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ICE Smeaton Lecture 2018: the breadth of engineering - the impact of metros in the world's great cities

Event organised by ICE

17 July 2018

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Engineering is a much broader discipline than many of us were taught, or have understood. The problem with the engineering profession is that we have not recognised that many of the skills required for success have nothing to do with maths or physics.

Tony Ridley, Past President of ICE, will illustrate the breadth of engineering through his experience as Managing Director and Chairman for some of the world's great metros. He will draw on lessons learned from a career at the highest level of civil engineering, taken from his recently published book "Engineering in Perspective – Lessons for a Successful Career".

His colleague Richard Anderson, Managing Director of the Railway Technology Strategy Centre (RTSC) at Imperial College London, will describe the history of the RTSC, drawing on examples from benchmarking undertaken for metro systems worldwide to demonstrate the growth and the beneficial impact of metros serving diverse communities.

The 2018 Smeaton Lecture will, in the spirit of ICE200, bring out lessons learned from engineering history that are essential for engineers of the 21st century.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell