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ICE survey seeks views for reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe

28 April 2020

Building on the recent ICE strategy session for reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe, ICE is asking members to complete a research survey.

ICE survey seeks views for reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe

ICE is seeking members' views to inform the Institution’s research project on the steps that ICE can take to provide greater reassurance to the public that the infrastructure they use every-day is safe.

What is the purpose of the survey?

When infrastructure works we hardly register it at all. Professionals and laymen alike, the full extent and reach of infrastructure is only appreciated when it does not work (e.g. trains are late, water is dark, electricity drops out… etc.)

ICE has commissioned Dr Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire & Building Technology, BRE, Chair of ICE’s Structures Expert Panel and ICE Council member, to lead research addressing how ICE assures the competence of its professionals.

This activity builds on the 2018 In Plain Sight report recommendations. It is looking at the multiple interfaces which exist when designing, managing and operating our built assets; how we liaise with the public, other partners and act on infrastructure issues and risks; and how we measure the competence of the professional engineer and technician post-qualification.

To support this activity we are seeking to canvas the views of ICE members by completing a short survey detailing some specific issues we are addressing. These research questions cover how ICE could:

  • Further improve the support offered to its members.
  • Introduce additional measures that could be taken to maintain the competence of the profession post-qualification.
  • Better consult with the public and other stakeholders on infrastructure risk issues.

How to submit your views

We are asking ICE members to complete the survey by Friday 15 May 2020. The survey asks 10 questions which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Access the survey.

For more substantive contributions, written statements are also welcomed by email to: [email protected].

This survey, stakeholder interviews and submitted evidence statements shall be used to inform and support the research recommendations tackling these challenges, which will be presented to ICE Council for action.

This topic was discussed at length during ICE’s strategy session for how we can reassure the public that infrastructure is safe.

Presentations were provided by:

  • Dame Judith Hackitt, Government’s Independent Advisor on Tall Building Safety, who outlined her work to advise the Government on how best to establish the powerful new Building Safety Regulator;
  • Dr Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland will talk about the challenge of maintaining Scotland’s ageing rail and trunk road bridge assets, and efforts to establish an international certification scheme for bridge inspectors; and
  • Dr Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire & Building Technology, BRE, will discuss ongoing work within the ICE to embed the findings of the 2018 In Plain Sight report. The report made 11 recommendations to ICE and the wider industry, across the areas of lesson-sharing, competence and governance.
  • Adam Kirkup, engineering communities manager at ICE