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What's on

ICE news

This is a selection of the best ICE events from around the regions. For the full list of events taking place near you, go to www. nceplus.co.uk and click on the 'What's On' link.

Wednesday 25 February, South East Specialist engineer support to operations in Iraq Lieutenant-Colonel Guy WilmshurstSmith, c/o of 64 military works group, talks about the operation to secure the Rumalia oilfields and efforts to re-establish national utilities and restoration of Basra airport. Members are also invited to attend dinner at the historic officers' mess at Brompton Barracks after the meeting. Cost is £17.

Brompton Barracks, Chatham 6.30pm. Entry by ticket only.

Contact Anne Qualters (020) 8289 6444.

Wednesday 25 February, East Anglia Graduates & Students Committee Suffolk estuaries in the 22nd Century - sustainable engineering solutions The Environment Agency's Nigel Pask talks about long term sustainable engineering strategies for the Blythe, Alde and Deben estuaries in Suffolk. He will discuss future sea level rise, land tilt and designing for 100-year storms.

Jackson Civil Engineering, Sandy Hill Lane, Ipswich. 6.00pm.

Contact Leigh Parratt (01473) 604666 Wednesday 25 February, ICE London Rail induced vibration Ground-borne noise arising from trains running through tunnels is one of the biggest environmental issues affecting railways near residential areas. Track isolation equipment provider Pandrol technical manager Steve Cox talks about new technology designed to tackle the problem.

Geert Degrande from Belgium's Catholic University of Leuven will also discuss new techniques for predicting wheel, rail and tunnel excitation. Joint meeting of the Society for Earthquake & Civil Engineering Dynamics and Railway Civil Engineers' Association ICE London 5.30pm. Contact Pauline Arundel (020) 76652236.

Wednesday 26 February North West NCE communications competition Teams will be asked to give a 20minute presentation on a controversial scheme at a mock public meeting, with the aim of improving communication and presentation skills. Guaranteed to be rowdy. Up to £1,000 in cash prizes up for grabs by the overall winners.

CUBE, basement seminar room, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester. 5.30pm. Contact Janice Parkinson 07976313656 Tuesday 2 March, South West Contracts Workshop This day-long workshop is presented by construction lawyers Masons. Partner Adam Harris and senior associate Rob Buchanan discuss the requirements and common misconceptions associated with construction contracts.

Organised by the South West Graduates & Students Committee.

Armada House Conference Centre, Telephone Avenue, Bristol. £95 all-day event. Contact Jules Schlosser (01225) 526514.

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