Designing a safer built environment

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Date(s) - 18/05/2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Designing a safer built environment

ICE webinar


The Institution of Civil Engineers is hosting an online seminar to discuss ways of improving design risk management (DRM) in civil and structural engineering. DRM can prevent accidents and reduce costs when the issues are dealt with at the design stage.

This webinar will help designers to produce a design they can demonstrate could be built, used and maintained, without negatively affecting safety, health and wellbeing. Design risk management also helps to avoid unexpected costs and delays.

Designers have faced long-standing uncertainties in the field of DRM. There has been no standardised way of approaching the issue, and it is still not fully understood. The Grenfell Tower fire has revealed deep-seated shortcomings applicable to all projects. By taking a pragmatic approach, DRM not only builds upon good engineering practice but also helps to provide long-term benefits for all parties involved.

This webinar will explain how statutory obligations on designers can be delivered in the real world of commercial projects. The methodology to be outlined creates a logical framework, minimises paperwork, and maximises added value.


John Carpenter
John Carpenter is the author of Designing a Safer Built Environment: A complete guide to the management of design riskprint book and eBook, addressing long-standing uncertainties and challenges faced by designers.

John was a bridge designer for many years with Travers Morgan, before specialising in risk management. He formed his own consultancy in 2001 during which time he was commissioned by HSE for several research projects.

John was Secretary to the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) for nine years before fulfilling a similar founding role for the Temporary Works Forum (TWf).

He has published widely, with awards from both ICE and IStructE for refereed papers on safety issues. John has been involved in numerous industry technical guides including PAS8811 on major client temporary works. He wrote the designer guidance for the 2007 CDM regulations and was the author of the requirements for corporate competency in the accompanying ACoP.

Bill Hewlett
In January 2021 Bill Hewlett took up the position of Technical Director at the British Board of Agrément. The company provides purpose certification of construction products, a process involving detailed product assessments, analysis, and testing.

Bill built his career in construction, working for leading contractors Laing O’Rourke and Costain, where he held the Group Technical Director position for 14 years. He has worked across most types of civil and structural engineering, in building construction, infrastructure, nuclear, and petrochemical industries.

From 2009 – 2013 Bill served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2015 he was elected to the Board of the Engineering Council, as the ICE’s representative. In 2016 he became Chair of SCOSS, the Standing Committee on Structural Safety. Bill founded the Temporary Works forum (TWf), which he chaired until 2007.

Bill’s quest is for better engineering. He works across academia, operational practice, and professional bodies in director, leadership, and mentoring roles. A seasoned professional, he brings skills as a creative force, technical guru, collaborator, and business leader.

Full event information can be found on the ICE website.

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