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ICE highlights ‘Invisible Superheroes’ with new exhibition

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The ICE has officially launched its “Invisible Superheroes” exhibition, which forms part of its bicentenary celebrations on 7 December, and it is now open to the public.

The year-long exhibition tells the story of how civil engineering has helped transform lives and shape the world. It highlights ways civil engineers safeguard and protect society. The exhibition brings to life projects that span the globe and demonstrates the range of civil engineering’s reach and effect.

The superhero theme is intended to help inspire a new generation of civil engineers and promote the message that civil engineering is a rewarding and exciting career option.

Real-life engineers appear throughout the exhibition as their cartoon superhero alter-egos. Playing on his “Colossus of Roads” nickname, Thomas Telford has become the superhero Colossus. In acknowledgement of his work to build London’s sewer network, Joseph Bazalgette is Captain Sanitation. Isambard Kingdom Brunel has been reimagined as Captain Innovation.

Present-day engineering heroes are also featured, with Andy Mitchell, chief executive of exhibition sponsor Thames Tideway Tunnel, as “Infrastructo”; Ellie Cosgrave, urban innovation and policy lecturer at UCL STEaPP City Leadership Lab, as “Urban Angel”; and Anne Kemp, Atkins director and fellow and chair of UK BIM Alliance, is “Digital Dynamo”, among many others.

ICE members are also invited to share their “superhero selves” by completing a profile at Each profile will be made into a playing card, creating a deck of engineering talent to be shared around the world. The 10 best submissions will have artwork professionally designed and printed – and join the superheroes featured in the exhibition itself.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and admission is free. For those unable to visit, a virtual tour will be available at

  • Watch the “Invisible Superheroes” trailer here
  • To discuss sponsorship opportunities, email or call 0207 665 2163.


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