Bechtel construction director to embark on worldwide tour on the future of transport

Linda Miller, a Bechtel leader currently serving as Construction Director on the new Sydney Metro Tunnels & Stations Excavation team, will challenge the industry on the future of transport as she tours for 18 months worldwide for the Institution of Civil Engineers’ 12th Brunel international lecture series.

The lecture will cover the demands of the next generation and the call to action posed to leaders and engineers involved in transport infrastructure around the world. Miller will reveal six 'inescapable' ways of working required to deliver modern transport mega projects. She will also discuss how transport projects can help improve people's economic prospects, deliver social justice and contribute towards solutions to environmental imperatives.

Linda Miller OBE, Bechtel Construction Director, said:

"Transport puts the wind in the sails of young adults starting off in the world, enabling economically disadvantaged individuals to make it to steady employment. Diverse transport options should be available to everyone, regardless of health or physical ability. Intelligent transport projects should lead to dramatic, quantifiable environmental benefits.

"The next generation is dreaming big and crying out for their needs to be met. The transportation and infrastructure industry needs to not only understand it plays a crucial role in meeting these demands but that it can thrive if it tackles these changes head-on."

Catherine Cole, International Director at the Institution of Civil Engineers, said:

"Each Brunel lecturer is chosen for his or her contribution to civil engineering and we are delighted to recognise Linda for her significant work over 25 years. Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated vividly how civil engineers transform people's lives. During ICE's bicentenary year, the Brunel lecture series will allow her to share her considerable experience with professionals around the world to enable them to do the same for the next generation."

Miller's current project, Sydney Metro, is Australia's biggest in public transport. When complete, the project will deliver 31 metro stations and over 66 km of new tunnels, including under Sydney Harbour. Previously, Linda was the Project Manager of London's Crossrail Farringdon Station and the Project Manager for Crossrail's Connaught Tunnel Project, which included bringing a 135-year-old disused tunnel back to life.

In 2016, the Women's Engineering Society named Miller as one of the Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering in the UK. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List for promoting diversity in the global engineering and construction industry.

The Brunel international lecture series will begin in the UK on 12 June 2018 before taking Miller to various cities worldwide, including Auckland, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Vancouver and Cape Town.