CIVILS 2000, the UK's largest civil engineering services and products exhibition at NEC in May, will be the biggest ever gathering of the UK's ground engineering and geoenvironmental sector. Currently around 70 companies, about a third of those booked to date at the 6,000 m 2show, are ground related.
Exhibition organiser Emap Montgomery had planned to develop a dedicated ground section within Civils, but has reviewed these plans, explains Shelly Forrester, sales manager for Civils.
'We found there to be a conflict, particularly with broad based companies who may be important players in the geotechnical sector, but where ground engineering is only one string to their bow. Additionally others felt a dedicated ground area was not consistent with the sector's push to integrate ground engineering into construction project teams.
'We were nevertheless looking for a way to acknowledge the important ground presence at Civils, ' continues Forrester, 'and have come up with a loose concept that we are calling GroundEx.'
This is not a physical area, but a conceptual way of linking together related companies so that visitors to the event interested in ground engineering can focus in on relevant areas, she says.
'We have a block with 12 companies supportive of the original concept, which we are calling the hub. Beyond this we are using Ground Engineering magazine to provide the physical connection, ' Forrester continues. 'The May issue 'GroundEx at Civils' will be devoted to the innovations from ground companies at Civils. Furthermore it will be producing an easy to follow guide to help visitors navigate their way to the ground companies.
This will give added exposure to the ground sector, because Ground Engineering will be widely distributed.
Civils runs from 22-25 May alongside Interbuild, an amalgamation of 14 buildingrelated exhibitions ranging from the Bathroom Show to Building Services. Hall layout has associated shows Pipelines and Structural Building in adjacent halls to Civils and GroundEx, an arrangement designed to increase visitor number to all shows.
Interbuild has just launched a new openair exhibition, Construction Demonstration Exhibition, with direct access from the Civils hall, giving the potential to display equipment previously restricted by inside space at the NEC. For further information contact Jenny Fuller tel 020 7505 6831.