News earlier this month that London will host the 2012 Olympics had the construction industry whooping for joy. The prospect of £413M of infrastructure and building projects coming online over the next seven years was certainly something to cele brate.
The Games will undoubtedly boost East London, but they are also expected to have a knockon impact around the country, accelerating or unlocking schemes of regional and local importance.
Examining the central role engineering and construction will play in the run up to 2012, this year's Civils exhibition will host a half-day conference focusing on procurement and project delivery. The special Olympic conference will take place on the afternoon of Civils day one, Tuesday 22 November.
This conference will share the first day of the show with a closely related issue:
regeneration. The conference will explore brownfield redevelopment and urban renewal, pulling together case studies of proposed and completed schemes and highlighting the pitfalls and opportunities for clients, consultants and contractors in this important sector.
Conferences on the second day of Civils, Wednesday 23 November, will be devoted to transport and infrastructure.
Sessions will include presentations on Highways Agency, Network Rail and London Underground projects. Forward programmes and funding issues will also be discussed. Sessions on rail safety will highlight how the industry must deal with maintenance and operating risks.
For local authorities there will also be a session on regional transport boards, describing how they will initiate and lead regional highways projects.
The two conferences on Thursday 24 November, day three, will tackle environmental issues arising from new water and waste legislation.
The morning session will deal with flood risk management and urban drainage in the light of forecast climate change, and will include an update on implementation and enforcement of the Water Framework Directive.
Waste issues will dominate the afternoon conference, with updates on the Landfill Directive and the introduction of new waste acceptance criteria for material being disposed of to landfill sites. New waste industry legislation is having a major impact on the way contaminated land is cleaned up, on how construction sites separate and characterise waste and on the cost - and therefore choice - of different waste disposal options.
The conferences, as with the programme of technical seminars and the exhibition running alongside, aim to promote networking, debate, new relationships and the germination of innovative ideas.
Entry to Civils is free - all you need to do is register at www. civils. com.
Attendance at each half day conference costs £100 - or £250 for a place at three conferences.
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Closing date 5 September 2005 Civils conferences . Tuesday 22 November Regeneration Themes: rownfield redevelopment and opportunities arising from London 2012 Olympic projects.
Wednesday 23 November Transport and infrastructure Themes: Highways Agency, Network Rail and London Underground rojects.
Thursday 24 November: Environment and waste Themes: How the Water Framework Directive and Landfill Directive affect the construction industry