He began by highlighting the life changing work of the Benevolent Fund.
“It’s a real success story” Paul explained, as he addressed members. “Volunteers like yourselves, visitors and Trustees of the Ben Fund make a huge difference in our civil engineering community. Never forget the impact and importance of your interactions with these members in need – because I am sure the thousands of people you have helped have not forgotten your kindness, compassion and support.”
He talked about how the pandemic that we have been working with over the past couple of months has led to a rapid change in the world and that we need to embrace new ways of doing things, in all areas of life. “This pandemic is likely to change the way we work forever.” he stressed. “Civil Engineers are innovators, creators and inventors and these skills are needed now more than ever before.”
At the start of his presidential year, Paul Sheffield’s address talked about the fact that the future is already here and illustrated the extraordinary array of technology that is at our fingertips today to help us be more efficient in what we do. He described the fourth industrial revolution.