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As well as supporting our members to become qualified, we also encourage them to continue their professional development by providing a variety of civil engineering knowledge resources. These include industry-leading publications from ICE Publishing and tailored courses from ICE Training.

Our services are dedicated to supporting members too - whenever they need it. We give sound legal advice and practical guidance to resolve work-related disputes. ICE's Benevolent Fund also offers members and their families both support and development opportunities. This ranges from advice and guidance on personal and financial matters, to back-to-work schemes and training programmes.

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There are lots of ways to be a part of ICE's work. Sharing your expertise and lending a hand not only helps us, it helps you too. No-one ever stops learning, so we guarantee you'll learn more and gain new skills. You'll also meet people, influence people and be admired by people. Volunteering helps you to make new contacts and friends too.

Meet the committed engineers who run our panels

ICE members are behind so much of what we do and many actively lead our panels.

Panels do a range of work from producing best practice guides on various civil engineering topics to presenting ICE’s views on government infrastructure policy. They also give advice on Professional Reviews with prospective members, and help to agree and maintain standards.

Our expert panels are made up of members who lend their expertise to help shape ICE's outputs. Panels work across a range of different areas within the civil engineering industry.

To find out more about our panels' work, simply choose a panel below. As well as details about what the panel does, you can find information about individual members, and contact details for each panel.

  • Structures Expert Panel

    Buildings and structures

    The Structures Expert Panel aims to develop and promote best practice in construction. It also works to influence governmental, legislative and industrial policy.

  • Dispute Resolution Panel

    Dispute resolution

    The Dispute Resolution panel is responsible for advising on any matter concerned with dispute resolution which may affect ICE and its members.

  • Energy Expert Panel


    Our technical knowledge and expertise covers all disciplines, from nuclear, renewables to fossil fuels.

  • Archive Panel

    Engineering archives

    Our Archive Panel has expert knowledge in civil engineering history. It advises ICE on how to add to, preserve and promote its archives.

  • Geospatial Engineering Panel

    Geospatial engineering

    Geospatial engineering is all about multi-dimensional mapping and organisation. It's applied in many sectors, and is a particularly important area for asset managers such as local authorities.

  • British Geotechnical Association

    Ground engineering

    The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) specialises in how soil mechanics, rock mechanics and geology are applied to engineering.

  • Health and Safety Expert Panel

    Health and safety

    The Health and Safety Panel promotes the use of the risk management best practices to ICE members, industry and wider society.

  • Panel for Historical Engineering Works

    Historic engineering works

    The panel identifies historical engineering works that are worthy of recording, promoting, and in some cases, preserving for posterity.

  • Information Systems Panel

    Information systems

    The Information Systems panel works alongside academia and special interest groups to foster and influence best practice in using information systems.

  • Infrastructure Client Group


    The Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) works to improve the efficiency of the construction sector and help deliver major cost savings.

  • International Development Expert Panel

    International development

    The International Development Expert Panel provides the knowledge that supports our activity on infrastructure delivery in developing countries.

  • Advisory Panel on Legal Affairs

    Legal affairs

    The Advisory Panel keeps the field of legal affairs under constant review, and can respond to any matter of interest to ICE and its members.

  • Management Expert panel


    The panel is a joint panel between the ICE and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES). It works to help and improve management of the built environment.

  • Maritime Expert Panel


    The Maritime Panel provides technical knowledge in key areas such as coastal erosion, flooding, offshore energy, ports and inland navigation.

  • Municipal Engineering Expert Panel

    Municipal engineering

    The aim of the Municipal Engineering Panel is to promote the sharing, coordinating and transferring of knowledge for the development and management of urban infrastructure, specifically towns and cities.

  • Research and Development Enabling Fund

    Research and development

    Have you developed an innovative idea that needs funding to get it off the ground? Are you working on a project that needs financial help to complete?

  • Resource Management Panel

    Resource management

    Whether related to waste, energy or building capacity and skills – our grouped expertise cuts across this vast sector.

  • Sustainability Leadership Team


    How to design, engineer and manage projects in tune with environmental, social and economic factors.

  • Transport Expert Panel


    The Transport Expert Panel provides the technical expertise and knowledge that supports ICE's activity in the transport sector.

  • Water Community of Practice


    Expertise from across the water sector considers issues such as demand management, flood risk and security.

ICE’s Knowledge Panels provide the learned society with insight and guidance across four key knowledge areas; Best Practice, Capacity Building, Innovation and Research and Networks and Events. The chairs from each panel also gather twice a year as members of the Learned Society Committee, chaired by the Vice President responsible for the learned society.

If you've got any questions, please contact [email protected].

  • Best Practice

    Ed McCann

    Panel chair: Ed McCann - Expedition Engineering

    The Best Practice panel's role is to help stimulate the development and dissemnination of excellence in civil engineering.

    They do this by engaging with members to gather better practice in civil engineering and identify future global trends.

    Panel members seek to influence new national standards and specifications to take account of better practice and establish and maintain ICE's role as a leading international resource for best practice.

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information please contact:

    e: [email protected]

  • Capacity Building

    Denise Bower, Chair of the Capacity Building panel

    Panel chair: Professor Denise Bower - Leeds University, Major Projects Association

    The panel's role is to improve the performance of civil engineering and civil engineers through clear succession and career planning guidance. They work with our other Expert Panels to prioritise key themes and activities.

    They do this by:

    • Describing the skills and attributes required of civil engineers at all stages of their career;
    • Ensuring that real and relevant lifelong learning is provided so that all civil engineers have access to the knowledge that their role requires;
    • Reviewing qualification frameworks and identify areas that will require development in the future; and
    • Encouraging a broad pool of talent to ensure a strong future supply of civil engineers that will underpin the success of the civil engineering profession

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information, please contact:

    e: [email protected]

  • Innovation and Research

    Chris Rogers, Chair of the Innovation and Research panel

    Panel chair: Professor Chris Rogers – University of Birmingham

    The panel's role is to establish ICE as an international centre of knowledge on innovation and research in civil engineering. This is to help us take a lead in informing the innovation and research agenda for the profession.

    They are responsible for stimulating, encouraging and communicating innovation and research on all aspects of civil engineering aimed at improved effectiveness, competitiveness and improved quality of life.

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information, please contact:

    e: [email protected]

  • Network and Events

    Neil Glover, Chair of the Network and Events panel

    Panel chair: Neil Glover

    The panel's role is to encourage the development of a vibrant global network of civil engineering events.

    They achieve this by ensuring ICE members have easy access to information about networks & events, raising the international profile of ICE through its events and working in partnership with other organisations to align events and encourage respective learned society panels/committees to work together.

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information, please contact:

    e: [email protected]

Specialist Knowledge Societies

The Specialist Knowledge Societies are independent but closely affiliated membership bodies with interests in specialist areas of civil engineering. They maintain strong links to the institution and many ICE members are also members of a Specialist Knowledge Society.

These groups give members working in specialised fields of civil engineering opportunities to get more CPD (continued professional development). They also offer the chance to exchange best practice on innovation and experiences in the industry. Most also run their own events, such as conferences and informal meetings, where members can present papers and discuss the latest developments.

Learn more about the Specialist Knowledge Societies