- The Brundtland report, “Our Common Future”: this includes the oft-quoted definition of sustainable development “meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of tomorrow” (see page 16 para 27 of the pdf for the full definition “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”). Graduates pursuing professional qualification with the ICE should know this, and ought to read the report (or at least look over its 300 pages to get a sense of what it is all about).
- Research and assessment of the issues that can arise when using pyrite-rich fills below buildings and in earthworks. Two references are provided as starters in this field. The first link takes you to a pdf copy of an expert report on issues found affecting buildings in Ireland – it is 200 pages long so if pushed for time just read the Executive Summary! The second is a paper from 2011 on the implications of the phenomenon for earthworks that explains the science aspects as well as being practical.
- The subject of ethics and ethical behaviour regularly comes up both at ICE professional reviews and when Andy is mentoring graduates. It is an important topic that merits thought and deserves a perspective from outside the ICE, nut just from within. It is suggested that it is worth looking at the Royal Academy of Engineering work on this topic.
Over the last month or so our Dr Andy Goodwin has been posting ideas for CPD on LinkedIn. The suggestions largely come from his experience as a lead reviewer with the ICE and are targeted in particular at graduates. However, everyone benefits from CPD so don’t be put off the ideas if you are not a graduate. Ideas suggested so far include: