Thursday 6 November, South East
The Forensics of Failure How secure are engineers in their geotechnical predictions in an environment where programmes and costs are getting ever tighter yet responsibilities are increasing?
Babtie head of ground management Colin Harding explores the issues.
Russell Hotel, Maidstone. 6.30pm.
Contact Anne Qualters (020) 8289 6444.
Lunchtime debate: This house agrees that more flights and jobs are worth the noise and traffic' Air travel to and from south east England has trebled in the past 30 years. Sooner or later, the south east's existing runway capacity will be reached. The government decides next month on whether to allow Luton to expand and extra runways to be built at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Paul Keyhoe of London Luton Airport will speak in support of the motion; Norman Mead of the Stop Stanstead campaign will oppose.
Vaxhall Recreation Centre, Luton.
12.30pm. Contact Louisa Rix (01767) 62704.
Monday, East of Scotland
Flooding: an international problem Organised jointly by ICE Scotland and the Czech Institution of Engineers, this one day seminar reflects on lessons learnt from the devastating flooding in central Europe in August 2002 and describes work to prevent future flooding in the Czech Republic and in Scotland.
Heriot-Watt University. 9.30am.
Contact Wylie Cunningham (0141) 221 5276.
Fabrication of Rion Antirion Bridge When completed in 2005 the 2,252m long Rion Antirion Bridge will be the world's longest cable stayed bridge. It features four pylons with a span of 560m between them. Cleveland Bridge project manager Jim O'Neil describes the challenges faced on this massive scheme.
Holiday Inn, Middlesbrough.
Email Michael.Thompson@dtagroup. com
Tuesday, South West
Wind and tide: power for the taking Two meetings on consecutive evenings looking at sources of sustainable energy. On Tuesday Colin Morgan, principal engineer at Garrad Hassan, introduces offshore wind farming and on Wednesday George Gibberd, engineering manager of Marine Current Turbines, describes the design and technical challenges of Britain's first tidal steam turbine.
Arup Auditorium, Bristol. 6.30pm.
Contact Gregor Neilson (01454) 288 845.
Getting freight onto rail: how local government can help realise the vision Despite the difficulties faced by rail, there has been a 50% growth in rail freight since privatisation in the mid-1990s. The government has set a target of 80% growth in the decade to 2010. English Welsh & Scottish Railway planning director Graham Smith and South East England Regional Assembly head of transport planning Martin Tugwell describe the vital role local government has to play in achieving this target. Booking essential.
ICE London. 6.30pm. Email ann. scannell@ice. org. uk
What's On has changed!
From this week NCE will pick out the best events - nationally and from around the regions. For the full list of events happening near you, go to www. nceplus.co.uk and click on the 'What's On' link.