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
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 [email protected], including on the subjects they would like to see covered in future Learning Hub updates.