Mysterious steel spiked discs, and a weekend for two in Copenhagen are the prime attractions on foundation specialist Bachy Soletanche's stand. Visitors will be invited to guess the purpose of the 1m diameter cutting wheels and enter a free draw for the luxury break to Denmark.
But NCE readers can short cut the guessing game: the 1m diameter discs are the cutting tools for the hydrofraise excavating machine. At £2M a piece, these vast computer guided diaphragm walling rigs, with their four cutter arms mounted on the lower corners of a 35t panel frame, are claimed to be the fastest and most accurate on the market.
'The lucky winner of the trip will be invited to tour the construction works at Copenhagen's new underground metro, where Bachy has helped build half a dozen vast station box excavations beneath central streets,' explains business development manager Chris Thomas.
Oasys will demonstrate a full range of products including its Oasys GSA one program frame and finite element static and dynamic structural analysis program, Oasys GEO for geotechnical analysis and new addition Oasys Columbus - an intuitive document management program. The Oasys CD, containing information relating to all our products, can be obtained at the exhibition in exchange for the tear off section of the wrapper on this issue of NCE. Alternatively return the completed card by post.
Information will also be available on the stand about how to enter the Oasys design awards.
CERAM has over 50 years of experience working in partnership with the building and construction industries, from testing of full scale structures in its purpose built laboratory to on site investigation and environmental assessment.
City ofBath College
'Our stand may be one of the small ones, but I guarantee it will be manned with enthusiasm,' says open learning programmes co-ordinator Clare Elliott.
'We will be promoting our distance learning courses - we are the only college that provides distance learning to the highway engineering industry,' she claims.
Visitors to the stand can win a free course by leaving their business card.
Mouchel is holding a special advanced composites seminar on its stand on 22 May to disseminate its expertise in the field. The programme includes:
ASSET - the European funded research project on advanced structural systems for tomorrow's infrastructure
Composites in civil engineering
Strengthening of structures
Primavera will introduce Primavera Enterprise 2.0 - its next-generation, multi-project planning, scheduling and control software suite. From full- time project schedule and cost control, to executive analysis and resource time tracking, Primavera Enterprise is a comprehensive solution, the company claims.
Also new from Primavera Systems is Primavera Expedition 7.0 which provides an integrated, uniform project control solution enabling teams to collaborate on details and analyse data in real time.
Special events will be two presentations every hour on the new products.
Document Control Services
Document Control Services' SAPA software for digitised pipeline data will be featured. The system allows archiving of as-built data, material certificates, weld radiographs, surveys, reports, correspondence and drawings. This data can then be easily accessed for design and analysis purposes and also used to identify trends.
Association of Consulting Engineers
'The Association of Consulting Engineers is really looking forward to exhibiting at Civils 2000,' says its communications director Andy Walker. 'When we exhibited at Civils 98 we generated a lot of interest and recruited a number of new members. We hope to do even better this year'.
Civils 2000 is the first exhibition where the ACE's new corporate identity will be given an airing.
ACE will also theme each day at Civils according to its range of services. There will be a legal and insurance surgery on the legal day, PR advice on the raising the profile of engineering day and advice on working overseas on the international day. A membership recruitment campaign will run throughout the show.
Visitors to the stand will be able to sample the famous ACE chocolate bars which went down well in 1998.
Pennine will exhibit its recently developed Rapid Impact Compaction system.
The system uses a hydraulic piling hammer and 1.5m diameter compacting foot, and can be used to consolidate shallow fills up to 4m in depth. The system is instrumented to record number of blows and depth of depression for each compaction pass. Validation of bearing pressure required can be confirmed by dynamic sounding and zone load testing.
Norwest Holst Soil Engineering
Geotechnical contractor Norwest Holst Soil Engineering is carrying out the £0.3M site investigation for proposed upgrading of Blackfriars Station in London. The work forms part of client Railtrack's Thameslink 2000 project. It involves building a new platform spanning the full width of the River Thames and capable of accommodating 12 carriage trains. Blackfriars Bridge will be strengthened to accept the new platforms and a low height canopy installed, ensuring views of the city skyline across to St Paul's Cathedral are not obstructed.
Investigations into the construction of the bridge and the underlying geology is being undertaken before detailed design. Norwest is using heavy duty cable tool boring equipment working from two jack-up platforms either side of the bridge to characterise the river bed. It is using its new multi-purpose Deltabase 510 rotary rig to core through the bridge structure. Consultant for the investigation is WS Atkins.
Angle Ring Company
Specialist steel section bending engineer The Angle Ring Company will promote its induction bending process. This allows tubes, hollow sections and open sections to be curved to much smaller radii and with less deformation than is possible with cold roller-bending.
Techniques on show on Allen Watson's stand will be auger boring, directional drilling, pipe ramming and rock boring for trenchless installation of pipes, cables and ducts. Its latest rig, a purpose-built 175t HDD, can install large diameter pipes in variable ground over large distances.
Construction of the Cardiff Bay Barrage led to a change in the groundwater regime beneath parts of South Cardiff. Allen Watson carried out successful trials which resulted in the installation of horizontal drainage wells as part of the groundwater control scheme.
The directional drilling contractor was established in 1990 and installs trenchless pipe and cables for utility firms and civil engineering contractors. It has acquired a Maxi Drill with 85t capacity that will allow longer and larger diameter drilling.
Foundation contractor Westpile will be demonstrating some of its newest innovations at the show. The firm has bolstered its core business - design and installation of bearing piles and bored pile walls - with an extensive capital investment programme. New plant, including three new Soilmec piling rigs, has been added to the CFA and rotary piling fleet, enabling the firm to install CFA piles up to 1,200mm diameter in depths of up to 30m. Its cased flight auger piling system enables construction in a wider variety of ground conditions and improves construction of bored pile walls.
Westpile is now using a slipforming system to produceits Hardrive precast piles, increasing factory output, improving efficiency and reducing wastage.
Jonathan Simm of HR Wallingford will introduce its 'Construction risk in river and estuary engineering' manual at a seminar on 25 May. He will focus on the new methods and protocols that are being adopted to assess and mitigate time, cost, quality and safety risk for construction works in river, estuary and coastal environments.
The independent firm carries out research and consultancy in environmental and civil engineering hydraulics worldwide. Laboratory and computer modelling, project studies and field measurements are all underpinned by leading edge international research.
Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors was formed in the 1960s by quantity and land surveyors and is the only associated Institution within the ICE.
It consists of two professional practice committees, commercial management and geospatial engineering.
Commercial management embraces quantity surveyors, estimators, procurement and cost engineers, project managers, planners, construction economists and construction lawyers.
Geospatial engineering encompasses land surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, cartography and visualisation.
Dynalog Electronics will show its new C-SCAN 2010 series non contact buried pipeline survey system.
This uses a signal generator to put a low frequency signal into a buried pipeline. The resulting electrical field can be used to locate the pipeline using a detector unit. Variations in the electrical field can be used to determine pipeline depth, coating quality and the location of faults.
Barnshaws Steel Bending
The Worlds Strongest Man competitor Frazer Tranter will be on Barnshaws Steel Bending's stand, bending bars using his own special cold bending method.
Barnshaws normally uses a more conventional mechanised approach to bending tubes, pipes and hollow sections, and has extended its capacity with the purchase of an induction bending facility.
Institution of Civil Engineers
ICE's stand is expected to be a big attraction but the ICE will also be playing a major part at the exhibition by holding a seminar on the last day, Thursday. Addressing the theme of training engineers for 2025, it will focus on how the ICE can attract the best, develop skills and competencies and broaden the profession. Chaired by President George Fleming with a panel of Dr Scott Steedman, ICE membership director Mike Bruton and a representative ICE member, the seminar will examine the key issues, with contributions from seminar delegates.
Tickets for the seminar are available free from Peter Griffiths on (020) 7665 2150.