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Countdown begins to inaugural Engineers Collective podcast

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New Civil Engineer is excited to be launching the Engineers Collective, a monthly podcast to provide knowledge-hungry professional engineers with all they need to know about what is happening in civil engineering.

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The Engineers Collective will debate and discuss the month’s hot topics and explore with a special guest how key sectors must evolve in order to meet the needs of clients and society.

The podcast is being made possible with the support of Bentley Systems. Around the world, engineers and architects, constructors and owner-operators are using Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for the infrastructure that sustains our economy and our environment.

The first podcast goes live on Wednesday 29 June and is focused on the crucial topic of skills – and specifically whether civil engineers still have the right skills to design and deliver infrastructure in an increasingly technology-focused world.

Joining regular co-hosts Mark Hansford and Alexandra Wynne this month will be ICE vice president and Expedition Engineering director Ed McCann, who will give a no-holds barred view on the current state of engineering skills and offer his opinion on how they must evolve.

Up for discussion will be mid-career reviews, the impact of technology, the demise of basic technical skills such as engineering drawing sign-off, and, controversially, whether new registers are required for engineers deemed competent to carry out critical technical roles – and whether being on such a register could be the way to demanding a higher reward.

McCann is the author of the ICE’s 2018 skills review which took in the opinions of business leaders and regular, practising engineers through face-to-face interviews with industry leaders and an online survey of 1,792 members worldwide.

He also leads Expedition Engineering, a highly creative civil and structural engineering practice and was Expedition Engineering’s project director for the multi-award winning London 2012 Velodrome and the Infinity Bridge.

Next month the focus will airports, where our special guest will be Henrik Rothe, senior lecturer at Cranfield University and an accomplished architect with considerable expertise in airport planning, terminal design and urbanism. His extensive knowledge of working in 35 countries includes assignments as designer and strategic adviser for Vienna, Zurich and Bristol Airports.

He engages in pioneering work that expands the possibilities of design innovation, pushing the functional and spatial integration of airports with its urban environment.

Fascinated by the unexplored potential of airports as driver for development, Rothe conceived the Urban Turbine research project and joined Cranfield University in 2014. Within the Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre [DARTeC] Henrik is leading the City boarding and Passenger Experience Lab, home to academia and industry collaboration, driving airports and cities to coherent and seamless transport strategies.

The podcast is available through all regular podcast hosts including Apple and Spotify and via newcivilengineer.com/podcast. Subscribe to receive notifications of when new pods are uploaded.

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