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William Strickland and British Tunnelling Practice

Event organised by ICE

18 May 2022

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William Strickland reported on British engineering practice for the Pennsylvania Improvement Society in 1825. His plates on tunnelling construction practice feature the state of the art at that time and were the first accurate technical illustrations of tunnels. This lecture considers their importance in an American and UK context and forms one of a series of Tripartite civil engineering presentations by ICE, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE) .


American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries.

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

The CSCE is a learned society created to develop and maintain high standards of civil engineering practice in Canada


Mike Chrimes

Mike Chrimes

Institution of Civil Engineers


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Mike Chrimes

Mike Chrimes is a former director engineering policy and innovation at Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Mike has written and lectured extensively on information services for civil engineers and the history of civil engineering. For many years he ran the ‘History of the ICE’ series of lectures which were popular with young engineers preparing for their professional reviews. 

Since retirement, Mike has continued to lecture and write about the history of civil engineering. In 2014 he carried out research on the history of engineering and the work of British Engineers in South Asia during the British Raj. In 2023, he and Martin Preene were awarded the British Geotechnical Associations prize for a case study on the dewatering of the Kilsby tunnel.

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