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The week ahead

20 January Buildings, bridges and tunnels: This week's programme looks at some of the world's greatest bridges, including an earthquake proof viaduct in Japan. Discovery channel, 9pm

21 January Dream team: Sky's new footballing drama about the lives and loves of fictional Harchester Rovers takes on a specifically civil engineering perspective when methane gas is found under some of the players' houses. Even if you hate football, just think, they might all get blown up! Sky One 7pm

22 January The streets of San Francisco: Less a treatise on road building programmes in California, more a classic 70's crime drama starring Karl Malden (large nose) and Michael Douglas (large appetites). Channel 5, 11.50pm

25 January Horizon: Miami circle. When a Miami apartment block was knocked down for redevelopment in1998 an ancient and mysterious circle of holes was found cut into the bedrock. Guesses as to their origins range from a Mayan relic to a UFO launching pad. Under pressure from builders and huge public interest the state decided to buy the site for $27M. An ancient burial ground, ET's basement or a load of old cobblers? - sorry, cobbles? BBC2 9pm

26 January Waste minimisation: opportunities for action - Norwich. This seminar will outline the current legal and planning framework within which the industry operates and will examine how local partnerships and individual organisations can implement sustainable practices for construction and demolition waste. Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 8891 Fax: +44 (0)20 7222 1708

30 January Calling all young engineers: Progress, a new group for engineers and other construction professionals under 35, will be launched by the Association of Consulting Engineers on 30 January with a free reception at the London offices of ACE member Arup. Progress is being set up by ACE to promote the interests of the industry's brightest and best rising stars who will lead the construction industry within 10 years. The launch event will begin at 5.30pm for 6pm. All are welcome but to help identify numbers register your interest at ACE Craig Beaumont Tel: (020) 7222 6557, ext 130 Fax: (020) 7222 0750


An idiots guide to highway maintenance: Chris Summers has been has been involved in highways construction and maintenance for over 30 years, starting his career on the motorways building programme in the 60's. His website takes a personal and affectionate look at the maintenance engineer's role on site.

To 25 February

Isambard Kingdom Brunel - recent works: Leading present day designers review Brunel's engineering, giving historical and modern assessments. Saltash bridge gets the once-over from engineer Anthony Hunt, architect Nicholas Grimshaw looks at Paddington station, naval designer Nigel Gee at the SS Great Eastern and Anthony Umney at the Thames tunnel.

Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 Details (020) 7940 8790

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