The Ferrovial sponsored Tunnel Engineering Exhibition opened in May at ICE's Infrastructure Learning Hub, the definitive learning and knowledge resource centre that focuses on the engineering achievements of past, present and future ground breaking projects.
Highlighting modern day engineering achievements, the exhibition featured projects such as Crossrail, Europe's biggest construction project and Belfast's state-of-the-art storm-water tunnel constructed in 2009. The exhibition also featured international projects such as the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest rail tunnel connecting Zurich and Milan. Assisted by models donated by Tideway, the exhibition also helped visitors understand how the hugely complex tunnel boring machines which are responsible for many modern tunnel projects.
The accompanying website, which received over 8,000 unique visitors, was home to a host of online content, including videos and imagery designed to extend understanding of tunnelling.
Visitors to the exhibition included 12 schools, colleges and student groups, almost one every week, and international students also visited from as far away as from Japan and Spain as well as closer to home from University College London and other educational establishments. Such was its success with visitors that it was featured on the Visit London website and also became an official London Partner visitor attraction. It also received a score of 90% on its Visit England assessment and was nominated for a national 'Best Hidden Gem 2017' accolade.
The exhibition was also covered in the media, featuring on ITV News, in the Londonist magazine and across social media.
The exhibition attracted sponsorship from UNPS, who were sub sponsors of the exhibition alongside Topcon who were Virtual Reality sponsors, and CEMAR who were Augmented Reality Sponsors.
The Tunnel Engineering Exhibition has now closed and work has already begun on ICE's next exciting exhibition. Opening in December 2017 and running throughout 2018 as part of ICE's 200th anniversary activities, the Invisible Superheroes exhibition will celebrate the role civil engineers play in transforming lives and safeguarding the future.