Past event

Innovation in Infrastructure – Enabling Growth

Canary Wharf Crossrail terminal
Wednesday 11 October 2017 4.30pm (5pm Start) – 9.30pm 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH An Executive Insights dinner

THE NEW DEAL, HS2, Crossrail – physical infrastructure projects are the means by which nations live and thrive. But, with every new proposal, they are becoming more complicated and more expensive. Join us and 5 academic and industry guest speakers to discuss just how a selection of these projects are being executed.

To view slide shows and videos of the speakers’ talks, please click on each biography tab.

The event will be chaired by Professor David Gann, Vice Provost for Research at Imperial College London

Mark ThurstonIndustry

Please click here to view Mark Thurston’s talk.

Mark joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Chief Executive Officer in March 2017. With more than 25 year’s experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.

Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008. During his career with CH2M Mark spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles on major programmes, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.

Prior to this, Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding project and the £500 million Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.

Professor Jennifer WhyteAcademic
Laing O’Rourke/RAEng Chair in Systems Integration
Imperial College London

Please click here to view Professor Whyte’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Jennifer Whyte’s research focus is on systems integration in civil infrastructure.  Her vision consists of developing next-generation tools for and approaches for systems integration, where infrastructure projects are organisationally complex and deliver both physical assets and digital asset information.  This research supports the transformation to an advanced manufacturing industry with digital engineering capabilities, with decision-support tools for engineers and managers working on complex engineering projects.

Whyte works closely with Laing O’Rourke and leads the research of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, which involves research with major infrastructure clients and projects to visualise and understand complex product systems; identify risk and build in resilience and support collaborative working.

Professor Mark GirolamiAcademic
Chair in Statistics
Imperial College London

Please click here to view Professor Girolami’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Mark Girolami is an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow and holds the directorship of the data-centric engineering programme at the Alan Turing Institute-Lloyd’s Register Foundation.  The foundation is a £10million government-funded initiative that aims to apply statistical and computational techniques to engineering challenges.

Mark Girolami’s research is in the area of Computational Statistics, which deals with how you can apply statistics to complex systems.  He has used methods developed from his research to improve Amazon’s global forecasting models, prevent counterfeit currency and improve the use of nanoparticles as a diagnostic tool within the healthcare industry.

Professor John PolakAcademic
Head, Centre for Transport Studies
Imperial College London

Please click here to view Professor Polak’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

John Polak has extensive experience of working with ITEA and its predecessors on a wide range of topics. John has been in the forefront of innovative transport model development in the UK for a number of years. He has published extensively on a number of aspects of travel behaviour and demand including the effects of experience and information on trip planning and spatial choice, the modelling of journey scheduling and peak spreading, household activity scheduling, the influence of network unreliability on travel behaviour and the dynamics of day-to-day adaptation.

He has served as an advisor to Transport for London on the design of LATS 2001 and the London Congestion Charging monitoring programme amongst other professional activities.

Professor Eric YeatmanAcademic
Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London

Please click here to view Professor Yeatman’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Eric M. Yeatman FREng, FIEEE has been a member of academic staff in Imperial College London since 1989, and Professor of Micro-Engineering since 2005. He was appointed Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Sept. 2015. He has published more than 200 papers and patents on optical devices and materials, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and other topics.In 2011 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, and was made a Fellow of the Academy in 2012. He is Co-Director of the college’s Digital Economy Lab.  His current research interests are in energy sources for wireless devices, radio frequency and photonic MEMS, sensor networks, and 2D materials.

Dr Koen Van DamAcademic
Research Fellow
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Please click here to view Dr van Dam’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Koen van Dam is a Research fellow at Imperial College London where he develops agent-based models of socio-technical infrastructure systems, particularly energy and transport networks in urban areas. He works on the Digital City Exchange project. His contributions focus on developing an agent-based model of city systems based on spatial and temporal data from multiple sectors. The model can then be used to experiment with the impact of local interventions on system-level performance, providing valuable decision support for the design of new services.

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