Over the last 12 months the vice presidents of both institutions have teamed up to discover how each part of their operations worked.
The areas examined were: learned society; membership and professional development; publishing; UK and international activities; young members; finance and administration; and marketing and communications.
Vice presidents from ICE and IMechE responsible for each function have co-ordinated the work and will give presentations to the joint Council meeting. Council members from each institution will then have the chance to discuss any topic areas.
Learned society: Both Institutions had already started internal reviews of their learned society function. These are reaching similar conclusions, such as the need to be more outward facing and to cover multi-disciplinary topics familiar with the wider public.
Membership and Professional Development: The two institutions have a similar purpose.
Publishing: One signicant difference is the magazines of the two institutions.
NCE is owned by Emap plc on a long lease, whereas the IMechE owns Professional Engineering.
UK and International Activities:Joint activities including presidential visits to Sellaeld and the USA/Canada, and energy debates in the Thames Valley and London were well received. Differences have been identied in the institutions' regional set-ups.
Young Members: Work on an online Young Members forum has begun.
Finance and Administration: Both institutions operate in a compatible manner and the 'numbers' are quite similar.
Marketing and Communications: Closer working would allow the spread of contacts to be substantially enhanced.