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Seminar programme Tuesday 11 June

Civils 2002 Seminars

The technical seminar programme is an ideal opportunity to catch up with latest technical advances and industry issues. Experts from all sectors of civil engineering will demonstrate a wide range of products, techniques and innovations over the three days of the event.

Seminars take place in a purpose built seminar theatre, and are open to all Civils 2002 visitors.

Time: 10.30am Organisation: The Institution of Civil Engineers Title: Arrested development?

10.30 Presenter: Niall O'Hea, professional development manager, ICE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is often labelled boring, timeconsuming and irrelevant. Or does it depend on your approach? The scope of the profession means that engineers have the opportunity for CPD 52 weeks of the year. Your objective is to make it count. This seminar is the essential guide to planning, utilising and recording CPD. It also demonstrates the relevance of CPD as a mark of professionalism and competence and as the key to career advancement. The question you should be asking is 'can I afford to ignore my own professional development?'

Time: 11.30am Organisation: UKQAA Title: A new specification for PFA as a fill material 11.30 Presenter: Dr Mike Winter, regional manager, TRL Launch of TRL 519: Specification of pulverised-fuel ash for use as a general fill. The current Specification for Highway Works (MCHW) treats PFA as a manufactured material and applies end product specification criteria requiring maximum dry density and optimum moisture content, which are very difficult to comply with. The United Kingdom Quality Ash Association (UKQAA) commissioned TRL and the University of Newcastle to review MCHW. Their report concludes that there is no reason why PFA could not be used for general fill using the method specification.

Increased use of PFA would reduce the use of virgin aggregates and the need for landfill.

Time: 12.30pm Organisation: Maccaferri Title: Reinforced road pavements - polymeric and steel mesh reinforcement 12.30 Presenters: Nicholas Reck, Maccaferri and Jan-Maarten Elias, Colbond Geosynthetics A state of the art presentation on the use of steel mesh and polymeric reinforcement in road pavements. The wide range of different reinforcing material types has led to some confusion as to which product is best suited for use in pavements - and where to use which product in the pavement structure. The presenters will explain Maccaferri's reinforcing for pavements methodology when approaching problems faced in the design of reinforced sub and/or superstructures of pavements. Along with this design approach, the most recent research results and future developments in the reinforcing of pavements will be discussed.

Time: 1.30pm Organisation: Cooper Clarke Group Title: Gas dispersal - protecting buildings from contaminated ground 1.30 Presenter: Adrian Pollitt, ground engineering manager Cooper Clarke Group An overview of the types of ground gases that may be met and where, including an explanation of the basic strategies that can be adopted to deal with them - either passive or active dispersal systems. The seminar will also discuss the suitability of particular membranes for various applications and appropriate methods of ventilating gases to free air.

Time: 2.30pm Organisation: FaberMaunsell Title: Structural applications of advanced composite materials 2.30 Presenter: John Cadei, technical director, FaberMaunsell Special Structures and Composites group An examination of current experience and new directions in the structural use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials. Application areas include bridge structures, buildings, industrial structures, environmental enclosures and structural strengthening. Examples will be given to illustrate the rationale for the selection of composites and issues such as structural form, cost, life cycle performance, and sustainability will be addressed. Hybrid solutions featuring FRP composite materials in combination with other materials will also be presented. The seminar will give designers, specifiers, and owners in the construction and infrastructure fields an opportunity to learn more about the technology and discuss the issues.

Time: 4.30pm Organisation: Geofabrics Title: Engineered solutions using geocomposites 4.30 Presenter: Peter Langley Peter Langley will use a cross-section of problems associated with highway, railway, landfill and contaminated land applications to highlight the advantages of geocomposites. The seminar will describe the benefits for designers and installers of placing a single product that combines the functions of drainage, impermeability, filtration, protection, reinforcement and separation. It will also highlight how the increasing cost and environmental impact of using mineral aggregates further emphasises the benefits of geocomposite materials. Several project-specific geocomposites - tuned to the requirements of a particular scheme - offering engineers a one-stop source of off-the-roll solutions will be explored.

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