Debate on transforming infrastructure with technology, Webinar

29 September, 2016 | 12:00 - 13:00

Transforming infrastructure with technology.
Transforming infrastructure with technology.

About this event

Watch the debate here.

Read the White Paper here.

The demand for infrastructure is growing and shifting spatially, but simply building more and more capacity is no longer a sustainable solution. Environmental, monetary and resource constraints dictate that more innovative approaches to addressing our infrastructure needs are required. Managing these constraints requires extracting maximum value from existing infrastructure by embracing disruptive technologies, taking more agile approaches to design and a willingness across the infrastructure sector to adopt more innovative solutions for delivery.

The scale of the challenge is huge, with the McKinsey Global Institute having estimated that $57 trillion of investment is required in global infrastructure up until 2030. By this point, homes will need to be built to accommodate an additional 165 million urban dwellers in India alone; whilst world-wide there will be a 4,400 GW increase in the demand for energy by 2040.

Disruptive technologies have a key role to play here. Technology has always changed the way in which infrastructure is designed, delivered, operated and maintained. Today, there have arguably never been a greater number of disruptive technologies approaching the shores of the infrastructure sector, from the internet of things and infinite computing through to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

ICE and Autodesk hosted this debate to explore how trends in technology and more agile approaches to infrastructure can lead to fundamental efficiency and capacity improvements in our built environment networks. And in so doing, help tackle the major challenges that the infrastructure sector faces as it seeks to fulfill the infrastructure demands of the growing global population.

Watch the complete debate here.

Questions debated 

[time in video in brackets]
  • What are the disruptive technology trends that will have the greatest potential to improve design and delivery in the infrastructure sector?  [01:47]
  • What needs to change to support unlocking their potential? [09:48]
  • How can we create agile infrastructure and ensure users are never locked into obsolete technology? [15:11]
  • Can we identify what must be long lasting and what can be temporary? [20:12]
  • What are the implications of disruptive technology trends for infrastructure professionals? The companies they work for? And the industry at large? [26:50]
  • What does the industry need to do to prepare for and manage these emerging technology trends? [33:12]
  • Questions and answers [37:40]


Tim Broyd, Senior Vice President, ICE will Chair
Tim Chapman, Director, Arup
Mel Karam, Global Head of Asset Management, KPMG International​
Elliot Harley, Alliance Design Manager for Infrastructure, Anglian Water
Dominic Thasarathar, Industry Strategist for Construction, Autodesk


John Beswick


Tim Chapman, Director, Arup

John Beswick

Tim is an Arup Director leading its London Infrastructure Design group. He has extensive experience in the design of big infrastructure and large buildings including almost 30 years of design of underground London. He has worked on many major London projects including Crossrail, Canary Wharf and the London Olympics.

Mel Karam, Global Head of Asset Management, KPMG International

Mel Karam

Mel Karam leads Global Asset Management in KPMG, working across more than 25 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, India and Singapore. He has over 25 years of experience in asset management and capital delivery gained in the power and utility industry working at senior executive. He is widely recognized as one of the leading global experts in asset management and is a member of the KPMG Global Infrastructure team bringing global best practice to help infrastructure clients get best value from their existing and new assets through service improvement and cost reduction strategies. He assists clients with strategic planning, investment planning, capital program optimization, supply chain management, asset management, maintenance and operation optimization, Enterprise Asset Management technology and data analytics.

Dominic Thasarathar, Industry Strategist - Construction, Autodesk

John Beswick

Dominic Thasarathar is Autodesk’s primary thought-leader and evangelist for the Construction, Energy and Natural Resources industries. His focus is the role technology can play in helping companies in these sectors improve performance and respond to changing markets.


Elliott Harley, Alliance Design Manager for Infrastructure, Anglian Water

John Beswick

Elliott is the Infrastructure Design Manager of the Anglian Water @one alliance.

He is responsible for the water & water recycling infrastructure design teams within the @one alliance, with an AMP6 capital programme of c£300 million. The role also encompasses the duties of the partner company Principal Designer.

Elliott is passionate about Sustainable Urban Drainage solutions (SUDs) and implementing these in challenging urban environments.
Elliott has held a number of design and project management roles within the @one alliance. Prior to this he developed his career within various infrastructure consultancies providing solutions to water companies and other national clients.

Elliott is married with a daughter and is somewhat obsessive about cycling.

Professor Tim Broyd, Senior Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers

John Beswick

Throughout his career Professor Broyd has worked at the interface between industry practice and academic thinking in the construction and infrastructure sectors, including in roles with a formal responsibility for influencing business and government leaders to embrace and drive innovation through their organisations.

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