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Groundex makes a show

EMAP MONTGOMERY, the company behind the Interbuild and Civils 'supershow' at the NEC, Birmingham in May 2000 has joined forces with the three leading trade bodies in geotechnics to create a special section for ground engineering companies at the exhibition.

The new section, code named 'Groundex', will form part of Civils 2000, the successful new exhibition launched by Ground Engineering sister publication New Civil Engineer magazine earlier this year. Ground engineering companies had a strong presence at the launch show, and the move to a create a special section was an obvious conclusion from the success of Civils, says Emap's Anna Gosnell.

The deal, which puts together the Federation of Piling Specialists, the Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists and the British Drilling Association, will give the ground engineering fraternity a special focus at what is certain to be Britain's largest construction exhibition. The Interbuild 2000 show will occupy nine halls at the NEC, and is expected to attract over 2,000 exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors.

The Groundex section will be in Hall 9 at the NEC along with the rest of Civils 2000, and will be adjacent to Interbuild's busiest and most important section, Structural Building in Hall 5. This will link ground engineering companies with both the building and civil engineering industries, ensuring a large and broadly based audience of construction professionals.

It is hoped in time the section will develop into a separate show in its own right, making use of the outside areas at the NEC which will be available for the first time in 2000.

Groundex will be backed by Ground Engineering, and Emap's extensive stable of other construction titles, including New Civil Engineer, Construction News and Civil Engineer International.

FPS vice chairman John Patch said: 'The industry needs a focused exhibition to show off what it can do for the wider construction industry. I am, therefore, very pleased that we have been able to create a special ground engineering section at Civils 2000; the link with Interbuild 2000 gives this extra value and impetus. I hope the ground engineering industry will support this initiative.'

The Civils exhibition takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 22 to 25 May 2000 alongside Interbuild 2000. To book your stand, call Denis Sheehan at Emap Montgomery on 0171 505 6625.

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