NCE's Civils 2005 event is proving so popular with exhibitors that we have opened up extra space at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London to cater for extra demand. The show, which takes place between 22 and 24 November this year, will now take up the ground floor of the Olympia National Hall and the Gallery Level.
The ground floor is pretty much full and the Gallery is filling up fast.
The decision to move Civils to London has helped swell enthusiasm for the event. Like it or not, a large proportion of the civils sector's clients, contractors, consultants and suppliers are centred around London and the South East.
And even those who are not like the idea of a trip to the capital - which is so well served with public transport links - with all its amenities.
But what else makes companies so keen to exhibit at Civils?
'Well, Civils is the UK's largest gathering of civil engineering professionals, ' says exhibition manager Russell Kenrick. 'It is supported by New Civil Engineer magazine and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
'And it is a chance to get the whole industry together under one roof from suppliers to clients. It's a fantastic chance to network, and where else would you get to see so many customers in such a short period of time-' Over 3,000 civil engineers attended Civils 2004 to find out about new services and new products from the exhibitors direct on the stands or via the extensive programme of technical seminars. For Civils 2005 there will also be a parallel conference programme to mirror the themes of the event - regeneration, transport, and environment and waste. And a series of targeted breakfast briefings and VIP lunches will be run to enable engineers to meet face to face with people who can help them win work, or can give them work.
NCE editor Antony Oliver has no doubt of the significance of the event.
'The whole team at NCE is committed to making Civils 2005 the key event for construction professionals to share knowledge, meet new clients and do business by November 2005 everyone involved in the civil engineering and construction industry will have Civils 2005 writ large in their diary, ' he says.