I agree with Mr Thomson (NCE July 20) that communication via the internet needs to be developed as a core tool.
However, there is still a place for local forums, where engineers can meet and interact as physical entities.
Evening meetings, essay groups, and courses provide environments in which people from various sectors of the industry can share experience in a social and direct way.
People absorb much more information when it is spoken, face to face.
Internet and direct forums need to be developed together.
Local associations should make greater efforts to publish, via the internet, the information presented at their evening meetings and seminars. The Chilterns LA's website (access via www.ICEnet. org. uk or www. kinns. org. uk) for example, contains information and slides presented at its recent annual seminar 'The ICE's Professional Review'.
I am also producing a web based version of June's Institution of Highways & Transportation seminar 'Maintaining the asset: more from less'.
John Kinns(G) John@Kinns.org.uk