Event Organiser: ICE

Water Wonderlands: The past present and future of water engineering, London


  • Lecture
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  • London
  • 19 September 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:30
The past, present and future of water engineering

About this event

In temperate latitudes of the world, water has been perhaps one of the most under-appreciated resources since its power in either extreme volumes or marked absence has rarely been experienced. Nevertheless, it is always vital for life and water engineering is therefore of critical value to society.

Globally, the challenging combination of increasing urbanisation, population growth, climate change and technological change means that water engineering, and sustainable water management, now stand at an exciting point of change. In all countries, the roles of both water engineers and water users – at all points of the water cycle - need to adapt to new realities to continue to deliver societal benefit. In order to achieve this, everyone needs to understand something of the water systems of which they are a part.

Celebrating the past, present and possible future achievements of water engineers will help us all understand water systems, and water engineering, far better. As part of ICE 200 celebrations, Professor Chris Binnie, a member of ICE’s Water Panel, will be giving a lecture about the past, present and possible futures of water engineering, including vignettes from the personal experiences of water engineers over the past 200 years. Interested members of the public, and all budding water engineers, are very warmly invited to attend.


Chris Binnie

Chris Binnie

Chris Binnie is a fourth generation water engineer. After graduating from Cambridge University he took the dam design and hydro power courses at Imperial College. In the 1970s he worked for Binnie & Partners as Project Engineer on the 1,600 MW Dinorwic pumped storage scheme in Snowdonia. For 15 years he was the Director of the Water Consultancy division of WSAtkins, then becoming a Main Board Director. In the 1980s he was on the Management Board of the Severn Tidal Power Group. From 2008-2010 he chaired the DECC Independent Technical & Engineering Expert Panel for the Severn Tidal Power Studies. Since then he was on the Advisory Board for the tidal energy studies of the Mersey and the Wyre barrages. In 2016 he was a consultant to itp providing technical support to the Hendry Review of the future of tidal power from lagoons, currently awaiting government response. He was President of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management in its centenary year. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for 20 years and of the Institution of Civil Engineers for longer. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Exeter University.

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