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The week ahead


If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Andrew Mylius. Tel (020) 7505 6656, e-mail andrewmy@construct.

9 May

Ground engineering - the way forward: Half day seminar and exhibitions by geotechnical specialist Bachy Soletanche, highlighting state of the art foundation techniques including automated ground control, computerised grout monitoring, and value engineering.

Park Royal Hotel, Warrington

Further seminars on 18 May at London House, Russell Square, London and 31 May at the National

Motorcycle Museum, Solihull

Details, Chris Thomas (01704) 895686

10 May

Poverty and globalisation: Physicist and director of the New Delhi based Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology Vandana Shiva challenges the view that globalisation stimulates economic growth in the penultimate Reith Lecture. She explores issues that have fuelled recent protests against the World Trade Organisation.

8.00pm, Radio 4, repeated on 13 May at 10.15pm

10 May

Estimating the environmental impact of building: BRE shows off new software to help structural and materials analysis.

3.30pm, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1. Details

10-11 May

Scottish roads, traffic & transport management: Exhibition and seminar programme, including papers on IT enhanced maintenance and congestion management.

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh

Details (020) 8651 7114

11 May

Costing the earth: Hydrogen-fuelled cars, biomass electricity generation and solar power are examined as solutions to a global fossil energy crisis.

9.00pm, Radio 4

11 May

From horse-drawn to horsepower: Links between the design of modern motors and Victorian carriages are laid bare in this gallery talk.

2.30pm, Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Details (020) 7600 0807

15-16 May

Railway financing, contracting and maintenance:

Association of Train Operating companies chief executive Nick Illsley and Institution of Logistics & Transport chief executive Graham Ewer chair this two day conference on UK and international railway development strategy.

The Hatton, London

Details (020) 7827 6076

15 May-5 November

Eden Project: An opportunity to view construction of Cornwall's vast greenhouse in its final phase. Planting of Eden's temperate, sub-tropical and tropical ecologies is also under way.

Details (01726) 811911.

17 May

A royal view: HRH the Prince of Wales pitches into the sustainability debate - theme of this year's Reith Lectures. Rounding up the series, he leads a round table discussion between the five lecturers.

8.00pm, Radio 4, repeated on 20 May at 10.15pm

23-25 May

Congress 2000 - universal project management: Association of Project Management exhibition and conference, with keynote speeches from GEC chief executive Lord Simpson and construction minister Nick Raynsford. Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Details (020) 8541 5040. E-mail,

25 May

Allocation of risk in construction contracts: Cameron McKenna's Ann Minogue discusses the options. 5.30pm, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London. Details Mickey Klippel Arden, tel (020) 7637 8692. E-mail

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