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ICE invites participants to Council sessions and lectures

10 March 2020

ICE is inviting its members and members of the public to a series of Council events, designed to show the Institution at work.

ICE invites participants to Council sessions and lectures

ICE’s Council is opening its doors to members and the general public for a programme of events and meetings this April. The sessions, which are being held over two days will allow participants to contribute their ideas on how the Institution could help members tackle the issues facing the world.

The programme will hear from some of the top professionals in government and industry and will look at how ICE can help lead the way in assuring society that infrastructure professionals can be trusted throughout their career. It will also examine how to best ensure decision and policy makers have the best possible advice to allow them to address the challenges of today.

Day one

An evening lecture will take place on Monday 20 April 2020 chaired by ICE President Paul Sheffield and featuring Steve Crosskey, Head of Strategic Initiatives, UNOPS. The lecture will look at how infrastructure can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

It will present the findings of the ICE’s Enabling Better Infrastructure programme which brings together global knowledge, case studies and insights in one place to enable decision-makers to deliver the infrastructure that societies need.

The lecture will be followed by an Evening Reception in the Great Hall at One Great George Street.

Day two

Tuesday 21 April 2020 sees a second series of events. The day will begin with a breakfast strategy session ‘Reassuring the public that Infrastructure is safe ‘ featuring presentations from Dame Judith Hackitt, the government’s independent advisor on tall building safety, Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland and Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire & Building Technology, BRE. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

This strategy session builds on the work from the 2018 In Plain Sight: assuring the whole-life safety of infrastructure report, and shall seek to respond to the public perception of safety toward infrastructure, and the professionals who build, design, manage and maintain these assets.

In the second half of the morning, a presentation - ‘Who is the civil engineer of the future?’ will consider how technology and innovation in infrastructure is changing the landscape of civil engineering and impacting on the skills necessary to be a civil engineer.

There will then be a panel discussion with contributions from James Dean, founder and CEO of Sensat, a tech start-up with a mission to build the third platform, an intelligent eco-system that translates the real world into a version understandable to AI.

The session will also include an update from Future Civil Engineer working group chair Emma-Jane Houghton. Emma-Jane joined Heathrow Airport from KPMG in February 2019 and took charge of procurement, contracts and costs for the £14bn expansion plan.

Input from Council members, ICE members and members of the public will feed into the Institution’s strategy on how civil engineering should engage with technological innovation.

The session will conclude for Council members and ICE members with a lunch and networking session.

  • Jack Buckee, information manager at ICE