The first 40 of the ICE ’s 200 People and Projects have now been unveiled.
Nominated by ICE members and selected by an expert panel, the 200 projects from around the world, and the people behind them, show the breadth and depth of civil engineering’s impact.
The programme is part of ICE 200 bicentenary celebrations and supports the government’s Year of Engineering. The ICE is publishing the chosen projects throughout 2018 on the What Is Civil Engineering? pages of the ICE website, adding to the existing library of case studies. Each month, 20 new projects will appear on the site to provide inspiration for those hoping to pursue a career in civil engineering.
Government Year of Engineering envoy Stephen Metcalfe MP hopes that the two campaigns will work in tandem to encourage people to take up engineering careers.
He said: “It is fantastic to have the support of the ICE… with Year of Engineering and ICE’s 200 People and Projects running in parallel during 2018, I hope that we will soon see more and more young people choosing a rewarding career in engineering.”
The projects unveiled so far include both the historically significant and the futuristic, ranging from Joseph Bazalgette’s 19th century London sewers to Hyped, the University of Edinburgh team which has designed the UK’s first prototype pod for the proposed Hyperloop high speed transit system. The latest projects to be added include the Falkirk Wheel (pictured), London’s Underground and the work of Engineers without Borders in sustainable development.
“Our research has shown that the majority of adults and young people don’t know what a civil engineer does and most can’t identify a single UK civil engineering project,” says ICE engineering knowledge director Nathan Baker.
“We aim to change these perceptions with 200 People and Projects, explaining not just the importance of civil engineering but how it has directly transformed people’s lives.”
● All the projects can be found at www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering