ICE has joined forces with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) and opened a regional hub in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. The hub provides local membership support services for ICE members in South East Asia and professional development services to engineering companies.
At the launch of the hub ICE Director of Membership Sean Harris said: "Our dedicated support staff will deliver added value to relationships between ICE and employers in South East Asia.
"Our professional qualifications are unrivalled in quality and recognised around the world. When you become a member you are joining our global community of more than 90,000 civil engineering professionals."
The office opening coincides with ICE 200 and its focus on civil engineers as 'Invisible Superheroes'.
ICE President Lord Robert Mair said:
"Civil engineers can be proud to say that ours is a profession with a great history of transforming lives. We are the invisible superheroes of society. We want to emphasise the power behind what engineers do and engage a public audience of adults and young people – telling the story of how civil engineers have done that."
Lord Mair used his speech to encourage civil engineers to solve current global challenges. As many as 663 million people worldwide still don't have access to clean drinking water, poor sanitation and dirty water creates a health crisis. Civil engineers must continue to come up with new solutions to help developing countries access clean water.
By 2050 the population will reach 9 billion. Civil engineers need sustainable ways to develop the built environment these people will live in, and must help minimise the impact of climate change and flooding, he said.