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The talk will comprise a brief look through history at the engineering infrastructure that we have inherited from Roman times onwards.
Examples of the challenges and solutions around providing facilities to cater for increasing trade, transport and industrial demands over the centuries will be discussed. All of these led to the emergence of the profession of the Civil Engineer as we now know it.
The work and resources of the ICE Panel for Historic Engineering Works (PHEW) will also be mentioned, together with its input to the ICE 200 project.
Our speaker, David Hunter, is a chartered civil engineer, now retired, with a background in highways, traffic and environmental issues. He has worked in both private and public sectors. In retirement he can now spend more time on local history studies, mainly on buildings. For the Institution he represents the Thames Valley Branch on the ICE Panel for Historic Engineering Works (PHEW). The panel has a remit to identify, record and, where practicable, encourage the preservation of notable civil engineering works.