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46th annual paviors’ lecture: what can civil engineers do to address climate change and other 21st century challenges

Event organised by ICE

08 February 2022
16:30 - 19:30 GMT
Imperial College London
Skempton Building, Room 164
Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London, SW7 2BU
United Kingdom

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) most recent report offers a stark reminder to us all; we are causing harm to the planet and if we don’t accommodate a change in thinking and working, things will only get worse.

At the 2022 Paviors’ Lecture Ed will examine the issue of improving infrastructure productivity within the context of delivering the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and achieving net zero carbon by 2050.

Ed will be joined by one of his Future Leaders who will talk about their experience gained, how they have developed their skills and acquired valuable insight into the industry.


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.