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IET sectors: a year in review

18 February 2013
IET Communications team
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Recently published document summarises 2012 highlights for the Institution’s five sectors.

The IET’s five sectors promote essential engineering intelligence to address global challenges. Each relies on the involvement of IET members to promote key projects, publish thought leadership pieces and actively engage with external partners.

Published in January 2013, IET Sectors 2012: A year in review summarises the major outcomes from a good year of activity.


Information and Communications

The London 2012 Olympic Games featured prominently, with the Information and Communications Sector playing a pivotal role in delivering a Learning Legacy project for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and leading the IET’s overall involvement, alongside the Built Environment and Transport Sectors. This month sees the launch of a new IET special publication that will provide an essential guide to information and communications technology at the Games.


Built Environment

Systems procurement, lighting strategy and sustainable water systems were among the topics developed by the Built Environment Sector through a series of events, also part of the ODA Learning Legacy programme. The Built Environment Sector also presented technical sessions at the annual sustainable design and construction event Ecobuild, and published a ‘sector insight’ on intelligent buildings in partnership with the Information and Communications Sector.



The Transport Sector continued to champion the global debate on electric vehicles. Promoting the IET’s Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation, they led a special interest session at the European Power Electronics (EPE) conference. Publications also included a sector insight on global challenges in maritime security.



Dialogue and collaboration with the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network throughout 2012 enabled the Energy Sector team to establish stronger links with power companies, government, academia and the network of organisations supporting the industry. Moving forward, the Energy Sector is heavily involved in promoting the engineering solutions being developed to address the global energy challenge.   


Design and Production

This year will see the development of a number of projects initiated in 2012 by the Design and Production Sector. A number of these are being developed through collaborative partnerships with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, backed by the Technology Strategy Board.


Sectors: how to get involved

These are just a few examples of the sorts of projects the IET’s five sector groups have championed over the last 12 months. This year promises to be just as busy with many opportunities for IET members to get involved.

Every sector has its own steering committee, strategy and programme, all led by engineering volunteers and backed by IET staff. You can get involved by helping a sector to pursue key topics, deliver projects and develop publications and partnerships.

Active participation in sectors is also a great way for you to make a difference, to extend your network of engineering contacts and lend your insight and knowledge back to the IET and industry.

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