THE ICE is urging members to get involved in the tall buildings debate by registering their views with the ICE's structures and buildings engineering club.
With results from official investigations in the wake of 11 September beginning to appear, the ICE is seeking views on seven key issues:
How the engineering profession should respond to the collapse of the WTC towers
What lessons can be learned from the nature of the collapse
What information the profession can offer to assist with the studies
What are the implications for existing tall buildings
What are the implications for the design of future tall buildings
What measures should be taken to limit risk of recurrence
How recurrence can best be prevented.
'The events of 11 September will live in our memories forever, ' said ICE structures and buildings board chairman Gordon Masterton. 'To see two of the largest structures in the world reduced to a pile of rubble with huge loss of life was a strike at one of our basic freedoms of civilisation - to live and work in buildings that are delightful, exciting, and inspiring.
'This is a time for the civil engineering community to respond rationally and intelligently. While study groups and disaster response teams are being established by groups of professional bodies, many questions still need to be answered, ' said Masterton.
The engineering clubs are the ICE's online source of professional and job-related information, with discussion forums where members can exchange views and technical knowledge.
To offer your views, visit the structures and buildings engineering club at www. ice. org. uk.