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Irish connection: Is it feasible to build a tunnel to Ireland? Symonds think so and Gareth Davies, the man behind the company's proposal will be on the Symonds stand 611 to explain how advanced techniques developed on the resund crossing make an Irish venture possible. There is also a seminar on the same subject on Wednesday 20 May at 4.15pm in Theatre A. Davies and his colleague John Holland are also happy to talk about the resund scheme and on the stand will be reviewing resund tunnel's progress and discussing how the Symonds team has met and overcome the challenges encountered on the project so far.

Other attractions promised for Civils 98 are:

the company's new Dispute Resolution Service - the first to be offered by a company in the commercial sector and introduced in response to the Housing Grants Construction & Regeneration Act. Chris Miers, the man behind the service, will be on the stand during the afternoon of 19 May to discuss the implications of the Act.

business development director Mike Head will be available to discuss how creative thinking and innovative techniques can improve city environments and ease the burdon on transport infrastructure.

group transport director Peter Mynors will be there to develop the transport theme further.

Course of treatment: Celtic Technologies range of on site and insitu remediation techniques including bioremediation, vacuum extraction and groundwater treatment will be demonstrated on stand 635. Details on the firm's latest contracts including developing a biological treatment strategy for a Derbyshire site contaminated with tar wastes will be available. Celtic is also launching a new contracting division, Celtic Remediation International which will be introduced.

Rigged for the future: Underground boring specialist Allen Watson placed an advert announcing equipment for sale and rumours promptly and wrongly spread of the company's imminent demise. So Allen Watson is using Civils 98 stand 132 to make it clear that it has been selling existing rigs in order to buy state of the art equipment to keep at the forefront of the trenchless technology industry.

Laying the foundations: Taylor Woodrow Foundation's full range of skills will be on show on stand 956, including bored piling, diaphragm walling and grouting methods.

Chair leader: On Wednesday 20th at Civils 98 Jackson Civil Engineering managing director Peter Jackson will be on the company stand 148. Andrews has just been re-elected national chairman of lobby group the Civil Engineering Contractors Association. If you want to talk to him about the company or the CECA, then visit the stand.

On the cards: Software progammes being demonstrated by Card Geotechnics on stand 403 at the show include:

MIDAS for design of methane protection measures

TECHTRAK business management operating system

GOLDFINGER quantified risk assessment package for hazards from landfill gas

ENRAVEL for hazard risk assessment on contaminated land.

Company founder Dr Geoffrey Card is also giving a seminar in Theatre A on Tuesday 19th at 13.15pm looking at the problem of over-conservatism in the design of methane gassing protection systems.

Speaking up: New technologies, latest developments and innovative ideas will all feature, we are promised, on Maunsell's stand 741. Chief executive Peter Head will be speaking at a Civils 98 seminar on advanced composite technology - Theatre A, 11.15am, Wednesday 20 May. Maunsell is also running its own seminar programme at its stand covering

the challenges for the contractors' designer

intelligent transport systems

deterioration of reinforced concrete

cathodic protection and chloride extraction

European standards and Eurocodes.

value engineering

For more information phone Sylvia Desplace on 0181 663 6565.

Gantry challenge: The Highways Agency is using Civils 98 to unveil a totally new design of gantry - the result of an invitation-only competition. The winning design will be announced at a special seminar in the NEC's Concourse Suite on the morning of Wednesday 20 May.

Four multi-discipline teams were selected by the Agency to enter the competition. The brief was to come up with innovative gantry ideas that would slash the existing £800,000 average cost and reduce the maintenance budget. But the teams also had to keep in mind style and appearance.

'We deliberately chose people who had not designed gantries before to make up the competition teams,' says Highways Agency structures design group architect planner Jon Wallsgrove. 'We wanted some blue sky thinking. And we brought architects, product designers, and lighting experts into the competition as well as engineers.'

The teams which entered what Wallsgrove says are 'very exciting' designs are: Yee Associates and Brown & Root; John McAslan & Partners, Anthony Hunt and Lighting Design Partnership; Maunsell, Foster & Partners and Pearce Traffic; and Symonds Travers Morgan, Atelier One and David Marks Julia Barfield.

They will describe their designs at the HA's own seminar and at the end of the morning session will hear, along with the audience, who is the winner.

It could be lucrative award. First location for the new 'cool' gantries will be the M25 to expand the controlled motorway signal programme but it is intended they will be used all around the country and sold abroad.

NCE will be publishing details on all the designs in its 21 May issue, but if you want to be

ahead of the game go along to the HA seminar on 20 May at Civils 98. To book your place call Katherine Staton at the Highways Agency on 0171 921 4179; fax 2214.

The Highways Agency can be visited on stand 660.

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