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A message from the publishing director

It is unlikely to have escaped your notice that New Civil Engineer International is now New New Civil Engineer International and that it has undergone a major redesign since last month.

We have made these changes for a number of important reasons which are which are closely related the recent relaunch of NCE International's sister magazine, the UK weekly New Civil Engineer. The changes to NCE have been wide ranging and were precipitated by a substantial research programme of the UK civil engineering profession and its attitude towards NCE.

As well as providing us with important data about the issues currently driving the UK civil engineering community, the respondents to our research were critical about the design of NCE and felt that it was in need of some 'lift' - the brand value or image of the magazine was too conservative.

That is why we decided to overhaul the design of both NCE and NCE International. We think that the new design will refresh and modernise your magazine, give it a stronger, more dynamic personality and a more prestigious look. You will also find that we have better used illustration in NCE International and improved the 'sign posting' of its various elements.

The work that we have done on NCE and NCE International has also given us the opportunity to be more consistent in our design across the NCE group of products. We are currently working hard on the construction of our new web site, NCE Plus, which will be launched early next year (your will hear more about this in subsequent issues of NCE International). Our new design and logo transfers easily to the web and hence delivers the harmonisation of the brand that we are trying to achieve.

The quality of the editorial will of course remain the same with the latest news stories from around the world, authoritative coverage of technical developments, case studies on major international projects and research papers from the ICE.

We very much hope that you continue to enjoy reading NCE International and look forward to hearing from you with your thoughts and views about the new look.

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