ICE Learning Hub programme update

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

Members can now take advantage of a new learning programme to help assure their ethics and professionalism competency, which was developed by the ICE Ethics Committee working with the University of Edinburgh.  

Other new programmes this month cover high-speed rail, road safety, geotechnical data management, and soil stabilisation materials.  

As well as new learning material, the ICE Learning Hub has recently added a new career development tool, which allows members to review the key competencies and skills required for a range of job roles.  

ICE ethics and professionalism competency assurance programme 

Together with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Future Infrastructure, part of the university’s Edinburgh Futures Institute, the ICE Ethics Committee has developed a new competency assurance programme.  

This programme takes you through aspects of ethics and professionalism you must know as an ICE member. It will provide you with a good level of knowledge and understanding around the ICE Code of Professional Conduct. By completing this programme, you will be able to interpret and apply the rules of professional conduct, understand ICE’s advice on ethical conduct, and demonstrate your ongoing commitment to competency assurance in ethics and professionalism. 

Delivering high-speed rail projects 

The planning and delivery of high-speed rail infrastructure is a huge undertaking. In the UK, for example, the proposal for a north-south high-speed railway (aka HS2) has been the subject of huge debate, planning and consultation. In this programme, we will learn how large rail infrastructure projects have been delivered successfully, using international examples to learn how they have been provided elsewhere. 

Vulnerable road users and construction vehicles 

This programme is designed for people wanting to learn about the issues involving vulnerable road users and construction vehicles sharing our roads.   

It outlines the discovery that a higher proportion of London road fatalities was caused by collisions with construction vehicles than with any other, leading to the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) initiative seeking to understand why. The programme outlines the research that was undertaken and how the sector collaborated and proactively looked at the issues and sought the solutions.  Programme users will be able to look at the subsequent findings from the research and how it proved invaluable at identifying the key areas of concern. 

Geotechnical data management 

Geotechnical information is vital to determine the suitability of a site and for safe and economical design and execution for a given infrastructure or building project, especially when land is in poor geological condition.  

This programme shows how management of geotechnical data throughout the lifecycle of civil engineering and building projects is key to enabling effective decision-making and successful outcomes. The advancement of digital technologies over the years has enabled a shift from a linear data management process, prone to errors, to a more cyclic process. This allows data to be accessed and updated easily at various stages of the project and made readily available.  

Additionally, geotechnical data standards provide recommendations on the collection, verification, manipulation, distribution, presentation and storage of data. These codes of practice will provide substantial savings in cost and better communication between parties. 

Use of lime and other materials for stabilisation of unsuitable soils 

This programme provides a comprehensive review of current understandings of the interactions between clays and lime. This includes discussion on why a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is not possible. The programme then provides detailed analyses of two novel methods of soil stabilisation: agro-waste, and cement to stabilise soil contaminated with crude oil.