by Charles Hemming-Clark

I attended the Working in the Wet 2024 conference last Thursday, joined by colleagues.

As a team our objectives were to:

  • Raise awareness of our capabilities.
  • Maintain our relationships with existing clients, contractors and fellow consultants.
  • Speak to engineers who may be looking for new roles (we are recruiting).
  • Share knowledge and experience from our fellow industry experts.

The day was broken up by 4 sessions of presentations: Regional Projects, Sustainability and Resilience, Port Development and Constructability. I saw these presentations as an opportunity to learn and see how different sectors of the industry approached key challenges. I was particularly interested in the sustainability presentations; this included a project overview of Central Rhyl Coastal Defence learning about how the industry is increasing resilience along the UK coasts. Knowledge sharing in the industry is particularly important for reaching net zero and protecting infrastructure.

In between the sessions there were chances to look around the different stands, varying from monitoring devices to timber fender suppliers. I was also able to reconnect with industry friends from Herbosch Kiere and learn about some of the experiences our colleagues have had on secondment with them.

The breaks between sessions were a chance to have casual conservations with other attendees but more importantly discussions took place on industry issues. I am a STEM Ambassador and benefited from conversations regarding this, including discussions with CRL to see how we could work together on STEM activities.

As someone relatively new to the industry, the conference was a chance for me to network with others and learn more about the maritime industry. The conference is biennial, and I hope to have the opportunity to attend the next one.