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I was glad to read (February news) about the launch of the on-line Ground Engineering

website, and was keen to visit the Construction Plus pages.However, without hav ing read the GEarticle last month I wouldn't have assumed thatGEonline would be found via the NCE Plus site.

Once in Construction Plus I searched around for a reference to GE and eventually managed to find a link via the 'About Us' prompt. So, into GE online I thought. . . but no, just a few limp pages with no indication of what year the 'Features' relate to, no online articles, no search facility, no links, no back catalogue listings of articles, no bally clue as to what is going on. . .Was I expecting too much? I think GE is an excellent magazine, and the Internet is one of the most amazing inventions, ever - but the information available at www. emapconstruct. co. uk/GE/ is somewhat disappointing.

Nick Harwood, geotechnical engineer Buro Happold, Bath

Max Soudain, deputy editor, writes:

The news article was about the launch of Emap's Construction Plus website and the geotechnical information that can be found there. There was no reference to the launch of an online Ground Engineering site because there isn't one. The address that Nick Harwood stumbled across - www. emapconstruct. co. uk/GE/ is obsolete and best forgotten. I do not believe it has ever been actively publicised.

We have not yet developed a geotechnical portal within Construction Plus, although the intention is to provide one.Nevertheless, there is significant information of interest to geotechnical engineers on www. nceplus. co. uk, which is part of Construction Plus. That is why we brought it to your attention in last month's news item. I am sorry if other readers, like Nick Harwood, were misled.

NCE Plus includes a searchable archive of Ground Engineering articles and a number of geotechnical innovations can be found within the 'knowledge bank'section.

GE articles can be found within the NCE Plus archive. Searches can be made by keywords (say Buro Happold, Millennium Dome or bored piles) and/or by date of publication (to look at all the articles in the September 1999 issue of Ground Engineering, you would enter 01/09/99). You can search all of Emap Construct's magazines or select a single publication. At the moment the archive is text only, but it is comprehensive.

You will not find an electronic version of the paper magazine at the web address. As Emap Construct's online editor Lisa Russell says, 'clearly there would be little point in replicating information that is better suited to a magazine, when there is so much potential to offer other types of information.'

NCE Plus, for instance, provides a daily construction industry news service, searchable databases of companies, services and products, and even three dimensional Ipix photographs of projects.The 'knowledge bank'also offers direct interaction with the engineering community and the opportunity to post information on technical innovation.

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