As we are all aware, civil engineering and the development and maintenance of the built environment has much going for it at the moment. Government is at last realising that we can provide the vital economic backbone and is even - albeit slowly - coming round to accepting that it will have to pay for its infrastructure.
But we still have a long way to go. We must continue to drive our businesses into the 21st century. Costs must be reduced, efficiency stepped up and new technologies embraced. We must look around at the best innovations and learn from them. And we must look to our clients' needs and help to serve them better.
Civils 2002, NCE 's live event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre in June will help this process. By putting key clients in front of innovative suppliers, giving product manufacturers direct access to key specifiers and putting project management expertise in close contact with the contractors, Civils 2002 will be a key place for the industry to exchange information, nurture ideas and stimulate growth.
Over the next six months, NCE will continue to explain and highlight the events and attractions planned to help this process happen.
Just like the magazine, NCE 's show will have a huge variety of activities to cater for the different needs and interests of the profession, and we will be working hard to ensure there is something for everybody.
To kick off the Civils 2002 coverage and to emphasise this variety, a brief explanation of the four key areas that will make up Civils 2002 is given here.
If you work in the built environment industry, a trip to Civils 2002 is the easiest way of keeping fully informed about what you need to further your career. There will be a vast array of things to see, learn and to take away. It will be a straightforward and highly effective way of ensuring that you continue your professional development.
The time spent out of the office should easily be recouped by the learning achieved. It is an event to visit with your entire team. Please feel free to contact NCE for further information about how you can best use the time during your visit.
Civils 2002 will be the key event for the industry this year. It is about you and for you. Make sure you know how you are going to get involved. Civils 2002 an exhibition With more than 500 companies exhibiting their products, services and expertise at the show, Civils 2002 will be the place to see and discuss the latest thinking and technologies in the industry.
Hands on demonstrations and close up examinations will allow specifiers to get first hand information about all the latest innovations and expert advice to guide applications.
By bringing all the biggest players in the industry together, Civils 2002 will provide a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the services and products on offer.
Civils 2002 a networking event The three day event will be the biggest gathering of construction and built environment professionals, therefore the logical place to renew contacts and stimulate new business leads.
With so many events and activities going on, it is the obvious place to arrange meetings.
Facilities will be on hand to help you spend quality time with colleagues during your visit.
The show catalogue will provide full details of all exhibitors in advance to help you plan your visit and make best use of your time at the show.
As in the past, Civils 2002 will be held alongside the Pipelines 2002 show and Interbuild, increasing your ability to network across a wider section of the industry.
Civils 2002 an educational experience Having such a range of companies, products and services in one place makes Civils 2002 the ideal place to update your knowledge and expertise of the latest technologies and innovations.
No matter what stage your career has reached, the event will give unparalleled opportunities to develop your understanding of the industry and, as such, will be a key source of continuing professional development.
Alongside the exhibits will be a range of special features to drive learning and make your visit to Civils 2002 unmissable. Features will include:
lTechnical seminars: A full programme of technical briefing seminars will be held in the specially constructed on-site lecture theatre.
These will include detailed product explanations and vital insights into the wider issues affecting the industry such as the environmental sustainability of different techniques adopted.
lKeynote lectures: A series of lunchtime agenda setting presentations by senior figures from in and around the industry will provide vital information and great entertainment. The full list of participants will be revealed during the build up to the event over the next few months.
lDaily debates: Civils 2002 will feature a series of high level debates by the industry's top players and tackle some of the most important issues of the moment. Specially invited audiences will take part and discuss the impact and underlying causes of the skills crisis in construction, the public transport funding options for the UK and the industry's attitude to environmental and sustainability issues. The debates are intended to precipitate and drive activity after the show and stimulate action by the profession.
Civils 2002 a great day out We recognise that visiting a show can be tiring so we will be hosting several entertainment events to ease you through your visit.
The RedR challenge: Up to 50 teams of engineers will compete on day two of Civils 2002 over a specially prepared challenge course to find the most resourceful problem solvers in the industry. The event will take place just outside the main exhibition hall with progress relayed inside via leader boards and commentary. Spectators will be encouraged to witness key points in the competition. The event will be great fun and will raise a huge amount of cash for RedR, the disaster relief training charity.
The NCE Graduate Awards: The climax of NCE 's annual search for the best civil engineering graduates in the UK will be held at the show and provide a key opportunity to see and hear what the best young engineers are achieving.
Young Engineers Clubs: The achievements of the 1,500 schoolbased engineering clubs across the UK will be featured and highlighted at Civils 2002 to inspire and encourage greater participation by the profession in educating the next generation.
To book a stand Call Sally Devine on (020) 7505 6644 or email sally. devine@construct. emap. com or Russell Kenrick on (020) 7505 6882 fax (020) 7505 6699 or email russell. kenrick@construct. emap. com