RUSSIAN MEMBERSHIP of the Institution has swelled dramatically following the first ever overseas reviews to be carried out in the native tongue.
In a move that will now be repeated in China and the Far East, professional reviews conducted in Russian in Moscow and Novosiborsk, Siberia last October and November saw 67 out of 75 candidates successfully meet the grade.
Seventeen candidates even qualified for direct entry as Fellow at the presentation ceremonies, held earlier this month.
The high standard reflected the seniority of many of the candidates. Ages ranged from 31 to 69, with the majority of candidates over 45. Many are senior figures in Russian industry for whom ICE membership is a vital step, as the country begins to open up for international investment.
Major banking, land and tax reforms are being pushed through, and Russian firms are seeking to expand overseas through membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). However, membership of the WTO is conditional on firms offering a workforce qualified to an internationally recognised standard, such as ICE.
'Their interests are purely commercial, ' explained ICE international director John Beck. 'In the 10 years since Perestroika there has been virtually no infrastructure investment.'
With the planned reforms this may soon change, explained Beck, and engineers will need accreditation.
With the influx of native Russian members, the Institution now has around 500 members based in the country. The ICE hopes to raise this to 800 by the end of the year, which will begin to repay some of the outlay.
'Last year we invested ú40,000 in Russia and got ú30,000 back.
This year we hope to get ú60,000 back, and by 2003 Russia should pay for itself, ' said Beck.
Eligible for ICE
In December 2001 the following candidates successfully passed their professional reviews to become members of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Two certificate presentations took place; by chairman of the joint board of moderators Jim Croll at the Russian local association AGM in Moscow in February, and by ICE vice president Doug Oakervee in Siberia in March.
Fellows Iouri Petrovich Shkitski Alexander Petrovich Stepushin Nikolai Grigorjevich Golovine Victor Eremin Yuri Viktorovich Voronov Vladimir Mihailovich Telegin Igor Gougin Gennady Molokanov Vladimir Vladimirovich Degtyaryov Nikolay Vikiorovich Bystrov Vladimir Broslavsky Nikolay Yakoubov Oleg Zaitsev Anatoliy Potapkin Arkadiy Petrovich Yanenko Vladimir Kartopoltsev Valentin Vasilievich Silianov Members (CEng) Vladimir Altunin Vassily Chaalenko Stepan Melkonyan Nikolai Senine Viktor Smirnov Ruben Afrikyan Alexander Malanin Vadim Georgievich Talantov Oleg Petrovich Gudzhoyan Vladimir Koulikov Dmitry Shmidt Anatoliy Il'ich Kuznetsov Yury Emanuilovich Vasiliev Mikhail Zertsalov Dmitry Karslyan Pavel Pospelov Vladimir Onischuk Alexander Tiounkov Serguei Volnov Alexander Ilyin Sergei Tsibin Galina Tarasovna Ambrosova Alexi Ignatievich Gnyria Vladimir Grigorievich Sebshev Ivon Mikhailovich Sebelev Stanislav Victorovich Linovskiy Viktor Aleksandrovich Bakker Leonid Victorovich Nuzhdin Grigoriy Fedotov Alexei Akulov Vladimir Ivanovich Gaguine Alexander Ivanovich Kudyakov Irina Guentsler Iosiph Iosiphovich Krylov Edward Kotliarskiy Gleb Ikarovich Evgen'ev Anatoliy Nikoleavich Kryzhanovskiy Sergei Yufin Anatoly Ivanovich Polischuk Alexander Petrovich Vasiliev Yury Alekseevich Sarykov Leonid Rasskazov Leonid Nikolaevich Rasskazov Oleg Kumpyak Members (IEng) Nickolai Moisseev Sergei Tsibin Anatoly Pavlovich Malinovsky Michail Aleksandrovich Somov Zaven Ter-Martirosjan