EAST OF SCOTLAND Association has strengthened its links with the Czech Republic with an official visit to the capital city Prague.
ICE members set out to further dialogue with the Czech Institution of Structural & Civil Engineers (CSSI) and with the Czech Chamber of Certified Engineers & Technicians (CKAIT), the authorising body through which Czech engineers receive clearance to practice.
Scottish executive secretary Wylie Cunningham described the dialogue as 'tremendously encouraging'.
'We met a lot of people who want to get involved and who are keen to develop a relationship, ' he said.
Cunningham, East of Scotland chairman Alex Macauley and past chairman Douglas McBeth held detailed discussions with CSSI president Miloslav Pavlik, and foreign committee chariman Jiri Plicka, and CKAIT chairman Vaclav Mach and vice-chairman Bohumil Rusek.
Talks focused on the European Council of Civil Engineers' aspirations for 'advanced international relationships to mutual benefit', comparing civil engineering in the two countries.
But the visit was not all office work. The delegation found time for a trip to the historic Bohemian city of Hradec Kralove where they met regional officials of both the CSSI and the CKAIT to discuss and study how the two organisations work at local level.
One of the highlights of the trip was the inaugural joint meeting of the ICE, CSSI and CKAIT, which followed an event in June when the East of Scotland Association held a reception in Edinburgh for 45 Czech engineers and technicians.
The talk by Paisley University's Professor Peter Bartos on advances in concrete technology was attended by 120 Czech engineers.