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Civils 2002

The full Civils 2002 seminar programme is now mapped out.

Mike Winney takes a preview.

Throughout Civils 2002 visitors will have the benefit of free entry to seminars hosted by industry experts. Topics will range across specialities from foundations to advanced composite structures and important subjects for all engineers such as continuing professional development.

Tuesday 11 June will kick off with a presentation from the Institution of Civil Engineers which promises to answer any and all questions about CPD.

New materials, innovative materials applications and the latest on codes characterise the rest of the day's offerings:

UK Quality Ash Association and TRL will launch a new report at 11.30 demonstrating how product specification methods used in the latest highway works codes fit with those applied to the use of pulverised fuel ash as fill since the 1950s.

Maccaferri and Colbond Geosynthetics promise a state of the art presentation on the use of steel mesh and polymer reinforcement in road pavements in their joint seminar.

An insight in how to isolate and deal with unwanted and dangerous gases occurring in the ground around new buildings will be offered by Cooper Clarke Group's Adrian Pollitt.

Advanced materials pioneer Maunsell - now Faber Maunsell - will be offering an insight to the latest structural applications of fibre reinforced composite materials. Geofabrics will round off the day's presentations with a seminar on geocomposites.

Wednesday 12 June's seminars will start not so much with a bang as a thump. Landpac Ground Engineering's massive impact rollers compact subgrade material in layers of 1m to 1.5m deep per pass, and are coupled with sensitive ground response monitoring equipment.

Dermot Kelly will explain Landpac's work on projects since proving its technique on Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport.

The considerable maintenance benefits of sealing the sand joints between block paviours will be explained in Resiblock's seminar. Sustainability in pavement technologies is being promoted by Weeks Group's Derek Fordyce who will describe the work of Pavement Technology, a new venture set up between his company and Heriot-Watt University.

Sitmaster's 'Fully wearable Windows programmed computers as a tool in asbestos surveys' will offer help with gauging the consequences of environmental degradation.

John Broome of publisher Thomas Telford will be looking forward to improved contractual relationships with his explanation of the latest variations in the New Engineering Contract.

Wednesday will finish with a topical offering from the Association of Consulting Engineers.

Thursday 13 June may be the last day of Civils 2002 but it will have some of the choicest seminar subjects. Buxton Lime Industries' Hedley Greaves will explain the chemical reactions and equipment which make lime stabilisation a useful and economic way of stiffening up soft subgrades.

At 11.30 Peter Dunn of Screw Fast Foundations will defend his title of 'star turn' at the Civils 2000 seminars. His practical demonstration of screw piling will include specially commissioned accessories configured to demonstrate the relationship between installation torque and ultimate bearing capacity.

In contrast, Infrasoft will examine what IT can do to aid co-ordination of geographically dispersed engineering teams working on design and construction of small to major projects.

Arnaud Finiasz of Fondasol will be looking ahead to 2003 in his presentation on the Ménard pressuremeter explaining how this insitu soil testing instrument fits with Eurocode 7 Part 3, coming into force next January.

Closing the series, a member of insurer Alexander Forbes will be talking about project and professional indemnity.

Seminars will run for 50 minutes and are to take place in a purpose-built theatre in Hall 12.

Seminar timetable

11 June 10.30 Continuing Professional Development The Institution of Civil Engineers 11.30 A new specification for PFA as a fill material Mike Winter, regional manager, TRL/UKQAA 12.30 Reinforced road pavements Nicholas Reck, Maccaferri, and Jan-Maarten Elias, Colbond Geosynthetics 13.30 Gas dispersal - protecting buildings Adrian Pollitt, Cooper Clarke Group from contaminated ground 14.30 Structural applications of advanced John Cadei, technical director special structures, composite materials Faber Maunsell 15.30 Engineered solutions with geocomposites Geofabrics

12 June 10.30 High impact compaction technology and Dermot Kelly, Landpac Ground Engineering ground response monitoring/verification 11.30 Sealing of small element paving systems - Paul Lamparter, Resiblock structural and environmental benefits 12.30 Sustainable pavement technologies Derek Fordyce, Weeks Group 13.30 Fully wearable Windows programmed Sitemaster computers as a tool in asbestos surveys 14.30 The New Engineering Contract Jon Broome, Thomas Telford 15.30 To be confirmed Association of Consulting Engineers

13 June 10.30 Soil stabilisation Hedley Greaves, Buxton Lime Industries 11.30 A practical demonstration of screw Peter Dunn, Screwfast Foundations pile technology 12.30 IT solutions for collaborative working in Infrasoft Solutions the civil engineering market 13.30 The Ménard pressure meter - innovative Arnaud Finiasz, Fondasol UK solution for site investigation and foundation design 14.30 Insurance Alexander

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