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ICE Strategy Session - Future of civil engineering: delivering differently to deliver better

Event organised by ICE

14 December 2021
08:30 - 12:30 GMT
United Kingdom

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We are delighted to present our upcoming ICE Strategy Session which will dive into two parallel strands of work ICE has been working on through 2021. Both aimed at exploring how the infrastructure sector can deliver differently and in doing so, deliver better. Both sought to challenge perceptions and shine a light on new approaches to infrastructure delivery.

Join us at this event – split across two sessions – which will expand on the recent launch of our Engineering Rebellion report and provide a year-on update to the A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery programme ahead of a final report launch in Spring 2022. In doing so, this event will trigger debate and discussion around the nature of the infrastructure into 2022 and beyond.

Engineering Rebellion, focuses on the practitioner, and explores exactly who is the civil engineer of the future and, having understood that, asks how does the ICE adapt to embrace them? A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery, addresses the industry leader, and explores how a more whole-systems approach can improve infrastructure project delivery.

Both have identified common themes. Both have recognised that the challenges faced today are very different to the challenges faced by their counterparts of even a decade ago. They work in an industry that is striving to deliver increasingly complex projects, exploit technological advances, and deal with the existential threat of climate change.

Both have found that answering these questions has the potential to be transformative for individual civil engineers, the wider engineering profession, the construction and infrastructure industry, and ICE itself.

Our excellent line up of clients, major infrastructure delivery experts, and emerging future leaders below will describe the work conducted, the conclusions drawn and, critically, outline the way forward for the industry.


Part 1: Engineering Rebellion
09:00 Welcome from President Ed McCann
09.10 Engineering Rebellion: overview with Emma-Jane Houghton
09.30 What the report means to a future leader with Hayley Jackson
09.40 Discussion & Q&A with Engineering Rebellion steering group members
10.20 Closing remarks from President Ed McCann
10:30 Break

Part 2: A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery
11:00 Welcome from President Ed McCann
11:10 SAID: the principles explained with Andrew McNaughton
11.30 Early learnings from recent round tables with Mark Coates
11.40 Putting the principles into practice panel discussion and Q&A with early adopters
12.20 Closing remarks from President Ed McCann
12:30 Event close

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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.


Andrew McNaughton

Andrew McNaughton


infrastructure sector lead

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Andrew McNaughton

Andrew recently joined Aczel as a Partner. Aczel is a consultancy specialising in strategic change management and complex project delivery across multiple sectors.

From June 2016 Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Systra Group, a French headquartered company with 7000 staff, globally, specialising in transport engineering and consultancy services. Andrew was previously Director of Engineering and Construction for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc.

Andrew has over 35 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure in the UK and overseas. As both a project manager and an executive officer he has been responsible for the delivery of many of the country’s major infrastructure projects over that time.

Prior to his appointment at Tidal Lagoon, Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty plc. He held a range of executive positions in his 17 years at Balfour Beatty, including Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer. From graduation he initially spent 12 years with the Kier Group, a period that included his involvement in the construction of Sizewell B nuclear power station.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and was previously named Civil Engineering Manager of the Year by the Institution. In 2020, Andrew led a study on behalf of the ICE into the performance of infrastructure project delivery that led to a report. Welcomed across the industry, defining a Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery.

In July 2021, Andrew was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the newly formed Board of AWE Plc, with specific responsibility for the infrastructure investment programme to support the current and future delivery requirements of the organisation.

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