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The week ahead

1 October Scrapheap challenge: Subsea engineers and computer nerds compete to build an underwater craft capable of navigating an obstacle course. The teams have only ten hours to design and build their contraptions. 6.00pm, Channel 4

3 October Rethinking procurement: Some of the construction industry's most active protagonists of streamlined procurement talk about their experiences and redefine what clients, engineers, contractors and suppliers should do to reduce project delivery time and improve profits. QEII Conference Centre, South Bank, London SW1 Details, tel (0845) 606 5704

3-4 October BS 5950 with ease: Introduction to limit state design and the use of BS 5950-1 for the design of members in bending, compression and tension. London Details, tel (01344) 872776.

4 October Working with international funding institutions: Seminar aimed at consultants - how to register with and win work from bodies like the World, African, Asian and Inter-American Development Banks, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, the European Commission and United Nations. 9.00am-12.30, GIC, 2 Benjamin Street, London EC1 Details, Sharon Wardle, tel (020) 7222 3651. E-mail,

4 October Construction foresight - help shape the future: Seminar exploring likely materials of the future and how they should be developed and used, what changes need to be made in construction over the next 20 years, and what the impact of information and communications technology is likely to be. London The seminar will be repeated in Glasgow on 10 October Details, (020) 7222 8891.

5 October Innovative use of lightweight aggregates: Free one day conference looking at new materials and research on pavement design. 10.00am, ICE, One Great George Street, London Details, Pritesh Mistry, tel (01375) 840397

10 October The future of global aerospace: Boeing Corporation senior vice president Alan Mulally talks about changes in military and civil aviation that are pushing the aerospace industry to achieve ever greater efficiencies in design and production in the annual Royal Academy of Engineering Hinton Lecture. RAE, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. Details, Susan Bassam, tel (020) 7223 0054.

11 October Water UK Leakage Conference 2000: Scarman House, Warwick University, Coventry Details, Julie Fitzsimmins, tel (020) 7344 1898 E-mail,

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