What is the role and purpose of the civil engineer in today’s fast-evolving digital age? From where should the next-generation of talent in the profession be sourced? How does civil engineering position itself to thrive in the decades ahead?

These questions will come under the spotlight at a webinar session held by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Engineering Rebellion steering group later this month.

The group, which includes PCSG’s Managing Director, Katherine Bew, will share their views on how they see the profession evolving. Key areas will include sustainability, systems thinking , the impact of data and digital transformation and the skills gap.

The Engineering Rebellion steering group was set up earlier this year as part of the ICE’s wider work to stay abreast of economic, political, cultural and technological developments and their potential impact on the civil engineering profession.

It is one of several steering groups created by the ICE to undertake research studies around key topics relating to the industry and to inform the ICE’s strategy moving forward.

Each steering group was tasked with four ‘actions’. These were:

-To undertake high quality research;

-To engage a wide range of industry experts and facilitate collaboration across different pockets of industry expertise;

-To draft a research output with utility for the ICE;

-To engage with and inform the ICE council

The other members of the Rebellion steering group include Huda As’ad Head of Infrastructure Performance at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Brittany Harris, CEO of Qualis Flow and David Richards, Head of the School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

For more details on the webinar, which will take place on 21 July, and to register, click here.