert will owe no allegiance to a political party and will maintain the ability to take part in legislative debates free of party considerations.

Brittany Harris

Brittany Harris

CEO and Co-Founder, Qualis Flow

Brittany is a Civil Engineer turned Entrepreneur. After years of working in construction and engineering, she and her co-founder Jade Cohen decided to turn their talents to tackling global challenges by driving change in construction. In April 2018 they founded Qflow, a SaaS platform that enables construction teams to get real value from their environmental data, and achieve a stress free environmentally compliant project.

Brittany has built a team of amazing developers, designers and industry experts to help realise her vision for a more sustainable future and has led the company to launch Qflow on major construction projects across England; taking her experience and frustrations as a Civil Engineer and turning it into a high impact business.

David McGovern

David McGovern

Regional Director, Bentley Systems

David is the Regional Director for Bentley systems, heading up their Digital Cites and Energy & Power business in the UK. He has more than 10 years' experience in the software design industry, specifically focusing on how Engineering Data and Digital Twins can be used to improve outcomes for Asset lifecycles.

David Previously worked in the Dairy and Manufacturing industries, specifically focusing on Manufacturing systems for large scale power distribution.

Christiana Amacker

Christiana Amacker

Project Manager (London’s Underground Asset Register), GLA

Christiana Amacker is the Project Manager of London’s Underground Asset Register (LUAR) at the Greater London Authority. This innovative project funded by Government’s Geospatial Commission brings together underground asset data from various asset owners in London into a digital tool to help reduce utility strikes and road network disruption as well as increase safety for workers on site.

Previously, Christiana has worked in the field of System Dynamics and received her MSc in Management from the Imperial College Business School.

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Isaac Newton Trust/Newnham Fellow in Engineering, University of Cambridge and CEO/Co-Founder, BKwai

Sakthy is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has worked internationally in design and construction roles – from designing new structures on mega-projects like Crossrail, to monitoring and assessment of transport infrastructure assets, to reconstruction of housing destroyed by earthquakes. Her recent PhD at Cambridge University applied rapidly advancing radar satellite imagery technologies (monitoring millimetre-scale changes on the earth’s surface) to understand how they could support bridge and infrastructure asset monitoring and predict signs of failure.

She is currently the Isaac Newton Trust / Newnham Fellow in Engineering at Cambridge University and the Co-Founder and CEO of BKwai, a software start-up leveraging data for infrastructure and construction. She also sits on the Young Professionals Panel of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission.

Event venue

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

For more information please contact:

Edie Fairservice

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