On Monday 6 January ICE hosted its largest ever Certificate Presentation Ceremony in Hong Kong at the Sheraton Hotel.
251 newly elected members in 2019, joined by their family members, friends and colleagues, received their Chartership certificates from the ICE President, Paul Sheffield CBE, who described the event as “truly uplifting”. There were smiles all round as the candidates were rewarded for all their efforts to become Chartered.
In total, 650 people attended the event. There has always been a strong and committed ICE committee (ICE HKA) in Hong Kong and the ceremony afforded ICE President Paul Sheffield the chance to meet newly elected candidates and committee members alike.
In his speech Paul congratulated the new members for achieving a significant career milestone and looked forward to them shaping the world of tomorrow. He stressed the importance of meeting the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution – where technology will, “enable us to understand in real time how our assets are performing.”
“We must engineer for ourselves a complete transformation in the way we think about our infrastructure and our professional practices,” said President Sheffield.
“The rise of artificial intelligence has enabled us to interrogate vast pools of data, leading to better decision-making. Advances in technology, computing power and just the sheer volume of data at our fingertips is transforming how infrastructure is operated and what it can do for the public.”
“I want to ensure that ICE members lead the way. If we maintain a laser-like focus on our future, and ensure we have the basics in place, we - as civil engineers - can be the conveners for the future technology that is before us. “
Along with the local ICE staff team, the Hong Kong Graduates and Students Division, choreographed a first-class event and Chair, Winnie M Y Lai, did an excellent job of compering.
Winnie was encouraged by the President's comments that women comprise just over 14% of ICE's total membership. "Seeing the number of newly elected member at the ceremony, I believe this number will continue to grow," says Winnie.
Read Winnie's profile
At a separate event on the following evening, Tuesday 7 January at the Hong Kong Club, 14 new Fellows received their certificates from the ICE President, where he also delivered his Presidential Address.
ICE Hong Kong was established in November 1999 and is the largest region outside the UK with over 7,300 members.
It was a busy week for the ICE President who also attended a series of technical seminars, site visits and meetings with the Innovation and Technology Bureau during his visit. Read more on the visit on his latest blog.