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IABSE Future of Design 2013

IABSE Future of Design 2013

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Philip Goodall

  • Philip is a structural engineer working for WSP UK in London. Alongside his day job as a Structural Engineer working on the London Bridge Station Redevelopment, he is part of the IABSE Future of Design 2013 committee.
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In September this year the British group of IABSE will be hosting its 5th young engineers conference – Future of Design 2013. This event aims to bring together young designers with leading figures in the industry. The day-long event includes talks by international renowned keynote speakers, discussion panels, young engineer presentations and an evening social.

[Ed: And, of course, I should be going…]

Future of Design 2013 should be great event doing what IABSE do best, bringing together like-minded engineers for what should be an interesting and thought provoking day.

Many of you reading this post may have one instant thought- who are IABSE? Standing for The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, IABSE is an international organisation with members in 100 countries worldwide.

Unlike the two biggest UK institutions, the ICE and IStructE, they don’t offer a route to chartership.  Instead the focus is on promoting and facilitating the worldwide transfer of knowledge and experience that structural engineers have to offer. This is undertaken in a number of ways including newsletters/magazines and the organisation of conferences around the world. It has been referred to as a ‘club of like minded enthusiasts’.

As a recent graduate at WSP I can already see just how international the engineering industry is becoming. Looking around the office here there is a wealth of experience from around the world. With all the tools that technology is offering us designs can be developed in one country with the structure being constructed on the other side of the world. It can even be the case that the Engineers, Architects and Clients working on the same project are based in different countries.

The Line-Up

This year sees talks from key industry figures including Mike Schlaich (SBP), coming over from Germany, Lars Lundorf Nielsen (COWI) from Denmark and a number of British speakers including Peter Ayres (AECOM) who has the rare distinction of working of every continent on earth. Speakers bringing a different perspective to design include Martin Knight (Knight Architects) and Clive Loosemore (Costain).

It is becoming increasingly imperative that engineers can work together on a global level to collaborate and share knowledge. This is also helpful on a local level where new technology can be introduced from one country to another and further the development of structural engineering there.

The confirmed line-up of keynote speakers at Future of Design 2013 include structural engineering consultants, architects and academics that represent the international make-up of IABSE, with a selection of young designers will also present their work. We’ll also be having discussion panels sessions where you can you hear the views of those in the profession whilst also hearing what they think of yours! The event will finish with an evening dinner providing a great opportunity to meet, network and socialise with those both experienced and new to the industry.

Future of Design 2013 should be great event doing what IABSE do best, bringing together like-minded engineers for what should be an interesting and thought provoking day. Tickets to the day are only £20 for students and £40 for those in the industry (an additional £20 for the evening event) [Ed: sounds like company rembersable CPD to me; no, I’m not on commission…] .

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