Our growing network of young engineers

Networking is an essential part of the civil engineering profession. Meeting and interacting with one’s peers is vital for sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and discovering new opportunities.

Events are a great way for young engineers to meet and learn from their peers
Events are a great way for young engineers to meet and learn from their peers

This is especially true for students, graduates and other young engineers, so they can build relationships and progress their careers.    

At ICE, we’re always looking for ways we can better support and engage with our members. We already have a number of thriving young member groups through our GSNet and Associated Societies. To encourage these groups to connect and interact, and young engineers to meet their peers from other sectors, we have launched a new series of networking events. 

Launch Event, 28 July 2015

On 28 July we hosted the first event of the series, in the new space at One Great George St’s library. Representatives attended from a number of our young engineers’ groups, including:

Nathan Baker, our Director, Engineering Knowledge, welcomed delegates and outlined the vision for the event. As well as providing a new networking opportunity, the events will feature guest speakers delivering technical presentations. The talks will focus on unique projects that have generated interest and controversy, to provoke thought and discussion among our young engineers. 

Speaker for the launch event was Dr Francis Archer, Arup who presented on two projects – the National Taichung Theatre and the Garden Bridge.

The National Taichung Theatre, Taiwan

Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, this major new cultural building features a unique column-free space supported by a concrete shell structure. At first glance, its shape appears random but it is set out according to strict geometrical principles.

The model for the opera house was calibrated against tests originally designed for nuclear power stations, because of the high seismic risk in Taiwan. It will officially open in 2016.

The Garden Bridge, London

The Garden Bridge – proposed by Joanna Lumley and developed by the Mayor of London, TFL and Arup – received planning permission in 2014 and is scheduled to open in 2018.

Stretching across the Thames from Temple station to the South Bank, it will offer a unique green space with expansive views of the city and river.

The bridge will be composed of two large “planters” which spread out and overlap mid-river. Engineers from more than twenty disciplines are working on the Garden Bridge at Arup.

With there being a number of controversies around the project, Dr Archer fielded several questions in a lively debate session. 

What’s Next?

Feedback on the night was very positive and we’ve already had interest in future events. We hope to schedule another event soon.

If you’re interested in joining us in the future or have suggestions for topics or speakers, please contact Greg James, ICE’s Lead Associated Societies Executive, at greg.james@ice.org.uk.

We hope to see you next time!

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