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ICE visit cements Hungarian relations

MEMBERS OF the Hungarian Chamber of Civil Engineers visited the ICE headquarters and attended the Midlands Association Millennium Gala last week.

Midlands Local Association members have been developing links with their counterparts in Hungary for some time, and in 1999 a Hungarian branch was formed. This was the first time the Hungarian branch had visited the headquarters.

The party included president of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers Dr Odon Hajto, chairman of the Hungary branch Andras Rev and other senior civil engineers from the Hungarian Chamber. They attended last week's ICE Council meeting, at which relationships with the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe were discussed.

Chairman of the Midlands Local Association Hungary Working Party Keith Seago opened the first Annual European Lecture for the Midlands Association. Speakers included Keith Styles of Ove Arup, who discussed work for the European Commission on improving border controls and facilitating trade links between Central and Western Europe. Rev outlined his work as a civil engineer in Hungary which included learning Arabic for two years. 'A typical young Hungarian engineer now would have two diplomas and speak three languages fluently, ' said Rev.

During the visit, the Midlands Association held its Project 2000 Awards, which recognise excellence in the field of engineering.

The winning project was Babtie Group's Newhall Valley Water Management Strategy. The judges said they were impressed by the way 'the strategy adopted works in harmony with the landscape and creates new habitats, including wetlands and swales.

A partnership approach between all the interested parties ensured a successful outcome with slow drainage floors discharging into the established brook'.

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