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The history of the design and construction of the Caledonian Canal

Event organised by ICE

29 June 2023

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The Caledonian Canal, designed and engineered by Thomas Telford, connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William in Scotland.

The canal is 96.6km (60 miles) in length with 37km being man made, and the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.

There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune’s Staircase, Banavie), four aqueduct’s and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.

Following the recent 200th anniversary in 2022 of the opening of Caledonian Canal, this presentation is to discuss the history and engineering involved to commission, plan, design and construct the canal.


18:30 - 19:15


19:15 - 19:30

Discussion and Q&A


Mark Roy

Mark Roy


senior geotechnical engineer

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Mark Roy

Mark Roy has over 33 years’ experience in civil engineering, with 4 years’ experience as civil engineering technician and 29 years’ experience as a civil and geotechnical engineer in many different sectors of civil engineering, both in the UK and overseas (Canada, Ghana, and CERN LHC Package 1 in Switzerland).

Mark has design and construction experience in the role of clerk of work, designers and engineer’s representative, site engineer and recently resident engineer in different sectors of civil engineering, including commercial and housing development, mining, roads, railways, and utility sector.

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Gordon Brown