Over 400 people attended the free event at the ICE’s Headquarters in the heart of Westminster, to learn about London and the role engineers play in planning, building and maintaining it.
The ‘Late’ event hosted a number of hands-on engineering activities, talks and musical entertainment.
Supported by the Year of Engineering 2018, attendees were able to ‘explore engineering’ and meet engineers involved in some of London’s important infrastructure and overseas development projects.
They included Crossrail, Jacobs who are part of TEAM 2100 delivering flood defences, the Museum of London Archaeology, Engineers without Borders, Price and Myers’ Bridges to Prosperity and Imperial College London.
The ICE’s Invisible Superhero Exhibition had extended opening for the event, and attendees were treated to the new virtual reality exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a Crossrail tunnel, or take a bird’s eye view of Orlando.
Guests were also treated to a behind the scenes tour of the ICE’s Grade II listed building, and they even had a chance to put their engineering knowledge to the test in a quiz!
Civil engineer Matthew Hubble led a couture inspired workshop, and spoke of how his background in engineering led to fashion design. Whist the public heard a diverse range of Café 200 talks on sustainable cities, how many engineers it takes to make a cup of tea and the personal journey of an engineering technician and proud STEM ambassador.
With live jazz from Harold Sanditen, his quartet and vocalists, there was something for everyone.
Jonathan Baggs, Director, ICE London said:
“We are delighted that 400 people joined us for Engineering Late. It was a fantastic opportunity to show the public the impact of engineering on the world around them and to see the built environment in a different light. From the new virtual reality experience in the Invisible Superhero Exhibition to hearing how we can create sustainable and liveable cities, we showcased the breadth of what civil engineers do to transform our daily lives”.