The 3rd annual Middle East (Spearing) Lecture Tour visits Qatar, Oman & UAE

Digital Engineering The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

ICE Vice President Tim Broyd visiting the British University in Dubai.
ICE Vice President Tim Broyd visiting the British University in Dubai.

Featuring Professor Tim Broyd, Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers & Professor of Built Environment Foresight, University College London, the lecture, entitled 'Digital Engineering: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?' explored techniques of digital engineering and how they have developed in virtually all aspects of Civil Engineering over the last few decades.

Until relatively recently activity was piecemeal, with an emphasis on improving accuracy and productivity in individual disciplines. The introduction of BIM (Building Information Modelling) techniques has now provided a means for all technical and managerial project functions to work collaboratively in a consistent, repeatable and robust manner. Professor Broyd mapped the development of BIM and associated digital techniques over the last 15-20 years and demonstrated their effectiveness using infrastructure case studies.

Tim's first lecture took place at the Marriott Marquis, Doha Qatar on 30 August 2016 and was attended by some 140 ICE members and industry professionals. The event in Qatar was sponsored by Atkins, CH2M and Astad Project Management.

He then went onto Muscat Oman where the lecture was hosted at the prestigious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Lecture Hall on 31 August 2016 attended by 100 plus industry professionals.

Two Lectures were held in the UAE – 5 and 6 September, Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively at for which some 200 members and friends of ICE registered to attend. The UAE Spearing Lectures are sponsored by the Branch's annual sponsors – Al Naboodah (Platinum); Atkins & Maccaferri (Gold); and CH2M, Laing O'Rourke, Parsons, Ramboll (Silver).

The Tour spanning 9 days also featured a comprehensive itinerary of meetings and site tours all designed to build on key relations ships across the Middle East region and promote awareness of ICE and professional accreditation. These included but were not limited to:

  • Ashghal (Public Works Authority) Qatar
  • Engineers & Consulting Offices Accrediting Committee Qatar
  • Oman Society of Engineers
  • Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • Omani Studies Center
  • GUtech (German University of Technology in Oman)
  • Omani British Friendship Association
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Company
  • MASDAR
  • Louvre, Abu Dhabi
  • University in Dubai
  • Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI)
  • British Business Group Dubai
  • Motion Gate, Dubai Parks & Resorts Co.
  • UAE Society of Engineers
  • Dubai Opera
  • Expo 2020 Dubai

One of the key highlights of the UAE leg of the Tour was an invitation only ICE UAE Reception held at the British Embassy Abu Dhabi and attended by Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador Philip Parham. Invites included industry leaders, key university contacts and ICE Fellows.

Professor Tim Broyd, Vice President, ICE and Eng Khamis Al Souli, Chairman, Oman Society of Engineers
Professor Tim Broyd, Vice President, ICE and Eng Khamis Al Souli, Chairman, Oman Society of Engineers
Sabih Khisaf, Co-Chair Learned Events, UAE Branch ICE, Professor Tim Broyd, Vice President, ICE, and Paul Stevens, Vice President Delivery, Expo 2020 Dubai.
Sabih Khisaf, Co-Chair Learned Events, UAE Branch ICE, Professor Tim Broyd, Vice President, ICE, and Paul Stevens, Vice President Delivery, Expo 2020 Dubai.
 
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