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Mike Puttnam


  • ICE portraits Chrimes 109

    Comment | Indian innovationSubscription

    14 March, 2016

    While researching for a lecture on Indian Railways, in the Victorian Society series on masterpieces of engineering, I compiled some statistics on the numbers of engineers working in India in the 19th century. 

  • London

    Call for developers to embrace heritage buildingsSubscription

    23 November, 2015

    There have been a number of recent news stories relating to the historic environment. In mid-October the Guardian suggested a closure of Anglican churches is on the cards following the publication of the report of the Church Buildings Review Group.

  • Kenichi Soga

    Geotech conference attracts huge civil engineer audience in Edinburgh Subscription

    5 October, 2015

    Perhaps the largest conference of civil engineers ever seen in the UK was the 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, held this year in Edinburgh. Over 1,150 participants attended the British Geotechnical Association event between 13 and 17 September.

  • Living city - Frank Lloyd Wright

    Heritage: Looking to the past to build the structures of the futureSubscription

    7 September, 2015

    In his keynote speech to the International Conference on Construction History in Chicago, Bill Baker of US architecture firm SOM, called for the teaching of construction history so engineering graduates have a good grasp of the techniques and methods used by past generations.

  • Chrimes watch: Visions of the futureSubscription

    5 January, 2015

    In my retirement speech to colleagues last July I related a story about an essay I wrote at the age of 16 about entrusting the future of the world to young people. In general this is a view that I have maintained.

  • Cologne cathedral

    Chrimes Watch: Germany’s tale of two cathedralsSubscription

    21 October, 2014

    It is no coincidence that two of Germany’s outstanding gothic cathedrals in Cologne and Ulm are, in their completed forms, nineteenth century structures made possible by modern engineering.

  • Ancenis bridge

    Chrimes watch: French delight for civil engineers, pontists, historians and cyclists alike Subscription

    16 September, 2014

    Tourists are generally drawn to the Loire valley in France by chateaux and the wines of the region, and in the past I have been among their number. To celebrate my retirement I cycled the Loire a Velo trail - described by the British Guild of Travel as the best European tourism project and certainly one to put most other long distance cycle paths to shame.

  • Chrimes Watch: Women who will inspire future female engineersSubscription

    25 March, 2014

    The dominant thread from the ICE LinkedIn group over the past few weeks has been the gender imbalance in civil engineering. It has featured the occasional antediluvian explanation of why, even today, women are under represented in civil engineering.

  • Blackfriars railway bridge

    Sir John Wolfe Barry’s archive proves a fascinating insightSubscription

    30 January, 2014

    Picking up the extant archive of Sir John Wolfe Barry from the descendants of one of his last partners, was probably one of my most enjoyable tasks in 2013.

  • One Great George St 1913

    Celebrating the 100th birthday of One Great George StreetSubscription

    21 November 2013

    It is now a century since the ICE’s Westminster HQ came into use. The annual dinner was held in the Great Hall on 22 October 1913, and on 4 November 1913, harbour engineer Anthony Lyster gave his presidential address in the Telford Theatre.

All by Mike Puttnam