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The week ahead

24-26 November Water treatment, conservation and recycling: Topical course looking at methods for preventing, or at least surviving through water shortage. Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys. Details, (01654) 703743 www.cat.org.uk

27 November Sustainable urban drainage systems: If anyone needs convincing that urban drainage strategies need to be revised, the current flooding should do the trick. This CIRIA workshop sets out design principles and offers advice on how to integrate sustainable drainage with existing planning and development systems. London. Details, (020) 7222 8891

27 November Stop that leak: Royal Academy of Engineering lecture. Chief of defence procurement and chief executive of the Defence Procurement Agency Sir Robert Walmsley looks over a century of submarine design. 5.30pm, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London SW1 Details, (020) 7222 2688

27 November What the Romans did for us - arteries of the empire: Over 16,000km of road was built during the Roman occupation. TV presenter Adam Hart-Davis looks at the surveying equipment used by civil engineers two millennia ago. 8.30pm, BBC2

27 November Building London: Greater London Authority chairman Trevor Phillips maps out plans for infrastructure, £25bn transport spending and regeneration projects in the capital over the next decade in the special meeting of the Association of Consulting Engineers. Water UK headquarters, One Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1 £20. Details Nova Hunt, (020) 7222 6557. E-mail nhunt@acenet.co.uk

29 November Building for tomorrow - market forecasting for the construction industry: Conference focusing on ways in which research is being used to sharpen business strategy in the construction sector. Forum Hotel, London Details, Claire Tulloch, tel (020) 7505 6569; e-mail claire.tulloch@ebc.emap.com

29 November Working with international funding institutions: Seminar given by the British Consultants Bureau and management consultant GIC on the ways in which major banks, European Commission funds, United Nations agencies and Government departments operate. GIC, 2 Benjamin Street, London EC1 Details, Sharon Wardle, BCB. (020) 7222 3651

4 December Recycled concrete aggregate: Half day workshop looking at the specification and use of recycled aggregate for high strength concrete. Concrete Technology Unit, University of Dundee. Details, (01382) 344357. E-mail m.c.limbachiya@dundee.ac.uk

5 December Accident black spot - bends: Every year 400 people die in car crashes on bends on rural roads. This programme examines why some bends are so problematic and sees a design solution emerge to improve safety. 8.30pm, Channel 4

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