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The 12th Brunel International Lecture Series begins in London on 12 June before touring worldwide for 18 months.

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The lecturer will be Linda Miller (pictured), currently Bechtel construction director for the new Sydney Metro tunnels and stations excavation team.

The lecture will cover the demands of the next generation and the challenges facing engineers involved in transport infrastructure around the world. Miller will explain how transport projects can help improve people’s economic prospects, deliver social justice and contribute to solutions to environmental issues.

She will also discuss practical approaches, using examples from recent projects across three continents.

The lecture will also address the future of civil engineering.

The Brunel lecture series was established in 1999 to help strengthen the links between the ICE and other engineering institutions in the UK and abroad.

Lecturers are chosen by the international committee in recognition of their contribution to civil engineering. In 2016, Miller was named one of the top 50 influential women in engineering in the UK. She was awarded an OBE for promoting diversity in the global engineering and construction industry in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Miller is currently working on the Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project. Work involves construction of 31 metro stations and over 66km of new tunnels, including one under Sydney Harbour. She was previously project manager of the Farringdon Crossrail station and the project manager for Crossrail’s Connaught Tunnel, which included the rehabilitation of a 135-year-old disused tunnel.

The Brunel lecture series begins in the UK before touring to Auckland, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Vancouver and Cape Town.

● Click here for tour dates


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