How will increased flooding due to climate change affect critical national infrastructure?
Research will be led by ICE maritime board chairman William Allsop and IMechE safety and reliability group chairman Brian Wimpenny.
Allsop is coastal structures technical director at HR Wallingford, responsible for consultancy and research studies in breakwater, sea wall and revetment design. He is also visiting professor at Southampton University.
He has more than 25 years experience in the design and performance of breakwaters sea walls, revetments, piers jetties and coastal shoreline structures.
Wimpenny is safety manager at Rolls Royce where he ensures that Royal Navy nuclear submarines satisfy safety regulations. He is also a visiting professor of risk and reliability at Loughborough University. Part of his work involves assessing naval bases and dockyards out of which submarines operate.
The two institutions have allocated funds to support the projects but have also applied to the DTI for financial support.
Other joint activities will include evening lectures such as the Hugh Ford lecture in February and the Brunel Bicentenary lecture in July.
Graduates and students are also organising joint events.
Waste efficiency What is the energy efficient way of dealing with waste in the UK Research will be led by ICE waste management board member Nigel Mattravers and IMechE energy, environment and sustainability group chairman Ian Arbon.
Mattravers is the senior waste group manager with financial advisor Grant Thornton.
His job involves advising local authorities about private finance initiative (PFI) waste management schemes.
He was previously head of waste management with consultant Mouchel Parkman where he was PFI manager for the UK's first mechanical and biological treatment facility.
He has 18 years experience in the field.
Arbon runs his own consultancy, Engineered Solutions, specialising in sustainable energy. He has worked in the renewable energy field for 30 years, during which time his has been managing director of two of the UK's leading designers and manufacturers of energy from waste plant - a form of energy he believes to be sustainable.