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Professor George Fleming President of the Institution of Civil Engineers

The Institution of Civil Engineers is delighted that Civils is back, even bigger and better than before. Under Emap Montgomery's expert care, which saw Civils 98 win the Best New Exhibition of the Year Award, it has grown to become the place for all in the industry to be at - a place where civil engineers can do business and show clients past, present and future that we can provide just what the market demands.

Civils 2000, along with the new Groundex section, celebrates all that civil engineers can provide, whether they are in transportation, law, hydrology, finance, structural design, geotechnics, management, civil service, construction or public health.

The exhibition is a celebration of the industry's ability to deliver projects that require a multi-faceted, multi-skilled team of engineers to ensure the optimum solution is achieved.

The civil engineer plays a key role in the regeneration of derelict, contaminated and polluted environmental systems. The innovation of the civil engineer to regenerate derelict land using other waste resources is a theme which must become core to the thinking of every civil engineer in the future.

Achieving the balance between utilising our natural resources - air, water, land, energy and human resource - while minimising their deterioration, is the biggest issue facing the civil engineer of today.

The Institution of Civil Engineers will ensure that the profession addresses the challenges of the new millennium, becoming the engine of sustainable development while continuing to be the engine of wealth creation. We are working hard to provide a forum for young scientists and engineers to work together in synergy to develop their innovation and lateral thinking to achieve sustainability within society.

Civil engineering is at the heart of wealth creation and income generation. There is a clear correlation between the income of a country and the infrastructure that it generates. The provider of that infrastructure is the civil engineer.

I wish you an enjoyable, and above all productive, visit.

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