RAF and ICE join forces to celebrate landmark anniversaries

The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Air Force are marking their bicentenary and centenary, respectively, this year.

(L-R) Speakers: Philippos Saba, Pavement Engineer, AECOM, Adrian Coy, former ICE Vice-President, Dan Willmott, Project Manager, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Paul Robinson, Air Vice-Marshal (retired)
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(L-R) Speakers: Philippos Saba, Pavement Engineer, AECOM, Adrian Coy, former ICE Vice-President, Dan Willmott, Project Manager, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Paul Robinson, Air Vice-Marshal (retired)

ICE’s engineering relationship with the RAF has been celebrated at an event that recognised the combined 300 years’ history of the two institutions.  

The RAF 100 and ICE 200 event took place at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln on 22 November.  

Around 100 people attended, including members of ICE, former RAF personnel and two veteran airmen who served during the Second World War.   

   

Derek Braddy, ICE Lincolnshire branch chair, said: “The event celebrated two major anniversaries and we were delighted to welcome so many people to the IBCC. 

“I would like to thank those who supported the event and our speakers who provided unique insights into the ICE and RAF, and explained how they continue to work together on a wide range of engineering challenges.” 

Among the speakers, Paul Robinson, retired Air Vice-Marshal, chartered the history of the RAF and Bomber Command. Robinson is still a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve.  

Adrian Coy, former ICE Vice-President, gave a brief history of ICE, including its wartime role and connection with Lincolnshire’s airfields.  ICE has been holding events around the world to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018. 

Meanwhile, Dan Willmott, Project Manager at Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Philippos Saba, Pavement Engineer at AECOM, covered the recent extensive refurbishment of the runway at Lincolnshire's RAF Waddington.

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