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ICE and InstRE Lecture - Engineering in Extreme Environments

Event organised by ICE

27 June 2022
18:00 - 21:00 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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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

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.


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

civil engineer

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Kit Wolverson

Kit Wolverson is a civil engineer in the bridges team at Mott MacDonald, based in Manchester. She has worked on a variety of projects more recently as a design manager in Northern Powerhouse Rail and a designer on Hs2. Kit is active within the ICE North West region, previously leading the ICE NW Graduates and Students committee. She forms part of the Mott MacDonald-Balfour Beatty Bridges to Prosperity team for 2022, tasked with constructing the Nyabihunyira Trailbridge in Western Rwanda.

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