One of the highlights of Civils 2002 will be live demonstrations of anti ambush and hostage training by civil engineering humanitarian aid agency RedR.
REDR runs renowned role play exercises to help volunteers from a variety of agencies learn how best to avoid ambushes, deal with terrorists or cope if they are kidnapped or taken hostage.
This type of training is vital for survival if you are working in an area affected by civil war or in a region riven with ethnic cleansing, and is just as valuable for civil engineers on conventional construction projects as for aid volunteers.
Throughout the three days of Civils 2002 you can watch and learn from the REDR team.
REDR, which has just celebrated its 21st birthday, maintains a register of engineers willing to work on secondment for international agencies involved in disaster relief.
The agency also offers basic training in the principles of humanitarian aid as well as in the basics of low technology engineering. It runs 23 courses in the UK and 40 worldwide, with 3,000 training places available. Its training is recognised by international aid agencies as among the best there is.