Call for "Bridge selfies" ahead of record-breaking bridge exhibition

Social media selfie snaps with a bridge form part of campaign to promote Bridge Engineering exhibition.

ICE member Peter Robinson snaps himself with Queensferry Bridge in Scotland behind
ICE member Peter Robinson snaps himself with Queensferry Bridge in Scotland behind

ICE is asking the public and engineers to share photos of themselves with their favourite bridges on social media to promote a major new exhibition, Bridge Engineering which opens on 17 October.

The best of these “bridge selfies” will be displayed next to the exhibition’s centre piece - the world’s longest ever bridge made out of LEGO.

The LEGO bridge’s towers will be 3m tall with a total span of over 33.2m – about the same as three London double decker busses and built without glue or structural reinforcements.

ICE is documenting the building of the bridge by structural engineers from WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and world-renowned long-span bridge engineer and ICE Gold Medal winner Robin Sham.

Claire Gott MBE of WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and Chair of ICE’s Inspiration Panel, has called on fellow engineers, members of the public, and enthusiasts of all ages to celebrate their love of bridges and post their snaps with the hashtag #BridgeSelfie.

“Please help us celebrate the opening of this special bridge exhibition by sharing your #BridgeSelfie,” she says. “Is there a bridge that brightens your local landscape? Perhaps you cross one every day on your way to work or see an iconic bridge when you’re on holiday. Share your love for bridges and be part of a movement to inspire the next generation of engineers.”

How to submit your bridge selfie:

  1. Post a picture of yourself with a bridge
  2. Include the name of the bridge, and say why you like it (optional)
  3. Include the #BridgeSelfie hashtag
  4. Tag ICE (Twitter and Instagram: @ice_engineers | Facebook: @institutionofcivilengineers)

Selfie snappers can also upload their bridge pictures directly via our online form.

Bridge Engineering – a window into the world of civil engineering – opens its doors to the public on 17 October 2016.

Visitors will discover the transformative power of bridge engineering on society and learn how bridge building has developed over the centuries – past, present and future.

Bridge Engineering, supported by CEMAR and Tony Gee and Partners LLP, will be the first exhibition to christen the newly refurbished exhibition space at London’s One Great George Street, the Infrastructure Learning Hub.

The Infrastructure Learning Hub offers the built environment community – including civil engineers, contractors, surveyors and architects – a place to tell the story of how they are shaping the world and driving forward human progress. The creation of the Infrastructure Learning Hub is supported by 11 founding partners: AECOM, Atkins, Carillion, Costain Ltd, Kier, Mace Foundation, Mott MacDonald, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Ramboll and John Laing

The ICE Education and Inspiration Panel is a group of graduate and newly chartered engineers tasked with encouraging the next generation into engineering.