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Civils 2007 goes large

Civils will be even bigger and better this year, offering something for everyone working in civil engineering.

This year's Civils will be held between 20 and 22 November 2007 at its new home, London's Earls Court 2.

The bigger and better venue will allow more exhibitors and visitors to attend the show than ever before, with extensive opportunities for networking, exchanging technical knowledge and doing business.

Civils is the UK's biggest and most prestigious civil engineering event: more than 5,500 professionals attended the show at Olympia, London, in November 2006. Each year the entire civil engineering supply chain - clients, contractors, consultants and suppliers - converges at Civils to discover what's new in the industry.

Since its launch in 1998 Civils has expanded into much more than just a trade show. Visitors and exhibitors can hear from industry experts about new legislation, innovative design and construction methods at the Civils conference; find out about new techniques at the technical seminars and forge useful contacts at the many networking events running throughout the three days.

Research conducted after last year's event showed that networking was a key objective for nearly all who attended.

This year, the additional space offered by the new venue will allow for more informal areas, including the show bar and the pavilion.

For more information on this year's show, to find out how to exhibit and to pre-register as a visitor (saving the £20 entrance fee), visit

Expanded civil engineering conference

As far as Civils visitors are concerned, content is king and the key element of the event is the Civil Engineering Conference, which this year will be held in a large purpose-built theatre at the show.

This three-day programme of modular sessions will appeal to all types and grades of professionals from across the civil engineering and built environment industry. Senior industry experts will present and debate a wide range of issues affecting the sector, under the themes of environment, transport and regeneration.

This year the theatre will be divided into two, allowing visitors more choice on which sessions they attend.

One half of the theatre will focus on environmental issues on all three days. Tuesday's sessions will examine sustainable energy generation, renewable energy and the future of nuclear energy.

Sessions on Wednesday will cover carbon policy and emissions reduction, sustainable engineering and the zero carbon agenda and airport expansion.

Thursday will look at climate change, specically around coastal development, sustainable ood risk management and planning policy and oodplain development.

The other half of the theatre will host sessions on opportunities in regeneration, remediation of contaminated land and waste management, regulation, infrastructure and protocol on Tuesday. Roads will take centre stage on Wednesday, with sessions on road transport policy, sustainable transport, traffic management and congestion reduction. Thursday will look at rail, with sessions on the national rail strategy, developments and opportunities in London rail infrastructure and creating sustainable rail infrastructure.

Show Pavilion

A new feature for Civils 2007 is the show pavilion in the centre of the exhibition floor. Featuring a bar and relaxed seating for networking and a stage for keynote speeches, the opening of the show and the presentation of the 2007 Civils Innovation Awards, the pavilion will also host displays from regional development agencies and local authorities, showing civil engineering work and future development and regeneration strategies for their regions.

Technical Seminars

Most Civils visitors cite "getting an overview of the market" as their prime reason for attending the exhibition and 75% say this is achieved by attending the technical seminar series (it was standing room only in many seminars last year).

The seminars are free and offer a platform for exhibiting companies to present new and innovative projects, products and case studies to visitors in the semi-informal setting of the red, blue and green seminar theatres.


With 70% of the exhibition already sold out, Civils 2007 is shaping up to have the usual mix of the entire civil engineering supply chain, including clients such as the Highways Agency; consultants including Scott Wilson, Gifford and Mott MacDonald; contractors such as Norwest Holst and Ritchies; a wealth of geotechnical firms including Phi Group and Pennine; and manufacturers and suppliers including ACO and MGF. Along with the ICE, other industry bodies such as Ciria and Constructing Excellence will also have stands.

IT exhibitors will also benefit from a new demonstration zone where they can showcase software and systems to visitors.

A full exhibitor list, along with profiles, services and product information is available on the Civils website.

Emerging Engineering Design Award and Civils 2007 Networking Dinner

NCE's Emerging Engineering Design Award will once again be presented at the Civils 2007 Networking Dinner.

Held on the night of 21 November at a top London hotel, the dinner will celebrate the work of the best young civil engineering designers. It allows Civils visitors, exhibitors and their guests to enjoy an informal evening of entertainment and dining away from the show floor, making new contacts and building business relationships.

What's hot at Civils 2007

New, bigger venue at Earls Court
New show pavilion for networking
Expanded conference programme
New IT demonstration zone
Free technical seminars

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