Local people and visitors to Dundee enjoyed boat trips along the River Tay recently. This was all thanks to the engineers behind some of the city's greatest landmarks including road and rail bridges, the new V&A building, the Harbour and lighthouse.
Young and old alike enjoyed hourly trips on Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) and Cabin Cruisers. Engineers joined forces with the city archivist to share the story of Dundee through its structures, including the new V&A Museum, Telford Docks, Broughty Ferry Castle and the Pile Lighthouse.
This great family day out helped inspire the next generation of engineers and showcase the civil engineering on which our quality of life depends.
It was organised as part of a series of tours and trails across the UK and forms part of the Institution of Civil Engineers 200 year celebrations.
Alan Hutchison, ICE Fellow and Tay Road Bridge Manager, who organised the trip said: “Seeing these engineering marvels from the river gives a unique insight into the city's history and the people who make it possible – civil engineers.”
Visitors on the day also gave their feedback:
Wendy Fowler, said “Our grandson had a birthday to remember and was fascinated by the bridges and the amazing new V&A building, whose construction is only possible now due to advances in computer design in construction.”
Joyce Mathers said “The boat trip was brilliant, most interesting and informative. The children were so excited to see under the bridges and spy the V&A from the river and couldn't stop talking about it.”
The Tay Bridge, the Tay Road Bridge and Thomas Telford all feature in a list of the top 200 influential people and projects
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