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Practical approach enlivens seminars

One of the star turns of Civils 2000's technical seminars is set for another performance at Civils 2002.

Peter Dunn entertained a packed seminar theatre last year explaining the principles of soil mechanics with real props such as handfuls of sands and clays as well as a Powerpoint slide show.

For Civils 2002 he will be back - this time with a lively talk demonstrating the principles of small screw piles. His company, Screwfast Foundations, is using these in applications ranging from railway catenary pylon footings to anchorages for the German uber-crane Cargolifter - a 21st century zepplin.

The overall programme for Civils 2002 technical seminars put on by exhibitors at the show is now being assembled and will once again give visitors insight to many topical issues.

Latest research and new specifications for fly ash as a fill material, from work carried out at Transport Research Laboratory, will be presented by the UK Quality Ash Association.

Principles of gas dispersal and the protection of buildings founded on contaminated ground will be explained by specialists from Cooper Clarke Group. Maccaferri is keen to show how advanced materials can give economical results in applications such as erosion protection and road pavements.

Both the Association of Consulting Engineers and the ICE will be looking at professional issues. The ICE's seminar will kick off the show with some practical words on continuing professional development, a core theme of its display at the exhibition and of civils more widely.

Ground engineering specialist Geofabrics will be talking about engineered solutions with geocomposites.

INFOPLUS For more information on Civils 2002 technical seminars contact Mike Winney, NCE editor emeritus, on tel (01223) 263365, or email mikewinney@meadowside. com

Whats new at Civils 2002 Demand for space at Civils 2002 is hotting up - the show is on course to fill 5,000m 2of Birmingham's NEC. Civils is attracting a range of contractors, consultants, project management specialists, suppliers, clients and professional bodies.

Among the firms to sign up in recent weeks are ACO Drain, Barr, Can, Cooper Clarke Group, Fiberline, Mouchel, Skanska, Geofabrics, Lafarge Redland Aggregates, Leica Geosystems, MEL, Maccaferri, Mini Soil Surveys, Pennine Vibropiling, Screwfast Foundations, Shell UK Oil Products, Strainstall Engineering Services, Van Oord ACZ, Weeks Group, Westpile, Wrekin Construction, Freyssinet, Don & Low, Aecom Maunsell Group, Ischebeck Titan, The Highways Agency, WA Fairhust & Partners, The Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Pipex, Dywidag Systems International, Mitsui Babcock, Murphy Group, Penspen, Smit Land & Marine Engineering, Corus, Morrison Construction, and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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