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Olympic Velodrome engineer to celebrate imaginative engineering

16th October, 2012
Can engineering really be emotional, beautiful and exciting? Velodreamland, a talk from Olympic Velodrome engineer Chris Wise, will explore just that question at Rook Lane Chapel in Frome on 20th November.

The event has been organised by the Mayor of Frome, Councillor Pippa Goldfinger, in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West.

Trish Johnson, Regional Director of ICE South West, said: ?To have Chris Wise speak at one of our City Clubs is very exciting. His inspirational company is at the cutting edge of engineering design and his perspective is captivating. The event is open to the public and I?d like to encourage anyone interested to come along.?

Chris? talk will examine whether engineering is just science and maths or if it could be one of the most exciting and creative professions in the world.

The award-winning engineer will look at the possibilities of imaginative engineering, encouraging engineers to work in a more intuitive way and still respect the laws of physics.

Chris is co-founder of Expedition Engineering, a successful, experimental practice that has won awards for highly acclaimed projects such as the Olympic Velodrome and the Infinity Bridge.

He has worked with some of the world?s leading architects including Richard Rogers, Michael Hopkins, Norman Foster and Renzo Piano.

Councillor Goldfinger, who graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering with Architecture, sits on ICE?s Bath City Club committee and is actively engaged with promoting civil engineering.

She commented: ?Chris Wise was recently awarded Gold Medals by both ICE and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and is widely known for his hands-on engineering projects. We are delighted to have him present what I?m sure will be an inspirational talk!?

The session is open to both those in the industry and members of the public. Tickets cost ?6 and bookings are being taken online via the ICE South West website, www.ice.org.uk/southwest.

More information is also available by contacting Joanne Mallard on 01752 766230.

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