ICE CHIEF executive Mike Casebourne told the M4i conference that the Institution should be a demonstration project.
He was responding to calls for institutions and organisations to provide demonstration projects that would improve the industry's respect for its people.
'I have been warned we are to be approached,' Casebourne said, 'and I think we should say 'yes'. We have to improve the way the Institution works with its industry. We need to be upfront and leading, not trailing behind'.
He added: 'We could make some innovations in the way the engineering boards do their work. They should be authoritative and composed of the best people available and they should apply their minds to today's problems, producing answers today.'
Casebourne added that the ICE's CPD role could be a demonstration project. 'We could look at turning the CPD concept into a means of measuring a professionals' whole life performance,' he said.
Casebourne said the ICE's local associations could help to disseminate the M4i message.
The first phase of the Knowledge Exchange, an online resource for sharing knowledge and information coming out of M4i demonstration projects, is now up and running. Access is via the M4i website: www.m4i.org.uk.
More demonstration projects are needed to help the work of M4i. Last week's conference put out a call for schemes in the North and Scotland, particularly projects that demonstrate innovations in components and off site fabrication, small schemes or packages within schemes. For details call Ian Huntingdon on (0171) 890 5652.