ICE Learning Hub programme update

An update for members on new programmes being added each month. 

This month’s updates to the members’ ICE Learning Hub features programmes on governing cities, bridge failure and rail asset management. 

The little book of governing the city 

With an engaged audience in mind – those of us grappling with how to progress governing the city – this little book informs you of our thoughts coming out of the Liveable Cities Programme.

We aim to stimulate thought and reflection among people who think about, work with or take a leadership role in urban governance, management and oversight. While a Little Book in format, we don't avoid tackling the big issues! 

Working from the premise that city governance is about (i) who decides; (ii) how we decide; and (iii) what happens when we decide, we expand on the perspective that: 
  • As they always have, cities are unique and essential sites of competition and collaboration to advance our economy and culture.  
  • Innovative cities are relatively dynamic, open and mixed spaces of experimentation.  
  • The governance of cities can benefit from taking a systems view to understand the diversity of service functions and networks that interact and shape what we can achieve together.  
  • City governance models need to evolve with current improvements while driving for a more future-focused practice.  
  • New arrangements also need to better reflect finding a shared purpose and agreed civic direction within cities to constructively guide a positive future.

Soil movements due to deep excavations 

The growing demand for deep basements to be bigger and deeper and for developments to occupy larger plan areas has h highlighted several issues is terms of subsidence, heave and horizontal soil movement.

This programme gives details on soil movements due to deep excavations.  It examines the causes of soil movement and the methods used in predicting movement.  The techniques used in measuring deep excavations are also detailed as well as t Building responses to ground displacement.

Micro-processes affecting marine and offshore structures 

This programme is for built environment professionals wanting to know about micro-processes affecting marine and offshore structures.  It goes a case study of marine concrete degradation due to alkali-silica reaction at Clacton Sands, UK.  

It talks about the performance of carbonate sand fill, using cone penetration testing, in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.  It analyses scour at gravity based foundations that are commonly used offshore in the oil and gas and renewables industries.  It finishes off reporting on the performance of silt screens that are used to limit the effects of dredging. 

Bridge failure due to scour 

This programme is designed for people wanting to learn about the most common cause of bridge failure.  Catastrophic failures of bridges are relatively rare but when they do happen can have dire and sometimes fatal consequences.

This programme outlines what can cause these failures.  It includes case studies of previous incidents and the current approaches to assessing scour.  It also offers an insight into future techniques which may help in the future safety and accuracy of recognising bridge scour. 

Making the most of rail assets 

In this programme we will evaluate the existing rail asset management practices in the UK and overseas and identifying how infrastructure professionals can make the most of rail assets.  

Essentially, making the most of rail assets is to implement rail engineering asset management practices to ensure that the existing rail infrastructure is resilient, and that it is maintained in such a way that it serves its purpose up to and even beyond its predicted life-cycle.   

In this programme, we will hear from leading industry professionals, and evaluate the various infrastructure asset management practices, codes and standards which have been incorporated to ensure the integrity of rail infrastructure assets and analyse how we can make the most of them.