ICE Learning Hub programme update

An update for members on new programmes being added each month.

This month’s update to the ICE Learning Hub includes a programme on addressing the risks of hydraulic fracturing to water resources and aquifers, as part of ICE’s ongoing water knowledge programme this year. 

Other new additions include programmes on applying lessons learned from nuclear construction to all new-build projects; future trends for building higher education spaces; developing offshore energy infrastructure; and modelling and planning rail freight networks. 

Risks of hydraulic fracturing to water resources 

This programme provides an overview description of onshore drilling for oil and gas in shale geologies, hydraulic fracturing and production of oil and gas and associated transportation facilities. It addresses risks associated with hydraulic fracturing including hazards to workers, the general public, the environment and infrastructure, and especially water resources and aquifers.

Current guidance is addressed, and improvements to current worldwide practice are proposed to reduce current levels of risk and consequences. 

Lessons learned from nuclear new builds 


Examining the lessons that could be learnt from recent civil nuclear power plant construction projects, this programme reveals how they should be incorporated into any new build programme.  

Campus of the Future 

This report examines key trends that will impact the design, operation and experience of higher education spaces. It considers emerging best practice from the education sector, as well as useful lessons from commercial and urban environments, drawing out specific implications for designers, management and governance. 

The report is a product of collaboration between Arup Foresight, Research and Innovation, and experts in the higher education sector at Arup. Foresight, Research and Innovation is Arup’s internal think-tank and consultancy which focuses on the future of the built environment and society at large.  

Infrastructure for offshore energy production 

This programme is for engineers who want to know more about how to develop offshore infrastructure, to support the energy sector. It covers the delivery of a new port facility, and how to protect port facilities from waves and scour, which are very complex. It looks into the effects of scour and sand on port features, and how to reduce and mitigate these. It also goes into detail on factors affecting carbon capture and storage (CCS) for an existing, operating facility, and covers the barriers for further CCS projects. 

Rail freight logistics 

This programme is for engineers looking to develop their knowledge of the logistics sector and rail freight. It covers efficient logistics planning; hub and spoke systems; strategic improvements in an example European rail network; the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T); the main types of standards for European rail and the challenges of modelling and planning freight.