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Talking Productivity: Q&A with ICE President Ed McCann – South Africa

Event organised by ICE

18 May 2022
17:00 - 18:00 BST (GMT+1)

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What needs to change to enable civil engineers in South Africa to improve productivity and increase efficiency and effectiveness?

ICE President Ed McCann invites ICE members in South Africa and across the wider Africa region to join an online meeting to discuss the themes of his 2021/22 presidency, outlined in his film, How to thrive in the 21st Century.

He’ll share his insights on why improving productivity in the industry is crucial to address the key challenges of today, including climate change, and he’ll explain why civil engineers need a relentless focus on efficiency and effectiveness. 

The informal event is an opportunity for members in South Africa and across the wider Africa region to put their questions direct to the President and raise concerns about moving forward on productivity. Attendees will gain useful insights into how they can improve their own performance in this area.

Alain Jacquet, Director at SABEeX and ICE volunteer Representative for South Africa, will be chairing the discussion.


16:45 - 17:00


17:00 - 17:05

Chair’s Welcome & Introduction

17:05 - 17:20

Keynote Speaker: President

17:20 - 17:55

Q&A session

17:55 - 18:00

Closing remarks and event closes


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.


Alain Jacquet CEng MICE

Alain Jacquet CEng MICE


owner and principal

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Alain Jacquet CEng MICE

Alain Jacquet is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is currently in his second term as a volunteer ICE Representative for South Africa, promoting professional registration support.

Alain has over 30 years experience in the civil engineering industry and for over 20 years he has specialised in construction procurement, developing and implementing procurement systems for various public sector and private sector clients. He is the Convenor of the ISO Working Group for Construction Procurement Standards and has been the procurement advisor for several prominent projects within South Africa and across Africa. His passion for socio-economic development has driven the registration of Construction Mentorship with the SA Council for Project and Construction Management Professions in South Africa.

Alain is Owner and Principal at SABEeX, a company which specialises in construction procurement.

For more information please contact:

Gabriella Lai