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ICE is opening its doors to both members and the interested public to take part in two strategy sessions that support the Institution’s 2020 thought leadership programme. The sessions will hear from outstanding experts in the field and will address:
In the wake of recent high-profile failures such as the Grenfell Tower fire and collapse of the Polcevera viaduct in Italy, the first session will ask how civil engineers and infrastructure professionals can best reassure the public that buildings and structures remain safe throughout their lifecycle.
This strategy session shall hear from:
Presentations and discussion shall question the confidence that has been shaken by the public in the resilience of buildings and structures. It shall consider how ICE should be driving changes to certification models to improve decision making and oversight at all levels within the industry and consider whether we should be reviewing existing codes, standards and professional guidance to minimise the risk of failure.
This strategy session builds on the work from the 2018 In Plain Sight: assuring the whole-life safety of infrastructure report, and shall seek to respond to the public perception of safety toward infrastructure, and the professionals who build, design, manage and maintain these assets.
Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
With rapid advances in technology, changing approaches to procurement and a surging awareness of the civil engineer’s role in addressing climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this session will ask the question: “who is the civil engineer of the future, and how does ICE have to adapt to embrace them”?
To trigger a fertile debate the session will begin with a series of short presentations from future civil engineers, offering their view of what future civil engineers might look like.
There will then be a panel discussion with contributions from James Dean, founder and CEO of Sensat, a tech start up with a mission is to build the third platform, an intelligent eco-system that translates the real world into a version understandable to AI. This technology will help us to build a more sustainable future, using the wealth of new insight to help people make better decisions.
The session will also include an update from Future Civil Engineer Working Group Chair Emma-Jane Houghton. Emma-Jane Houghton joined Heathrow Airport from KPMG in February 2019 and took charge of procurement, contracts and costs for the £14bn expansion plan, making her one of the construction industry’s most powerful clients.
This project builds on the recommendations from ICE’s 2018 Professional Skills Review for the Institution to identify and respond to emerging markets (such as infrastructure for new technology), by continuously monitoring skills requirements and making changes where necessary. ICE has committed to encourage civil engineers to embrace the revolution in digital technology, and the longer-term changes wrought by digital technology – as yet unpredictable – would be monitored.
ICE’s Council is the pinnacle of the Institution’s learning society activity. Each year, ICE’s elected Council identifies several strategic thought leadership challenges for the Institution’s expert network to address. These challenges are topical and directly address issues of interest to ICE’s members and their role to serve the public.
Please note, lunch is available for Council Members and members of the Institution of Civil Engineers only.
In the afternoon, Council will meet to discuss Institutional business. The agenda for this session is available on the ICE Council webpage.
Dame Judith Hackitt was the Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and is Chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK (formerly EEF). She also holds non-executive positions at HS2 Ltd, Made Smarter Commission, Imperial College Court, City & Guilds Group, and High Value Manufacturing Catapult. An engineer by profession, Dame Judith holds a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London.
Hazel is Chief Bridge Engineer for Transport Scotland. Educated at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, Hazel has been immersed in maintenance, renewal and asset management of Highway structures for 25 years and worked for Transport Scotland for the last 13 years.
Previous experience with Cumbria County Council and Capita Symonds in inspection, design and maintenance followed a PhD in ‘Temperature Effects in Concrete Box Girder Bridges’ and bridge inspection and assessment for Mott MacDonald. In Transport Scotland, Hazel leads a team of 12 staff managing the inspection, maintenance and improvement of Scottish Trunk Road structures with a current budget of £64.5m.
Julie is BRE’s Group Director of Fire and Building Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.
She has been involved in a wide range of projects, from technical research to industry strategic studies. She has served as technical secretariat to the UK Building Regulations Advisory Committee, has chaired a sector group of the Group of Notified Bodies and has published over 300 reports, papers and industry guidance, covering various technical aspects of structural engineering.
Julie is a Fellow and Council member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. She Chairs ICE’s Structures Expert Panel and is a member of the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS), which includes contributing to Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) and industry-wide alerts and associated review and analysis.
Emma-Jane is a highly experienced infrastructure specialist with a strong executive advisor background in major infrastructure projects. Her expertise is based on both coal-face delivery and Big 4 advisory.
Emma-Jane Houghton joined Heathrow Airport from KPMG in February 2019 and took charge of procurement, contracts and costs for the £14bn expansion plan, making her one of the construction industry’s most powerful clients. She has been director of KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group since January 2014.
A chartered quantity surveyor by profession, she previously worked at Turner & Townsend and before that at Mott MacDonald. Ms Houghton has advised on projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, the East London Line Extension and the London 2012 Olympics.
Emma-Jane currently chairs the Crossrail 2 Expert Cost, Commercial and Risk Group (ERG) and the Institution of Civil Engineers' Civil Engineer of the Future Working Group.
James is a technology entrepreneur fascinated by the way the world works. He founded SenSat in 2017 to enable the greatest step change since the internet; the digitisation of the physical world. SenSat’s mission is to build the third platform, an intelligent eco-system that translates the real world into a version understandable to AI. This technology will help us to build a more sustainable future, using the wealth of new insight to help people make better decisions.
James received a BSc from King’s College London in Geography and a minor in Astrophysics from The University of California, Irvine. His speciality lies in Satellite Sensing and Earth monitoring where he worked with NASA’s LandSAT and MODIS satellites. In addition, he worked collaboratively with professors from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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