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Geotechnics goes mainstream at Civils 2002

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GEOTECHNICS WILL be at the heart of next year's civil engineering exhibition, Civils 2002, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 11-13 June.

Geotechnical contractors, consultants and suppliers including Keller, Maccaferri, Westpile, Ischebeck Titan, Pennine, Tensar, Weeks and Can are exhibiting at the event, which is organised with the backing of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ground Engineering and its sister publications New Civil Engineer and Construction News.

Civils 2002 will be the place for engineers to discover, develop and discuss new ideas on many key issues facing the industry.With this in mind, geotechnics will not be fenced off in a separate 'geotechnical village'this time.Firms from different sectors will be spread throughout the hall to foster integration, networking and discussion.

Organisers are encouraging exhibitors and visitors to get involved through a series of live debates on the industry's current problems and concerns, including the environment, transport and the skills shortage.

Debating teams will consist of clients from both the private and public sector, including key central government figures.

Discussions will include: 'Civil engineering is of no interest to young people in modern society, 'chaired by new ICE president Mark Whitby, and 'Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage'led by BRE chief executive Martin Wyatt.

A series of keynote lectures is also planned as a rostrum for the most up-to-date thinking from the biggest players in the industry.

There will also be a full programme of free technical seminars on the latest developments and innovation on display at the exhibition.

Organisers are advising exhibitors to gear up to receive recruitment enquiries.The Learning Zone will allow educational establishments, training companies and industry bodies to highlight issues such as multi-skilling and lifelong learning.

Other attractions include the RedR - Engineers for Disaster Relief challenge, with companies invited to tackle missions live on site.

Teamwork and strategic thinking will be required in all the challenges , which all contribute towards continuing professional development.

Pre-register online or call 0870 429 4614 to request your ticket.For more information on Civils 2002, log on to the interactive website at www. civils. com or contact Russell Kenrick, tel:020 7505 6882; email: russell. kenrick@construct. emap. com

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