Institution of Civil Engineers

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Arms of Institution of Civil Engineers

Official blazon

Arms : Or, on a pale azure between two annulets in fesse sable, a thunderbolt between in chief a sun in splendour of the first and in base a fountain proper.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours. Upon a billet fessewise azure charged with a fesse wavy argent a representation of the Eddystone lighthouse upon rocks proper.
Supporters: Oa the dexter side a beaver and on the sinister a crane, both proper.
Motto: Scientia et ingenio


The arms were officially granted on March 17, 1913. Crest and Supporters granted 31 December 1948.

The sun, thunderbolt and fountain symbolise the forces of heat, electricity and water. The Institution’s royal charter refers to civil engineering as the art of directing the great forces of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.

The annulets represent the science of mathematics used by civil engineers.

The Eddystone Lighthouse was used on the Institution’s first corporate seal after being granted its royal charter in 1828. It was the principal work of John Smeaton who was the first person to describe himself as a civil engineer.

The beaver was chosen because of its skill in the type of construction associated with civil engineering. The crane is a pun on the mechanical device widely used in civil engineering work.

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