Alastair McLellan Editor of New Civil Engineer
Two years after it was launched, Civils has established itself as a unique forum for the civil engineering industry.
At Civils 98, one in 10 working civil engineers attended the show. This year the exhibition is larger and we are expecting an even greater proportion of the profession to turn out.
It is this coming together of such large numbers of civil engineers which gives Civils its flavour. It is the one opportunity for the profession's leading firms to exhibit their latest products and services in an environment which allows direct and quick comparison between the best.
But Civils is about co-operation, as well as competition. Many exhibitors and visitors praised Civils 98 as being the perfect opportunity to make contacts, renew relationships and build alliances. In the post-Egan world, this is how money is made and careers furthered.
The value of Civils 98 was enhanced by its siting alongside Pipelines 98, an arrangement we have repeated. This year, Civils is further boosted by taking place as part of the Interbuild exhibition. Many civil engineers, of course, work in the building industry which is why Civils has been placed next to the NEC's Hall 5, home to Interbuild's structural building show.
The New Civil Engineer team has been working hard with colleagues from exhibition organiser Emap Montgomery to help make Civils 2000 a success - the show's catch line is 'NCE at the NEC' after all. We will be at the exhibition in strength and the daily Show Guide you hold in your hand is being produced from our stand in Hall 9.
The two years since Civils 98 have been highly significant for NCE. A wide-ranging rethink of how the magazine should serve the need of its readers resulted in NCE's relaunch in November last year. The new style magazine has been well received by readers, but we are not resting on our laurels and will be announcing the latest phase of our relaunch during the show.
I hope your visit to Civils is both enjoyable and productive.