Young civil engineers explore digital transformation

The annual G&S Conference centred on the potential of digital technology within the industry.

Sponsor Simon White of Atkins with G&S Chair Dr Grainne McQuaid and ICE Northern Ireland Chairman Stephen Heaney.
Sponsor Simon White of Atkins with G&S Chair Dr Grainne McQuaid and ICE Northern Ireland Chairman Stephen Heaney.

Digital technology has the power to transform civil engineering, and the next generation of civil engineers is best poised to lead the way in adapting to these changes.

That was the central message of ICE Northern Ireland's Graduate & Student Annual Conference on 12 May in Belfast. Sponsored by Atkins, the day aimed to equip young professionals with the skills and knowledge that will help them become better engineers.

G&S Chair Dr Grainne McQuaid said that the event's diverse, high-calibre speakers reinforced Northern Ireland's status as a leader in digital transformation on the world stage.

"The industry is changing at a rapid pace, and young civil engineers must engage with digital engineering to keep up," Grainne said.

"In order to do more with less resources, we must change our behaviour, reskill and utilise digital engineering – it will allow young civil engineers to become more resourceful and contribute to better delivery of services and more resilient future infrastructure."

The conference supported ICE's recent focus on digital transformation, which included the formation of the ICE Northern Ireland Digital Group and the launch of this year's State of the Nation: Digital Transformation.

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