Public queue to find out about civil engineering at EngineeringLate

In an ICE first, One Great George Street opened its doors to non-members keen to learn about how civil engineering helps keep the capital running.

EngineeringLate: enthusiasm to find out more about civil engineering from the inside
EngineeringLate: enthusiasm to find out more about civil engineering from the inside
Brunel welcoming visitors to EngineeringLate
Brunel welcoming visitors to EngineeringLate

Over 500 non-members had an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the world of civil engineering when they attended last week's inaugural EngineeringLate event at ICE's One Great George Street headquarters.

Visitors queued for a series of talks on subjects such as water engineering, Engineers without Borders' work on international development, and a photography exhibition of London infrastructure.

They also heard a debate on the best infrastructure project of the past 200 years which was voted as the London sewerage system - which beat London Olympic Transport, the London underground and the Thames Barrier.

The audience enjoying live entertainment and refreshments in the Great Hall
The audience enjoying live entertainment and refreshments in the Great Hall

Meanwhile, the Great Hall hosted live music, an engineering quiz and a bar and café area.

Guests also visited the tunnel engineering exhibition in the Infrastructure Learning Hub. Special EngineeringLate activities included signal demonstrations from Network Rail and a talk by Museum of Archaeology CEO Janet Miller on artefacts discovered during tunnelling.

Feedback from attendees showed that they were able to not just learn about the importance of civil engineering but among younger people in particular, that it can be a fun and rewarding career.

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