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Around the stands. . .

CIVILS 2005

Retaining wall specialists Phi Group gave away a blata midi quad bike in a prize draw on its stand.

The lucky winner was Mott Macdonald graduate engineer Katherine Jackson.

Manchester School of Business Worldwide gave an update on its distance learning MBA programmes at a champagne reception.

Caswick displayed a wide range of its products from manhole ladders to plastic drainage systems.

Stirling Lloyd Polychem replaced the exhibition centre's carpet tiles with its own range of hard surfaces on its stand.

De Neef UK showcased a selection of joint sealants and water proof membranes.

Bauer Inner City demonstrated its demountable flood defence system.

Machtech had a prize draw for two magnums of Champagne. The lucky winner was Gill Smith, Environmental Manager at Scott Wilson. It used the show to meet potential new recruits - some of the candidates met at the show have already been sent on interview this week.

40 Seven showcased its underground utility surveying equipment.

Howden used outlandish photography to draw attention to its industry insurance policies.

Geomatrix demonstrated equipment used for geophysical exploration on its stand.

Reelfix had mock up rebar columns to demonstrate the diversity of its use.

Yorkshire Water has launched an online mapping service Yormap which includes details of all water mains and sewers in its catchment area.

FML Insurance Services was at Civils to talk to contractors and came away with some good leads.

Call Monitor was introducing its Satphone to the market.

Causeway Technologies plans an education offensive with key government clients like the Department for Transport.

Conquest targeted contract surveyors by completely redesigning its valuations product.

Autodesk pressed the advantage of its Civils 3D design software over traditional 2D CAD design.

Australian software firm 12D Model promoted its new London office, set up to sell its road design package.

Fellow Australians XP Software came to Civils to see if there is a market for its two dimensional flood simulation software.

Asta Development was demonstrating its Tilos two dimensional planning software for linear projects.

Ordnance Survey said it has recruited 160 budding entrepreneurs to work up innovative ways of using its mapping data.

MDL was demonstrating its new miniature ruggedised 3D laser scanning system C-ALS.

Nemetschek UK and its development partner CSSP presented a new CADbased cost calculation and tendering system.

Rugged Solutions showed an expanded range of its range of 'unbreakable' laptops and PDAs with a new Rugged MPDA mobile phone.

Strand 7's finite element analysis package has been used on some high profile jobs, including the Athens Olympic Stadium roof and the Beijing Water Cube aquatic centre. Now the firm has its sights on London 2012.

Getmapping has started reflying the country to update its aerial photography - first taken in 1999-2000.

Esri UK spends most exhibitions setting out the difference between CAD and GIS so was relieved to find Civils attracting a more strategic level visitor.

Launching at Civils was new firm Vedesco's mobile CCTV rig. The rig is totally portable and can run for nine days unattended.

UK Perspectives is seeing a big demand for its 3D building models drawn using height data from LiDAR. ISS was looking to generate leads for its established products.

The West Country is proving the biggest growth area for Crest Software.

Emapsite launched an online version of its mapping service.

Parsons Brinckerhoff and the Atomic Weapons Establishment used their stands to attract potential recruits.

Ritchies used a multipurpose excavator/ mini piler to demonstrate its abilities in the ground works sector.

Allen Watson displayed its boring equipment to illustrate the nature of its business.

Cemex UK filled its stand with concrete and brick types to demonstrate its diversity.

Sub Surface Technologies had full size earthwork equipment.

Celsa Steel explained how it recycles 1Mt of scrap steel each year.

Jafco Tools was promoting its insulated tools which prevent workers being electrocuted in the event of hitting cables carrying voltages of up to 10,000V.

RMD Kwikform explained how a restructuring following a customer satisfaction survey is delivering sector specific falsework and formwork sales information.

A Plant told visitors that 'it was more than just a tools and plant hire company'.

Nusteel showed off its footbridge and gantry systems.

Buchan described its new product Fastcast solutions - factory engineered concrete solutions.

Molabolt demonstrated how its specialist bolting solutions including antivibration bolts 'never come loose'.

Faber Maunsell's stand highlighted the consultant's involvement in the design of the British Antarctic Survey's new accommodation building.

MARS managed to win a major project by having a stand at Civils.

ABC Anchors has developed a lightweight portable electronic ground anchor installer for use in areas that are inaccessible to vehicle-mounted machines.

Cube Surveys was pushing non destructive testing as a way of locating underground services while avoiding unmapped obstacles.

Intermarine reported that international demand for pontoons and buoyant breakwaters is growing rapidly.

WSP's stand was among the busiest at the show, drawing interest with its intelligent transport systems demonstration.

AON Insurance advised consultants and design-and-build contractors to look for professional indemnity insurance bargains before the new year, when the market is expected to harden.

Waterman was showcasing its environmental, structures, urban regeneration and environmental work.

Universal Sealants UK gave demonstrations on various sealants for expansion joints and bridge deck water proofing.

Daver Steels promoted structural bracing systems and marine tie bars.

Cogne Stainless was promoting its 18 month old stainless steel rebar.

Dubai's Palm Island and a major Ministry of Defence accommodation project were among those showcased on KBR's huge stand.

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