ICE London and South East Fellows discuss how resilience can be made a top priority

In the third Breakfast Briefing of the year, Fellows from London and the South East discussed the crucial issue of what organisations can do to make infrastructure systems more resilient to a changing climate

Twenty fellows from London and the South East attended the breakfast
Twenty fellows from London and the South East attended the breakfast

Fellows in the London and South East region met today (Friday 16th October) to discuss what organisations, businesses and policy makers can do to raise awareness of resilience and climate change issues.

The Breakfast Briefing, in association with Topcon, began with a presentation from John Dora, a leading figure on infrastructure, resilience and climate change, who worked with Network Rail on the Dawlish Railway line prior to its collapse during the severe weather of November 2014.

John spoke about the importance of ensuring organisations think about resilience throughout the planning and construction processes and spoke about his experience in setting out the risk of an extreme environmental incident in Dawlish.

Following the presentation, Michael Woods, Professional Lead for Operations at the Rail Safety and Standards Board, led a discussion about how the industry can embed resilience as a key issue in organisational thinking and how civil engineers can work with policy makers and other third parties to raise the profile of this issue.

The Breakfast Briefing was attended by senior members of the civil engineering community, including representatives from Mott MacDonald, Ramboll, Aecom, Mouchel and UCL.

The event was the third in a series of Breakfast Briefings where Fellows in the London and South East region are given the opportunity to discuss topical issues with experts and decision makers. For more information on our Fellowship Programme, or to find out more about becoming a Fellow of the Institution, please email Max Sugarman at max.sugarman@ice.org.uk

ICE London and the South East would like to thank Topcon for sponsoring our Fellows' Breakfast Briefings. For more information about Topcon, please visit their website: www.topconpositioning.co.uk

Resilience expert John Dora explains the importance of infrastructure can adapt to a changing climate
Resilience expert John Dora explains the importance of infrastructure can adapt to a changing climate
ICE Fellows Champion Lawrie Quinn (left) with Michael Woods (right) from RSSB who chaired the event
ICE Fellows Champion Lawrie Quinn (left) with Michael Woods (right) from RSSB who chaired the event
 
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