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Join Institution Vice President Ed McCann, who will share findings from his recent review of engineering practice and the types of skills needed by the modern industry. Leadership, management and communication topped the list of skills on which civil engineers need to focus, with over 73% of research respondents naming these as the ones which civil engineers need to develop most along with digital skills. Practical knowledge and skills remain vitally important ingredients in a civil engineer’s make-up with technical skills, critical thinking and problem solving are as important as ever.
A culture of continuous learning needs to be embedded more deeply in the profession to ensure that individuals can meet skills requirements throughout their careers.
This is not-to-be missed event is for all professionals in the built environment but particularly those with an interest in remaining competitive, improving performance, recruitment and education.
This lecture will be immediately preceded by a short ICE Scotland AGM. Refreshments in the James Mackay Hall from 1730 with the AGM starting at 1800 in the Auditorium and lecture at 1830. The event takes place in the Auditorium.
This event is being broadcast online. The link for the online broadcast will be made available up to 24 hours before the event.
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Ed McCann is a Director of Expedition Engineering where he is known as an innovative designer with a practical bent. Ed has worked on over 50 projects around the world from sewerage schemes in India to child friendly zones in a refugee camp in Kenya and the design of two 800t walking research stations in Antarctica. He was Expedition’s project director on both the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome and the Infinity Bridge in Stockton. He is a Fellow, Trustee, Executive Board Member and Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Ed is actively involved in education and skills development particularly in relation to design and enterprise and is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor at UCL and Strathclyde Universities. He recently co-authored the RAEng’s Best Practice Guidance on Experience Led Learning, E-Learning and Industrial Engagement in Higher Education.
In 2014, alongside industry associates from the ICE Best Practice group Ed instigated a £100k research project ‘to identify the costs and root causes of error in UK Construction’. The Get It Right Initiative, which launched in June 2017, is the result of this project. The Initiative is now supported by some 27 major industry companies, who representative members are actively addressing the reduction of error in the UK Construction Industry.
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