‘Think digital’ call to infrastructure industry from ICE new president

Professor Tim Broyd, ICE 's 152nd president, highlights how digital technology is helping to drive a golden age in infrastructure to deliver a positive impact for the public.

Professor Tim Broyd unveiled his portrait by artist Jane Allison
Professor Tim Broyd unveiled his portrait by artist Jane Allison

Guests from across the industry gathered at ICE Headquarters One Great George Street to hear the inaugural speech from new President Professor Tim Broyd yesterday.

Introduced by outgoing President Sir John Armitt, he opened his speech by thanking outgoing Vice Presidents Keith Clark, Adrian Coy and Steve Fox for their huge contribution to the Institution and the profession over the past three years and welcomed four new Vice Presidents - Kyle Clough, Ed McCann, Rachel Skinner and Andrew Wolstenholme.

He set out his reason for choosing the theme for his inaugural address ‘Engineering a Digital Future’, explaining that innovation and technological advances are at the heart of ICE for years, and are the themes on which his long career has been based. He also spoke of his passion for finding solutions to the challenges that society faces and how, supported by ICE, industry must change in order to tackle them.

His address explained what means in the context of the future of infrastructure and industry, citing the example of relative newcomers Amazon, Google and Uber as companies whose reliability and level of service the infrastructure profession should strive to replicate.

He explained how digital engineering can transform people’s lives, to deliver services, on time, at a reduced cost, and with greater quality and precision. This, he said, would change the way we operate and manage truly smart infrastructure.

He went on to give his insight into the role that ICE and its members must play in delivering his vision of projects which are delivered better using digital tools, techniques and technologies as well as a change in mind-set.

Guests were invited to explore the Bridge Engineering exhibition, the first to be held in the brand new Infrastructure Learning Hub, featuring a world-record breaking LEGO® bridge.

As is tradition, he also unveiled his portrait by artist Jane Allison which will take pride of place at the Institution’s recently refurbished Headquarters in Westminster.

Tim meets his apprentices
Tim met with his President’s Apprentices in the new Infrastructure Learning Hub

Ahead of the event, Tim met with his President’s Apprentices, who will work alongside him and participate in one of several projects to help make a real contribution to the profession.

You can download a copy of Tim’s Inaugural address here.