The GEC brought together over 2500 delegates from over 70 countries to the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) headquarters in London, which took place over 22- 25 October 2018. SAICE President 2018 Errol Kerst PrEng and ICE Country Representative for South Africa Alain Jacquet attended the GEC 2018.

The most prominent speakers from around the world addressed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as well as how engineers and society should harness technology to address these goals. The conference consisted of numerous sessions, which addressed the SDG’s with 2-3 internationally renowned speakers presenting papers centering on a specific theme. The topics included case studies with innovative and technical proposals to engineers to respond to the SDG’s.

Over the course of the conference, presentations were based on innovative strategic approaches to improving diversity, innovative-intelligent transportation – promoting the use of technology, the cost of corruption, barrier to sustainability and innovation and capacity building for sustainable development and education.

The GEC was aimed at sharing knowledge on how to engage with the challenges outlined in the SDG’s, how individuals may address these issues in their daily practice, how schools and universities may incorporate this knowledge into their curriculum and how institutions can develop frameworks to enable sustainable development. By using the SDG’s as a framework and the GEC as a forum, the GEC strived to bring about innovative ideas which form the foundation for which infrastructure is designed, built and maintained.

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