ICE Learning Hub expands with tunnelling and soil reinforcement modules 

New content has been added to the online resource that’s available exclusively and for free to members.

Tunnelling under cities - like Crossrail (pictured) - is one of the new learning programmes in the ICE Learning Hub.
Tunnelling under cities - like Crossrail (pictured) - is one of the new learning programmes in the ICE Learning Hub.

Online programmes covering sustainable materials, tunnelling, soil reinforcement and electric power generation have been added to the members’ ICE Learning Hub.  

The Learning Hub was launched in November, providing a wide range of online modules and resources to support members’ continuing professional development.  

Initial feedback has been positive, particularly from members who are not based in the UK and can now access an easy-to-use distance learning tool. 

   

The latest learning programmes have been selected to reflect recent events and developments. 

On the back of November’s European Week for Waste Reduction, the new ‘little book of low carbon eating in the city’ and ‘sustainable materials’ programmes will help engineers to consider their role in tackling waste.  

Little book of low carbon eating in the city 

This ‘little book’ presents the main findings of a study carried out as part of the Liveable Cities research project. Some of the study’s key conclusions include: 

  • When talking about climate change mitigation options, food consumption and diets are often the elephant in the room  

  • In comparing the carbon footprint of different meals, the most crucial thing is what they are made of  

  • When food is imported from abroad, the way it was transported is what really makes the difference  

  • Eating less animal-based products, avoiding air freighted food and wasting less food are very powerful ways to reduce our carbon footprint  

  • Cities all over the world have already started to promote the uptake of this type of behaviour through a range of initiatives 

An introduction to sustainable materials 

This programme provides a comprehensive introduction to many issues in the domain of sustainable materials.  It will: 

  • Provide an overview of the programme and the different sustainability factors by which materials in this programme are classified.   

  • Showcase recent re-evaluations of ‘traditional natural’ materials wood, glass and wool.   

  • Showcase new materials that have been designed to have reduced environmental impact.   

  • Showcases the use of recycled materials in construction, the Circular Economy and a case study about particularly dangerous waste disposal (asbestos).  Module Describe biomimetic materials in general and with specific reference to South Africa.   

  • Provide a framework for evaluating the criticality of materials for new technologies. 

Tunnelling metro systems under urban environments 

As we strive to deliver metro extensions and large infrastructure projects, such as the London Underground and now Crossrail, much of this infrastructure will involve or has involved tunnelling under urban environments.  

This means that engineers must consider how to minimise and eliminate any negative impacts on existing infrastructure or the towns and cities they are working underneath.   

This learning programme, which uses the London Underground as the main case study, will evaluate how this has been achieved historically. It will look at how engineers have designed, planned and monitored tunnelling projects appropriately to build new underground infrastructure, without having an impact on existing infrastructure or the urban environments above them. 

The programme’s launch coincided with National Tunnelling Day in the UK. 

Novel Soil Reinforcement Issues - Materials and Assessment 

Marking UN World Soil Day, this programme is for built environment professionals who want to know about recent developments in soil reinforcement. It covers new issues that need to be considered, the characteristics of new soil reinforcement materials, and new soil assessment methods. 

Electric power generation and storage 

As we enter the colder months in the northern hemisphere and use more energy for heating, this programme is for engineers who want to know more about the electricity generation system of the UK. 

Members are encouraged to continue giving their feedback to learninghubsupport@ice.org.uk, including on the subjects they would like to see covered in future Learning Hub updates. 

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