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Defining moment


I welcome the new ICE's 'quality of life' slogan (NCE 6 September), and I support a new drive towards solution engineering. But does its policy exist?

I agree that clients don't want engineering designs they want solutions to their problems. We should be driving the role of civil engineering to encompass the additional management roles which have been hijacked by architects and project managers. To this end we should have a policy that matches the slogan.

I propose that business development, sales and marketing, media training and networking skills are integrated into university degree courses and the professional qualification process. We must all recognise by now that, as an industry, we have failed our engineers over the last ten years and the results are a skills crisis and low status.

To rectify this for the next ten years we must start today, and not with a slogan but a policy.

Brian Pope, Waterman Rennick, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP

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