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How to use spatial data insights to drive benefits from infrastructure

Event organised by ICE

27 March 2024
18:30 - 20:00 GMT
Creative Innovation Centre, CIC
The Memorial Hall
Paul Street
Taunton, TA1 3PF
United Kingdom

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When decision makers and infrastructure professionals are seeking to deliver an engineering solution, there are usually many associated socio-economic, community, sustainability, and social value objectives alongside. The challenges, risks and opportunities vary dramatically from place to place and from project to project. By understanding wider and long-term deprivation insights for places and communities, professionals can broaden the ambitions and better integrate their efforts, increasing the benefits of infrastructure interventions.

IBIS is an initiative being developed by Turner and Townsend that seeks to make visual and accessible sense of the circumstances of any place in the UK. Using publicly available datasets, IBIS provides spatial insights into deprivation and inequality issues, including trends, down to a granular and very local level.

Peter Radford CEng FICE, associate director, Turner and Townsend, will outline the IBIS initiative and discuss how data-led intelligence offers the opportunity to build a library of benefits and outcomes that can inform future infrastructure development and help address deeply embedded inequalities in the UK.

You can read more about using data to tackle poverty through infrastructure in Peter’s ICE Community Blog on the subject.


18:00 - 18:30
Doors open
18:30 - 20:00


Peter Radford

Peter Radford

Turner & Townsend

associate director and IBIS initiative lead

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Peter Radford

Peter has 40 years of civil engineering experience in an approximately equal split of public sector and private consulting employment. After extensive work for London Underground (with Travers Morgan) in the 1980s, Peter was invited to write their new Tunnels, Bridges and Structures Inspection manual. This 300-page tome was finished while Peter was still in his 20s and helped him develop a passion for railway history and infrastructure. Extensive other work in London also included inspection, load assessment and investigation of a number of Thames bridges. Other clients included British Rail, Dept of Transport and numerous councils.

Peter moved to the South West in 1992 to take the reins of the Bridge Assessment Programme for Somerset County Council, then becoming variously Somerset’s Transport Infrastructure Manager then Bridges, Highway Assets and Service Improvement Manager. Peter also led various national service improvement groups including the National Highways Benchmarking Club and the National Highways and Transport Network (NHT). Peter initiated the ICE Taunton City Club in 2007 and also chaired ICE South West for its 2011-12 session. Peter’s work, including on numerous major projects and programmes, often found him having to work collaboratively to resolve matters with numerous stakeholders with forthright and opposing views! Peter has, throughout his career, engaged extensively with British Rail, British Rail Property Board, Railtrack and, more lately, Network Rail.

Among the accolades for Peter’s Somerset projects were two ICE South West Project of the Year Awards, three National Green Apple environmental awards, a National Historic Bridge/Infrastructure Award and the internationally contested ‘Fleming Award’ for geotechnical excellence. Immediately after local government Peter did a three-year stint in contracting with Crestmoor.

In the last six years, with Turner and Townsend, Peter has worked on the motorway/road implications of the Heathrow expansion, helped resolve extensive motorway programme clashes in Kent and led a variety of National Highways assignments in the South West, as well as working on numerous MOD projects.