A new initiative to help the civil engineering profession work together to alleviate the effects of some of the huge challenges the world faces - from population growth and growing energy demands through to shortages in infrastructure funding - has been launched by the ICE
A new initiative to help the civil engineering profession work together to alleviate the effects of some of the huge challenges the world faces - from population growth and growing energy demands through to shortages in infrastructure funding - has been launched by the ICE.
President Barry Clarke, who launched the Shaping the World initiative and funding appeal last week with patron Princess Anne, said governments, businesses and societies across the world needed to “act now to prepare for the many complex challenges ahead”.
He said civil engineering had been at the heart of global development for hundreds of years, and would be “at the heart of meeting the social, economic and environmental challenges we face in the coming decades”, but added that a “global game changing initiative” was required to equip the civil engineers of today and tomorrow with the required levels of technicalexcellence, breadth and depth of knowledge, leadership skills and vision.
The Shaping the World appeal seeks to raise £5M to allow ICE to deliver a sustained long term programme of activities.
London HQ upgrade
The first stage would see ICE’s London headquarters upgraded to become more of an “international hub” for civil engineering that can showcase civil engineering across the world, inspire the next generation to enter the profession and concentrate the greatest engineering and business minds in one place - whether physically or virtually - to debate and discuss solutions to global challenges. Plans include creating a world class knowledge centre to mount global conferences, an exhibition space to demonstrate the creativity and excitement of civil engineering to the next generation of engineers, and updating the Thomas Telford theatre.
This work is a precursor to the ICE putting in place a range of programmes that will enable best practice to be disseminated across the world, highlight the latest learning and support civil engineering programmes to alleviate some of the effects of future global challenges.
Clarke added: “Through a programme of potentially game changing projects, working with key partners, we can focus on the education and training of current and future ICE members, the gathering and dissemination of high end knowledge and practises, informing global opinions and drawing together the intellectual and practical strengths of members around the world.”
Princess Anne commented: “If we don’t address major global challenges such as urbanisation, sustainability and climate change, what world will our children or grandchildren inherit 30 or 40 years from now?
Developing sustainable infrastructure is therefore a big challenge for us all.
“As patron of the ICE’s appeal to upgrade the home of the Institution, I am pleased to endorse the Shaping the World initiative, which will unite pioneering individuals, organisations, governments and civil engineers around the world to find the solutions that will meet the challenges of the future.”
- For more information about Shaping the World go to www.shapingtheworld.org.uk