REGULAR BROWSERS of the ICE's website will have noticed a few changes recently. Addition of some exciting extras are a reflection of how the Institution is trying to change to meet the needs of its members.
Relaunch earlier this month sees a more streamlined version of the website, the first phase in a five-year project to revamp it completely. So check it out at www. ice. org. uk.
Focusing on specialist areas of interest within civil engineering, the Knowledge area has been revamped to include news and events updates specific to each field of interest. A detailed explanation of each board's forward plan is also revealed alongside contact details for board members.
Last year's membership satisfaction survey revealed that some members felt out of touch with institutional affairs. ICExtra is the Institution's attempt to address this. For the first time, Council minutes are made available online so that members can keep up with the goings on at Great George Street.
Also within ICE Extra members can register their specific area (or areas) of interest within civil engineering and receive news alerts via email of relevant conferences or courses that are coming up.
The tedious task of updating membership details can now also be done online. This includes managing your subscriptions and changes of address.
Jumping on the bandwagon of another well known website, Engineers Reunited allows ICE members to get in touch with old university pals and colleagues. The service is open to engineers across the board - not just civil engineers - and is free to use.
The online bookshop
This virtual library allows members to search over 4,000 titles. Books extend beyond just ICE or Thomas Telford titles and cover the full range of civil engineering topics.
Books can be dispatched around the world and payment can be made online.
Alternatively, books can be loaned through the ICE library, which holds over 10,000 searchable titles.
Some publications are available online.