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Council members fear junior role on IStructE jv

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ICE COUNCIL members raised fears last month over their under-representation in the newly formed ICE/IStructE registering body for structural engineers working in the Scottish building industry.

Some members believe that having only one nominated director on the five member board could diminish the ICE's influence within the body.

The IStructE has formed the 'Structural Engineers Registration Ltd' in response to the new Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 which come into effect in May 2005.

The regulations require all structural engineers which self certify building applications in Scotland, and their companies, to register with the ICE/IStructE body (News last week).

The company will be run from the IStructE headquarters in London which will also bear start-up and operational costs.

Council member Russell Calderwood voiced concerns over the IStructE's long term strategy if the system is introduced into England and Wales next year.

'The IStructE is making inroads into developing a scheme which could marginalise the ICE and its members, ' he said.

But IStructE chief executive Keith Eaton has assured the ICE that both institutions will be represented equally on the audit panel charged with assessing each applicant.

'The thing to stress is that it's a 50/50 activity. If we hadn't done it, commercial companies would have, ' said Eaton.

ICE vice president Gordon Masterton added: 'The primary duty is to the success of the entity, not to drive the agenda of each institution.'

Roadshows are planned to help spread the message to engineers, architects and developers. More details can be found from 1 December at: www.SER-Ltd. com

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