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New ICE journal aims to help engineers learn lessons of the past

The ICE is this week launching a new journal focusing on historical projects and techniques across the spectrum of civil engineering disciplines. 

Engineering History and Heritage will be an addition to the ICE’s Proceedings series. It will provide practical information for engineers as well as detailed accounts for engineering history buffs.

Writing the editorial for the first edition, chair of the ICE editorial advisory board Ronald Cox said: “Every branch of civil engineering has a history and it is important to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by the members of the profession in the past.” 

“The aim of this journal is to chronicle the historical development of all the distinct disciplines within civil engineering and construction on a worldwide basis. It will also be of particular interest to practitioners and researchers who are faced increasingly with the challenges of maintaining or adapting the world’s inherited infrastructure in a sustainable way,” said Cox, the recent recipient of American Society of Civil Engineers’ History and Heritage award.

Key areas the journal will concentrate on include safety and sustainability of structures and adaptation of engineering heritage to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

It will also include restoration and conservation of civil engineering’s heritage and assessments of milestone developments in the profession.

The new journal will have an international outlook. Support for the publication will come from engineering societies in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and members of the profession across Europe and Asia have signed up to provide content.

Head of publishing Leon Heward-Mills said: “We are always looking to produce journals that help the profession move forward. What this publication reminds us is that much of the knowledge we need to move forward is gained by looking back.”

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