- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 26 Oct 2018
Global Engineering Congress 2018
The congress, organised by ICE in partnership with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), runs from 22 October to 26 October 2018 and brings together more than 2,000 delegates from 70 countries to help address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The GEC gives engineers a “...real opportunity to galvanise the global community and help improve the lives of millions of people,” ICE President Lord Mair said. “Ultimately, this week’s GEC agenda is about solidarity and cooperation. It’s about how we share our skills and specialities and our economic and natural resources so that we can help to pave the way for economic development that leaves no one behind.”
In his speech, Mair talked about how engineers of the past transformed the health and lives of people living in Victorian London. He talked about how Joseph Bazalgette, chief engineer of the Metropolitan Board, created London’s sewer network, building the pipes much larger than necessary to cater for possible growth in population.
“Bazalgette’s foresight meant that not only did he virtually eliminate cholera and decrease the number of typhus epidemics that plagued London, but his system of sewers accommodated this city for 150 years without need for expansion. He transformed lives in a major way,” President Mair said.
Like engineers of the past, President Mair stressed that today’s engineers still have many problems to solve, and challenges to overcome. And the aim of the GEC is to open up conversations to achieve this.
“This congress fittingly addresses the SDGs relating to water, energy, innovation, sustainable cities and climate change, but we’re also discussing the need for a more diverse profession and education for the engineers of our future. [Today] is our chance to really make a difference. Together.”
This article was originally published here on 22 Oct 2018 by ICE. It was written by Anh Nguyen.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
The new NEC4 contract creates a true procurement alliance arrangement for all stakeholders.
Andrew Strauss talks about performance and team building at the 2018 BSRIA Briefing.
Applications have to be in by the end of the week.
Reflections on the 5th Annual Global Congress of Knowledge Economy, held in Qingdao, China.
An artist finds ruined and decaying buildings a source of inspiration for his work. Book review.
When is there a right to light, and what happens if it is obstructed?
What would the nationalisation of economic infrastructure mean for GB?
A new guide to improving value by reducing design error.
We've reached 80,000 page views a day and 10,000 registered users. Why not join them?
A masterplan is a framework within which a location is encouraged to develop or change. Read our introductory article.
New consultation announced on a specialist Housing Court to settle landlord-tenant disputes.