Dartford Crossing joins civil engineering hall of fame
THE Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced Dartford Crossing as one of the top 200 influential structures, which illustrate how civil engineering has shaped the world and transformed people’s lives for the better.
To mark the ICE’s 200th anniversary, and to support Government’s Year of Engineering, the Institution is highlighting 200 inspirational and world-changing projects from around the world throughout 2018. Nominated by the ICE’s members and selected by an expert panel, the chosen projects illustrate the breadth and depth of civil engineering’s impact.
The Dartford Crossing has made the movement of goods and people easier in the area and contributed to the local economy. It consists of two tunnels and the Queen Elizabeth 2 bridge which the A282 between Dartford to the south and Thurrock in the north. It is used by up to 160,000 vehicles every day, the original estimate was 135,000.
It opened in stages: the west tunnel in 1963, the east tunnel in 1980 and the bridge in 1991. Engineers started work on the west tunnel in 1936 but construction stopped with the outbreak of World War 2 and it eventually opening in 1963.
Nathan Baker, Engineering Knowledge Director at ICE, said:
“Our research has shown that the majority of both adults and young people don’t know what a civil engineer does and most can’t identify a single UK civil engineering project. We aim to change these perceptions with 200 People and Projects, explaining not just the importance of civil engineering but how it has directly transformed people’s lives.
“The chosen projects showcase how civil engineering paved the way to modern life and how it continues to tackle the problems of today, safeguarding the future for generations to come. With the world facing unprecedented challenges, such as climate change and the pressures from a rapidly growing population, there has never been a greater need for civil engineers and the vital work they do. ”
The Dartford Crossing joins the 200 projects which will be published throughout the year on the What Is Civil Engineering? pages of the ICE website. What is Civil Engineering? will not only host these projects but can also be used as a career guidance tool for those hoping to pursue a career in civil engineering. Once inspired by the projects being produced each month, there is comprehensive advice and guidance on how to become a civil engineer no matter what level of education someone has, or what stage in their career they have reached.
This platform has been designed to help promote the career of civil engineering after it was revealed that only 45% of adults know what the career entails and only 35% of young people could tell you what a civil engineer does.