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Editing and Production of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Sustainable Development Principles Guide
The Guide, Engineering for Sustainable Development: Guiding Principles, which was launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering on 6th September 2005, has been edited jointly by Roger Venables and Richard Dodds (both Academy Visiting Professors in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development), and was produced by Venables Consultancy's sister company Crane Environmental, together with The Royal Academy.
You can download a pdf version of the Guide from the Crane Environmental website.
Editing the quarterly Newsletter Innovation & Research Focus
Roger Venables has been Editor of Innovation & Research Focus for more than 15 years. This involves commissioning articles from the major sponsors and editing them into regular newsletters.
IRF is distributed to about 50,000 individuals. These include all ICE Chartered Members and numerous contacts in government and industry.
Download the latest issue of IRF here (pdf file, 2.9MB).
Training needs reviews and development of matching training programmes
These have been undertaken for a range of organisations in or serving the construction industry, providing, for example, an independent assessment of how staff relate to the Institution of Civil Engineers and/or other institutions' membership requirements and the work and training they need to undertake to ready themselves for an appropriate application.
Helping to develop a young professionals worldwide network for sustainable development
As part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in
October 1997, this assignment, led by Jean Venables, involved supporting
the Commonwealth Engineers' Council in organising a Seminar on The Role
of Young Engineers in Wealth Creation and Sustainable Development, which
provided a valuable opportunity for young engineers to express their
views on this vital subject, and formulated a declaration that was presented
Preparation of the CIRIA Environmental Handbooks
This involved researching the major environmental issues facing designers
and constructors of building and civil engineering projects, designing
an appropriate format, drafting the guidance and preparing camera-ready
copy for printing.
Project-managing a major study of the technology requirements for civil engineering exporting
Roger Venables acted as project manager for the £330,000 project on Technology Support for Civil Engineering Exports, led by the ICE. Sponsored by the Department of the Environment, Transport & the Regions (DETR) under the Partners in Technology Programme, the 28-month project built on the Technology Foresight activity in the construction sector, with overall objectives to:
The project focused on the following market areas: Transport planning
& infrastructure; Water & wastewater engineering; Coastal & river engineering;
Infrastructure for urban development and megacities; and Environmental
improvement and sustainable development.
It also presented major
challenges to the government and the research community to play their
part in maintaining and developing UK technological capability as applied
in civil engineering.