Starting 23 July, thousands across Northern Ireland and beyond will be able to join in the ICE 200 celebrations with Ulster Giants, a television series about how past and present civil engineers have transformed lives in Northern Ireland.
Airing on Monday evenings on UTV at 8pm, Ulster Giants is an eight part series produced by Westway Films in collaboration with ICE Northern Ireland.
Hosted by television icon Joe Mahon, the programmes will explore the history of some of Northern Ireland's most iconic civil engineering feats, as well as the exciting future of the profession.
“Ulster Giants is a fantastic showcase for ICE 200, and it has given our talented, expert members a platform to talk about how civil engineering makes modern life possible
“This is a must-watch for anyone interested in civil engineering, and we trust that the outstanding ICE contributors will further inspire public interest in our profession.”, said ICE Regional Director Richard Kirk.
Full list of episodes and summaries:
The Lissummon Tunnel & The Craigmore Viaduct
The Lissummon Tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in Ireland, being just one yard short of a mile – and it is absolutely straight.
The Craigmore Viaduct, just outside Newry, was opened in 1852. This 18 arch viaduct, the tallest in Ireland, is as visually arresting as it is functional – even 170 years later.
The Thompson Graving Dock & The Lagan Weir
The Thompson Graving Dock in Belfast Harbour was the largest dry dock that had ever built in the world when it was completed in 1911. It had to be, because it housed the Titanic while she was being prepared for her maiden voyage.
Completed in 1994, the Lagan Weir completely transformed the fortunes of Belfast and has been the catalyst for subsequent development in the city.
: The Newry Canal & The Lagan Gateway
The Newry Canal, completed in 1742 and built without machinery of any kind, was the first ever “summit level” canal in these islands.
The Lagan Gateway at Stranmillis in Belfast is part of an ambitious, long-term plan to re-open the Lagan Waterway, part river, part canal, all the way to Lough Neagh and beyond.
The Foyle Bridge & Derry’s Walls
The Foyle Bridge, completed in 1984, is regarded as one of the most graceful and iconic civil engineering feats of modern times.
Derry’s Walls, completed in 1619, still form an intact circuit of the old city and are regarded nowadays as a valuable tourism asset.
The Hunts Park Water Tower & The Dungonnell Dam
The Hunts Park Water Tower in Donaghadee in County Down, completed in 1912, remains a magnificent, indestructible landmark overlooking the sea.
The Dungonnell Dam in Glenravel in County Antrim, completed in 1972, was an innovative structure involving the use of asphalt for the first time in these islands.
The Ballycopeland Windmill & Crookedstone Solar Energy Farm
The Ballycopeland Windmill near Millisle in the east of County Down was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s, and is one the only one of its kind remaining.
The Lightsource Solar Farm at Crookedstone Road in County Antrim sits in 30 acres of grassland across the road from the Belfast International Airport and supplies the airport with 27% of its annual energy requirements.
Giants Park & Transportation of Wind Turbines
Giants Park in Belfast is a good example of how modern waste management and landfill sites will be used in future to create beautiful new spaces for recreational and other functions.
The transportation of giant wind turbines poses many challenges for the civil engineers who have to ensure their safe delivery and eventual construction.
Modern Survey Technologies
Cutting edge technology like 3D Imaging and Virtual Reality is being used to help civil engineers and designers plan with ever greater efficiency and safety.
Ulster Giants debuts 23 July on UTV at 8pm, with episodes airing each Monday at 8pm until 10 September.
Viewers outside of Northern Ireland can watch on the ITV Hub
by entering the Northern Ireland postcode BT9 6SX.