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Civil engineers wishing to develop business in the former Soviet economies of central and eastern Europe should beware, claims a special issue (vol. 144 no. 5) of the ICE Civil Engineering journal. According to the journal the region is a minefield of disparate cultures, languages and religions and its people have a well founded distrust of foreigners.

To obtain a copy email journals@thomastelford. com (non-members) or membership@ice. org. uk (members). For further information contact Simon Fullalove (020) 7665 2448.

Civil engineers should come clean on flood risk, according to the latest issue (vol. 148 no.2) of the ICE/IAHR Water and Maritime Engineering journal.

The journal argues that the concept of return period is not helpful in communicating flood risk to the public. Instead it recommends that civil engineers convey the flood risk in terms of an annual probability of occurrence, which people can understand more readily. Summaries of this and all other papers can be read free of charge at www. waterandmaritime. com.

For further information contact Simon Fullalove (020) 7665 2448.

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