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International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC)

Robinson College, Cambridge: 27 - 29 June 2016

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Keynote Speakers


Tom O'Rourke

Professor Tom O'RourkeThomas R Briggs Professor of Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 

Tom O’Rourke is the Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Member of ASCE, and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received many distinctions for his research and teaching, including the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering and Ralph B. Peck Awards from ASCE and George W. Housner Medal from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). He gave the 2009 Rankine and 2016 Terzaghi Lectures. He served as President of EERI and as the chair or member of many professional society committees. He authored or co-authored over 370 technical publications. His research interests cover geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, underground construction technologies, engineering for large, geographically distributed systems, and geographic information technologies and database management. He has served on numerous government advisory boards, as well as the consulting boards or peer reviews for many projects associated with highway, rapid transit, water supply, and energy distribution systems.USA

 Lessons Learned from Extreme Events for Infrastructure Resilience and Adaptability

Abstract: Key lessons from the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy are discussed with respect to infrastructure resilience and adaptability. Measures being taken in Los Angeles and San Francisco to build resilient water supplies are addressed, including the development of next generation hazard resilient underground infrastructure. The technical, institutional, and social challenges of introducing new technologies and engaging community support are examined, and a strategy for improving infrastructure resilience through smart technologies and policies is proposed.


Andrew WolstenholmeAndrew Wolstenholme OBE FREng FICE FRICS BSc CEngChief Executive Officer, Crossrail, UK

Following five years in the army and 10 years with Arup, Andrew joined the airport operator BAA plc in 1997 as Construction Director for the Heathrow Express rail link. He went on to lead the delivery of the £4.3bn Terminal 5 programme and became BAA's Director of Capital projects running the £10bn development programme across seven UK airports.

Andrew was invited to lead a construction industry review in 2009. His report, 'Never Waste a Good Crisis', has helped steer government policy.

Andrew joined the Balfour Beatty Group in 2009 as Director of Innovation and Strategic Capability. He was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in the same year.

Andrew joined Crossrail as its Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

Andrew is Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and is a Non-executive Director of the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Services Board.

Passing lessons from Crossrail to the industry

As Crossrail enters its final phase much of the delivery effort is handing over the physical infrastructure. At the same time, the programme will be handed over as a digital asset carrying with it its own intelligence and ability to operate as a smart railway. But what does this mean? What are the lessons from Crossrail? How do you change an industry such that this becomes the new norm?


Keith ClarkeKeith Clarke CBEVice President, Institution of Civil Engineers

Keith trained as an architect in Brighton and received a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He worked for the New York City government in economic development, primarily on low income and minority employment issues.

After ten years, Keith returned to the UK to work for Olympia & York as VP Planning on Phase 2 of Canary Wharf and Heron Quay.

In 1992 Keith joined Trafalgar House to run their construction companies worldwide
In 1996, Trafalgar House was taken over by Kvaerner and Keith continued to work for them as a senior executive team member responsible for construction activities in the UK, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East.

In 2000 Kvaerner Construction was acquired by Skanska AB and Keith took on the role of Executive Vice President within company’s Senior Executive Team taking responsibility for all the business activities of Skanska in the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In 2003, Keith joined WS Atkins, as Chief Executive, retiring in August 2011.

Keith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011 for services to the engineering and construction industry.

Today he continues to use the experience he has gained during a career spanning over 40 years to work with a number of businesses and organisations in a non-executive or advisory position. Current positions include:

• Chair – Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc
• Chair – Tidal Lagoon Plc
• Chair – Forum for the Future
• Vice Chair – Future Cities Catapult
• Non-Executive Director – Sirius Minerals plc
• Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers
• Visiting Professor for Sustainable Design, Aston University
• Advisory Board Member- Environmental Change Institute, Oxford


David McKeown

David McKeown, CEO, Institute of Asset Management, UK

David McKeown is a Chartered Engineer and experienced manager and has spent most of his professional career in the rail industry. After British Rail was privatised, he was a freelance consultant for 14 years: advising rail and other sectors on systems engineering and safety as well as competence and business processes.

He was a Founder Member of the Institute of Asset Management in 1994 and was appointed the first full-time CEO in 2009.

He is Chair of the UK Mirror Committee for ISO/PC251, responsible for the ISO55000 suite of asset management standards.

He believes strongly that people (and their proper involvement and utilisation) are critical to successful Asset Management and has been closely involved in competence standards, teamwork and training. He has worked in commercial, military, volunteer and Institution environments and has experience of selecting and training leaders in both army and industry.

As a Regional Engineer for British Rail he was accountable to senior (non-technical) management for balancing business requirements and safety priorities (especially life-expired signalling) - with engineering costs and staff competence.

Asset Management – the cure for Short-Termism?

Abstract: Short-termism’ is criticised by many but what does – and should – long-term mean?  Thinking ‘whole-of-life’ and ‘clarity of purpose’ when managing society, organisations and the individual assets on which they depend is fundamentally what Asset Management is about.  As this approach becomes more mainstream and citizens expect their infrastructure to be appropriately managed, what does the future of asset management hold?  Who owns smart infrastructure and what is the role of government?  What are the challenges both for senior leaders and managers as well as specialists?



rossi handberg

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg is currently affiliated to Princeton. He performs research in macroeconomics, international trade, and urban economics. His research focuses on the internal structure of cities, the distribution of economic activity in space, economic growth and the size distribution of cities, the effect of offshoring on wage inequality, the role on information technology on wages and organization, and firm dynamics and the size distribution of firms. Rossi-Hansberg was a faculty member in the Economics Department at Stanford University. He is a research fellow in the NBER and the CEPR. Ph.D. University of Chicago. - See more here




battyProfessor Michael Batty, The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL

Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). His blogs cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at . His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean at the University of Wales at Cardiff and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud (generally known as the 'Nobel de Géographie'). In 2015 he received the Founders Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on the science of cities.