ICE London held its second Innovate! Lecture, supported by Bechtel, on Monday 16th May.
Chaired by Anne Kemp, Director of BIM Strategy and Development at Atkins, Lecture 2 of the series examined what new technologies were being used in design and construction.
Stephen Smith, Virtual Project Delivery Operations Lead at Bechtel, spoke first about the use of big data, drones and sensor technology which can allow the industry to monitor sites during construction and operation. He quoted Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, saying "Data is the new oil – it comes in a crude form and has to be refined to be of use".
Stephen also spoke about the need for the construction industry to catch up in achieving innovation. He cited Formula 1, where cars are fitted with over 300 sensors, as an example of what could be replicated by civil engineers.
The second speaker was Claire Donovan, Head of Engineering the Future at the Royal Academy of Engineering. Claire spoke about the skills required to innovate and how engineers needed to embrace future technology. In particular, she spoke about how engineers will need to adapt by acquiring a better understanding of people's behaviour.
Anna Hill, Founding Director of the River Cycleway Consortium, was the final speaker. She set out her Thames Deckway scheme as an innovative solution to climate change in London.
The Deckway, a floating cycle path on the river, would act as a new sustainable mode of transport, a source of clean energy through tidal, wind and solar PV generation and would work as a lifeline should an environmental disaster ever occur in the Capital. Anna spoke about the technology required to build the scheme and the need for more innovative solutions to combat climate change.
The Lecture was attended by around 200 attendees. The second in the series, the final Innovate! New Technologies and the Built Environment will take place on Monday 3rd October at 6.30pm and will examine innovation in asset management.
More information will be on ICE London's website shortly and you can also follow @ICE_London on Twitter and the hashtag #ICEInnovate for updates.
ICE London would like to thank Bechtel for their support of the Innovate! Lecture series.