In response to member feedback to the new-look ICE website, the ICE Web Strategy Committee has invested in a much improved search engine.
The Blossom search engine is now up and running, and should make it easier to pinpoint specific information. Visit www. ice. org. uk.
Engineers can cut the time and cost of underground works by simply watching the ground more closely, according to the latest issue (vol 158 no 1) of the ICE/BGA Geotechnical Engineering journal. The 'observational method' has been around since the 1960s, but concerns about safety have deterred widespread use. Summaries of all papers can be read at www. geotechnicaljournal. com.
Following the publication of the revised 2000 series documents (NCE last week), the ICE would like to remind trainees who enrolled on training schemes prior to 1 September 1999 that they are still entitled complete their Initial Professional Development (IPD) under the standards and procedures contained in the SARTOR 2 - ICE 100 series documents. Any candidate wishing to do this should consult their regional liaison officer, prior to submitting their application.
'Clean energy in buildings:new technologies to cut carbon and reduce fuel poverty', is an exhibition of current research, hardware, commercial products and services that offer innovation and sustainability in construction. Jointly organised by London association and the UK Fuelcell Network, the event is being held at the ICE on 5 April. Afternoon exhibitions, workshops and discussion groups begin at 1pm, with evening presentations from 6pm.
The event is free and open to all. For details visit www. hydrogen.co.uk/ what's_new/events/ fuel_poverty. htm.