The ICE has invited the public and engineers to celebrate the importance and beauty of bridges worldwide by sharing pictures of themselves with their favourite crossing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The #BridgeSelfie call comes ahead of the opening of the ICE’s new “Bridge Engineering” exhibition in November.
It will give visitors a unique insight into the way bridge engineering can transform society, and show how bridges have developed over the centuries.
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The best bridge selfies will be selected for a special montage, which will be displayed in the exhibition next to its centrepiece – the world’s longest ever bridge made of Lego.
The Lego bridge’s towers will be more than 3m tall and the total span will measure at 32m – almost as long as three London double decker buses parked end to end. The structure will stand without the aid of glue or structural reinforcement. The ICE has drafted in experts from its membership to design and construct the bridge, and position it into the exhibition space within the ICE Library at Great George Street.
The ICE is also documenting the design and construction of the recording breaking Lego bridge to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers in the art of bridge building.
The Institution will work alongside structural engineers from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and world-renowned long-span bridge engineer and ICE Gold Medal winner Robin Sham.
All bridge selfies should include the name of the bridge, the #BridgeSelfie hashtag and tag @ice_engineers, the ICE’s Twitter and Instagram account names.
Those sharing photos on the ICE Facebook page should include @institutionofcivilengineers. Photos should be shared by 2 November.
Supported by construction management software company Cemar and consultant Tony Gee, “Bridge Engineering” will be the first exhibition to christen the newly refurbished exhibition space at the ICE’s headquarters, christened the Infrastructure Learning Hub.
The creation of the Infrastructure Learning Hub been supported by 11 founding partners. They are Aecom, Atkins, Carillion, Costain, John Laing, Kier, Mace Foundation, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll, Vinci Construction UK and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.