THE ICE's schools campaign got under way this week with the launch of a civil engineering showcase CD.
The CD is designed to help members giving presentations to schools and colleges to explain civil engineering, and what life as an engineer is like.
It forms part of an ambitious plan by the ICE to revamp the image of the civil engineer, with a particular focus on schools (NCE 23 November).
The CD is a forerunner of the long anticipated interactive CDrom for schools, to be known as Edifice. This CD, to be released in March, is intended to encourage pupils to take up a career in civil engineering and will be backed by a magazine for school students produced by NCE, called NCE Insite (News this week.
The CD includes a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint. This is for ease of use and to allow presentations to be tailored to suit the speaker and the audience. It includes images of past and present civil engineering feats and highlights the role civil engineering plays in every day life.
It also describes the stages involved in developing a typical scheme and advises how to become a civil engineer, what qualifications are needed, and what membership of the ICE provides.
It is hoped that members will mix and match photos and slides to suit what they do and where they do it, using their own projects as examples.
A second CD incorporating a library of images is being produced for members without access to images themselves.