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Thirty one organisations are already on the list to present seminars at Civils 2005, barely three weeks after the main launch of the seminar programme.

A cross section of the civil engineering industry from consultants to clients, lawyers and specialist suppliers will be presenting at London Olympia on the 22, 23 and 24 November. Entry to their seminars will be free to all show visitors and the seminars will take place in two purpose-built theatres on the Gallery level within the Civils 2005 exhibition hall.

The nal programme is to be confirmed, but first indications are that a very broad range of topics and specialities will be covered. Subjects range from mega-projects to micropiling; new construction to inventory assessment; renewable energy to sustainable aggregates; and from professional indemnity insurance covering the legal consequences of environmental risks to piling and subsidence control measures that will deal with the physical results of those risks.

Highway and rail maintenance engineers are likely to be intrigued by Aperio's novel application of geophysics to asset management. The Cambridge company is working on machinebased data collection in which the physical condition of entire networks can be measured both above the ground by surveying and below ground by radar.

Software systems are being developed to bring the data together, creating a virtual site visit of what lies above and below the surface.

Three dimensional modelling by laser scanner will be described by Riegl UK. The technique is useful for tasks such as creating a precise daily survey of excavation or fi ll operations.

Foundation and geotechnical specialities will again be well represented at the 2005 exhibition. Screwfast Foundations is expected to present a lively seminar on its vibrationless helical piling system which last week won a Queen's Award for enterprise.

Uretek UK will explain its resin injection technique, which provides an alternative to conventional underpinning.

Operation of Pennine Vibropiling's new auger displacement piles for brownfield sites will also be explained.

Consultant WSP will introduce Knowledge Based Asset Integrity, a petrochemical industry maintenance methodology which it is now applying to buildings and general infrastructure.

Those looking for enlightenment on professional indemnity insurance and risks will have the choice of attending presentations from Howden insurance brokers or Aon Risk Services.

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