ICE Learning Hub programme update

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

This month’s update to the ICE Learning Hub includes programmes on financing infrastructure through project bonds, and using data to manage railway assets. 

There are also new programmes on the futures of both education and the workplace, part of a series examining the major trends that are shaping tomorrow’s built environment. 

Project Bonds – An alternative way to finance infrastructure 

Estates and Infrastructure Exchange (EIX) is the first global exchange to focus exclusively on estates and infrastructure as an asset class. Its aim is to bridge the gap between infrastructure project finance requirements and the available capital seeking direct investment in infrastructure, with its main instrument being project bonds funded and traded on EIX's markets.  

This programme outlines the potential for using project bonds as a means of financing global infrastructure projects as opposed to traditional methods. It will give you an insight into potential sources of infrastructure project finance. It will also explain what bonds are and how the exchange platform works. 

Using data on the railway 

This programme is for engineers who manage railways or are looking to develop asset management plans for railways. It illustrates various uses for data from geotechnical stabilisation, stakeholder support gathering to satellite remote sensing for long-term, large network-scale asset management. 

Living workplace 

The character of the office is being redefined towards a more fluid entity, capable of expanding and contracting on demand. Technology allows us to work anywhere and at any time. Creation of value is no longer fixed to a physical space so we are witnessing an extreme diversification of working styles and patterns.

To reinstate the workplace as a destination, employers and developers are experimenting with alternative modes of working. Moreover, offices are being embedded as the beating heart of mixed-use developments, blending public space with retail and lifestyle offerings. This is a critical moment to recalibrate our understanding of the workplace. 

This programme considers a broad spectrum of research and trends relevant to this transforming typology, including digital services, emerging business models and workforce wellbeing. By analysing what aspects need immediate attention and action, the programme aims to promote better understanding of the forces shaping the workplace of the future. 

Future of schools 

Equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable work landscape is an ongoing challenge for schools. We have a duty to not simply teach students what to think, but how to think, in order for them to deal with growing complexity.

This programme identifies the key drivers shaping the future of schools, focusing on pre-tertiary education, and how our understanding of education is evolving. 

Insights into the challenges faced by students and educators alike demonstrate the need to proactively shape school environments to offer opportunities that develop future skills and nurture self-reliance.