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Have your say on issues of the day

HAVE YOU got an opinion on the World Trade Center collapse? If so you too can have your say on the ICE's new internet discussion forum.

Structural and building board chairman Gordon Masterton kicked off the first set of debates within the Professional Interest Network section of the ICE's website.

He launched a series of questions probing the industry's reaction to the New York tragedy.

'This is the time for the civil engineering community to respond rationally and intelligently, ' said Masterton.

Each week five new debates will be set up by the industry's leading lights, before the direction of discussion is taken on by those who contribute.

'It is my expectation that these forums will drive the activity of the relevant boards, ' said ICE assistant director of engineering John Bennett.

'This form of interaction between the boards and the membership is both innovative and potentially very powerful, ' he added.

This week, debate on surveying is stirred by geospatial engineering board chairman, John McCreadie, who says: 'I doubt whether much of what is taught about surveying in civil engineering courses today is relevant to the modern civil engineer.'

Other subjects covered by the first round of debates are environmental sustainability, health and safety and brownfield development.

INFOPLUS Go to www. ice. org. uk and head for the Professional Interest Networks page

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