New year. New clothes. This week New Civil Engineer has lost its Silver Jubilee decorations. We are now looking forward to our first exhibition for the industry.
From 19-21 May NCE will be at the National Exhibition Centre accompanied by a huge cross section of the industry. Hall 12 will be home to Civils 98, while Hall 11 will host the associated Pipelines 98 exhibition - 7,000m2 in all.
Civils 98 was conceived as an event for the civil engineering industry which will parallel what NCE does in print - enable engineers to talk to each other about the exciting new things they are doing, and demonstrate what they have on offer for clients and the public.
The germ of this idea was developed, and then launched 12 months ago together with a dozen partners including the Institution of Civil Engineers. At the time NCE's publisher Simon Middelboe looked forward to filling 3,000m2 of space at Birmingham's NEC.
But it was soon apparent that the formula of an exhibition was just what the civil engineering profession and industry wanted. Extra space was negotiated. Then a separate but intimately related exhibition for the pipeline business was launched in conjunction with the Pipeline Industries Guild to run beside Civils 98 as Pipelines 98.
Demand for space was such that the moves had to be made within the NEC complex. If you want to talk face to face with the leaders in civil and structural design; the contractors who make it happen on the ground; the specialists who supply expertise and materials ranging from intelligent ground probes to structural steel; or listen to one of five dozen seminars on the latest civil engineering technology; you will be able to do it at Civils 98.
During the 19 weeks until the exhibition NCE will be giving a taste of what will be on offer at what we expect to be a valuable new experience for many thousands of NCE's readers and the whole of the civil engineering industry.