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Here to stay Civils 98 success gives Civils 2000 a flying start.

MORE THAN one in ten working civil engineers visited NCE's Civils 98 exhibition held at the Birmingham NEC last week.

In all around 6,500 people visited Civils 98 - the only show dedicated to civil engineering and the only one of its kind in the UK - and its sister show Pipelines 98 between Tuesday and Thursday. The popularity of the shows led to the 300 plus exhibitors rushing to reserve space for the next event to be held in two years time.

Civils 2000 will take place during May of that year. The shows will move to Halls 6, 7 and 8 at the NEC, which offers the potential of a much larger show at the turn of the millennium. During the three days of the 98 show alone, exhibition stand space equal to 92% of that sold at this year's exhibition was reserved by those setting their sights on 2000.

Many firms have dramatically increased the size of their stands. Kvrner has reserved the largest stand at present, 25% bigger than this year, while Brown & Root has more than doubled the size of its Civils 98 stand.

Pipelines 2000 proved as equally as attractive, with Wavin increasing the size of its stand from 57m2 to 234m2.

Stand space at the 2000 show was originally only available to 98 exhibitors, but once these restrictions were lifted on Thursday, big name firms such High Point Rendel were quick to secure a large stand.

The seminar programme, which featured over 80 different events during the three days, was a great success attracting a total of 2,000 plus delegates.

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