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Structural engineering in the age of climate change

Event organised by ICE

06 June 2023

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Opportunities exist to optimize the carbon footprint of infrastructure assets through cunning design choices and material selection. But questions arise about how to compare alternatives and ensure safe performance in extreme events.

Similarly, technological developments in the last decade offer the opportunity to understand the behaviour of new and existing structures in a way that has never before been possible. But this introduces a level of complexity that has the potential to see engineers and decision makers buried in data, and hence no better off if not implemented appropriately.


Prof Neil Hoult

Prof Neil Hoult

University of Edinburgh


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Prof Neil Hoult

Professor Neil Hoult received his Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He was a structural designer in Toronto and a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge before joining the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s University (Kingston, On., Canada) in 2009.

He is currently a Professor in the Department as well as a member of Ingenuity Labs Research Institute. His research interests fall under the umbrella of infrastructure monitoring involving everything from buildings to culverts to rail tracks.

Dr Hoult is currently a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

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