The history of ICE, Chelmsford

7 April, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Thomas Telford – ICE’s first President.
Thomas Telford – ICE’s first President.

About this event

The presentation will covering the former and current buildings, the history of being qualified to be a Civil Engineer, publications, definition of a civil engineer, the Royal Charter and some notable past presidents and secretaries.

The lecture will be given by Paul Chaplin BSc MSc CEng MICE and current reviewer for IEng and CEng. Refreshments will be available from 6pm ready for a 6.30pm lecture start and the lecture will run for approximately 1 hour followed by Q&A. The lecture will be held at Anglia Ruskin University within the Lord Ashcroft Building. Please look for ICE signage on the evening within the Lord Ashcroft Building if unfamiliar with the university.


For more information, please contact:

Norman Chan

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Paul Chaplin

Paul graduated in 1968 and worked for Kiers on reinforced concrete structures before joining Essex River Authority (ERA) in 1972 and became Chartered in 1973. In the late 70s ERA became part of Anglian Water (AW) and whilst at Anglian Water he completed his MSc in Water Engineering at City University part time.

During the 1980s Paul undertook cost benefit analysis for a number of sea wall schemes and AW were awarded grants from MAFF, now Defra, for these schemes which have been built. He also carried out a tidal frequency analysis in order to establish suitable heights above sea level for the Essex sea walls.

In 1987 Paul left AW to join the staff at Mid Essex Technical College now Anglia Ruskin University to teach Civil Engineers, Surveyors and Builders. Retiring from full time teaching in 2004 (but continued to lecture part time until 2010); retirement gave Paul the opportunity to become a reviewer and to get involved with Beeligh Mill Restoration Group and is the current Chairman. Paul now has the honour of being a member of the ICE for 50 years.