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IABSE Future of Design North 2015

IABSE Future of Design North 2015

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Ed Dablin

  • Ed is a recently chartered Senior Engineer working for AECOM in Altrincham with 5 years experience working on a range of bridge projects ranging from long span bridges to rail bridge reconstructions. Outside of work he is a STEM Ambassador and has recently been helping to deliver a number of IABSE events in Manchester.
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Ed.(itor): What’s that? Another post about an IABSE Future of Design event? Well- what can I say; they’re good events. I’m now a veteran (this’ll be my third), and the mix of young engineers, fascinating presenters, and a chance to rub shoulders with the greats at a decent sit-down dinner makes for the sort of event that reminds you why you became an engineer in the first place.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that tickets for the IABSE Future of Design North 2015 conference are now selling quickly. And sell they should! Some of the most eminent structural engineers and architects will be coming to present at the one day conference being held in Manchester on March 27th.

A flagship conference for IABSE, it attracts some of the most high profile speakers to present.

The conference presents a fantastic opportunity for young professionals like me to get involved. Having been for the first time to the 2014 conference in London last year, it is going to be a must-attend event on my yearly calendar. I met lots of like-minded people in the industry from young designers, celebrated designers to company CEOs. My personal highlight was sitting next to my engineering idol from my whitbybird summer placement days, Mark Whitby, at the evening dinner.

The Young Designers Competition is open to all design professionals and students under 35 and all you need to do to enter is submit a one page paper on some of your innovative work/research. The authors of the 12 papers judged to be the best will be invited to the conference to present for a chance to win prizes and will be awarded a seat at the evening dinner in a most unique setting.

The Line-Up (So far)

There will be two ICE Gold medallists presenting with Dr. Robin Sham (AECOM) travelling all the way from Hong Kong and structural specialist Chris Wise (Expedition) travelling up from London.

There is also a local theme with Brian Duguid (Mott MacDonald) discussing the Northern Hub, Mike Tonkin & Anna Liu (Tonkin Liu) explaining their winning bridge design competition entry for Salford Meadows, Peter Miller (Severfields) from Bolton’s world class steel fabricators and Chorlton based structural innovator Neil Thomas (Atelier One).

David Climie (Forth Replacement Crossing) will be sharing his long span bridge experience and Alison Watson (Class of Your Own) will hand over to her award winning students who will showcase their ‘Hotel Underground’ entry.

But you don’t have to submit a paper to get involved. The conference features two debates which get particularly interesting with animated discussion amongst the audience and panellists needing no encouragement from the chairs. This year Antony Oliver (Infrastructure Intelligence) will be returning to chair one of the two discussions and Professor Paul Lambert (Mott MacDonald) will be chairing the other, after successfully moderating October’s well-received Journey to Success event in Manchester.

The event aims to promote design and inspire future generations. Hence the majority of delegates are young professionals in the building or bridge industries. It really isn’t like any other conference as, now being a flagship conference for IABSE, it attracts some of the most high profile speakers to present, but at a price that is accessible to young people (only £50 per ticket this year). Always organised by young professionals, I was delighted to be asked to be part of the five-person team (Alison, Hunter, Ian & Jason) to deliver the increasingly popular format in the North of England for the first time. It is great to be a part of expanding IABSE’s reach.

Through events like this, I am getting a strong feeling that IABSE is fast becoming one of the leading organisations for designers, constructors, researchers, clients and others to meet, network and discuss good construction. It is this sharing of knowledge that IABSE, an international organisation with members in over 100 countries worldwide, is all about and what drives us to organise these events.

So encourage your boss to give you the day as CPD. Better yet, enter a paper into the Young Designers Competition (Deadline: 6th February). This is not an event to miss!

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  1. ceaengineers

    Really its nice meeting to get all professional engineers meets at one place and they can create the new innovative ideas. I like to know when will the IABSE meeting conducts in the year and how I can get ticket for this meeting.