Distinguished Speaker Breakfast with Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE, President, Institute of Civil Engineers

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Distinguished Speaker Breakfast with Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE, President, Institute of Civil Engineers

Please email yammie@britcham.com for more information

The engineering, management, maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure requires fresh thinking to minimise use of materials, energy and labour whilst still ensuring resilience. This can only be achieved by a full understanding of its performance, both during its construction and throughout its design life, through the application of innovative sensor technologies and other emerging technologies.

There is a compelling case for using sensing and data analysis to enable smarter, proactive asset management decision-making for infrastructure. Being more proactive, not reactive, enables maintenance, inspection and refurbishment programmes for infrastructure assets to be developed, focusing on condition and preventive maintenance.

The presentation will describe how the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University is collaborating with industry to commercialise independent, world-leading research and drive technology-led business growth using novel technologies such as fibre optics, wireless sensor networks, low power sensors based on micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), computer vision and energy harvesting. Examples of recent applications will be presented, showing how these innovative technologies have the potential to revolutionise the construction industry and management of infrastructure.


About the speaker

Robert Mair was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998. He is now the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering. In 2011 he became Chief Engineering Adviser to the Laing O'Rourke Group and Chairman of their Engineering Excellence Group.

As well as working on many international tunnelling and deep excavation projects, Robert has been closely involved with the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1) and Crossrail.

Robert was Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-11 and was awarded the ICE Gold Medal in 2004 and the President's Medal in 2013. He was Chairman of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Review of Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing for the Government, published in 2012. More recently, he became Chairman of the newly formed Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport.

In October 2015 he was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent crossbencher. As a crossbencher, Robert will owe no allegiance to a political party and will maintain the ability to take part in legislative debates free of party considerations.

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Non-Member $ 470.00 HKD
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Distinguished Speaker Breakfast with Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE, President, Institute of Civil Engineers

Thu, January 11, 2018
08:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, President, Institute of Civil Engineers

Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central. Hosted by Andrew Seaton
Contact Person:
Yammie Yuen
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