LOUGHBOROUGH University's Centre for Innovative Construction (CICE) has received a boost with the news that ICE assistant director of engineering John Bennett has joined a host of other senior industrialists on its management board.
CICE was set up in April 1999 as an expansion of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council's prestigious Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scheme, and is backed by a £4M grant from the EPSRC and 24 leading firms in construction and related industry sectors It is the first centre devoted to meeting the research and training needs of the construction industry.
The need for innovative approaches to design and construction is recognised by most sectors of the construction industry including the Government, which has set up a Construction Best Practice Programme.
The EngD is a four year advanced study and research programme intended for the UK's leading research engineers who aspire to key managerial positions in industry.
CICE has 17 research engineers placed in forward-looking firms - including Arup, WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty and Amec - developing innovative solutions to challenging engineering problems.
CICE is showcasing the results of its studies at the first international conference on innovation in architecture, engineering and construction on 18 to 20 July.