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Family affair as engineers pick up certificates

Three civil engineers from the same family were all awarded with their ICE membership certificates at a special ceremony at One Great George Street earlier this month.

Lydia Walpole and her husband Matt Walpole, both achieved Chartered ICE Membership and Lydia’s brother, Robert Ingram, achieved Technician Membership. They are all form Whitstable, Kent.

They joined hundreds of others at ICE’s autumn certificate presentation ceremony. In total, 629 engineers and technicians came through gaining either technician, incorporated, chartered or fellow ICE status.

Lydia Walpole, a senior engineer at Costain and winner of this year’s Best Young Woman in Construction in Europe Women Into Science and Engineering Award, said her family had inspired her to pursue a career in construction.

“I was interested in construction from an early age, encouraged by my father who also works in the industry. I have always enjoyed problem solving and seeing how things are built and engineering has been the ideal career.” she said.

Her brother Robert, who also works for Costain, added: “I was very proud when I passed my review.

“It had been something I had wanted to do since starting my career. I was very pleased to be getting my certificate on the same day as my sister and brother in law.”Matt Walpole, an operations manager at Simplex Westpile, said his career had enabled him to make a difference to society and raised the importance of promoting civil engineering to students.

“Civil engineering has given me opportunities to work on a number of different projects across the world, work with teams of great people, change and improve the lives of this and further generations.

“It is so diverse that it gives the individual the ability to choose and carve their own career path and deliver noticeable change to society.” he said.

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