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Technical hothouse

Events Civils 2004 27-29 April NEC Birmingham

Continuing our preview of the technical seminars at Civils 2004, this week focuses on Wednesday 28 April. Top of the list is the Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award winners explaining the philosophies that led to their success.

SEMINAR THEATRE A 10.30 Formpave Problems associated with traditional methods of urban storm water drainage will be considered by Formpave regional sales managers Steve Spikes and Peter Johns. The talk will focus on how extensive paved surfaces promote high peak run off. The speakers will then describe the ways permeable paving, as a sustainable urban drainage system, can offer a means of moderating this characteristic flash flooding.

Both the advantages and disadvantages of permeable paving will be tackled in detail along with the maintenance and performance issues of these products.

11.30 Target Fixings Engineering consultant David Hall's seminar will be looking at masonry, its history, construction techniques, how it behaves and what must be considered when repairing masonry structures with the latest techniques.

12.30 Geosystems Simon Mears, GPS product manager, and Lawrence Dixon, senior technical sales representative, will be talking about the latest advances of Leica Geosystems, surveying tools.

13.30 Key Systems Geotechnical The geotechnician's field notebook of the 21st century is totally electronic. Its use from holeside borehole logging right through to the creation of electronic reports and drawings will be explored and described in detail by technical director Roger Chandler. He will cover electronic data transfer; the AGS (Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists) Interchange format, and how it can save companies time and money; and the digital ground modelling of geotechnical and geo-environmental data. The seminar will examine the newest technology available and demonstrate how it can help make best use of the often limited budgets allocated to fundamentally important site surveys.

15.30 Screwfast Foundations Screwfast chairman Peter Dunn will talk about a revolutionary approach to the old concept of screwpiling and look at repetitive strain energy of foundations.

SEMINAR THEATRE B 10.45 Association of Consulting Engineers Professional indemnity insurance and industry attitudes to risk and its management are some of the hottest issues facing consultancy firms in today's construction industry. Spiralling costs of cover and rocketing excesses are a key concern for every firm in a hardening insurance market. ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin will look at what can be done to improve the situation and the attitude of insurers to consultants' PI.

11.45 Van Elle The geotechnical specialist will showcase its unique Smartfoot precast modular foundation system. Group business development director Vic Handley will be your host.

13.45 Phi Thomas Telford Ltd/Eurocodes Expert Advisory Group Structural Eurocodes will become mandatory for European public works and are set to become the de facto standard for the private sector, both in Europe and worldwide. These codes will be fully adopted by 2005 and national codes of practice will be withdrawn before 2010. These changes will have profound implications for the UK construction industry.

Eurocodes Expert is an ICE Group initiative designed to help industry understand and use the new European structural design codes.

14.45 Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award The joint winners of the Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award 2003 will present the team building and management philosophies which led them to achieve the ICE's most prestigious management award. Liz Bell is project manager civil engineering for (Alfred) McAlpine Capital Projects. Phil Stride is engineering project director, network services, for Thames Water.

15.45 Omnicom Engineering Ltd OmniSurveyor3D, an award-winning asset survey system, will be showcased by business development director Andrew Fordyce and marketing coordinator Katherine Elliott. The innovative technology is claimed to be unique as a geo-spatial digital imaging survey system. It provides desktop visualisation of both road and railway linear infrastructure systems using multiple camera views linked to an accurate positional referencing system. The initial survey is undertaken at traffic speeds and then processed into the system which enables postsurvey data analysis including asset collection, dimensional referencing, design verification and scenario modelling.

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