Imperial College Rail and Transport Society (or ICRTS for short) is open to everyone interested in the transport industry, and has a long, rich history. Under the auspices of the City and Guilds College Union and with the support of alumni members, ICRTS organises railway and transport-related events for members.
'Fostering Closer Ties Between Our Members And The Transport Industry'
To expose interested students to the Transport Industry and the available career options
To harness and develop the interest of members in the Railway and Transport Industry
To provide platforms for members to understand and to appreciate our Heritage and History
It goes without saying that transport is key to supporting developed and developing economies. It connects businesses and people across the globe and as a result It is a multi-billion pound industry involving state of the art technologies and some of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. In the UK alone, the government is investing heavily in transport including projects such as Crossrail, the largest infrastructure project in Europe coming in at £14.9bn, the controversial High Speed Two and the plans for major airport expansions in the south east.
Transport is a multidisciplinary industry requiring civil engineers who focus on the structures, tunnels and bridges supporting the transport links; mechanical and aeronautical engineers who are the brains behind the state of the art trains that are rolling out of the factories of Bombardier and Siemens and electrical engineers who create the advanced signalling and monitoring systems to allow the trains to run in a controlled manner.
It's not all about engineering however. Transport projects effect the way we do business and can impact on businesses themselves. There are multiple parties with a vested interest in transport and it takes competent commercial managers to get the best out of a project for society.
Some videos from notable projects/companies to get you thinking about potential opportunities in the industry and for you to appreciate some of the challenges posed by the transport industry.