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Comment | ICE Wales Cymru: Alive and kicking

Keith Jones

The political landscape has changed dramatically since the General Election and here in Wales we continue to work alongside two governments.

We continue to relay the #commit2infrastructure message to our MPs and AMs across Wales and will be working hard to ensure infrastructure is at the forefront of each party’s manifesto come next year’s Assembly Elections.
In May, we were delighted to welcome ICE President, David Balmforth, to our annual Awards Dinner.

It was a wonderful evening and I’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for showing us how strong and innovative the civil engineering profession is in Wales.
In June, our flooding conference in Cardiff was a great success. Again, we were fortunate enough to welcome David Balmforth and also Carl Sargeant, minister for natural resources, who provided our keynote address.

I’d like to thank all our speakers, sponsors and indeed delegates for contributing to such an engaging and informative event.

Again in 2015, as in 2014, at Cardiff, our women in engineering lecture coincided with National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June. Deputy minister for skills and technology Julie James, gave the keynote speech alongside three excellent talks from Arup EIA project manager Helen Peake, Cardiff University college of physical sciences and engineering pro-vice chancellor Karen Holford, and Constructing Excellence in Wales chief executive Milica Kitson. We had a great series of presentations with each speaker focusing on their speciality in the field of engineering and giving examples of issues or challenges. Julie James focused on the need to make more young women aware of the wonderful careers that are available in engineering.

This event was a milestone for ICE Wales Cymru, as it was not only recorded but live streamed so that participants could join the conversation regardless of their location. Details of forthcoming lunchtime webinar lectures will feature across all ICE event pages. Please join us or even show them in your office, meeting room or board rooms - this provides excellent CPD on a range of topics.

Our next webinar is Nuclear Energy, presented by Sarah Jones of Horizon Nuclear Power on 25 September.

Finally, we’re very much looking forward to our Bridge to Schools event this week at the Wales Senedd. Pupils from Sea View Community Primary School in Swansea will put their civil engineering skills to the test as they construct a 10m bridge based of the design of the Second Severn Crossing. Once the young pupils have completed the bridge, Julie James will be the first to walk over and test it.

This wonderful initiative from the ICE gives pupils the opportunity to learn that civil engineers plan, design and build the infrastructure of the country, and, above all else, shows them how fun and rewarding our profession is.

  • Keith Jones is ICE Wales Cymru director

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