Specialist Knowledge Societies

Associated Societies provide a range of expert skills and knowledge, all of which is available to ICE members

ICE’s Specialist Knowledge Societies are 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.

There are currently 14 Specialist Knowledge Societies administered by ICE. They exist to encourage continuing professional development and the exchange of knowledge and experience. This takes in varied ways including:

  • conferences and lectures
  • training
  • technical papers
  • site visits to engineering works
  • social events

Many of the societies maintain strong links to international organisations in their field.

Together, the Specialist Knowledge Societies form a key part of ICE’s Learned Society. ICE members can attend Specialist Knowledge Society events and access their programme of recorded lectures.

This page provides a brief introduction to each society and a link to their website. Please visit these websites or contact the secretary for further information.

  • The British Dam Society

    The British Dam Society


    The British Dam Society exists to advance the education of the public and the profession. This includes technical subjects relating to the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, safety, social and environmental aspects of dams and reservoirs. BDS welcomes anyone wishing to share experience or knowledge in these areas.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2244 e: [email protected]
  • The British Geotechnical Association

    The British Geotechnical Association


    The British Geotechnical Association is the principal association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom and organises a number of high profile events each year. The BGA is also the ICE Expert Panel for Ground Engineering. BGA works to champion technical and professional issues and to support young geotechnical engineers.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2007 e: [email protected]
  • British Hydrological Society

    British Hydrological Society


    The British Hydrological Society exists to promote the advancement of the inter-disciplinary subject of hydrology in the UK. The BHS aims to encourage good practice and scholarship in scientific and applied aspects of hydrology and to foster the involvement of members in national and international activities.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2244 e: [email protected]
  • The British Tunnelling Society

    The British Tunnelling Society


    The British Tunnelling Society is a vibrant group of tunnelling professionals which spreads knowledge amongst members and the tunnelling industry. The BTS also publishes industry guidelines and codes of practice, acknowledges excellence and advises Government and the general public.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2238 e: [email protected]
  • Central Dredging Association

    Central Dredging Association


    CEDA UK is the British section of an independent, international, professional association for dredging and marine construction. It is the reference point and meeting place for academics and industry professionals. Through CEDA's programmes, products and services to members, it advances professional development, technological innovation and advancement of best practice.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2007 e: [email protected]
  • The Civil Engineers' Club

    The Civil Engineers' Club


    The Civil Engineers' Club exists to promote social and sporting activities amongst Civil Engineers and their families; to give members of ICE the opportunity for maintaining friendships established during their working life and to enhance the image of the Civil Engineer through the organisation of major events. The Club welcomes anyone wishing to participate in its varied activities.

    As a service to its members the Club’s website maintains a Register of all the names of deceased ICE members since 1 January 2016.”

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)770 390 7283 e: [email protected]
  • Hazards Forum

    Hazards Forum


    The Hazards Forum’s purpose is to contribute to the on-going challenge of mitigating and reducing hazards and disasters both man-made and natural. Founded in 1989 by the four principal engineering institutions, and now with members from other engineering bodies, the public sector, the charity sector, and industry, the Hazards Forum brings together engineers and other specialists to promote inter-disciplinary sharing and the adoption of good practice in hazard and risk management..

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2244 e: [email protected]

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  • Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France: British Section

    Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France: British Section


    The British Section of IESF, a French Learned Society with branches worldwide, is dedicated to linking Anglo-French engineering and science. It welcomes members from a wide range of disciplines and professions, and provides an annual programme of technical evening meetings and social events.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2007 e: [email protected]
  • The Irrigation and Water Forum

    The Irrigation and Water Forum

    The Irrigation and Water Forum aims to promote British expertise in the science and art of irrigation, drainage and flood control. The IWF is very active both nationally and internationally and acts as the British section of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2244 e: [email protected]

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  • The Offshore Engineering Society

    The Offshore Engineering Society


    The Offshore Engineering Society acts to promote interest and scholarship in both the scientific and applied aspects of offshore engineering. OES provides networking opportunities for Offshore Engineers of all disciplines and the dissemination of technical information of offshore engineering through a programme of lectures and other events.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2238 e: [email protected]



    The International Navigation Association (PIANC) provides access to worldwide trends and challenges in port and waterway development and management. Members of the UK Section which include government, the private sector and individuals, work together with other nations to address a broad range of issues for the advancement of waterborne transportation.

    Contact details
    t: +44(0)20 7665 2244 e: [email protected]
  • Railway Civil Engineers Association

    Railway Civil Engineers Association


    The Railway Civil Engineers’ Association promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering. Its areas of interest include main line, metros, London Underground and light rail. RCEA works closely with other engineering disciplines to develop coherent strategies for the UK rail network and to foster training and development.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2238 e: [email protected]
  • The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

    The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics


    SECED promotes the study and practice of earthquake and civil engineering dynamics, including blast, impact, and other vibration problems. It provides a forum for professionals to keep abreast of rapid developments in the field. SECED is the British branch of the International Association and the European Association of Earthquake Engineering.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2238 e: [email protected]
  • Temporary Works Forum

    Temporary Works Forum (TWf)


    The Temporary Works Forum (TWf) aims to encourage open discussion of any matter related to temporary works. The forum is subscription-based and open to any organisation within the industry - large or small - sharing this intent. Guests are welcome (subject to availability). TWf seeks to give authoritative guidance and, when required, professional leadership to the industry.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)7801 594 862 e: [email protected]

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  • Transport Planning Society

    Transport Planning Society


    The Transport Planning Society provides professional development and a meeting place for those in the transport sector and leads the response to emerging policy challenges. TPS is dedicated to facilitating, developing and promoting best practice in transport planning, and welcomes members from a range of backgrounds and professional affiliations.

    Contact details
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2238 e: [email protected]
  • Wind Engineering Society

    Wind Engineering Society


    The Wind Engineering Society exists to promote the advancement and application of knowledge in all aspects of wind engineering. WES organises regular technical meetings and acts as a representative body for wind engineering in the UK and the national delegate to the International and European Associations for Wind Engineering.

    Contact the Wind Engineering Society
    t: +44 (0)20 7665 2244 e: [email protected]
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