UNITING CIVIL engineers around the globe is the goal of the CE World, the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) first ever virtual world congress.
CE World will run from July to November 2002 as an online conference designed to foster the exchange of technical and professional information among civil engineers and related professionals around the globe.
The ICE, which formalised an alliance with the ASCE in June last year to advance civil engineering knowledge worldwide, has leant its full support to the initiative.
'It is fantastically ambitious, ' said ICE chief executive Mike Casebourne. 'The intention of the ICE and ASCE working together is to bring together a worldwide network of informed, influential civil engineers. CE World is a great step in that direction.'
The first priority of the ASCE/ICE alliance was to create a pool of world civil engineering knowledge. This has been achieved through Earthshaper, an online knowledge bank which continues to grow under the aegis of the ICE.
'Now we are providing the opportunity to use this knowledge in a public discussion forum, ' Casebourne said.
The CE World congress will cover up to 30 topic areas, ranging from traditional style papers to video presentations, web cams and online interviews.
The ASCE is welcoming participants from the membership of 67 institutions around the world, making it vital for ICE members to contribute, Casebourne added. 'CE World will create strong voices and strong views. We would be delighted if ICE members would to contribute.'
The full text of selected papers is due in February.