What is civil engineering
Learn all about civil engineering and the people who make it happen
If you're thinking about a career in civil engineering, or would like to find out more about it, ICE is here to help.
We can give advice and guidance if you're wondering what subjects to study at school, college or university.
We also provide resources and support for teachers, and other people looking to promote civil engineering.
ICE London has a wide range of materials for people living in the region and working with local schools and colleges.
We have a comprehensive range of resources aimed at all student ages to help you show and explain what civil engineering is, why it's important and what you need to do to become a civil engineer.
These activities have been designed to be done in the home using house-hold items for ages 4 upwards, with add-on challenges for 11-16s and 16-18s. Some parental supervision required.
So, if you want an activity for a class or club - something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here.
ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering.
The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:
ICE Ambassadors visit schools across the region to help young people learn about civil engineering.
It aims to inspire the civil engineers of tomorrow by organising a range of challenging, exciting and practical activities.
Our Ambassadors also organise a range of other schools events - like careers days and presentations - to get young people interested in the profession and to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.
ICE London is always looking for more ambassadors, and to visit new schools.
If you'd like to become an ambassador, or need help organising an engineering event at your school, then please get in touch with us.
We showcase projects across the region, promoting civil engineers' work in in the fields of transport, energy, water, flooding and waste.
At 25 kilometres long, up to 65 metres deep, and more than seven metres in diameter, the Tideway Tunnel will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry.
It will generally follow the route of the River Thames to enable it to connect to the combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that are located along the riverbanks, passing underneath all other infrastructure in London and through a variety of different ground conditions.
Innovative engineering in the design phase has already reduced the tunnel from the initial 32 kilometres proposed, down to 25 kilometres, and reduced the number of construction sites needed from 45 to 24.
Built in the 1930s, and designed by one of Britain's best 20th century architects, Battersea Power Station is one of London's most loved and recognisable landmarks.
The building has inspired a new vision. In and around the Power Station, the foundations are being laid for a new community.
£8 billion of investment is creating a thriving, diverse neighbourhood. It will be a place where homes, workspaces, shops, restaurants, cafés and cultural venues combine with 18 acres of new public space.
All to be served by a new London Underground station, connecting the development with the rest of the city.
This vast site, covering 42 acres of former industrial land, is part of an even more wide-ranging project.
Battersea Power Station is the flagship development of the Nine Elms regeneration: a combination of 20 separate projects covering 560 acres.
Crossrail is one of the most significant and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK.
It aims to change the way people travel around London, by improving journey times across the capital, easing congestion and offering better connections.
The project uses innovative methods and cutting-edge technology to pioneer techniques in civil engineering and construction.
There will be 40 Crossrail stations - including 10 new ones - and the route will run over 100km of railway. It will connect the Great Eastern and Great Western railways for the first time, via 42km of twin-bored tunnels, from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, to Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west.
Many of Crossrail's tunnels and stations will be constructed under some of the capital's most iconic buildings and districts. This involves working at depths of up to 40m, around existing tube lines, sewers and utilities, through a range of geological conditions, and in close proximity to London's communities.
If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.
Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech).
Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.
ICE London has strong links with every higher education institution in the region that offers accredited engineering courses.
It's Graduates & Students Committee organises a wide range of events - many of which are free - with universities and colleges to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills.
ICE London has close ties with the following institutions in the region:
Organised by the ICE London Graduates and Student Committee as part of the Future Engineers scheme, the competition shows young people how civil engineering shapes the world. Aimed at school years 8-10, I Can Engineer challenges students to follow a design brief to create new or improve existing infrastructure.
We provide a range of professional development training courses to help you develop further.
This two day course has been specifically developed to provide designers, contractors and clients with a clear and comprehensive understanding of how to design and deliver successful earthworks projects.
A useful five session course focussing on key aspects of finance in civil engineering.
A useful one day training course that illustrates the changes in behaviour and culture required for the successful roll-out of BIM across a project or organisation, and what personal and developmental skills individuals need to implement BIM Level 2 culture. Completing this training course contributes to your achievement of the ICE Certificate for BIM.