Ecobuild is the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market, inspiring over 44,000 industry professionals from across the supply chain. The exhibition helps connect built environment professionals in order to help them to learn, network and discover new ideas and innovative products.
As one of the event supporters, ICE hosted an 'Infrastructure Revolution' themed stand, with a host of speakers and activities designed to stimulate the debate on how a transformed industry might look in the future.
Speakers from across the infrastructure sector, including Alexander Jan, Director at Arup and Stephen Fox, CEO of BAM Nuttall gave a collective audience of over a thousand people insights into a range of topics including transport, sustainability and energy.
ICE's Policy team also launched two major papers at the Exhibition, marking the beginning of two new programmes of thought leadership that the Institution is taking forward. Each contains a series of challenging questions around the way in which we design, deliver and manage infrastructure systems.
The Infrastructure transformation paper looks at a number of questions relating to agile infrastructure, how engineers of the future can be developed in a world of increased automation, the skills shortage and autonomous vehicles.
The Urbanisation paper looks at whether it is too late for big cities to create the environments that people want, beyond the physical infrastructure they need. It also explores questions on transport capacity, smart cities and the role for housing and infrastructure in helping address the UK productivity problem.
An interactive wall captured the imagination of visitors who were asked 'What does society need from infrastructure?' and invited to write their thoughts on the sort of city that they would like to live in, finishing off the statement 'I Want a City That…'. The boards caught the imagination of visitors with over 150 messages offering a wide range of opinions.
ICE also facilitated the participation of several other client groups including Thames Tideway, the Environment Agency, the Cabinet Office, Anglian Water, Heathrow, TFL and HS2 who all had stands.
This was ICE's first appearance at the event, which was hailed a huge success, and saw ICE staff hand out over four thousand information leaflets as well as almost a thousand copies of the Infrastructure and Urbanisation papers.
The success is testament to ICE's position as the voice of civil engineering and the Events team hope to build on these achievements at next year's Ecobuild exhibition.