THE ICE has opened an office in St Petersburg to strengthen its Russian links .
Dr Yury Panibratov will be the new St Petersburg representative subject to Council approval. Larissa Polnareva is general manager of the office which was launched recently by ICE Russian country representative Professor Mikael Lachinov.
The launch took place at a symposium at the Architecture and Civil Engineering University in St Petersburg. ICE deputy international director Richard Thomson joined Andrew Gale and Ian Whyte from Manchester's UMIST University and Arkady Retik from Strathclyde University to represent the ICE at the symposium.
'Young Russian graduates are keen to seek membership of the ICE and St Petersburg University is planning an application for JBM accreditation of its degree courses, ' said Whyte.
'The ICE is playing a major role in the development of professional practice in the new Russia.'
St Petersburg contractors and academics also expressed the will to follow Moscow City Council's lead in introducing regulations to ensure future licences to build would only be granted if contractors employed civil engineers accredited by the new Russian Association of Engineers.