A MAMMOTH project to place the entire Proceedings of the ICE on the internet has been completed.
Every paper published by the ICE since 1836 is now available, making it the largest civil engineering archive in the world, according to the ICE.
The task to computerise the 20,000 papers involved scanning 200,000 pages, including drawings, and took a year to complete.
The project was led by ICE head librarian Mike Chrimes, working with ICE publisher Thomas Telford.
'The motivation behind the project was to improve our service to members by enabling them to have 24 hour access to our Proceedings, the most intensively used section of the library, ' said Chrimes.
He said that web-based proceedings will also free up library staff from photocopying and retrieving proceedings to enable them to provide other services.
Papers can be accessed on the virtual library from website www. iceknowledge. com. The cost to members is £5 while non-members are charged £15.
The Proceedings, including thou - sands of fold-out drawings, were transferred to high-resolution P D F files by Leeds-based firm Absolutely Scantastic.
'The process was tedious but will save a lot of tedium in the long term, ' said Chrimes.
The project was made possible by a bequest to the Institution from the late Gerald Marshall, an ICE member, and was driven by ICE publisher Thomas Telford.
'With much of the world's Victo - rian and pre-War infrastructure coming to the end of its useful life, the archive is expected to provide an invaluable, rapid resource for civil engineers planning refurbishment or replacement projects. Even for more recent works, the archive may well prove to be the only source of reliable, as-built data, ' said Thomas Telford journals publisher Leon Heward-Mills.
'It will give engineers access to a vast range of information which has only been on library shelves, but now is available in a readily accessi - ble form, ' he added.
INFOPLUS www. iceknowledge. com