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Got an idea? Why not share it

One of the key areas of the NCE Plus web site is the Knowledge Bank, covering best practice and innovation both in the office and on site.

The Knowledge Bank is somewhere to browse for inspiration, and promote engineers' own ideas to others. This double purpose gives a reason to use it, and an incentive to contribute.

Its format is deliberately informal and wide ranging. Ingenious technical solutions and issues of running a company are equally at home; and small, time saving tips are just as welcome as major innovations.

Information on the Knowledge Bank can be found by using key words. A search on carbon fibre, for instance, will include reports on tunnel strengthening, long span bridge design and even a bandstand. Reports about a particular company can be found too.

Every engineer is bound to do something they are proud of at least once a month and even allowing for some clients' reluctant to allow publication of project details, many readers should have something they would like to share with their colleagues.

Ideas could include tips about a shortcut in the use of standard software, or how lateral thinking led to a piece of equipment being adapted for a new use, for example. Others may cover starting to use technology to cut down travelling or plug a book, report or talk by sharing a useful bit of information from it.

Graduate trainees could describe how they are working together to broaden their learning.

Then there is research. It might take years to get a thesis published, but a short account on the Knowledge Bank now could set people thinking.

Of course potential contributors may fear that a rival might take advantage of their idea - although obviously no-one should give away any secrets. On the other hand, clients using NCE Plus or the new Client Plus website would certainly want to see what kind of expertise engineers have already developed.

It costs nothing to add a story.

There is an 'Add your entry' button within the Knowledge Bank, or you can e-mail the editor.

The more people that contribute, the richer the resource will be for everyone.

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