The ICE stepped up its mission to boost public understanding of civil engineers' contribution to society. With the launch of the publication of The Little Book of Civilisation 2, this month.
The book's publication follows a recent Royal Academy of Engineering/Engineering Technology Board study which concluded that two out of three young people know very little about engineering.
The Little Book of Civilisation 2 builds on the success of its predecessor which was first published in early 2005.
Plans for this sequel were already being set in motion within months of the first book's launch.
ICE communications executive Ed Horton oversaw the book's production.
The first Book of Civilisation was such a success that we wanted to move quickly to capitalise," said Horton.
The first book proved to be the most popular download on the ICE website for a number of months after its release.
It is distributed to visitor centres at tourist attractions of engineering significance, as well as museums, schools and colleges.
"This is not intended to be a teaching tool but it could well be used in an educational and possibly even in a career guidance context," said Horton.
The Little Book of Civilisation 2 will be available online and in hardcopy and includes 16 real-life case studies of projects including the Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED),York Eco Depot and Wembley Stadium. Also available is a film clip exploring case studies from the first and second editions.
Case study content and production support was provided by 13 industry players including Skanska, Ramboll Whitbybird, Royal Haskoning, Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Arup, Atkins, Faber Maunsell, Mott MacDonald, Halcrow, Colas, Thames Water and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.
"The project overall is the result of a lot of people's effort," said Horton. The contributions of the consultancies involved were assessed and evaluated by an internal ICE think-tank to ensure that the content was in tune with the Institution's aims.
There is already talk of a third book in the series. "Initial ideas for moving on with the series have been mooted, but they are still at the early stages," said Horton.
ICE President David Orr said: The Little Book of Civilisation 2 and the accompanying film clip bring to life the ways civil engineers meet the challenges of creating and maintaining our infrastructure for today's society, and for future generations.
"I think this material will inspire young people, and encourage many more to consider civil engineering as a career. This is vital if civil engineers are to continue delivering our essential work around the world."