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Standing out

Civils 2002 Highlights

The mix of seminars, events and exhibitors on offer ensures there is something for everyone on each of the three days of Civils 2002. Full details can be found in the listings, but here are a few highlights.

Dywidag Ground engineering specialist Dywidag will be setting out the advantages of its 'self-drilling flow bar' soil nailing system. The technology was introduced to the UK market three years ago, but is only just starting to catch on.

It offers huge advantages over conventional soil nailing, Dywidag claims. Concrete is pumped through a hollow bar while drilling takes place, so reducing installation time - conventional nailing is carried out with a solid drilling bar, which must be extracted before concrete can be injected.

The process comes into its own in loose ground, the company says.

Dywidag is pushing into the new projects and road sectors, and says soil nailing and ground stabilisation have huge and, as yet, largely unrealised potential to save cost. Introduction of galvanised steel components means nails and anchors can be expected to last for 120 years. By stabilising and pre-loading the ground, engineers could reduce the scale of foundations and cut the amount of concrete put into ground slabs.

Find out more on Stand 12 G120 Salary survey The civil engineering profession's most eagerly anticipated and studiously read publication, the NCE/ICE Salary Survey, is back. Last produced in 1999, the 2002 edition of this definitive guide to who's being paid what is being launched at Civils on 11 June.

The survey, sponsored by the Environment Agency, is based on information from ICE fellows, members, associate members, technicians and graduates. As well as salary information it contains details of fringe benefits, bonuses and employment statistics.

If you want to find out what changes to the industry have been wrought in three years, how your employer performs by comparison with its peers, or how your pension, benefits, training, work hours, or levels of job satisfaction measure up, the Salary Survey 2002 is something you can't afford to miss.

Copies are available from the NCE stand at 12 D130 or you can pre-order your copy today - priced £150 - from CRC on (020) 7505 6622.

Lafarge Check out aggregate and cement giant Lafarge's new Agilia concrete. It is light, self-placing and self levelling, removing at a stroke the hassles of vibration compacting. The product is being aimed in particular at the building construction market because it gives such good surface finishes, Lafarge claims. But Agilia should be good for anywhere high quality is needed or the rebar matrix makes compaction difficult.

Lafarge is on Stand 12 F132 Scott Wilson Multidisciplinary consultant Scott Wilson will be using Civils 2002 to celebrate Peel & Fowler joining the group. Peel & Fowler's expertise is in structural design - particularly in the health, education, housing association and PFI sectors.

The company will also be announcing the expansion of its Birmingham office - which specialises in structural engineering, railways, environmental and development infrastructure services - to continue growth in the East and West Midlands.

Director Hugh Blackwood is speaking at the debate on 12 June, refuting the motion 'Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage'. He claims he will be 'delighted' to continue this debate - or discuss any other subject - on the Scott Wilson stand between 2pm and 4.30pm that afternoon.

Scott Wilson will also be taking part in the Sustainability Forum on the afternoon of 13 June, and business development manager Nikki Wood will be available to discuss sustainability and the environment on the stand that morning.

Scott Wilson is on Stand 12 B165 Dew Following its tie up with ground remediation specialist Response Bioremediation earlier this year, construction group Dew Pitchmastic will be at Civils to set out its competencies in tackling tricky contaminated brownfield sites.

Dew predicts that, after concerted industry pressure and as new legislation settles in and starts to work, the land remediation market is at last poised to take off.

Bioremediation techniques, in which specially cultivated microbes attack and destroy pollutants, are the ultimate alternative to environmentally and financially unsustainable 'dig 'n' dump' solutions involving removal of contaminated material to landfill.

Dew and microbes will be on stand 12 F140 Maccaferri Specialist supplier of gabions, geotextiles, geogrids and geomats, Maccaferri will be focusing on its top five application areas at Civils.

The firm makes a strong case for its products on grounds of cost effectiveness but, with sustainability pushing its way up the construction agenda, Maccaferri's stand should be worth visiting from an environmental point of view as well.

It will be highlighting retaining structures, erosion protection, soil reinforcement, pavements and basal platforms, showing its Green Terramesh, Coir Log, MacWall, MacMat-R and Enkamat products.

Only recently introduced to the UK market, MacWall segmental blocks offer an alternative to traditional box gabions for engineered retaining walls, offering a smooth brick facing in a wide variety of masonry colours. Terramesh provides soil reinforcement for steep slopes appropriate to environmentally sensitive sites where a natural landscape is required.

Maccaferri will also be flagging up its design service: it is keen to let the engineering community know it can work with designers on producing softer, greener engineering solutions.

Maccaferri, Stand 12 C162 Prize Palm Prize draws abound on stands at Civils 2002, with champagne being the most popular prize.

But for something to last long after the bubbles have popped, visit contractor Ritchies and put your business card in the prize draw. The winner - to be drawn on 13 June - will receive a new Palm m130 Handheld.

Ritchies is at Stand 12 C155 CV Service Two of the UK's leading specialist recruitment organisations, Sentinel Engineering and The RGB Group, are working in partnership at Civils 2002 by sharing the CV Service stand. Together they will offer professional, tailored advice across a wide range of disciplines to both job seekers and clients.

Visit the stand if you would like confidential career or market advice, to make use of the CV service or to meet recruitment consultants in person.

The CV Service stand is at 12 B190 BRE With a strong continuing professional development theme running at Civils, BRE Training & Education will be sharing its latest ideas in training, education and lifelong learning for construction and civil engineering.

New courses include construction waste management, ISO 9000, marketing and business development, Part L energy efficiency, fire safety awareness and construction site safety.

BRE has been designing, developing and delivering training programmes for 80 years. Drawing on its resource of more than 540 experts, in-house certified trainers, approved consultants and safety practitioners, BRE says it is geared up to address the training needs of public and private sector client organisations through design, construction and supply. Training courses have been set up to allow individuals to study at their own pace, picking elements from a modular, course portfolio.

Increasingly, training courses and briefings are being provided by BRE at clients' premises.

Find BRE on Stand 12 C182 ACE The Association of Consulting Engineers has been pushing hard for improved procurement, design, construction and project management. In May it celebrated the achievements of clients, engineers and contractors in moving the industry forward at the ACE Awards. And it will will be using its slot in the Civils 2002 seminar programme to spread the word more widely still.

At the awards Lovell Partnerships, working with engineer Tully De'Ath, was praised by judges for demonstrating 'a clear commitment to delivering on site safety by ensuring that appropriate systems were in place and that they worked'. Its Waynflete Square project in London was complex, but all challenges were overcome without resorting to traditional client-contractor hostilities.

When Redrow Commercial Developments embarked on its Windsor Office Park project it went out of its way to involve the local community, working hard to establish clear communications. Design, by Cameron Taylor Bedford, was innovative, achieving unusually high environmental performance ratings.

Meanwhile full team integration helped GlaxoSmithKline and WSP Group achieve success with unorthodox construction techniques to deliver a major office development in London in record time.

Demonstration of best practice is the most effective way to encourage the industry that making the change is worthwhile. The ACE will be setting out to prove the case.

The ACE will be presenting a Best Practice seminar entitled 'Clients and consultants - working well together' at 13.30pm on Wednesday 12 June.

Visit the ACE on Stand 12 C150

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