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ICE cool website proves a hit

The ICE website has 100,000 users a month after nearly three years on the worldwide web.

The site, which had just 10,000 hits in its first month, broke through the 100,000 barrier in las October and new statistics show 110,000 hits in November.

The online learning centre EDUnet has been cited as a hit puller. The distance learning course helps international applicants brush up on English for their professional reviews with help on grammar and essay writing. Help is available from a dedicated tutor on an e-mail link and students can discuss their professional reviews with each other on the students' forum page. Civil engineering law and contracts is a new course offered on EDUnet next year.

Main objective on the website for 1999 is to develop a new section on schools. The existing schools zone within the students' icon has competitions and events but is not a resource, said webmaster Joanna Phillips. Civils are to follow the lead of the Institute of Electrical Engineers which have a dedicated schools section to help teachers' class preparation.

ICE assistant director of information and communication John Bennet said: 'We will produce a resource covering materials and structures to help teachers develop a kid's understanding of structures.'

Other improvements to the site include a faster interchange of members views in the 'chambers' section, which has led to a tenfold increase in hits to the page. And engineers can now respond to the actions of the ICE's technical boards at the Engineering Resource Centre.

Members even have the chance to send online Christmas Cards or 'e-cards' to each other via the website.

For more information contact John Bennet on +44 171 665 2205. The EDUnet section can be reached on www.ice.org. uk/edunet/

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