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Debate on transforming infrastructure with technology, Webinar

Event organised by ICE

29 September 2016
13:00 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)
United Kingdom

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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 

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  • 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