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ICE Strategy Sessions: Reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe, online

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  • 21 April 2020
  • 09:00 - 10:30
ICE Strategy Sessions: Reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe, online

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This event is the first in the ICE Strategy Session series. It will explore what ICE should be doing to reassure the public that the infrastructure they use, is safe.

In the wake of recent high-profile failures such as the Grenfell Tower fire and collapse of the Polcevera viaduct in Italy, the first of the ICE Strategy Sessions will ask how civil engineers and infrastructure professionals can best reassure the public that buildings and structures remain safe throughout their lifecycle.

This session builds on the work from the ICE’s In Plain Sight: assuring the whole-life safety of infrastructure report, published in 2018. It seeks to respond to the public perception of safety toward infrastructure, and the professionals who build, design, manage and maintain these assets.

Industry experts will discuss whether the public’s confidence in the resilience of buildings and structures has been shaken in recent years. They will consider how ICE should be driving changes to certification models to improve decision-making and oversight at all levels within the industry, and consider whether we should be reviewing existing codes, standards and professional guidance to minimise the risk of failure. Using Bentley’s digital platform, audiences will be able to interact and ask questions in real-time. They will also have access to a range of additional resources via ICE’s website.

The event will be chaired by ICE president Paul Sheffield.

Dame Judith Hackitt, Government’s Independent Advisor on Tall Building Safety will outline her work to advise the Government on how best to establish the powerful new Building Safety Regulator. She will also challenge whether the civil engineering profession is doing enough to take responsibility for ensuring safety of the public.

Dr Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland will talk about the challenge of maintaining Scotland’s ageing rail and trunk road bridge assets, and efforts to establish an international certification scheme for bridge inspectors.

Dr Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire & Building Technology, BRE, will discuss ongoing work within the ICE to embed the findings of the 2018 In Plain Sight report. The report made 11 recommendations to ICE and the wider industry, across the areas of lesson-sharing, competence and governance.


Chair: Paul Sheffield, ICE President

Paul Sheffield

Paul studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey graduating in 1983, becoming Chartered in 1987.

Following graduation, he spent 31 years with the Kier Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer and latterly as Project Director on a power station in Hertfordshire, a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia and underground railways in Hong Kong.

Between 2005 and 2010 he was on the Board of Kier with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities and from 2010 to 2014 he was CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and high rise residential.

In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in major infrastructure and construction projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and various hospitals, schools, retail and residential projects.

Paul is currently a non-executive Director of Southern Water Services and is on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Construction Group BAM. He is also an Industrial Advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group working on their capital expansion work at both Manchester and Stansted airports. He is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to construction and charitable fundraising.

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, FREng, FIChemE, FCGI

Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt was the Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and is Chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK (formerly EEF). She also holds non-executive positions at HS2 Ltd, Made Smarter Commission, Imperial College Court, City & Guilds Group, and High Value Manufacturing Catapult. An engineer by profession, Dame Judith holds a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London.

Hazel McDonald

Hazel McDonald

Hazel is Chief Bridge Engineer for Transport Scotland. Educated at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, Hazel has been immersed in maintenance, renewal and asset management of Highway structures for 25 years and worked for Transport Scotland for the last 13 years.

Previous experience with Cumbria County Council and Capita Symonds in inspection, design and maintenance followed a PhD in ‘Temperature Effects in Concrete Box Girder Bridges’ and bridge inspection and assessment for Mott MacDonald. In Transport Scotland, Hazel leads a team of 12 staff managing the inspection, maintenance and improvement of Scottish Trunk Road structures with a current budget of £64.5m.

Julie Bregulla Dipl. Ing PhD CEng FICE

Julie Bregulla

Julie is BRE’s Group Director of Fire and Building Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.

She has been involved in a wide range of projects, from technical research to industry strategic studies. She has served as technical secretariat to the UK Building Regulations Advisory Committee, has chaired a sector group of the Group of Notified Bodies and has published over 300 reports, papers and industry guidance, covering various technical aspects of structural engineering.

Julie is a Fellow and Council member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. She Chairs ICE’s Structures Expert Panel and is a member of the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS), which includes contributing to Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) and industry-wide alerts and associated review and analysis.

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