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Specialist Knowledge Societies

There are currently 15 Specialist Knowledge Societies, whose knowledge is available to our members.

They exist to encourage continuing professional development and the exchange of knowledge and experience.

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.

Our services

Our Specialist Knowledge Societies offer many services including:

  • Conferences and lectures
  • Training
  • Technical papers
  • Site visits to engineering works
  • Social events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Hazards Forum is a co-operative venture between the Institutions of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers.

It provides an interdisciplinary focus for the study of natural and man-made disasters, dissemination of lessons learned and promotion of risk reduction strategies.

It's membership includes public bodies, universities, companies and individuals.

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.

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.

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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).

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.

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.

The Railway Civil Engineers' Association promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering.

It's 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.

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.

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.

p>The UK 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.

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