Tuesday 3 February, Northern Counties
Flood defence to flood risk: a flood of change Environment Agency flood defence manager Andre Fraser describes how the Agency's strategy is moving away from flood defence and towards flood risk management. People, property and the natural environment will be affected by the change and funding policies, financial duties and responsibilities will be reviewed.
Crooklands Hotel, Kendal. 7.30pm.
Contact David Stocks (01539) 724026.
Tuesday 3 February, London
High intensity winds Mark Humpage of the Tornado & Storm Research Organisation will give a 30 minute talk on the phenomena of tornadoes, followed by a discussion on Sting Jets led by Met Office Mesoscale Modelling Group team leader Peter Clark.
Sting Jets are described as 'the most damaging winds in Britain' and can uproot trees and even take lives. Surrey University professor of fluid mechanics Norman Toy will end with a talk on thunderstorm 'downbursts'.
These sudden gusts can generate winds of over 160km/h causing structural damage to buildings.
ICE London. 6pm. Contact Eunice Waddell (020) 7665 2238.
Wednesday 4 February, South
Design of Spinnaker Tower Rising 170m above sea level, Portsmouth's £21M Spinnaker Tower will form the centrepiece of the city's Harbour Renaissance Project. The steel, concrete and composite structure comprises a reinforced concrete A-frame and two very large curved steel box girders which start at ground level behind the tower, rise to intersect as they pass between the legs of the A-frame and billow out towards the sea to form the characteristic spinnaker shape that gives the structure its name. Scott Wilson project director John Tubman sets out the challenges of designing this composite beast.
Winchester Guildhall. 6pm. Contact Jacqui Brown (01962) 869 263.
Wednesday 4 February, Yorkshire
CDM Awareness This workshop covers current and upcoming revisions to the Construction (Design and Management) regulations. It is aimed at senior designers and speakers include Yorkshire region Health & Safety Executive director Geoff Cox and ICE Yorkshire regional development officer Bob Bennett.
National Mining Museum, Wakefield. 9am. Booking essential.
Contact Sarah Hartley-Jones (0113) 2515034 or Bob Bennett (01977) 703775.
Thursday 5 February, Yorkshire
The feasibility of road user charging Last summer transport secretary Alistair Darling proposed long-term plans for nationwide road charging by launching a discussion paper on the subject. Leeds University professor of transport studies Peter Mackie, co-author of the 2002 RAC Foundation report Motoring Towards 2050, describes progress to date. The meeting will then debate whether the policy has been introduced merely for political reasons or if there are real economic benefits.
Leeds University civil engineering department. 5.45pm. Contact Dennis Tresgett (01977) 661858
Thursday 5 February, London CTRL Section 2: St Pancras Union Railways
North managing director Alan Dyke speaks to the Railway Civil Engineers Association about the Channel Tunnel Rail Link story so far. Section 1 of the CTRL from the Channel Tunnel to Fawkham Junction was completed last year, and 50% of Section 2 is now complete with work concentrated around St Pancras station.
ICE London. 6pm. Contact Pauline Arundel (020) 7665 2236.
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