Prediction versus precedence in a changing climate
Join us for CIRIA's Annual Debate where leading experts will discuss whether precedence is a viable 'business as usual' operating landscape in response to unpredictable climate events.
Our climate presents a major challenge globally and for the UK. Global temperatures are rising as a result of human activity. We are experiencing higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events ranging from droughts, floods and freezing winters.
Climate change could have significant impacts on our infrastructure – the need to future-proof existing and new assets is real. Long operational lifetimes mean assets need to be agile to operate in the existing climate at the time of their construction as well as climate variations over the decades of their use.
Engineering design, codification and methods are based upon established assumptions and ingrained practice – precedence.
However, climate change, resultant extremes, and hazards outside of design parameters means we need to be more agile and move towards prediction.
How will precedence versus prediction help us to meet the challenges of climate change and limit its impact on new and existing infrastructure?
This debate will tackle fundamental issues surrounding infrastructure resilience in a changing climate with a playful and combative format designed to spark critical discussion.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.
Who should attend
- Explore some of the challenges of operating existing and designing new infrastructure assets in a changing climate.
- Discuss the barriers of moving away from a precedence-based approach and the factors which necessitate predictive approaches.
- Hear different perspectives and solutions from civil engineers, insurers, and leading academics to developing methods which are agile enough to cope with uncertainty.
- Consider how investment should be directed between developing new infrastructure alongside making our existing assets more resilient.
- Earn valuable CPD.
- Infrastructure owners and operators, asset managers, and engineers working in resilience planning, risk assessment, and adaptation planning.
- Professionals working within civil engineering, designers, contractors, regulators, insurers, and universities and research organisations.
16:00 Registration and networking
16:30 Welcome and introduction
Dr Andy Moores, Research Director, CIRIA
16:35 Chair's opening remarks and keynote address
Prof Liz Bentley, President, European Meteorological Society and
Chief Executive, Royal Meteorological Society
16:50 Speakers will provide short opening remarks followed by chaired debate and
John Rees, Director, COWI
Andy Kane, Head of Construction and Engineering, QBE European
Marek Suchocki, Head of Industry Associations Strategy, Autodesk
Dr Juan Ferriz-Papi, Lecturer in Building Surveying, University of Salford
17:30 Debate and questions from the floor
18:25 Closing remarks
18:30 Networking drinks
The debate will be preceded by CIRIA's bi-annual Council meeting from 13:30 - 16:00. Attendance is by invitation only. Please contact Tam Simmons for more details.
Tuesday 10 October 2023
16:00 – 20:00
The Institution of Structural Engineers
47-58 Bastwick Street
Annual debate fees
CIRIA members* Free to attend
Non-members £95.00 + VAT
*Including our communities of practice and specialist interest groups:
Places are limited: a maximum of two registrations per company will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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