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NCE at 40: a time to reflect and enhance

The approach of NCE’s 40th anniversary in May 2012 presents us with a fantastic opportunity to review the portfolio of magazines and associated electronic products delivered by Emap on behalf of the ICE.

Click here to access the survey

How can we serve you better?

In short, we need your help to understand how NCE can serve you, your businesses and your profession better in the future.

Since the magazine was launched in 1972, the civil engineering profession and the way its magazine serves it, have changed in many ways. So has the publishing industry, not least with the emergence and growth of the internet and electronic publishing over the last decade.

For example, when the ICE sold its publishing business to commercial publisher Emap in 1995, NCE consisted of a weekly magazine to UK members and a monthly magazine to those living overseas.

Today it has grown to include a daily online news service, breaking news alerts, regular sector newsletters, live conferences and summits, round tables and an annual show.

The most recent ICE membership satisfaction survey in May confirmed that ICE members still read and value NCE, with 96% of those receiving the magazines saying they read them.

The approach of NCE's 40th anniversary in May 2012 presents us with a fantastic opportunity to review the portfolio of magazines and associated electronic products delivered by Emap on behalf of the ICE.

Your chance to choose: help us shape the future of NCE

However, while it remains the most valued tangible ICE membership benefit, it is clear that, along with many of the ICE’s own information services, members are now less satisfied with the services provided by Emap in 2011, compared to 2010.

Fundamentally, the ICE and Emap are committed to exploring the best ways of delivering news and industry information to ICE members. Over the next few months we will be working together to ensure that we enhance the relevance and quality of NCE news and information in the future.

Right now we want to find out more detail on what you like and dislike about the NCE magazine and the website.

The information you need

We want to know what information you seek in your jobs and careers and, more specifically, how you would like to see the products you receive as part of your ICE membership evolve going forward.

We want to take this opportunity to understand how you consume information in your careers, in your profession and in your lives so that we can meet these needs and plan to meet them as they change in the future.

We want to understand what information you need, how often you need it and how this information is best presented so that we can move forward with products that deliver you the right information using the most appropriate and sustainable delivery platforms.

The starting point for this work is a straightforward questionnaire which I urge you to fill in and return to us and so make your views known.

The questionnaire will be available from 28 July and be open for replies for one month.

Our intention is to ensure that as many NCE readers complete the form as possible, so we are offering a variety of ways to you to engage and submit your views (see box).

We will also be running a series of on-line interactive webinars, telephone interviews and live events at which the NCE team will be available to discuss any proposed changes − details to follow.

This is an exciting and challenging time for the whole civil engineering profession and certainly NCE intends to continue to be at the heart of your profession and your careers.

Ensuring that we meet your needs and plan for the future is vital to ensuring our partnership with the ICE continues so I urge you to engage with this important research.

Many thanks for your help.

  • Antony Oliver, Editor, NCE

How to get involved

The questionnaire will be available from 28 July and can be accessed by clicking the link at the top of this story.

Alternatively, you can request a paper version of the questionnaire − either telephone Katherine Cullenon on +44 207 728 3629, email or write to NCE questionnaire, Greater London House, London NW1 7EJ. Please supply your address so that we can send you the questionnaire.

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