MORE PEOPLE have visited Civils 2000 in first two days of the show than attended the whole of the 1998 event.
More than 6,000 visitors thronged the aisles. Engineers from around the country arrived at the NEC in Birmingham to catch up on the latest developments and meet new contacts.
Some 220 companies are exhibiting at civil engineering's only show, and they are reporting good business.
'The benefit of Civils 2000 is that people come here looking to buy, ' said Marshalls contract trading director Glen Sabin. 'Our enquiry forms are full of statements like 'looking to spec 50,000m 2of block paving'.'
Parsons Brinckerhoff is using the show to spot likely young engineers and encourage them to join the company.
'Normally we would be turning job seekers away from a show stand, ' said Parsons marketing/ communications manager Liz Gibson. 'But due to our expansion and the amount of work we have, we just haven't enough staff in particular sectors.'
Construction minister Nick Raynsford opened Civils 2000 and the Interbuild show running alongside. He spoke to NCE exclusively about his three years in the job and highlighted what he considered were his greatest achievements. These were:
Pushing through the Egan initiative The Quality Mark scheme to outlaw cowboy builders which signed up its first accredited company in Birmingham on Monday Though not claiming personal credit - the benign economic conditions which allowed construction firms to 'invest with confidence'.