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Seminar timetable

Events Civils 2004 27-29 April NEC Birmingham

There will be a jam-packed programme of technical seminars at Civils 2004.

So much is going on in fact, that NCE is running the timetable over three weeks.

This week we kick off with seminars on Tuesday 27 April.

Seminar theatre A 10.30: Powerbetter.

Client's view of remedial work on a site at Halton, Widnes, contaminated with Galligu and heavy metal.

Halton Borough Council project development manager Mike Curtis and Powerbetter development manager Chris Holt reveal how insitu stabilisation and solidification processes have been used to remediate one of the most highly contaminated areas in Britain, Halton, where industry has left a legacy of alkaline waste deposits, locally known as Galligu.

11.30: Institution of Civil Engineers.

British civil engineering skills - defusing the time bomb.

The UK's civil engineering industry is facing a demographic time bomb, says Mike Byfield. Half the country's chartered civil engineers - a total of 15,000 professionals - are likely to retire in the next 10 years. During that period, only 6,000 new graduates are expected to join the profession, leaving a shortfall of around 9,000 civil engineers. Byfield analyses these alarming statistics and concludes that more funding is needed for domestic civil engineering degree courses if Britain is to avoid becoming reliant on foreign engineering skills.

12.30: Roger Bullivant managing director John Patch on innovations in piling.

13.30: Bureau Veritas UK & Ireland.

14.30: BACTEC International.

Unexploded ordnance - the unknown risk.

BACTEC technical director Simon Cooke promises a 'sobering insight' into managing this 'lethal detritus of war' and will help answer the question of who is responsible for risks associated with unexploded ordnance.

15.30: Geomatrix Earth Science/Engineering & Industrial Geotechnics Group of The Geological Society of London. Engineering geophysics, the state of the art for site investigation.

Geophysical instrumentation and data processing techniques have advanced tremendously over the past decade, allowing techniques to be used for engineering site investigation that were previously the preserve of the oil industry. It is now possible to measure engineering properties in-situ, improving speed, spatial resolution and accuracy at the same time as reducing costs. Reynolds Geoscience managing director John Reynolds explains.

Seminar theatre B 10.45: ACO Technologies.

Effective drainage solutions for impermeable areas and highways.

ACO Technologies technical marketing manager Peter Jennings will present an overview of the challenges facing the specifier charged with designing drainage systems for impermeable areas and highways, with reference to European Standards, drainage hydraulics and installation costs.

11.45: Elcometer Instruments.

What's in there? Finding hidden metal.

'When a digger cuts through an underground mains cable or pipe, there is a serious bill to pay and expensive disruption to the project, ' says Elcometer technical support engineer John Podvoiskis.

The seminar will present applications of metal detector technology and should stimulate lateral thinking and problem solving.

12.45: MDTI. Helical pulldown micropiles.

Midwest Diversified Technologies principal engineer Roy Jennings tells how the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, USA, chose to build its two-storey museum in the flood plain of the Missouri River, so that exhibits could be removed at short notice if the river flooded. The museum needed an open span structure with heavily loaded footings.

Uncased helical pulldown micropiles fitted the bill.

13.45: Business Management & Education. The engineering MBA.

Manchester Centre for Civil Engineering's head of project management Graham Winch sets out the pros and cons.

14.45: Pennine Vibropiling.

Achieving sustainability in ground improvement and deep foundations techniques.

Pennine principal geotechical engineer Colin Serridge and principal geotechnical engineer Ondrej Syna tell how the construction industry is responding to pressure to play a more active role in sustainable development.

Technical requirements for vibro stone column aggregate are discussed and some applications of recycled and secondary aggregates presented. The two will also be looking at ways of preventing migration of contaminants through stone columns on brownfield sites.

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