About us

The Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers was incorporated on the 14th December 1900 and became an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers in October 1987.

We work as the North East of Scotland Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers to develop and share knowledge of Civil Engineering and welcome those interested in Civil Engineering to our presentation evenings, STEM volunteer opportunities and annual dinner.

Our aims are to:-

To promote and encourage the acquisition of knowledge in matters connected with the profession of a Civil Engineer in all its branches and dissemination and application of this knowledge for the benefit of the community.

To hold meetings at which professional papers may be presented and discussed, and to arrange visits to works of engineering interest.

To promote Education & Training for all Associate, Graduate, Technician and Student Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers including Continuing Professional Development for all members.

Engineering in Aberdeen picture
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History

Our history reaches back over 120 years with the inaugural proceedings by R Gordon Nicol discussing “Notes on Education of a Civil Engineer”. AACE Proceedings in the first five years were varied with topics including contracts, ship building, railway signalling, sewer design and construction, and explosives in engineering.

Our Coat of Arms

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The AACE was granted our Coat of Arms in May 2018 and formally presented by Lord Lyon at our Annual Dinner in February 2019.

The arms symbolise the illusion of a humped back bridge over a stream in a red setting. However, one can also see a cross section of a pipe half filled with water, the sweep of a bend in a road, a ditch, a mound and so forth, all civil engineering exercises without being specific. The more visionary may also make out the letters A, C, and E. for the A.A.C.E. (Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers).

The arms are in the liveries of the arms of Aberdeen, Gules and Argent thus linking them to the city.

A further link to Aberdeen is by way of the crest which leopard is borrowed from the supporters of the Aberdeen city arms. The demi-leopard is holding in his forepaws an annulet which has been taken from the arms of the mother organisation of the Institution of Civil Engineers as representing the mathematical element of all civil engineering.

AACE Council

President

Ryan Swan BEng (Hons) CEng Mice

Vice President

Hugh McIntyre BSc (Hons) CEng MICE

Immediate Past President

James Gray BSc (Eng) IEng FIHE

Honorary Treasurer

Marshall Dean IEng MICE

Young Members Group (YMG) Chair

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Schools

James Gray BSc (Eng) IEng FIHE

Members of Council

S Allan
K Burnett BEng CEng MICE MIStructE
E Campbell MEng Ceng MICE
T Crabbe
C.Gourlay CEng MICE
I Osofero PhD, CEng MICE
S.Thompson BSc(Eng) CEng MICE
J.Young BSc CEng FICE

 

Honorary Secretary

Hugh McIntyre BSc (Hons) CEng MICE

Dinner Secretary

J.Young BSc CEng FICE

Past Presidents

1900 – 1902 Patrick M Barnett
1902 – 1903 James Barron
1903 – 1904 William Dyack
1904 – 1905 R Gordon Nicol
1905 – 1906 George Gordon Jenkins
1906 – 1907 G R Graham Conway
1907 – 1908 Robert W Walker
1908 – 1909 John M Henderson
1909 – 1910 James A Parker
1910 – 1911 John Gordon
1911 – 1913 Samuel Milne
1913 – 1914 George Gregory
1914 – 1921 Prof. Alexander R Horne OBE
1921 – 1922 Henry Stewart
1922 – 1923 George Mitchell
1923 – 1924 Archibald Henderson
1924 – 1925 Hugh R Barr
1925 – 1926 Harry S Tawse
1926 – 1928 Prof. William Blackadder
1928 – 1930 George G Nicol
1930 – 1931 John R Laing
1931 – 1933 Thomas F Henderson
1933 – 1935 Edwin B Taggart
1935 – 1937 Robert T Medd
1937 – 1939 George J Allan

1939 – 1947 Henry Milne
1947 – 1948 Arthur J McIntosh
1948 – 1950 William M Littlejohn
1950 – 1951 B W Tawse
1951 – 1952 Prof. Jack Allen
1953 – 1953 John Anderson
1953 – 1954 T W Brown
1954 – 1955 A C Booth
1955 – 1956 Howard A Anderson
1956 – 1957 Ian F Henderson
1957 – 1958 Andrew Aitken
1958 – 1959 John F Carne
1959 – 1960 H S Milne
1960 – 1961 Dr G A Taylor
1961 – 1962 W L Rigby
1962 – 1964 J W Fenton
1964 – 1966 John P Twatt
1966 – 1968 William W Lowson
1968 – 1969 William J W Reid
1969 – 1970 William D Millar
1970 – 1971 Kenneth C Imrie
1971 – 1972 Lewis Middleton
1972 – 1973 William Turner
1973 – 1974 Frederick C H Nisbet
1974 – 1975 Ken W Hunter

1975 – 1976 Prof T M Charlton
1976 – 1977 Peter A Oliver
1977 – 1978 Colin Mercer
1978 – 1980 Ronald Swan
1980 – 1982 George D Watt
1982 – 1984 Duncan M Robertson
1984 – 1986 Prof Brian B Willets
1986 – 1988 Ian D Brown
1988 – 1990 Alasdair Craigie
1990 – 1992 James Livingston
1992 – 1994 Colin Caldow
1994 – 1996 Arthur Robb
1996 – 1998 Alan Harrison
1998 – 2000 Peter Meenan
2000 – 2001 Graham A Donaldson
2001 – 2003 Willie Munro
2003 – 2005 Ewan Wallace
2005 – 2006 Brian Gill
2006 – 2008 Jamie Christie
2008 – 2010 Clive Kennedy
2010 – 2012 Andy Martin
2012 – 2014 Rachel Kennedy
2014 – 2016 Jim Young
2016 - 2018 Kevin Burnett
2018 – 2020 Elaine Campbell