The 48th Annual Paviors’ Lecture was given at Imperial College London on 13 February 2024 by Tim Chapman FREng CEng FICS, Partner and Director of BCG.

Tim is recognised as a pioneer of change in infrastructure. Joining Arup in 1987 as a geotechnical engineer, he led the design of many landmark buildings, overturning regulatory constraints to innovate whilst editing the ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering. Leading engineering on major global infrastructure schemes in the 2000s, including Crossrail, led to him chairing the committee which guided the industry on carbon reduction and ultimately his co-authoring of PAS2080:2016, the sole global standard for whole-life carbon management in infrastructure (now updated in 2023 to be even more impactful). Tim continues to provide advice to the Government on establishing better ways of delivering projects, including the Infrastructure & Projects Authority’s Value Toolkit. He helps the Government and clients to deliver successful projects, which achievewider social value.
Weaning ourselves off 250 years of fossil fuel dependence is a pivot point for humanity. Tim focused on the critical role that engineers must play in influencing our carbon emissions, resource usage, biodiversity, and social value if the society that they serve is to thrive.