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The GEC will put real-world problems to delegates, challenging them to work together through diverse approaches to agree creative solutions. Explore the programme below, or download the brochure. 


  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening Plenary
    Welcome remarks and official start of the congress
    Nick Baveystock, Director General, ICE

    Opening remarks from the Chair 
    Professor Lord Robert Mair, President, ICE

    Keynote Address | UNESCO brings creative responses to the challenges of our times
    • UNESCO's role in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
    Miguel Clusener-Godt, Director Ecological and Earth Science Division, UNESCO

    Keynote Address | WFEO engineering leadership for sustainable development 
    Dr. Marlene Kanga, President 2017 - 2019, WFEO

  • 10:00
    Networking, refreshments and exhibition

Congress divides into streams

  • 10:30
    Future Climate - Engineering Solutions
    Moderated by: Prof. Jean Venables, Past President, ICE

  • Low carbon energy development in China: Assessing progress and the challenges
    Technology cooperation potential to promote low carbon development in the future, and policy requirement
  • Strengthening Mobility: Promoting Small and Medium Enterprise for Sustainable Development in Asia Pacific Region
  • Energy and climate plans as a key engineering tool to create evidence based dialogue
  • 10:30
    Strategic approaches to improving diversity in the engineering profession
    Stream moderated by: Valerie Agberagba, Vice President, WFEO & Chair, CWIE

  • 10:30
    An understanding of 30 by 30 and how Engineers Canada and its stakeholders plan to achieve change
    Women currently comprise 17% of newly licensed engineers in Canada. 30 by 30 is Engineers Canada's national goal to have women comprise 30% of newly licensed engineers by 2030. The presentation will include:
    • History of 30 by 30
    • Current status
    • Achieving change
    • What’s next?

  • 10:50
    Measuring performance on diversity: a New Zealand experience
    • Outlining what the issue was
    • How we approached the issue and what Engineering New Zealand put in place
    • Overview of the holistic programme and its impact (over 51 organisations have signed up) 
    You will:
    • Learn from the galvanising effect of a holistic diversity programme in changing the conversation in the profession
    • Understand the importance of creating engagement in the profession so that the conversations are being had in every organisation (not just by us)
    • See the art of what is  possible using the Diversity Agenda (launched March 18) as an example 
    • Hear about tools we have found useful: target/code/commitment/website/social media campaign
  • 10:30
    ​Energy Strategy and Policy: Promoting sustainability in engineering
    Stream moderated by: Majeed Al Gassab, President, Bahrain Society of Engineers

    You will learn about the contribution of sustainable energy production and use, state of the art developments and your role when it comes to climate change

  • European energy policy and its achievements
    • Overview of the status quo
    • Development of fossil and sustainable energy
    • Ranking of European countries
    • Europe’s sustainable energy role in the world and contribution to climate change
  • Transition and innovation of energy systems
    Energy systems are transforming to deal with climate change, reduce energy poverty and be more sustainable. They are transitioning through large-scale use of renewables, a more flexible balance between supply and demand, micro-grid technology, distributed energy, and integrated control systems.
    • Drivers of energy transition
    • Matching supply to  load: A new normal?
    • Managing grid impacts
    • Technology innovations
    • Review CM2 project: Campus Microgrid Multienery Platform
  • China: Vision, mission and progress of Energy Internet vision
    Energy Internet (EI), a combination of energy system and internet, is an emerging concept to shape next-generation energy systems in China. EI is a new  ecosystem with better interconnection, openness and flexibility. It aims to accommodate deep-penetration clean energies, improve  efficiency, and create a novel sharing economy to reduce the cost of energy consumption significantly.
    • The concept of the energy internet, including vision and mission
    • Recent development of technologies
    • Demonstrative projects of EI in China
  • 10:30
    The paradigm shift needed in the new world of advanced technologies
    Moderator: Yashin Brijmohan

    The technological revolution in the world has begun to affect all areas of society, business, and government. These technologies and their evolution is developing at an unprecedented pace, and also affecting the world of education. It introduces both opportunities and threats for current systems.
  • Mindset change and new dynamics in fostering engineering talents
    With the rapid development and application of new and advanced technologies, there has never been a greater need for engineers and technical personnel equipped with innovation-driven and problem solving capabilities. To foster engineering talents, the following changes are working together to form a new paradigm change is in engineering education:
    • Change mindset
    • Change in organization
    • Change in focus and direction
  • 10:30
    The necessity of a new paradigm in engineering education
    We are currently observing a significant transformation in the development of education, and especially in engineering education. Some of the challenging elements include the changing focus of engineering, the increasing complexity of technical systems and the requirements of a sustainable and circular economy 
    • A new technological fundament of learning
    •  A new learner generation, who grew up with the Internet and is online at any time 
    •  An enormous need of high qualified engineering graduates globally 
  • 11:00
    Training and capacity building in the engineering consulting industry
    • What is FIDIC’s role
    • FIDIC Body of Knowledge
    • Enhancing capacity building in the engineering consulting industry
    • Maximising training of engineers
    • Overview of the FIDIC Pilot Training Programme in China
  • 10:30
    Driving progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    Session moderated by: Gong Ke, President Elect, WFEO; Member, UN Science Advisory Council

  • 10:30
    Huawei’s approach and the role of innovation
    Setting the stage: some key facts & figures
    • research has demonstrated that connectivity and sustainability are closely linked, presenting some results of the Huawei Sustainable Development Benchmark including some advice to decision makers
    • How this applies to engineering
    • The benchmark holds valuable lessons for the industry and engineers in particular which will be elaborated by giving some concrete examples        * Huawei’s contribution
    • some insights on how we are practising what we preach and give Partnerships and collaboration play a crucial role in ensuring that investments in connectivity and sustainability pay off:
    •  The role of innovation how innovative technologies can help achieve the SDGs
    •  A short overview of the take aways in Huawei’s opinion
  • 11:30
    Panel discussion
    Visualising the future of engineering to 2030 with innovative technologies
  • 12:00
    Lunch, refreshments and exhibition

Streams resume

  • 14:00
    Engineering decision making when faced with climatic uncertainty
    Stream moderated by: Crtomir Remec

    Uncertain climate events might affect investment decisions in the near future, changing how we understand development and its challenges.

    Business as usual will lead to a world that is depleted, more unforgiving and more unequal, so we should make smart investments to ensure our communities and infrastructure will be resilient.

    Engineers have to find a way to incorporate climate vulnerability into engineering projects, as our decisions today will define where we end up tomorrow. 
  • Integrating climate vulnerability assessment with asset management to build resilient public infrastructure

    There is considerable uncertainty in projecting future climate, hence a risk assessment approach is necessary to prioritize engineering design, operations/maintenance and responsible asset management for all types of infrastructure.

    Engineers Canada have developed and tested the PIEVC Protocol, a process to assess current and future climate risk and vulnerabilities of all types of public infrastructure including buildings. It has been applied over 50 times in Canada as well as in Honduras and Costa Rica. Currently it is being used to assess infrastructure in Brazil, Costa Rica, Vietnam and the Nile Basin Initiative in partnership with GIZ.
  • Sustainable infrastructure - successful modern day economic challenges in infrastructure development and delivery
    Modern day challenges in infrastructure development and delivery.

    Key identifying facts supporting governments in disaster and crisis, a couple of examples
    • A group of consulting engineers in partnership with the Fiji Institution of Engineers in Fiji offered pro-bono service to the Government of Fiji immediately (within 24 hours) following the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji in February 2016. TC Winston is believed to the most severe storm on record to have affected the South Pacific. The engineers service involved assessing in excess of 2,000 school and public buildings which were severely damaged. This assessment was undertaken over a period of 3 full weeks in the field and 7 full weeks in the office. Some 150 technical staff (Engineers and Technicians) worked prolonged hours (greater than 65 hours per person per week) using their own resources to assess the damage and prepare sketches and cost estimate for the repair works over the 10 weeks. The areas affected and assessed were all remote, so cost of transport, housing, etc were all borne by the engineers.          
    • In 2009, Fiji was severely affected by a flood which caused major damage to Fiji’s public physical infrastructure. The Fiji Institution of Engineers and a Fijian private consulting engineering firm partnered with RedR Australia to undertake the physical damage assessment and prepare a report with cost estimate. This work was carried out as a pro-bono service.
    • Strengthening relationship with Policy Makers and Dev; Partners
    • Through regular engagement with the government and dev; partners by showing engineering leadership. Better understanding the region’s technical challenges due to the vast ocean area and the spread of the small island developing states. Offering technical expertise especially during times of state of emergency, eg cyclones and floods. Advising on technical standards. Help accessing climate change funds. Running awareness (eg Build Back Safer) and symposiums (Sustainable Infrastructure – Successful Economy). Identifying the engineering gaps including skills and labour market needs. Importance of engineering in an economy – its partnership with academia, financial institutions, insurance and the building and construction industries, how it adds value to the GDP, improving human living standards, etc.  
  • Developing Infrastructure Resilience - a nexus of engineering and socio-economic disciplines
    The presentation covers the necessity of engineers and socio-economic individuals working together to make decisions on climate change adaptation
    • Climate change affects society as a whole
    • Adaptation to climate requires all stakeholders to act
    • Of particular importance is the continuity of infrastructure operations 
  • 14:00
    Hydrological programme and water strategy challenges
    Session moderated by: Carlos Mineiro Aires, President, Order of Engineers Portugal

  • Water management challenges in Pakistan
    Pakistan’s Water Economy Running Dry    
    • In addition to efficient use of water. Dams are necessary for food security of Pakistan.
    • Ground water use is not sustainable. Its extraction is being regulated. Untreated Domestic & Industrial Waste Water is polluting the aquifer. It needs treatment.
    • Concerted Efforts are required to meet SDG6.
  • Global approaches to water for sustainable development
    Water is core to many SDGs and requires engagement from all stakeholders to enrich discussions.
    • From MDGs to SDGs
    • Water cooperation
    • Water energy nexus
    • Water and the economy
    • World Council of Civil Engineer's Water Monographies initiative 
  • Water strategies in Portugal and Spain
    Best practice methods in integrated resource management, even in extreme conditions and with a climate change context to reach SDG6.
    • A case of transboundary water agreement : The Albufeira Convention 20 years on
    • Portugal Regulatory Agency’s role 
    • Technology centres: LNEC Lisbon and CEH-CEPYC Madrid 
    • River basin management plans under the EU Water Framework Directive 
    • Flood risk management plans in both countries 
    • Special plans in case of droughts in Spain
    • Ensuring dam safety 
    • Overview of the Spanish Water Governance System and its participatory approach to water management
    • Maritime and coastal engineering in Portugal
    • The latest water R&D projects in countries
  • 14:00
    Humanitarian engineering for sustainable development (Africa and South Pacific)
    Moderator: Zainab Al Gharashi
    To broaden young engineer's horizons, demonstrating the importance of making contributions towards the 17 SDGs by facilitating exciting conversations on ideas and projects.
    • To further emphasize the importance of creating simple solutions to major global humanitarian issues.
    • To highlight the concept of humanitarian engineering and how engineers can volunteer time and expertise to improve their communities.
  • Engineering sustainability and the SDGs: the vital role of engineering and technology in sustainability.
    The vital role of engineering and technology in sustainability 
  • Infrastructure capacity assessment to support achieving the SDGs
    • Sustainable, resilient, and human centered development of infrastructure is critical to achieve the SDGs and other global agendas
    • Understanding how countries currently plan, deliver, and manage their infrastructure systems to be able to improve this process
    • UNOPS have developed the Capacity Assessment Tool for Infrastructure (CAT-I) to support countries understand the process used in their own country and to identify gaps or bottlenecks to support capacity development.
  • Showcase the leadership efforts of young engineers to progress the SDGs
    Should we be thinking resiliency and/or/versus sustainability? How can we be the enablers? Is science and technology solely the answer to the problems? It is never about how fabulous the technology is but whether is there a need for it. Can digitization via data analysis be harnessed to enhance the applications of technology? 

    As urban migration and climate change speeds up, it may no longer be sufficient to handle city growth on a plan for the moment basis. Many developing countries are struggling to fund infrastructure works that takes into account long term plans. Planning for the worst in a long term scenario is also not realistic. As a result when natural disasters strike, many countries find huge loss of life and economic damage. Even without disasters, life for many residents are made worse with the ever increasing impact of urban migration and climate change due to a double impact of increasing demand and reducing supply of resources.
  • An ecological sanitation project towards the well-being of the patients and the sustainability of the Kumi Hospital in Uganda
    •  Introduction to the project and to Engineers for Overseas Development
    • Rainwater harvesting system and Ecological Sanitation design
    •  Use and maintenance of the system
  • 14:00
    Intelligent Transportation
    Promoting the use of intelligent technology in transportation engineering

    Session moderated by: Julius Riungu

  • Autonomous driving and the future of transport
    • The development of autonomous driving technologies 
    • The potential impacts to future transport
    • The challenges we may face in future
  • Integration of intelligent infrastructure and Carrier: A China outlook
  • Clean transport - public initiatives in Italy
    The Italy situation in the context of Europe:
    • Public transport - introduction of electric and hydrogen buses
    • Private transport- recharging stations
  • 15:30
    Networking, refreshments and exhibition
  • 16:00
    Governance for Sustainable Development
    Session Chair: Seng Chuan Tan
  • 16:20
    Keynote address: Corruption - a crisis for engineering
    Dr. Neill Stansbury, Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (UK), Governance for Sustainable Development

    "If it wasn’t for corruption, it is highly unlikely that there would be poverty. Engineers become engineers to aid development and alleviate poverty.  Corruption hinders development and causes poverty.  Engineering and corruption cannot ever live side by side. We know how corruption takes place.  We know how to stop corruption.  So, why aren’t we stopping it?  Indifference?  Wilful blindness?  Fear?"
    Are engineers doing enough to stop corruption?  Are you doing enough to stop it?  Attending a conference, or signing a code of conduct is only the starting point. Stopping corruption needs courageous action from every one of us.  Work with your fellow engineers.  Get strength in numbers.  Stop it taking place in your company, on your project, and in your country.  Now."
  • 16:40
    Panel discussion: Governance for implementing the SDGs
    What have we learnt today to progress the SDGs?

  • 17:00
    Close of day one

Specialist Knowledge Society Lectures

Vernon Harcourt Lecture
Investigating the effect of tunnelling on existing tunnels in London
  • 18:00
    Vernon Harcourt Lecture

    The lecture will focus on innovation in the product tanker industry and what this means for harbour and portside operations.

    Throughout the presentation, speaker Steen Sander Jacobsen, Head of Technology and Innovation at Maersk Tankers will discuss how innovation in the product tanker industry fits with meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    The presentation will be followed by Q&A session. Delegates will also have opportunity to network and continue the discussions over drinks in the ICE Café Bar.

  • 18:00
    Investigating the effect of tunnelling on existing tunnels in London
    At this lecture Dr Jamie Standing of Imperial College London will share key insights on the effect of new tunnelling projects on existing tunnels.

    Urban expansion throughout the world has resulted in the need for many new tunnelling projects to provide adequate infrastructure for increasing populations.

    Many cities already have comprehensive underground networks and so new tunnels have to be constructed in the close proximity of exisiting tunnels. There is always concern that ground deformations associated with new tunnel construction might adversely affect nearby existing tunnels and other subsurface assets and services.
    In London the recently constructed Crossrail tunnels passed beneath numerous existing tunnels. This lecture will summarise key findings from a major research undertaken by Imperial College London and Crossrail, investigating the effect of tunnelling on existing tunnels using an interactive five path approach involving field monitoring, structural and soil testing and numerical analysis of segmental linings and field response.

    The presentation will be followed by Q&A session. Delegates will also have opportunity to network and continue the discussions over drinks in the ICE Café Bar.


  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening Plenary
    Opening remarks from the Chair

    Maria Jesus-Laffargue, Past President, WFEO
    Keynote address | Engineering partnerships for development 
    Dame Ann Dowling, President, Royal Academy of Engineering
    Keynote address | Tackling the global imperative for sustainable development using AI

    Yeming Wang, EMEA General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Internatnional
  • 10:00

Congress divides into streams

  • 10:30
    Smart villages and cities
    Session moderated by: Reginald Vachon, Executive Vice President, WFEO

  • Empowering smart communities
     Electrification, education and sustainable entrepreneurship in promoting smart villages.
    • Community as trusted partner
    • Volunteers as agents of change
    • Creating Sustainable and scalable business plans
    • Insights from a Field case study: Papua New Guinea
  • Implementing a smart cities strategies in the Netherlands
    A smart city uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. Recent studies say cities could save hundreds of lives and lower carbon emissions by using smart technologies. But where to start?

    The goal of this session will be to become familiar with various possibilities of using smart technology in public space. Participants will obtain a framework to design pilot projects with the aim of scaling up to new policies.
  • Infrastructure Report Cards
    Infrastructure report cards as aids in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Introduction to Infrastructure Report Cards
    • Main objective and structure for IRCs
    • Grading of infrastructure
    • The planning and initiation process
    • Content research
    • Sector reports
    • Organisation and role players
    • The Africa Infrastructure Report app 
    • IRC example
  • 10:30
    The Cost of Corruption - Barriers to Sustainability
    Highlighting the cost to sustainable development of corruption, looking at ways to prevent it

    Session moderated by: Martin Manuhwa, Chair, Anti-Corruption Committee & Vice President, WFEO 

  • How can corruption be prevented?
  • 10:55
    Promoting ISO 37001 to combat corruption's identified impacts on sustainable development
    Developing countries will need two-thirds of their current total investment to avoid a massive increase in urban slums. In the scramble for decent housing, engineers need to recognise that patterns of corruption will change.

    Engineers should recognise that the housing challenge in developing countries is huge and that there are few ready-made solutions on the horizon, let alone finance, in an increasingly fragmented housing market. Local capacity has to be improved, and engineers have to ensure that gains are not eliminated by corruption.
  • 11:20
    Implementation of ISO37001 as a way to demonstrate commitment to beating corruption
    • Understanding of the motivations for developing a standard such as ISO 37001
    • Understanding of the standard and how it works
    •  How the standard is used and asking delegates to challenge themselves on whether it is enough?
  • 10:30
    Resilience against natural disasters
    Session moderated by: Barry Grear, Past President, WFEO 

  • Piura river's early warning system
    In recent years extreme rainfall in Peru has caused damage to the infrastructure and the local population. One region that has been affected is the Piura river basin. This project aims to develop an early warning system in the Piura river basin,  by using satellite technology to overcome the lack of data for this basin. 

    The project outcomes are:
    • A monitoring and warning meteorological & hydrological system based on solid scientific and technological bases in order to deliver alerts according to risk levels.
    • A socially structured response protocol and system designed to suit local realities.
    • Response plans per community according to the local conditions and to the risk level. 
    • These deliverables will prioritise bottom-up approaches and the outcomes will serve as a basis to be replicated in other basins.
  • Infrastructure Resiliency in Florida after the 2017 hurricanes
    Resilient Water Infrastructure for Coastal Communities - Developing New Digital Tools for Hurricane Preparedness in Florida

  • Challenges in achieving resilient transport infrastructure in Puerto Rico
    focusing on rebuilding resilient infrastructure, creating sustainable livelihoods, particularly for the most vulnerable, and reducing vulnerabilities by integrating disaster risk reduction into national planning systems.
  • 10:30
    Engineering education for capacity building in Asia and Africa
    Session moderated by: J.P.  Mohsen, University of Louisville 

  • One Road Initiative
    Its game changing impact on engineering in Asia and Africa
  • Educate to climate change - a challenge to scientists and engineers
    Article 12 of Paris Agreement at the COP21 asks for every country to care for climate change in education.
    • The youth must be prepared to understand through science, climate change reality and its implications (adaptation and attenuation)
    • Creativity in technology is needed to build a decarbonised society, with jobs opportunities and changes of mindset
  • 11:20
    Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through inclusive engineering education
    • Global engineering challenges can only optimally be solved by a diverse group of problem solvers
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in engineering education and practice is a matter of ethics (examples framed around ASCE’s Code of Ethics Canon 8)
    • There are strong connections among the SDGs, DEI, and ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) criteria
  • 10:30
    Humans at the center of technology development

    Session moderated by: Marwan Abdelhamid, Past President, WFEO
  • 10:30
    AI and the knowledge society
    Transform everything into data in order to transform everything through data.
  • IBM practice: using AI to improve human life
  • 12:00
    Lunch break

Streams resume

  • 14:00
    Changing approaches to sanitation and hygiene
    Session moderated by: Tomas Sancho, Executive Council Member, WFEO

  • Newton Prize, progressing sustainable development in Asia and Africa
    Outline of the UK Government’s Newton Fund Programme, and the background to the Newton Prize.
    Experience of the first two years of the Newton Prize, including highlights of projects shortlisted in 2017 and 2018
    Contributions to SDG6 – case studies of projects designed to address the goal of clean water and sanitation for all
    • an awareness of the Newton Fund and Newton Prize programmes;
    • an appreciation of their potential to build collaboration between researchers in the UK and partner countries in the developing world, and to recognise excellence in research and innovation for socio-economic development; and
    • an active interest in getting involved, whether as research partners in the Newton Fund, reviewers for the Newton Prize, or even future applicants.
  • Leading Gaba communities within the Federal Capital Territory to be open defecation free (ODF)
    Enhancing gender equality through access to clean water and sanitation.
    • The Gaba Experience: ODF experience, women and sanitation, introduce a female child to engineering, sanitation club 
    • How can we achieve the SDGs through  engineering, whilst considering the wider picture of attaining sustainability through inclusiveness?
  • 14:00
    Energy Efficiency Strategies
    Steps towards a Sustainable Development

    Session moderated by: Jorge Spitalnik, former president, WFEO 

  • Steps towards a Sustainable Development
    • Better indicators for eco efficiency and sustainability.
    • Improved design and planning methods which are holistic and efficient.
    • Advanced technologies for a rational use of both non-renewable and renewable energy sources
  • Improvement of rural energy efficiency for sustainable development
  • Energy efficiency management in Africa
    • Energy sufficiency vs. efficiency
    • Energy efficiency policies across Africa
    • Awareness and benefits
    • Financing requirements and opportunities
  • 14:00
    AI, Robots, IoT and the future of work and life
    Session moderated by: Ruomei Li, Secretary General, Chinese Society of Electrical Engineers, China

  • Industrial robots’ role in intelligent manufacturing
    This session will look at Robot technology development and evolution in China, trends in intelligent manufacturing, the significance of robots in Industrial 4.0 and the human-robot relationship in future society.
    • The status, development and vision of Chinese robotic technology, with a look at challenges and market opportunities within the next 5-10 years
    • What is the pattern of development in the human society within manufacturing
    • What will be the future of human-robot relationships and how can we prepare for the future?
  • How can AI help advance our society?
    • The vision, roadmap and technologies in the quest to pursue a better world through AI 
    • Eliminate the speech and language barriers for human-to-human and human-to-machine communications with AI
    • An open AI platform is crucial to empower hundreds of thousands of developers to innovate.
    • Improve three of the most important functions of human society through AI: education, healthcare, and the judicial system.
  • Digitally connected engineering professionals for sustainability and transparency - Case of Rwanda
    This will create total attainment of transparency, and value for money in engineering services by demonstrating that digitization is the only way to go because of its trust, simplicity, practicability and efficiency in solving the membership and regulation challenges of most engineering organizations in the world for long term sustainability
    • Source of transparency, traceability and law/regulation enforcement in engineering services delivery especially in Building Permitting, Procurement of works and Laboratory services, projects supervisions and monitoring, etc;
    •  Source of reliable data for all engineering professionals in the country for development monitoring, planning and implementation of engineering projects plus facilities maintenances; 
    • Database to plan for CPDs programs, increased competencies, and allows for Mutual Recognition for ultimate higher levels of professionalism and best practices in the country.
  • 14:00
    Capacity building and ICT Education
    Moderator: Francois Lureau, President, IESF, France

  • Capacity Building in natural disaster relief management: Indian scenario
    • Disaster Management approach: from a relief centric approach to a holistic approach.
    • Hazards may be prevented from turning into a disaster by adopting mitigation & preparedness measures.
    • Capacity Building enhances the preparedness & resilience of communities to face disaster.
    The approach of Disaster Management has been changed from a relief centric approach to a holistic multidisciplinary approach. Previously it used to be based on the three r's: Repair, Reconstruction & Rehabilitation. After the Yakohoma summit in 1994, the three p's have been added: Planning, Preparation & Prevention. Unless disaster mitigation is built-in, in the development process, the development cannot be sustainable. The aim is that hazards may be prevented from turning to disaster by adopting mitigation & preparedness measures.

    Capacity Building is a key element in the current Disaster Management Policy.  Capacity Building enhances the preparedness & resilience of the community to face the disaster, thereby leading to reduction in the consequences of the disaster. 

    In India, "Vulnerability Atlas of India" is published once a decade. This contains a district level map showing vulnerabilities to different natural disasters. This has been found to be a powerful tool for disaster management policy. 
  • ICT and Science Capacity building in Asia and Africa, also through a gender lens
    The concept of capacity-building (as per UNDP, 1999): individual, institutional, and system levels, then will zoom into activities related to building capacity in Asia and Africa in ICT and Science; and a further focus will be applied on those activities which are also applying a gender lens to capacity building. 
    Learning outcomes
    • You cannot have capacity built if you only plan activities at the individual level – you need to think about institutions and framework as well.
    • The current landscape of activities – at the international level (information which may benefit their communities) in Africa and in Asia
    •  The importance of applying a gender lens – in all that we do – and especially in capacity building (otherwise how can we close the gender gap?)ple of activities from the International Science Council,  UNESCO and its TWAS-The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries as well as other international organizations. 
  • Education, management & capacity building process in the digital era
    Exploring new methods of building capacities based on e-learning and artificial intelligence.
  • 14:00
    How diverse leadership teams boost innovation
    Session moderated by: Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Hon Chairman, ISTIC
  • 14:00
    An International Perspective on Women in STEM Careers, Leadership and Collaboration
    Introduction of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), its goals and the world wide perspective it provides with regard to women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.
    • How women in leadership positions and international collaboration are essential to bring people together
    • How ideas from different disciplines and cultures can be used to find solutions, considering different levels of education, demographics and economies
  • 14:30
    UNESCO Diversity Stategies
    This session will include an introduction to the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), its goals and the world wide perspective it provides with regard to women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. As well as exploring how women in leadership positions and international collaboration are essential to bring people together and how
    ideas from different disciplines and cultures can be used to find solutions.

  • 15:00
    Retention strategies for mid-career women
    To gain a better understanding of the problem of losing mid-career women in the engineering pipeline and how to address internal factors that can influence the greater engineering industry
    • Introduction to WomEng
    • Exploring the “Missing Middle” – why mid-career women are leaving
    • Factors influencing and strategies to address the Missing Middle

  • 15:30
    Refreshments, networking and exhibition
  • 16:00
    Panel discussion | Collaboration as a driver for sustainability – together we can do more
    Session moderated by: Prof. Gong Ke, President Elect, WFEO & Member, UN Science Advisory Council
  • 16:30
    Collation of the day’s key statements
    Progressing the sustainability agenda; what have we learned so far and how can we move forward?

    Release of Statement -  WFEO leading engineering for SDGs

  • 17:00
    Close of day two

Specialist Knowledge Society Lectures

Transitioning to evidence-based, proactive and resilient water resources planning: A case study from Seychelles
Safer and resilient communities through safer and resilient schools
  • 18:00
    Resilient water resources: A case study from Seychelles
    This lecture will explore how the Seychelles water sector has addressed efficiency, water security, and future proofing up until 2030.
  • 18:00
    Safer and resilient communities through safer and resilient schools
    A safer and more resilient school can save lives, so is enough attention being paid to the structural integrity of new schools? This lecture will present the findings of recent projects on multi-hazard risk and resilience assessment of school facilities in developing countries. 


  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening Plenary
    Moderator: Lina Liakou, Regional Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities

    Keynote address | Integrating climate resilience into infrastructure decisions
    Addressing Infrastructure interdependencies and our increased dependency on the provision of energy and ICT
    The role of the planning system for nationally significant infrastructure on the need to adapt new infrastructure to the impacts of climate change
    Michèle Blom, Director General, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment – The Netherlands
    Keynote address | Infrastructure for Sustainable and Resilient Development
    Launch of a joint UNOPS/ITRC high-level publication and how this partnership is necessary to support Evidence Based Infrastructure (EBI) development
    Introducing the EBI framework to embrace opportunities and reduce risks

    Nick O’Regan, Director of infrastructure and project management, United Nations Office for Project Services, UNOPS
    Keynote address | Implementing the National Infrastructure Systems Modelling in Curacao

    Zita Jesus-Leito, Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Urban Planning, Curacao
  • 10:00
    Refreshments, networking and exhibition

Congress divides into streams

  • 10:30
    Achieving economies of scale
    Provision of ecologically relevant services such as public waste management and water treatment

    Moderated by: Anna Bruni, Trustee, The​ ​Happold Foundation

  • Collecting and treating waste water: Kolkata's sewer rehabilition project
    • Degradation of the system resulting in perpetual water stagnation, hardship for residents and commuters, and incurring significant indirect cost.
    • Works undertaken to rehabilitate main sewers forming the backbone of core city’s century-old sewerage and drainage network 
    • Trenchless insertion of GRP liners inside host sewers adopted as the technology and sucessfully implemented. 
    • Extreme logistical and technical challenges overcome by the executing agency (Kolkata Municipal Corporation), contractors in executing the works in the field in one of most congested urban area in Asia.
  • Sustainable development for water use and sanitation in Egypt
    • Water status globally in general and in Egypt in particular
    •  Adopt measures to reduce water pollution and increase water quality, and improve wastewater treatment.
    • Water network losses reduction and Non-conventional  Water Resources
    • Water and Sanitation Water access and water consumption
  • The role of the Thames Tideway Project in sustaining London as a leading global city
    The London Tideway Improvements Scheme, of which the Thames Tideway Tunnel is the last component, will work to reduce the number of discharges from more than fifty to four or fewer in a typical year. The Thames Tideway Tunnel will collect sewage before it enters the river, cleaning up the river for the future. This will also help to prevent fish kills and allow the river to sustain a rich, diverse array of wildlife.
  • 10:30
    Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

  • DFID Energy Policy - whole systems approach and future directions
    • Support a mix of generation technologies and help countries integrate variable renewable generation
    • Provide ‘politically smart’ support for reform to improve the financial viability of energy systems
    • Promote coherence between climate, industrial and energy sector policy and planning
    • Promote increased investment across the sector, from generation to transmission and distribution
    • Focus on interface between power and other sectors (urban, manufacturing, commercial ag, transport)
  • PV electricity: assured pathway to energy access goals for rural communities
    Affordable and reliable sources of energy are essential in developing countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth and improve wellbeing. Delivering this without compromising the environment can be a challenge, therefore innovative methods, policies and ways of working are required.

    This session will discuss resilience needed for projects to provide sustainable pathways for power for around 660 million people in rural Africa . you will understand the risk entailed within such projects, and what engineering, economic and social designs are needed to provide sustainable solutions
  • Sustainable structutral design: energy efficiency vs structural efficiency
    This prresentation will focus on a rather forgotten aspect of sustainability of buildings, structural safety and integrity. Although it is an “essential requirement” it is rather out of the current “literature” about sustainability. Sustainable Structural Design for new buildings means incorporation of environmental parameters from the early stage of design. For existing buildings it means that when renovation projects of a certain scale are undertaken, structural upgrade should be considered and funded jointly with functional and energy efficiency upgrade. The new generation of Eurocodes will enlarge the understanding for sustainability.
  • 10:30
    Supporting evidence-based infrastructure development worldwide
    Session moderated by Nick O'Rega, Director of Infrastructure and Project Management, UNOPS

  • Overview of Evidence Based Infrastructure (EBI)
  • Introduction to tools : National Infrastructure Systems Modelling
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in Curacao
  • Evidence - based infrastructure: Curacao
    • Showcase collaborative work between ITRC and UNOPS
    • The importance of infrastructure for achieving progress towards all SDGs
    • Highlighting a range of co-developed tools and methodologies that are being implemented in various countries globally
    • Enabling evidence based infrastructure development for long term sustainability and resilience
  • 10:30
    An introduction to resilience in an urban context
    Session moderated by: Lina Liakou, Regional Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities

  • 100 Resilient Cities: Our 5 Year journey
    • Discussing common city challenges and success stories
    • Bringing stories to life: Developing the business case for cities

  • 10:30
    From Paris to projects: your role in climate action
    Moderated by Jannik Giesekam
    • Understand the scale of carbon reduction required from the construction industry and its supply chains 
    •  Learn what you can do to cut carbon on your projects

  • Making the link from Paris to your project
    • Get an overview of global carbon emissions, commitments and progress
    •  Understand the scale and pace of mitigation required from the construction industry
    •  Learn how companies can align their organisational and project carbon targets with the Paris Agreement goals
  • Climate Action at High Speed Two
    • Get an overview of the engineering and carbon emissions challenges in delivering the UK’s new high speed rail network
    •  Understand what HS2 Ltd. is doing and how we are working with the engineering community and broader supply chain to minimise carbon emissions
    •  Learn how you can contribute to our ambition to build the most sustainable high speed railway of its kind in the world
  • Cut carbon by cutting complexity
    •  Carbon in context, what is the impact from development and what is the role of the client/developer? 
    •  The difference between measuring carbon and designing for a low carbon project and how to do both of these well
    •  Awareness of the value, client expectation for and supply chain opportunity of reduced carbon infrastructure delivery
  • 10:30
    Climate Resilient Infrastructure
    Moderated by David Smith
    A joint lecture from ICE, Stantec and Heriot-Watt University
    • Discuss recent research and innovation to consider how to deliver infrastructure that is resilient to climate change.
    • Hear about long-term strategies to address risks to communities and buildings
    • Consider co-benefits such as carbon storage, water quality and biodiversity benefits as a result of natural flood management and an integrated approach in high-risk catchments
  • Climate change – whose problem is it anyway?
    Moderated by David Smith, Chief Strategy Officer, Stantec
    • What can the engineering community do to help tackle climate change and who do we need to persuade?
    • Which is more important – the cost of doing something now or paying the price later for doing nothing?
    • Is it time we moved to Mars along with Elon Musk…?
  • 12:00
    Lunch, networking and exhibition

Streams resume

  • 14:00
    Leap Frogging
    The Case for non-sewage sanitation

  • The sanitation economy
  • Shit-Flow Diagrams: making sense of urban sanitation
  • Sanitation in 20 towns in Ethipia
  • Loowatt's system in Madagascar and the UK
  • Discussion - "If we were starting from scratch now, what would we do?"
  • 14:00
    Benchmark tools to track progress toward Goal
    Moderated by James Murray, Editor in Chief, Business Green

  • Developing energy and carbon benchmarks through sustainability rating tools
  • Identify and develop new mechanisms for growing the market for low carbon energy services
    This session will focus on experiences from the REEEP Portfolio in stimulating off-grid energy markets in Africa and Asia. It focuses on frontier markets – markets that do not yet function by themselves, e.g. because they target low income customers. Two practical examples will include a financing mechanism for rural pico hydro in Nepal and the Beyond the Grid Fund in Zambia, a 20m Euro fund set up by Sweden  that supports off-grid development in rural areas.
  • Global Perspectives on the Energy Transition
    The World Energy Council’s Issues Monitor provides the views of energy leaders from across the globe in highlighting the key issues of uncertainty, importance and developing signals in their energy transition.  An Issue Map is a visual snapshot of the uncertainties and action priorities faced by energy leaders. Using these maps, decision makers can develop a global perspective, appreciate regional variations, and identify key trends. The maps can also be used to monitor trends relating to specific technology solutions. 
  • Question and answer session
  • 14:00
    Getting smart about future transport: embracing and responding to uncertainty
    There is deep uncertainty about how our transport needs will evolve. And with so many seductive prospects on offer, including connected, electric and autonomous mobility options, it is difficult for decision makers to know what will best serve their communities, with added pressures coming from an ever changing technological, sociological and economic environment. 
  • 14:00
    Knowledge and innovation gaps in cities
    A new research pipeline to mobilise resource and knowledge generation for cities: how gaps can be filled through collaborative action.

  • A new research pipeline to mobilise resource and knowledge generation for cities:
    It is in cities where most technological innovations will be deployed to increase climate resilience and improve the well-being of citizens. It’s where charging points for urban electric vehicles will be rolled out. It’s where decentralised renewable energy production will take off and smart buildings in energy positive neighbourhoods will be constructed. And it’s where innovative policies and better data are needed to make this happen.

    The Global Covenant of Mayors’ Research & Innovation Initiative will create a new research pipeline that will mobilize resources and knowledge generation for cities. It’s vital that local and national decisionmakers, researchers and the private sector have opportunities to engage with each other to further refine and advance their joint goals.
  • 14:00
    Financing decarbonisation
  • Reorient capital flows towards sustainable investment to achieve inclusive growth
    Manage financial risks stemming from climate change, environmental degradation and social issues; and foster transparency and long-termism in financial and economic activity.
  • Heat networks decarbonisation and its complexity
    •  Why decarbonisation of heat is both vital and also difficult Key  aspects of a district heating scheme
    • Aspects  that dictate when it may be a key part of a city’s decarbonisation​
    • Reasons why many current schemes may impede future decarbonisation 
    • Issues for consumers
  • 14:00
    'What is the city but the people?' the role of the engineer in creating inclusive cities
    Chair: Ellie Cosgrave, Deputy Director, UCL City Leadership Lab

    How can more inclusive communities be created, looking at the social value of what we build, ensuring the infrastructure upon which our cities depend is welcoming to all. 

    ICE Thinks thought leadership’s inclusive cities programme has been exploring how our industry can create more inclusive communities, looking at the social value of what we build and ensuring that the infrastructure upon which our cities depend is welcoming to all. This session will examine the topic against the day’s theme of creating sustainable and resilient communities, and embedding this in all stages of decision making.
  • 15:30
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 16:00
    Keynote address | Building institutional capacity to address climate change
    ​The challenges of long-term and cross-cutting infrastructure planning and the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission
    • The development and conclusions of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment
    • The importance of integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 16:20
    Keynote address | The 25 year Environment Plan points to a more resilient country
    • Ensuring all policies, programmes and investment decision account for the possible extent of climate change this century
    • The growth of green finance and its role
  • 16:40
    Keynote address | Release of Statement | Closing the European Year of Civil Engineering
    The main goals of the European Year of Civil Engineers is to reinforce the fundamental role of civil engineers in society in improving the standard of human life, to make the case for the prestige of the civil engineering profession in the social community of European countries and to stress the pivotal role that civil engineers will play in addressing the challenges that will face society in the future.
  • 17:00
    Close of day three

Specialist Knowledge Society Lectures

Transport Planning Society
Hazards Forum
  • 18:00
    The Role of Integrated Transport & Land use Planning to reduce Energy Consumption & Emissions
    The lecture will explore the role of integrated transport and land use planning in reducing travel demand and minimising its negative impacts, and the policies and planning tools required.

    Political and legal pressure on cities to address poor air quality has dominated much of the urban transport planning debate in recent years, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have received less attention. Yet the transport sector constitutes a large and growing proportion of total energy consumption and emissions in the UK and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

    The Transport Planning Society recently published a set of principles stressing the importance of managing demand by working with spatial planners to minimise the need for movement of people or goods, and supporting options that encourage the least damaging alternatives.
  • 18:00
    Structural fire resilience: How we’re getting it wrong, and why
    Despite the apparent success of the engineering community at mitigating structural collapses in fires, the fire ‘resilience' of designs is rarely considered. Instead, the focus tends to be on direct life-safety.

    Improper, unthinking, or incompetent application of ‘fire resistance’ testing and ratings represents a serious threat to the fire resilience of the built environment.

    At this lecture, Professor Luke Bisby will present examples, showing how current structural fire engineering practice fails to necessarily deliver resilient buildings.

    The talk will conclude by highlighting opportunities to address these shortcomings in the future.

    The lecture will be followed by Q&A session. Delegates will also have opportunity to network and continue the discussions in the ICE Café Bar.


  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening Plenary
    Opening remarks from the Chair: Andrew Wyllie, CEO, Costain
    Keynote address | ASCE’s roadmap to sustainability 
    Guiding design and construction decisions that go beyond sustainability in terms of resources and our environment
    Assisting engineers in developing solutions that are also economically feasible and socially equitable in their application
    Robin Kemper, P.E. President, American Society of Civil Engineers
    Keynote address | Providing leadership to embed sustainable engineering practice
    CSCE’s tools and approaches to sustainable development
    Improving and cleaning processes across the whole project life cycle using digital tools
    Glenn Hewus, President, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers
    Panel discussion | Triennial Statement of Intent
  • 10:00

Congress divides into streams

  • 10:30
    Billion Dollar Bottom Line:
    Overcoming financial, regulatory, and other challenges to deliver a reliable 320 MGD expansion  Progressive design-build: challenges/benefits of this delivery on a mega-project
    •  Hurricane Harvey, effects and how Houston is building resiliency to withstand future extreme weather 
    •  Overview of the collaborative tools and techniques used to drive the project forward
    • Knowledge of the cost modelling process and how to achieve certainty in the midst of market and delivery challenges
    •  -Policies to make sure the facility is a good neighbour to the residential community surrounding the site 
  • Overcoming financial, regulatory, and other challenges to deliver a reliable 320 MGD water purification plant expansion
  • 10:30
    The Social and Environmental impacts of renewable energy expansion
    Moderator: Chris Young, Executive Managing Director, Tony Gee

  • Hydro-electric power in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
    By 2022, Virunga National Park aims to supply around 90 Megawatts (MW) of hydro-electric power to the local economy, becoming the country's second largest power supplier. Currently, two power plants are operational in the Virunga area (13.4MW in total), two are under construction (13.5MW), and an additional four are being studied for feasibility (65MW). Despite the fragile state of Eastern Congo, and the difficulties of day-to-day life, the two operational power plants are already demonstrating that they are key factors in the stability and conservation of a world heritage site.
  • Waste to Energy: delivering a low carbon - future
    Waste-to-Energy is a vital pillar of the circular economy, processing residual waste which cannot be recycled and generating low-carbon, renewable energy in the process. Group CEO of Cory Riverside Energy, Nicholas Pollard, will talk about the challenges and opportunities for the industry doing more, filling the waste capacity gap and contributing vital energy to the UK’s homes and businesses. 

    Hear that residual waste is a renewable energy source that the UK is not utilising effectively. Learn that our waste is currently being wasted  - going to either landfill or exported abroad.  Discuss whether advances in technology are being prioritised at the expense of reliability Assess practical steps which policy-makers and industry must take to increase efforts towards a truly circular economy. 
  • Nuclear: Sizewell C a reliable, low-carbon source of baseload power
  • 10:30
    The Resilience Shift – a safer and better world through resilient infrastructure

    This session is delivered by the Resilience Shift, a global initiative to catalyse resilience within and between critical infrastructure sectors, by helping those involved in critical infrastructure to make decisions differently. To do this the Resilience Shift is equipping practitioners and decision makers with the tools, approaches, technology, and educational practices needed to put resilience into practice. What exists already? And what do we need to develop to realise the SDGs?

    Join us for a high energy workshop exploring tools and approaches including a sneak peek at our new resilient water governance tool.
  • 10:30
    Inclusive Growth and Measuring Social Value

  • Inclusive growth
    Understanding the wider impacts and benefits of policy and infrastructure investment has become a key issue across the OECD for both governments and private sector organisations. Two key factors driving this are the Inclusive Growth initiative, led by the OECD, the IMF and the World Bank; and improvements in Social Value measurement. Both concepts have gained broad political support across the world, and they have transformative implications for public sector strategies, polices and investments across all sectors, with a critical role identified for infrastructure.
  • 11:30
    Demonstrating how the economic, environmental and wider societal impacts of infrastructure projects can be measured
    a renowned leader in social value impact and wellbeing assessment, setting out:
    • The methods for best-practice social value and inclusive growth measurement;
    • Frontier topics in the field;
    • Case studies demonstrating how the economic, environmental and wider societal impacts of infrastructure projects can be measured.
  • 11:50
    Question and answer session
  • 10:30
    Adaptation without mitigation is immoral
    Moderated by Keith Clarke

    In a world where professional, corporate and social responsibilities need to align with demands of those who hold the purse strings, are we losing sight of our collective power as a formidable industry to positively shape a sustainable future for our cities? Is it time for us to reflect on a common agenda and seek to operate wisely within it?

  • Why a knowledge based construction industry is a pre-requisite for a 1.5C world
    In a world where professional, corporate and social responsibilities need to align with demands of those who hold the purse strings, are we losing sight of our collective power as a formidable industry to positively shape a sustainable future for our cities? Is it time for us to reflect on a common agenda and seek to operate wisely within it?
  • 11:00
    Engineering & Climate Action in the Built Environment
    As engineers, we have an unparalleled potential to contribute significantly to the solutions to climate change through our work. We have the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a significant global scale like no other professional sector, and to #LeadOnClimate. 
    Find out how we can make a world of a difference as creative problem-solvers who are shaping the future, and what imperatives to follow on adaptation, mitigation, and driving change to achieve a high-impact, coordinated response to climate reality from the engineering sector."  
  • 11:30
    Question and answer session
  • 10:30
    Digitally Enabled Innovation
    Transforming Infrastructure with Project 13 manufacturing

  • Guidance and next steps to develop more sustainable, productive industry working models
    • What is Project 13 and what do we mean by enterprise working?
    • How enterprise working can transform the way we deliver and manage high-performing infrastructure
  • What are the barriers to enterprise working, and how can we overcome them?
    • What are the barriers to enterprise working, and how can we overcome them?
    • What changes do we need to make to traditional procurement and contractual models?
    • How can digital transformation enable enterprise working and better outcomes?
  • 12:00
    Lunch break

Streams resume

  • 14:00
    Measuring impact against SDGs. Developing a methodology that enables engineers to measure projects’ SDG impact.
    Developing a methodology that enables engineers to measure project impact against the SDGs

    Supported by three case studies.
  • Case study 1: FCO's £1.2bn Prosperity Fund
  • Case Study 2: UNOPS SDG approach approach
  • Case Study 3: WSP's HS2 Curzon Street Station
  • Panel Discussion on measuring SDG impact
    Chaired by Jo da Silva, Global International Developmnent Leader, Arup
  • 14:00
    Social impact of new technological trends

  • 14:00
    Who moved my cloud? - technological impacts on the U.S. Electric Grid
    The US electric grid is evolving due to technology, climate change, economic factors, regulations, and customer demand. Technology has particularly been impactful, forcing infrastructure owners to address positive (e.g. robust data, outage mitigation, delivered cost reductions) and negative (e.g. cyber threats, confidentiality) trends.

    Hear about the outcomes of strategic decisions by one utility and industry trends on key technological metrics, such as system average interruption duration index (SAIDI), avoided marginal cost, cyber intrusion, customer satisfaction, sustainability, smart meter use, and electric vehicle adoption. Understand the benefits of early adoption of energy storage related to market conditions and revenue, which will be illustrated at grid and behind-the-meter scale.
  • 14:45
    Playing a key role in the transition to a sustainable smart and energy efficient society
    • Achieving a carbon-neutral electricity mix in Europe well before mid-century
    • Ensuring a cost-efficient, reliable supply through an integrated market
    • Developing energy efficiency and the electrification of the demand-side to mitigate climate change.
  • Smart thinking, Improving lives
    • Why Costain has a technology led engineering strategy
    • How we deliver this through our R&D investment and innovation
    • What technology led work we are doing across transport, energy and water and how this is playing its role to improve people’s lives
    • Where we believe this will lead with a view as to future drivers/ change we expect, e.g. digitisation of transport, smart utilities and connected autonomous vehicles
  • 15:20
    Question and answer session
  • 14:00
    Building the defining characteristics of effective Professional Engineering Institutions
    'Scaling it up' and innovation: WatSan and the engineering capacity to deliver it.

    Moderator: Paul Jowitt

  • ‘Scaling it up’ and Innovation W​atSan and the engineering capacity to deliver it
  • Panel discussion: Transformational change - from engineering, technical and professional perspectives
    Project delivery, technical innovation and Professional Engineering Institutions
  • Planning for inclusivity and transport connectivity
    Moderated by Wei Yang, Vice Chair, RTPI International Committee

  • Building the right project: a paradigm for sustainability
    Sustainability is more than the essence of environmental stewardship and economic development; and through its application to build the right projects, ensures the safety and enhancement of society's quality of life.

    Hear about the application of practical and monetization strategies in infrastructure planning, design, construction and operation and maintenance, allowing for incremental value creation and continual reinvestments of generated revenues and cost-savings for the greater good of the community. Discuss sustainability best practices based on the latest principles, policies, and frameworks developed through ASCE and his involvement in multi-billion dollar projects in Los Angeles.
  • Local Perspectives - Community Engagement in Rwanda
    Bridges to Prosperity has built 36 footbridges in Rwanda since the inception of their programme there, which means safe access for more than 225,000 people. Footbridges have led to an increase in both the local and national economy, prompting the Rwandan government to invest in footbridges countrywide. 

     Illustrated through the Tubungo bridge project, completed in 2016, and the Local Perspectives photovoice project, see photos and hear the stories as shared directly by residents themselves, and follow the progress in Community Engagement practices adopted by Bridges to Prosperity through lessons learned.
  • 14:30
    Planning for inclusive underground spaces
    •  Inclusive cities require public spaces
    •  Underground spaces need to be publicly accessible
  • Planning for rapid organisation
    • The scale of the challenge facing cities in the Commonwealth
    • The critical shortage of built environment professionals (architects, engineers and planners) available to meet this challenge
    • The urgent need for us to work collaboratively to support our professional colleagues, together with ways in which we can do so.
  • 15:00
    Question and answer session
  • 14:00
    Demonstrating benefits to communities
    Moderated by Tim Chapman

  • 14:00
    The first and only offshore wind farm in the US
    Block Island Wind Farm is the first and only offshore windfarm in the US and came online in 2016. The geotechnical investigation was designed and executed in 2009 by GZA to support the design of jacket foundations.
    • Challenges of collecting soil samples to 70m depth in 30m of water Comparison and correlation of the geophysical and geotechnical profiles
    • Hear about geotechnical design of the port facility used for assembly and staging
    • Challenges associated with existing and aging port facilities not designed for offshore wind staging
  • 14:30
    Generating Power Solutions for Greater Efficiency and Flexibility: The Combined-Cycle Advantage
    Clean energy engineering needs greater efficiency and flexibility.
    • Hear about how combined-cycle power generation already offers solutions for efficiency
    • Understand the need for collaboration plus further development of key technologies
    • Understand the benefits to villages, towns, and cities

  • The role of the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub
    • The UK’s primary coordinator for innovation
    • Focusing on offshore wind energy cost reduction 
    • Maximising UK economic impact
  • 15:00
    Question and answer session
  • 14:00
    Do we need a paradigm shift in the way we work? The untapped power of the next generation and digital technology
    • A digital era - How is our world changing with technology? 
    • Inspiration and innovation - what drives us to innovate and inspire? 
    • Where do we need innovation the most - Emerging themes from the Global Alliance for Urban Crises (GAUC) 
    • What change and innovation can technology enable - case studies 
    • Knowledge sharing discussion in sub-groups - how has your organisation fostered innovation and inspired the next generation? Led by Happold Foundation Alumni 
    • Closing remarks and questions
  • 14:00
    Turning hindsight into foresight: the sustainability and resilience of knowledge
    Introduction from Gordon Masterton, Chair, ICE Panel for Historical Engineering, Past President, ICE

    Canada's future is built on our civil engineering achievements

    Mike Bartlett, Chair, CSCE National History Committee

    Learning from the Past: Don’t Let History Repeat Itself 

    Ted Green,  Chair, ASCE History and Heritage Committee

    Making the best of Victorian stations in the 21st Century 

    Andy Savage, Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust

    Panel Discussion
  • 14:30 - 16:00
    Engagement and training of early career engineers
    This session, run by Engineers for Overseas Development, will show how young members of the construction industry can deliver development projects while working as a team, which make a real difference for some of the poorest in society in Africa, helping to
    reduce urban drift. These projects also offer fantastic training to our volunteers at an early stage in their career.

    EFOD is a company committed to enhancing the training of young members of the construction industry by challenging volunteers to deliver development projects in sub Saharan Africa. 
  • 15:30
  • 17:00
    Close of day four
  • 16:00
    C-Level panel Discussion | Maximising the application of sustainability solutions in an interconnected world
    Moderated by: Craig Lucas, Director of Science Innovation Climate and Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening Plenary
    Opening remarks from the Chair
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Project Finance, IPA
    Keynote address | Financing sustainable infrastructure
    • De-risking infrastructure projects in developing nations
    • Mobilising both public and private sector capital
    • Effectively managing the risks and costs of infrastructure
    Jordan Schwartz, Director for Infrastructure, Public Private Partner and Guarantees,​ ​World Bank
    Keynote address | Developing reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure
    • Implementing a renewed approach to infrastructure; from strategy to practice
    • Think globally, act locally; focusing on regional and trans-border infrastructure
    Guna Gunalan, Vice President, AECOM, President-Elect ASCE
    Panel discussion | Making sustainability an investor’s business 
    • How sustainability in finance leads to sustainability in infrastructure?
  • 10:00

Congress divides into streams

  • 10:30
    Balancing availability and affordability of water

    Moderator: David Balmforth, Technical Director, Stantec

  • Assessing water tariffs, cost-recovery principles and investment needs and requirements
    • Advancing the Next Generation Safe Drinking Water Act Implementation
    • Addressing Environmental Justice and Equity in Infrastructure Funding
    • Strengthening Protections against Lead in Drinking Water
  • Piloting new approaches to finance water infrastructure
  • 11:30
    Harmonising water governance systems through collaboration and cooperation
  • 10:30
    What will a future energy market look like?
    Led by Knowledge Transfer Network

  • 10:30
    Energy systems: A view from 2035
    Setting out the energy solutions required to bring the UK on track to meet its 2050 climate change targets as part of the industrial strategy the Government will invest in the “prospering from the energy revolution” (PFER) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to make the UK a global centre for integrated energy systems that deliver cleaner, cheaper energy for consumers and their communities
  • 10:30
    What are some engineering answers to water scarcity and its economic impact?
    Led by William Kelly

    Poor rural areas, where most of the people lacking access to clean water reside and depend on agriculture for their living, need solutions that are affordable. These areas must have the technical capacity to support water infrastructure. In urbanizing areas in the developing world where most people will live, with cities being built from the ground up, there are opportunities for innovative approaches to providing sustainable water infrastructure. 
  • 10:30
    The emerging role of the engineer - trusted partner and source of hope
    How the engineering profession is critical to community-led change

    Examples of the changes happening in policy and practice across New Zealand
    • Developing an understanding of the shifts happening in delivering sustainable cities and communities
    • How the engineering profession can actively participate in delivering sustainable cities and communities 
  • 10:30
    Sustainability is bad for good development practice
    Challenge debate: moderated by Jackie Sadek, Chief Operating Officer, UK Regeneration

  • Challenge Debate developed with UKBCSD
    The proliferation of SDGs/MDGs confuses collective approaches to:
    • Sustainable Development is falling down the development agenda
    • The long term vision is tempered by short term targets
    Multidisciplinary panel developed with UKBCSD to be formed by:
    Chris Langdon, Development and Investment Director, ENGIE
    Allan Simpson, Srategic Growth Manager, Anglian Water
    Martin Cooper, Project Management, ProLogis
    Tassos Kougionis, Principal Consultant, BSRIA
  • 10:30
    ICE State of the Nation 2018 report: Infrastructure Investment
    Through case studies and examples of international best practice, the SoN report is analysing how the flow of funding and finance can be optimised to support the capital and revenue needs of the infrastructure sector
  • Optimising the funding, financing and leadership of UK infrastructure
    Moderated by James Stewart

    Through case studies and examples of international best practice, the State of the Nation report will analyse how funding and finance can flow to support the capital and revenue needs of the infrastructure sector.

  • 12:00
    Lunch break

Streams resume

  • 14:00
    Around the world
    How we inspire people to become engineers, how future engineers are educated and how practicing engineers can apply their skills to make a positive contribution as responsible global citizens.

    The Engineers Without Borders movement started over thirty years ago with an aspiration to focus the attention engineers on doing good in the world. Today there are over 60 countries where the Engineers Without Borders movement exists and acts as a driver for encouraging engineers to get excited and enthused by making a difference with their innovative abilities and putting that into practice.
  • 14:00
    Sustainable financing
    Moderated by Anusha Shah, Chair, Thames Estuary Partnership

    With swelling populations,  how can investor capitalism motivate prosperous economic growth and a healthy, sustainable planet?
  • Engineering Impact through Water Infrastructure. Hybridity and Blended Finance
  • Financing the Urban Transition - supporting Sustainable Finance for Urban Infrastructure
    Countries in which DFID operates are experiencing high rates of urbanisation. Investing in urban infrastructure will be critical to supporting functioning cities that are supporting economic growth and creating improved livelihoods for the poor. However cities face barriers to accessing the finance needed to deliver this. What role do donors and MDBs have in scaling up sustainable finance for urban infrastructure?
    • The importance of donors in supporting sustainable urban finance
    • The role of public and private investment in urban infrastructure
    • How housing as a sector fits in infrastructure financing debates
  • Infrastructure Governance
  • Data to better inform planning, decision making and programme design as a real enabler to enhance the sustainable agenda
  • How do we improve quality, reach and impact of public service delivery and strengthen environmental protection?
    • Evidence based governance approaches
    • Using data to inform planning, decision making and programme design 
    • Historical data and Forward-looking modelled data to understand where we are coming from 
  • What innovations can we expect in the future? Which aspects of infrastructure service delivery could benefit from open data in the future?
  • 17:00
    End of Congress
  • 15:30
  • 16:00
    Panel discussion | Providing an engineering roadmap to make sustainability a reality
    Lessons learnt and tools to utilise in the short term, technology to implement in the medium term and population behavioral change as the long-term goal to sustain climate change improvements

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