The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has joined forces with seven contractors and consultants to launch a new state-of-the-art engineering exhibition and learning centre to help inspire the next generation of engineers and demonstrate the diverse career opportunities available to young people.
The centre will open in 2016 at the ICE in London and forms part of the ICE’s Shaping the World appeal, which aims to bring together the greatest civil engineering minds across the globe to help alleviate the effects of major future challenges.
The initiative is supported by Aecom, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Mace Foundation, Vinci Construction UK and WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
According to the ICE, the exhibition centre will be an interactive space for young people, teachers, parents and practicing engineers, bringing civil engineering to life with model replicas, installations and digital prototypes of iconic structures, engineering games and 3D printers – making the link between digital and the physical.
Founding partners will be invited to display structural and digital models, installations and case studies to tell a story of how their projects have connected people, socially, economically and physically to improve their wellbeing.
“If we are to motivate young people to follow in our footsteps and become tomorrow’s innovators we must take this opportunity to pool our resources, and share our stories as a means of trumpeting our achievements,” said ICE director general Nick Baveystock.