This year’s Civils 2009 features a free conference where engineers can boost their CPD for free. David Barros reports.
Major names representing all aspects of the UK’s civil engineering industry will be at Civils 2009 at Earls Court, London on 25 and 26 November, in what will be the event of the year for the construction industry.
This year’s exhibition is accompanied by a free two day high level conference including speakers from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, clients, consultants and contractors. At the event you will be able to meet and learn from influential people from all the major construction players under one roof.
Civils 2009 also offers you somewhere to showcase your projects, products and services to thousands of engineers, consultants, contractors and architects.
Over 74% of visitors to last year’s Civils 2008 event made new business contacts there. Leading companies such as Crossrail, Kosran and Vinci have major stands.
Last year’s Civils attracted over 5,000 visitors, and it’s expected to be bigger this year. Pre-registration is up signifi cantly this year, emphasising the demand for an event where engineers can meet.
“We are delighted with the preregistration figures which are way ahead of last year. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the show in November,” says Civils 2009 commercial director Rob Lozowski.
Topics high on the agenda for the free Civilisation Congress being held at the show will be speeches and debates on the future of our infrastructure: the legacy of London 2012, Crossrail’s long term plans and ensuring the growth and development of metropolitan infrastructures by the European Investment Bank. Speakers will be focusing on three themes:
- cities and regeneration
- the low carbon civilisation including energy and the environment
- the future for transport infrastructure
Two speakers everyone will be keen to hear ahead of a General Election are Conservative shadow transport minister Stephen Hammond MP and Liberal Democrats deputy leader Vince Cable MP.
Alongside the congress there will be a series of free forums covering three key areas:
- ports and airports
- road and rail
- energy and sustainability
Highlights include BAA’s Heathrow Eastern Campus programme director Phil Wilbraham who will discuss the £2bn transformation plan, Network Rail director of infrastructure investment Simon Kirby discussing his £12bn major projects programme and Office for Nuclear Development expert chair Dr Timothy Stone who will assess the future of power.
Ten key companies you can meet at Civils 2009:
- Vinci Construction
- ACO Technologies
- Celsa Steel
- Peter Savage