The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has launched new Community Advisory Boards (CABs) to drive the production of trusted, authoritative, independent insight into the major issues facing the industry.
The boards will provide direction to ICE staff in creating engaging digital knowledge programmes for its members. The aim is to ensure that, each week, members will be able to access at least one knowledge event that is relevant to them, whatever their position or experience.
Each board will work to deliver its own programme on its area of speciality but will also work closely with other CABs, professional networks and communities on projects that have multiple target audiences.
In addition, the CABs will identify gaps in knowledge or dissemination and propose the creation of new professional networks or communities of practice (COPs) to fill them.
ICE is run by its members, for its members. The Community Advisory Boards have been established to identify problems and challenges faced by engineers, the environment and society and to provide governance and support the development of supporting expert networks through Communities of Practice, Specialist Knowledge Societies such as the British Tunnelling Society and the Railway Civil Engineers’ Association and other industry stakeholder groups. In doing so:
- Relevant expertise from supporting communities will be leveraged to contribute to knowledge programmes;
- Activities will be coordinated among supporting communities to enable knowledge exchange and minimise duplication; and
- Individual outputs proposed by supporting communities will be reviewed and supported to ensure that they build on ICE policy.
Introduced by ICE Council to steer the institution’s knowledge programmes, expert networks and engineering insights work, the new boards are aligned with the themes of the ICE plan. These include data and digital, decarbonisation, driving productivity, flooding, geotechnical and structures, knowledge, ethics and insights, resilience, transport and mobility, and water and sanitation.
The boards are made up of industry experts and representatives of supporting communities who have been invited to share their insights to help build their respective knowledge programme. They will identify experts, communities and industry groups to contribute presentations, case studies, blogs and insights.
A range of industry experts have been identified as chairs by Council to lead each board:
Mark Hansford, ICE director of Engineering Knowledge, said: "Bringing together such a vibrant group of experts, who represent so many communities, is something I am truly excited about and I look forward to seeing this group make a major contribution to the wider ICE vision – centring on the quest for net zero.
"I also want to thank Geobear, Bluebeam and Wavin for their support in enabling us to provide strategic insight into tackling some of the biggest challenges facing civil engineers, society and the environment today."
Strategic knowledge partners
ICE is also pleased to announce that it will collaborate with several strategic knowledge partners on some of the programmes:
Bluebeam: data and digital
The data and digital knowledge programme will be supported by Bluebeam and will address the establishment of data and digital technology at the heart of global infrastructure.
Bluebeam is an industry partner working alongside design and construction professionals to develop smart, simple solutions that make life easier for project teams everywhere.
Geobear: driving productivity
The driving productivity programme will be supported by Geobear and will draw on learning from across the world to transform our industry by encouraging modern methods of procurement and manufacture while keeping workers and the public safe.
Geobear is a world-leading ground engineering contractor providing stabilisation solutions for infrastructure assets. At its core, the company seeks to expedite the delivery of infrastructure maintenance to reduce time and cost by using its proprietary ground injection technologies.
The company delivers major asset maintenance schemes directly for Network Rail and Highways England together with subcontracted works.
Supported by Wavin, the flooding programme will seek to build a body of reliable knowledge created through experience, analysis, insight and science to enhance the technical competence and understanding of engineers and infrastructure professionals working in flood and coastal defence.
Wavin is a leading supplier of plastic pipe systems. It connects its customers to better solutions for above- and below-ground projects in the application areas of water management, heating and cooling, water and gas distribution, wastewater and drainage.
The Community Advisory Boards met for the first time in April to discuss ideas and challenges that should form part of the knowledge programmes. The purpose is to support engineers and infrastructure professionals to design, manage and construct infrastructure better to meet the needs of nature and society throughout its lifecycle.
As these ideas are identified and prioritised, ICE will engage further through its communities, societies, networks, industry groups and other stakeholders to help build the content needed to address them.
ICE members and other infrastructure professionals can get involved through their communities of practice. If you are interested in providing insights, case studies, blogs or presentations, please contact [email protected].