Civils 2000 gave exhibitors an opportunity to showcase a wide range of products and services. Many chose the show as a platform to launch new products. .
From Dupont was Typar HR, a tough, high strength reinforcement geotextile designed to withstand site handling and installation stresses. The nonbiodegradable geotextile is made using the firm's Typar SF geotextile and a reinforcement lattice of high tenacity yarns.
Comtec's new product is a mortarless earth retaining and erosion control system, Terraforce. The system consists of plantable interlocking blocks that can be used for light erosion control and low height gravity retaining walls, as well as larger reinforced soil retaining structures.
Instrument manufacturer Dynalog Electronics unveiled the latest version of its C-SCAN non-contact buried pipeline survey system with demonstratations on its stand.
Meanwhile Inspectahire Instruments showed the Smartec fibre optic structure deformation sensors. The sensors can be embedded in concrete or surface mounted, and are suitable for monitoring bridges, wharves, dams, tunnels and pipelines.
Marshalls' contribution was the Mini Beany - a linear combined kerb and drainage system developed from its original Beany Block. This lighter, narrower version requires less excavation than the original, so there is less conflict with services.
New from pipe specialist Glynwed Pipesystems was its Subcoil close-fit, thin-wall polyethylene lining system, designed for use in rehabilitating distribution mains and small trunk mains. The company claims the lining cures water leakage and stops internal pipe corrosion.
There was new software in plenty. Soil Solutions launched PANDA - a Windows-based program for quality control of soil and material compaction. From an extensive database of soils it will quickly calculate the work needed for any situation and trench.
Meanwhile MicroDrainage unveiled two new modules of its WinDes drainage software: a source control module and a cost and quantities module, called QuOST, for taking off, billing and pricing jobs.
Leading civils software house Infrasoft demonstrated the latest version of its MXSITE package. The release incorporates a 'turning head' browser with object aware behaviour that changes as designs are amended.
Enhancements to some of its other products included a superelevation option in MXROAD and a new switch generator in MXRAIL.