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Seminar highlights

Highlights of the seminar programme include:

Radar for road network assessment. Jon Baston-Pitt of Aperio will describe the benefits and limitations of radar, and some powerful new processing and reporting formats for calibration of dynamic pavement tests.

One degree more friction angle saves £1M. Cambridge Insitu's explanation of how correctly designed tests can measure the most important parameter in design of any structure in the ground - shear modulus.

Stabilising and making safe steep rock faces. CAN civil engineering services will talk about economical ways of dealing with hard to access geological problems.

Super strength concrete. How do you test it? Measurement of air voids in cement paste is a useful assessment of strength. It will be explained by Hammond Concrete's engineers.

The observational method - maximising benefits through the team approach. Mott MacDonald engineers will describe the advantages of continuous monitoring illustrated by major projects such as the Channel Tunnel and Heathrow Express cofferdam.

Advances in total station technology. The latest developments in surveying hardware and software explained by Survey Supplies.

GPS awareness for civil engineers. Niel Ackroyd of Trimble Navigation will spell out new uses for global positioning systems, including monitoring and measurement of major excavation work.

Prefabricated reinforcement cages for building and NATM. Reinforcement supplier Rom will demonstrate the time and cost savings being achieved by leading edge reinforced concrete trade contractors.

A new approach to methane protection on contaminated land. Geoff Card of Card Geotechnics will launch a novel approach to a widespread problem.

Retarding reflective cracking in asphalt overlays using geosynthetic products. Specialists from geotextile manufacturer Don & Low present the latest thinking on flexible pavement reinforcement.

Advanced composites technology - moving from prototype to mainstream civil engineering. Maunsell chairman Peter Head, just awarded an OBE for his pioneering work on bridge engineering, presents the latest developments in structural plastics.

Adjudication. Lawyers from Dickinson Dees explore the consequences of the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996.

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