Hebburn site helps highlight civil engineering

The Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, Derek Smith, unveiled This Is Civil Engineering banners across the flood alleviation site in Hebburn which, when complete, will reduce the risk of flooding to 21 homes

A flood alleviation site on Tyneside is the latest project in the North East to fly the flag on a new industry campaign to highlight civil engineering and its value to society.

The Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, Derek Smith, unveiled This Is Civil Engineering banners across the flood alleviation site in Hebburn which, when complete, will reduce the risk of flooding to 21 homes.

This Is Civil Engineering is a campaign devised by ICE to encourage public awareness of the work involved in designing and supporting important infrastructure which may otherwise go unnoticed.

The scheme in Mountbatten Avenue is being developed by Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors on behalf of Northumbrian Water. It is the first of four where the firm has committed to showcase the campaign.

This Is Civil Engineering banners are displayed during projects and immediately following completion of works.

The banners feature a QR code linked to a dedicated page on the ICE website that explains what civil engineering is and what civil engineers do. The page also contains links to more detailed civil engineering information and navigation to the rest of the ICE website for those interested in becoming civil engineers.

Smith said: “We are very proud of everything civil engineering contributes to the North East and we are delighted to be working with Seymour Civil Engineering on these important projects across the region.”

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