186-year-old ICE. Members of the Society of Engineering Technicians became part of the ICE in 1989. They were followed by those belonging to the Institution of Highways & Works Management (IHWM), which became part of the Institution in 1994.
'There's lots of talk, but not much has happened, ' said Janet Knight, the only technician member on ICE council and an original member of IHWM.
'It makes me so angry - we just don't sell it enough. People still think that the only way into the ICE is through university, but it's open to everyone, ' she said.
Most technicians contacted by NCE said they do not understand what they could gain from joining professional institutions.
The problem is compounded by the fact that technician members still do not have full voting rights and have no say on changes to ICE bylaws 'It's something we're looking into. But changing the terms of corporate membership is a lengthy process and requires a change in the Royal Charter, ' said ICE president Douglas Oakervee.
The ICE's first move is to use regional support teams to make links with local industry and promote the idea of technical membership.
But this is not expected to happen until the end of this year Oakervee is also using his engineering forum - a collection of 13 major UK consultants and contractors - to spread the word that recruiting and nurturing more technicians could be a solution to the skills shortage problem.
The ICE believes that for every chartered member there should be at least one technician member. This would mean that there should be more than 40,000 technician members instead of just 600.
Those technicians who are aware of the ICE are said to be put off by the lack of commitment shown towards them by the Institution. One complaint is that membership details for technicians are too vague.
This is a selection of the best ICE events from around the regions. For the full list of events taking place near you, go to www. nceplus.co.uk and click on the 'What's On' link.
Tuesday 30 March Wales Detailed flood plain mapping using LIDAR Environment Agency Wales flood defence manager John Mosedale will discuss the use of LIDAR to map the Teifi catchment area in west Wales. He will discuss how output data has been used to solve problems and to develop a flood management plan.
Cardiff University, Wales. 6.15pm.
Contact Katie Fawcett (029) 204 66128 Wednesday 31 March London Rankine Lecture 2004 - Engineering seismology and soil mechanics Imperial College professor Nicholas Ambraseys will talk about how a fullscale laboratory model at the university is being used to solve earthquake problems.
Main lecture theatre, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, Exhibition Road, London. 5.30pm Contact Gavin Bowyer (020) 7799 1325 Friday 23 April London Waste management - the multibillion pound opportunity for construction As the UK seeks to meet the demands of the EU landfill directive, an opportunity will arise to build and design new facilities for waste treatment and reprocessing. Biffa Waste Services director and conference chair Peter Jones predicts this will provide between £5bn and £30bn worth of investment over the next 20 years. Speakers include Parliamentary sustainable waste management group member Alan Whitehead MP and Tim Judson from the DEFRA waste implementation programme.
ICE London. All day. Contact Alice Staite (020) 7665 2313