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The week ahead

17 February Superstructures of the world: the Panama Canal Discovery channel 9pm

18 February Time Team. Salisbury Plain yields Roman pottery and an Iron Age fort.Channel 4, 6pm

19 February Building the biggest. First in a three part series on large scale construction. Designed to hold over 550 passengers in a double decker fuselage, the Airbus A3XX is the largest passenger plane ever built. The programme looks at the development of the super jet in the face of competition from Boeing's new 747.Channel 4, 8pm

19 February Engineering: The new Scottish parliament site. Lecture covering the structural engineering aspects of the design and construction of the new building in Edinburgh Tickets are required but are free from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.Details, Heather Mantell (0131) 240 5000 E-mail:

20 February The wobbly bridge - a tale of over arching ambition. Documentary about the Millennium Bridge and the wobble which caused huge embarrassment for architect Norman Foster and consultant Ove Arup. A case of looks great but doesn't work. You could call it the 'it girl syndrome'.Contributors include NCE's very own Dave 'Kojak' Parker. For it is he. ITV 7.30pm

20 February Why buildings collapse. Discovery channel 10pm 22 February Improving culture and people - the key to better construction. This workshop will look at the key issues underlying culture change, illustrated by industry examples. _220201.htm Tel: (020) 7222 8891 Fax: (020) 7222 1708 E-mail:

23 February Michael Barrymore's my kind of music. Nothing to do with civil engineering but a useful reminder that working late at the office is not always a bad thing. ITV 8pm

26 February LSE London seminar. Head of spatial development for Greater London, Martin Simmons addresses the subject.Clement House, WC2A 2AE Details, Tony Travers (020) 7955 7777

27 February Conservation and refurbishment. One day course.Institution of Structural Engineers, London SW1 Details, (020) 7235 4535.

28 February The politics of floods. Fens floodplain project officer Robert Oates is speaker at the Workers Education Association, Guildford. Is it time to restore flood plain functions so they can take the overflow from flooded rivers as nature intended? Come and discuss what should be done, 7.30pm at the Guildford Institute. Details, Colin Smith (01483) 829423

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