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Fleming tours Scotland

ICE PRESIDENT Professor George Fleming recently visited the Highlands and the East of Scotland to see local councils and civil engineering projects.

In Oban, the President met members of Argyll & Bute Council to mark the contribution to the town's development made by John Strain - the man known as the 'civil engineer who built Oban'. Strain was ICE vice president from 1911 to 1916 and constructed Oban's harbour, the railway line in to the town and the local gas and water works.

Fleming presented a print of Oban Harbour to Argyll & Bute Council. The print is from a painting which hangs in the President's office at the ICE's headquarters.

Next on the agenda was a civic reception in Inverness hosted by the Highland Council. Fleming presented the deputy provost of Inverness, Councillor Kathleen Matheson with a watercolour of the Inverness Firth painted by local artist Geoffrey Gill.

He also visited the University of the Highlands & Islands Project and presented certificates to ten local civil engineers who had recently passed their professional examinations. Fleming was accompanied to the Baldovie waste energy plant in Dundee by acting city engineer Ken Laing and convener of environmental and consumer protection Neil Glen.

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