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Coming up . . .

North West 14 September onwards The North West Local Association has organised a series of ten seminars to help engineers preparing to take their professional review. The events should also help recently chartered middle management engineers.

The first seminar in the series, Training the new civil engineer, is on 14 September in Wigan and is aimed at all those who guide, encourage, cajole and drive graduates towards professional qualification. It should also help those graduates who are forced to train without employer support.

Discounted rates are available to make this a cost effective training package.

Urban Design Week 18-24 September Urban Design Week is a series of events across the UK, organised by the Urban Design Alliance, which consider the many ways urban design can work better.

This year's theme is 21st century places. The main event, the UDAL conference, will be held on 21 September, where key speakers include Nick Raynsford MP, minister for housing and planning DETR.

Cambridge Lecture 2000 11 October The Cambridge Lecture is an annual event arranged by the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. This year's lecture will be given by Michael O'Reilly, professor of civil engineering at Kingston University and practising barrister at Paradise Chambers in Sheffield.

The lecture, ICE Conditions of Contract (7th Edition) - dinosaur or saviour, will provide a detailed examination of the revised contract and analyse some of the more contentious clauses to assess whether it still meets the needs of civil engineering in the 21st century.

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