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Civils 98s web site has just been launched, broadcasting latest details of the show around the world on the Internet. The site is intended to develop into a virtual exhibition in its own right, opening up the show to people who cannot attend.

The Civils 98 site, like its sister covering Pipelines 98, already includes lists of exhibitors, seminar subjects, on-line registration, accommodation and travel details.

Exhibitors are now being invited to take up mini web sites of up to five pages where they can pay to put information about their products and services. The first are expected to added this week or next.

Straightforward templates have been developed which allow exhibitors to enter the details themselves, selecting colours and fonts as they go. Changes can be made in a matter of seconds, and it is possible to add photographs.

People visiting the site will then be able to click on the name of a firm with a presence on the site, and be transported to that firms area to find out more about what they offer.

Both the Civils 98 and Pipelines 98 sites will have a virtual life after the exhibitions have closed in May, with this years products and services data remaining available at least until the end of the year.

Details of the 64 seminars will shortly be confirmed, and posted on the site. After the exhibition, these will be replaced by reports of what was said, allowing people who couldnt make it to the exhibition to keep in touch.

On-line registration is expected to prove a popular service, as it was at the Careers in Construction event last year.

And with stands at Civils 98 fully booked, there is scope for joining a waiting list, or registering to receive details of Civils 2000 once they are available.

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