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Taking sides

Civils 2002

Is better pay the only answer to the skills crisis? Are civil engineers environmental protectors or destroyers? And is building more roads the best way to solve transport congestion? We will be debating those issues and more, live, at Civils 2002.

Five live debates confronting some of the construction industry's thorniest issues are to be staged at Civils. Three will tackle the skills crisis, examining reasons underlying the difficulties firms face in recruiting and retaining well qualified, capable, experienced engineers. Another session will be examining ways in which the UK should be tackling its acute transport problems, while the fifth will be asking: just how environmentally responsible is the construction industry?

The debate sessions are designed as a chance for people interested in the subjects to air their views and exchange opinion with others.

Debates are expected to last for an hour, including 20 minutes for formal discussion and followed by a reception where people can talk less formally.

Interest is high and priority entry to the debate sessions will be given to people with personal invitations from NCE. If you would like to be considered for the guest list please email us with your name, job title, employer and an outline of what you could contribute to the discussion, and we'll do our best to include you.

The issues

Tuesday 11 June 11am Civil engineering is of no interest to young people.

FOR: Young Engineers Club director David Rowley and Design & Technology Association chief executive Andy Breckon.

AGAINST: Saffron Beetham, winner of the Henry Palmer Award 2001, and Symonds director Jonathan Goring.

CHAIR: Costain chief executive Stuart Doughty.

2pm Civil engineers: environmental protectors or destroyers?

PROTECTORS: Union Railways head of public affairs Bernard Gambrill and Balfour Beatty Major Projects operations director Stephen Tarr.

DESTROYERS: Environmental consultant and broadcaster Chris Baines and Campaign for the Protection of Rural England head of policy (planning and local government) Henry Oliver.

CHAIR: Aecom Maunsell corporate development director Peter Head.

Wednesday 12 June 11am Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage.

FOR: Dean & Dyball chairman Martin Hurst and Roger McLaughlin of the Association of Consulting Engineers and Cameron Taylor Bedford.

AGAINST: Scott Wilson Railways director Hugh Blackwood and Halliburton KBR head of engineering Dick Harris.

CHAIR: NCE editor Antony Oliver.

2pm Extra road capacity is the best way to solve Britain's transport congestion.

FOR: Highways Agency chief executive Tim Matthews and British Consultants & Construction Bureau chairman Malcolm Noyce.

AGAINST: Transport 2000 director Stephen Joseph and University College of London professor of transport infrastructure Phil Goodwin.

CHAIR: Former minister for transport in London, Steve Norris.

Thursday 13 June 11am The construction industry does not take training and development seriously.

FOR: ICE vice president Colin Clinton and founder of contractor Bullivant, Roger Bullivant.

AGAINST: Nuttall recruitment and development manager Bob Devonshire and managing director of Carillion Infrastructure Services Rowan Sharples.

CHAIR: Construction Industry Training Board chief executive Peter Lobham 2pm BAA/Ciria sustainability afternoon.

For the final afternoon of the show on Thursday 13 June mega client BAA and research expert Ciria will be staging a sustainability best practice session starting at 2pm. One of the highlights will be the experiences of BAA's own sustainability and environmental award winners.

Launched last year to recognise outstanding contributions to improving environmental and cost performance achieved on BAA construction projects, the awards are setting standards for the rest of the industry to match or beat.

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