Advances in technology continue to have a massive impact on how civil engineers work and what they can achieve.
This NCE special feature examines the threat posed to civils firms by the Freedom of Information Act, and looks at work done to establish a digital database of buried services, and at new software developments.
At Civils 2005 in November, NCE readers will be able to meet many of the technology firms featured and discuss the hottest information technology topics affecting the industry face to face.
For the first time at Civils the IT Showcase will provide an area dedicated to companies looking for and providing digital solutions.
There will be regular demonstrations of the very latest products and services available.
The IT Showcase is shaping up as the ideal opportunity to consider your technology requirements for the years ahead.
Already there are big names signed up: And few come bigger than Autodesk.
The world's sixth largest software company, it boasts a 20 year track record. Its products are used by 5M people worldwide.
At Civils 2005 it will be showing Civil 3D 2006, the latest incarnation of its cutting edge model-based highways design software package.
The cunning of Civil 3D lies in the intelligent relationships that the software creates between objects. With it, design changes are dynamically updated; so when an engineer changes one element of a design, all related elements respond accordingly.
The latest version has a host of new tricks, including dynamic pipe networks, multi-user access and multiple design on a single alignment for optioneering purposes.
If you are a software company and are interested in exhibiting within the IT Showcase contact Steve Jones (01425) 477565 or Russell Kenrick (020) 7505 6882.