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On line journals push web site demand

THE ICE web site had a bumper month in March with 90,000 visitors.

The figure, 25,000 up on February, has been put down to the release of Professional Review results for overseas candidates.

'March was the month of the professional review results and students from all over the world went 'on line' to find out how they had done before receiving their results in the post,' said head of electronic services at Thomas Telford Publishing, Leon Heward-Mills.

Figures out for April, show a drop on March but a rise on February. 'We have seen usage rise steadily by about 10% every month since we launched the site in February 1996,' said Heward-Mills.

America beat the UK into second place on the list of users, with Germany third. 'The USA and Germany have big journal markets which and there is a lot of interest in our journals which go on line.

'International users are able to get our 11 journals on line, at the same time as they come out in England, which is at least three weeks before they are sent, and in some cases five weeks.

'The on line journals are very popular because information and graphs can be extracted and downloaded on to PCs,' said Heward-Mills.

The chamber page of comments and features, exclusively for members and accessed by a pass word, has been made more prominent.

'The chamber page is very popular, especially the question and answer section, where if a member has a query about any aspect of practice, he can pose an open question.

'The success of the web site is very satisfying, especially when we hear of people who had never heard of the ICE, applying for membership after reading the web pages,' said Heward-Mills.

Look out for a new section on the education and training of civil engineers which will appear on next month's ICE web site.

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