FIDIC 2017 - an opportunity to look beyond Europe to international markets

This year’s FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1-3 October 2017 and given the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the event should provide an excellent opportunity for UK-based consultancy companies looking beyond Europe to win work in international markets.

FIDIC’s annual conference will see hundreds of infrastructure professionals and key decision makers gathering to discuss a range of key issues around the central theme of Resilient Infrastructure. Delegates will discuss what constitutes resilience, reliability, functionality, adaptability, sustainability, political and societal expectations. 

Current threats and challenges will be examined including political turmoil, climate events, natural disasters, population growth, urbanisation and inadequate investment. The conference will also look at identifying infrastructure’s needs and benefits, the increasing global demand for quality infrastructure and the social and economic benefits it can deliver when planned effectively.

The role of data and digital technology in planning and design will also be put under the microscope, with speakers asking whether the industry possesses the necessary data to identify and redefine the events for which infrastructure must be resilient and also whether new weather forecasting and modelling software helps to redefine design events. A range of international speakers in Jakarta will also look at how to plan infrastructure with built-in resilience and also the lessons to be learned from disaster and infrastructure failures.

Nelson Ogunshakin, chief executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, said: “The FIDIC annual conference is a key event in the international calendar for consultancy and engineering firms. As well as high-level discussions on some of the key issues facing the industry, the event provides excellent opportunities for consultancy firms to network with contractors, funders, professional advisers and government decision makers from around the globe. With many UK firms now looking to target international markets in the wake of the Brexit decision, FIDIC 2017 is an opportunity that firms should grasp with both hands.”

Covering all key infrastructure sectors, the FIDIC 2017 annual conference promises to be a valuable and inspiring event for the global consultancy and engineering community.

Early bird discounted conference tickets are available online at until 30 June 2017 as is the full agenda for the event.

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