ICE President (2015-2016) David Balmforth visiting the Teesside Port upgrde project.
ICE North East highlights 2015
Introduction My overriding theme for my year as chair of ICE NE has been global warming, which offers challenges, but also fantastic opportunities, rewards and high status for civil engineers. It has been brought into the spotlight by calls for new approaches following further floods in the North. On the subject of changing conditions, constructive feedback from local members and guests was provided at a climate symposium in Newcastle chaired by David Balmforth for the Presidential Visit in April 2015 prior to the annual dinner. Overall delegates considered that: •
90% of current Codes of Practice need to be revised for climate change, (a result that was replicated by the ICE's UK Regional Affairs Committee in August 2015 and endorsed by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations in Paris at COP21). There is only a 50% chance that we will prevent temperatures reaching 3°C of warming.
About ICE North East I would therefore warn engineers that realistic risk assessments are now the only safeguard against potential future litigation. The first day of the Presidential visit included a G&S school ‘Zombie’ event in Hartlepool and a debate ‘Is Civil Engineering an Art or a Science?’ which was held at MIMA, the Middlesbrough art gallery. There were also celebrations with Teesside University for achievements of long-standing ambitions to establishing recognised Bachelor and Master’s degrees in civil engineering. One of the other major initiatives that the ICE NE committee has faced involved establishing that the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ should extend beyond the Manchester area. We have promoted meetings with the responsible Minister, supported the setting up of an ICE committee and have attended several conferences. Regional Director Penny Marshall now has responsibility for the Yorkshire and Humber region as well as the North East. We said farewell to long-serving staff members
Purpose To foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering. Nicola Railton and Irene Hurley and welcomed two new staff members in Newcastle, Communications Executive Joanne Stephenson and Regional Coordinator Katy O'Brien. I have been well supported with two vice chairs, Graham Yates from the Northumbria Branch and Sarah Kellerman from the Teesside Branch and reliable senior committee Members. Thanks are also due for the brilliant input from the Graduate & Students under their chair Jenna Allen. Finally, Michael Coulson is to step down as Regional Secretary after around a decade and a half in the role! I thank him for his dedicated time and effort on behalf of many previous regional chairs and committee members. Robert Thorniley-Walker MA(Oxon) CEng CEnv FICE FIStructE MCIHT IHBC FRSA Regional Chair January 2015-16
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