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Technology takes a lead

Civils 98 will be held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 19-21 May 1998. It is the only exhibition dedicated to the UK civil engineering profession and is being promoted by NCE and Emap Construct with the full support of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Up to the minute technology ranging over the whole spectrum of civil engineering will be an integral part of NCE's Civils 98 exhibition.

During the three days of the show from 19-21 May exhibitors will mount some 60 seminars on subjects ranging from ground investigation right through to adjudication. The final programme for this heavily oversubscribed aspect of Civils 98 is now being shaped up and will ensure there is plenty of fresh information for visitors to share.

hree purpose-designed theatres are being commissioned by NCE to be built on sites within the National Exhibition Centre's Hall 12 so that the seminars will be an intimate part of the exhibition - rather than separate events taking place in rooms the other end of a series of escalators at some remote part of the NEC complex.

Admission to the 45 minute long sessions, as for the main exhibition, will be free. Preference for entry to the seminars will be given to those who have booked ahead and obtained tickets. A fully detailed programme will be sent to those who register in advance for Civils 98 and will also be published in NCE during the run up to the exhibition.

Pipelines 98 exhibition, which is being held in the adjacent Hall 11, will have its own dedicated and integral seminar theatre with capacity for a further 20 seminars majoring on aspects of pipeline technology - ranging from offshore oil and gas lines to drainage.

Programming for four simultaneous presentations throughout the exhibitions is being arranged to minimise overlap of related subjects and give the best possible variety for visitors on each day of the shows. This means that a materials specialist, say, who can only be at Civils 98 on the Wednesday, will not find that all the seminars that are of interest are programmed for Tuesday and Thursday.

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