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ICE and InstRE Lecture - Engineering in Extreme Environments

Event organised by ICE

27 June 2022

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Engineers are often called upon to deliver projects in challenging environments, from regions affected by conflict or extreme weather to remote communities around the world. This year’s Joint Professional Meeting between the Institution of Royal Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers will consider engineering in extreme environments and share lessons from challenging projects around the world.

The lecture will explore how project teams can adapt the way they design and plan to ensure they met the required outcomes.

Join us to draw out lessons that can be applied to your civil engineering projects, whatever the environment and challenge, and to explore how you approach design and construction under constrained conditions.

The lecture includes a series of insightful case studies ranging from the Falkland Islands, South Sudan, and Antarctica. There will also be an opportunity to pose your questions to the panel. This is a hybrid event, which will be streamed live and include an in-person audience, offering additional networking opportunities for attendees.


18:00 - 18:30

Registration and refreshments

18:30 - 18:35

Welcome address and introduction by ICE President Ed McCann

18:35 - 18:45

Project ANEMOI: Outlining the challenges faced delivering a £20M project to build 3 Remote Radar Head Accommodation units in the Falkland Islands and analysing the Corps’ design, management, and construction processes – Lt Col Wayne Meek

18:45 - 18:55

British Antarctic Survey: Tackling the demands of delivering on the far side of the world, including other examples from Sierra Leone, the Falkland’s Islands, and the Shetlands – Speaker TBC

18:55 - 19:05

Nyabihunyira Trailbridge: Exploring the delivery challenges of the 78m span bridge and its impact on the local community – Kit Wolverson, Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald

19:05 - 19:15

Operation TRENTON 1: Enabling defence engagement in South Sudan – Col Jamie Stuart

19:15 - 19:25

Operation TRENTON 2: Exploring the development of UN operational infrastructure and facilities management support, and the importance of the operation’s partnerships – James Clark, Strategic Programme Coordinator, UN Ops

19:25 - 20:00

Panel discussion and Q&A

20:00 - 20:05

Summation by Maj Gen Nick Cavanagh CB, President, Institution of Royal Engineers

20:05 - 21:00

Networking reception and event close


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Expedition Engineering

Senior Director

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Ed McCann

Ed is an experienced project director and is the Immediate Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fundamental in growing Expedition from a startup to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012. As a senior director at Expedition, Ed provides invaluable leadership and experience to our organisation.

He is technical, an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, and has a deep understanding of the construction process. He is particularly skilled in strategic consultancy, feasibility studies, and design.

Ed’s career has taken him to lead projects all over the world. He was the project director for the multi award-winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Environmental factors and efficiency are drivers for Ed’s current projects that see him work with infrastructure clients to improve processes and implement new technologies. Projects include creating and delivering a productivity workstream for HS2, designing the Rolls-Royce SMR Program Site Factory for BAM Nuttall, and helping develop the Berkeley Homes modular housing system.

Ed is a founder trustee and trustee board member, former chair of the USL Board.

He is passionate about developing talent in the industry with quality training and education, a passion that led him to become the co-creator of the Constructionarium. This non profit organisation delivers education and training to students and professionals across the built environment sector. He is also co-founder of the Get It Right Initiative which aims to reduce errors in the industry.

As a respected thought leader, Ed is often invited to speak at various events, write articles, and deliver lectures, and has also made television programmes on civil engineering.

Major General Nick Cavanagh CB

Major General Nick Cavanagh CB

Institution of Royal Engineers


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Major General Nick Cavanagh CB

Major General Nick Cavanagh was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1988 after reading engineering at Cambridge University. Over a full military career, he has commanded engineers on operations and exercises at home and overseas including operational tours of Northern Ireland, the First Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also completed a range of non-operational roles including as the Assistant Head of Army Infrastructure Plans, the Assistance Chief of Staff for the deployable Field Army, the Director of Manning for the Army and Director of Strategy and Planning in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Defence’s infrastructure advisory and delivery agent delivering c£3.5Bn of infrastructure spend annually.

Since January 2021 he has been the Development Director for the Advisory and Programmes Division within the European Region of Mott MacDonald.  He was elected as the President of the Institution of Royal Engineers in October 2018 and was made a Companion of the Bath (CB) on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019.

Kit Wolverson

Kit Wolverson

Mott MacDonald

senior engineer

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Kit Wolverson

Kit has been working at Mott MacDonald for over six years, based in the North West Bridges Team.

Outside of work, she has held several ICE North West roles. She puts people at the heart of projects and considers the bigger picture through roles on major projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail, HS2 and East West Rail.

Post chartership she is working in the Health Sector alongside leading Mott MacDonald’s Early Career Professionals in the UK and Europe. 

Colonel Jamie Stuart

Colonel Jamie Stuart

Headquarters Field Army

DACOS plans

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Colonel Jamie Stuart

Colonel Jamie Stuart commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 2000.  He has deliberately never served twice in the same Regiment, gaining experience with the Queens Gurkha Engineers, Light and Armoured Close Support and Force Support Regiments.  He has commanded at all ranks on operations including multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as two tours with the UN.  He commanded 39 Engineer Regiment from October 2018 until Aug 2021, deploying the Regiment as the Commander of the UK Engineer Task Force on Operation TRENTON 6 supporting the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and on multiple UK Resilience Operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also completed a number of staff roles, covering capability acquisition in MOD, operations in PJHQ, as an instructor at staff college and as the lead staff officer for Army plans assisting with the formulation of the Army’s long-term strategy and propositions for the National Security Capability Review in 2017 and the Modernising Defence Programme in 2018.

On promotion to Colonel in Aug 2021 he assumed the post of DACOS Plans in HQ Field Army and is currently responsible for the Fd Army’s strategic planning, financial programming as well as implementing the Future Soldier organisational and transformational changes that followed the 2021 Integrated Review.

Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Meek CEng RE

Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Meek CEng RE

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

MPP UKStratCom2

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Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Meek CEng RE

Lt Col Wayne Meek has spent 20 years delivering infrastructure, combat engineering and equipment solutions supporting military and UN operations worldwide. During his varied deployments he’s provided mobility support in the drained Iraqi Marshes and constructed camps in the heights of Parwan Provence, the isolated reaches of The Sudd as well as on the edges of the River Niger near Gao. Wayne has also been instrumental of the latter parts of construction and handover of the partially completed replacement accommodation for the Remote Radar Heads in the Falkland Islands. He is now focussed on delivering infrastructure in UK – a simpler supply chain!

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Daxa Bharadwa