TRANSPORT MINISTER John Spellar has formally launched the improved ICE website.
Breaking news is among the new sections offered and the revamped site has improved access to all the information previously available. The site can now be configured to meet members' individual requirements.
In response to member feedback, navigation of the site has been simplified so all information is accessed through four key areas on the home page. Every page of the site is a maximum of three clicks away.
By registering in a section called 'My ICE', members can tailor the site to meet their specific information needs.
They can focus the site further by using professional interest networks (PINs), designed as subject-based knowledge centres.
These include a discussion forum, a news and information service, an archive and a knowledge map. PINs have been designed with organic growth in mind, allowing them to be developed over time.
The ICE library can now be accessed through the 'Knowledge and expertise' section of the site.
This facility offers users online access, in full text, to the ICE's proceedings.
Educational provision has been improved by focusing on two key audiences - school pupils and teachers. Active promotion will encourage use of the material.
Prospective members of the ICE and existing members looking to upgrade their professional status will find it easier to access the information they require to determine the most appropriate level of membership.
Web pages about joining the Institution have been targeted at students, graduates, Technicians, Members and Fellows. These areas detail benefits, fees and joining information, and help individuals understand how their professional standing will develop over the course of their careers.
A new Media Centre will provide journalists with easy access to information on civil engineering issues and a daily update of keynewspaper articles.
A government section has been designed to enhance the ability of civil engineers to access legislative information and influence the political agenda.
The site has been built by Thomas Telford, the commercial arm of the ICE.