Since the Pipeline Industries Guild was established in 1957, membership has grown to make it a leading voice for the international gas, oil, chemical, water, sewerage and, latterly, cable industries.
The Guild's stand will be able to provide information and contacts on issues of importance to the industry, including cost reduction and environmental impact mitigation.
Visitors and fellow exhibitors will be able to meet and share information, and build up a vital network of contacts.
Details will be available of the One-Call site information system, and the new drive to raise the profile of the pipeline industry.
The One-Call System for co-ordinating streetworks is one of the major issues affecting pipeline contractors, clients and consultants in the UK. The Guild took on the role of facilitating One-Call after its conference in November 2000, and has been making progress towards the implementation of a working information and communications infrastructure. A management group of 11 key industry personnel has been formed to drive the initiative forward. A parallel conference includes contributions from industry members involved in this initiative.
The Guild is expecting many overseas visitors at the event, thanks to work carried out with Trade Partners UK and companies in the US, Canada, the Caspian region, Turkey and Europe to attract international exhibitors and delegates.
This reinforces one of the Guild's current priorities - creation of an international branch. This is being developed through local sections around the world that will provide a forum to network and discuss technical issues.
Vital to this initiative is the Guild's website, www. pipeguild.
co. uk, which will be demonstrated on the stand. As well as providing a virtual meeting place and forum for exchange, it offers access to expert advice.
The Guild's aim is to establish a Youth Division this year and a network of younger people is already involved in teambuilding events, a careers forum and mentoring.
Pipelines 2002 will also host a Learning Zone supported by universities, employers and professional bodies.
The Pipeline Industries Guild is on Stand 12 A200.