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Special event promotes Tayside achievements

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PROMOTING CONSTRUCTION skills and expertise in Tayside will be the mission for ICE East of Scotland next month, during a week-long construction event.

'Building a Better Tayside' aims to raise the profile of civil engineering achievements in the Tayside area of Dundee, Perth and Kinross.

Organised jointly with the Dundee and Tayside chamber of commerce and industry, the event is aimed at businesses, schools and members of the construction industry.

But organisers hope the range of site visits, seminars and presentations will also attract the attention of the general public.

Past East of Scotland chairman and city engineer for Dundee Council, Ken Laing is determined to use the event to raise the profile of engineering in his community.

'Civil engineering projects get a bad name for running over time or budget, but we want to share news about the successes, ' said Laing.

He added that the event also promises to be an excellent networking opportunity: 'It's about bringing the ICE closer to architects, builders and local companies. We work very closely with other professions in our working lives, but don't do enough socially.'

Starting on 9 February, the event will include lectures on health and safety and road and rail construction projects.

The Construction Industry Training Board has also organised a 'Creative Spaces' workshop for school students.

If you are interested in forming a similar event in your region, please contact Ken Laing via ken. laing@dundeecity. gov. uk

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