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With less than a month to go, demand for space at Civils 2002 is hot - the show is on course to fill 4,000m 2of the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, attracting a range of contractors, consultants, project management specialists, suppliers, major clients and professional bodies.

The UK Highways Agency will be mapping out procurement plans and talking about its long term plans for management and development of the UK's road network and is attending the show specifically to meet consultants, contractors and principal suppliers.

Building Research Establishment and transport sector test house TRL will also be there, putting its expertise in analysis, research and development behind the event.

New arrivals in the consulting field include Scott Wilson, Waterman, recently rebranded Posford Haskoning, Mouchel, FaberMaunsell, Penspen and WA Fairhust & Partners. The Association of Consulting Engineers will be exhibiting and participating in one of the show's live debates, while the British Consultants and Construction Bureau will be flagging up opportunities for UK firms overseas.

Contractors will be there in force, with the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Skanska, Costain, Mitsui Babcock, Barr, Weeks Group, Wrekin Construction, Murphy Group, Morrison Construction, specialist marine contractor Van Oord, lifting subcontractor PSC Heavy Lift and project manager Parsons Brinckerhoff signed up.

There will also be a strong ground engineering presence, including contractors Roger Bullivant, Smit Land & Marine, Kellers-Makers, Fugro, Screwfast Foundations, Ritchies, Pennine Vibropiling and Fondasol. Ground condition test specialist Lankelma CPT, environmental management firm Hoofmark, South African impact compaction specialist Landpac Ground Engineering, slope stability expert Maccaferri and geotextiles firms Geofabrics, Bonar Technical Fabrics will provide an A-Z of geotechnical services.

And suppliers and specialists are piling in: Shell UK Oil Products, Lafarge Redland Aggregates, the UK Quality Ash Association, steel giant Corus, survey equipment firm Leica Geosystems and roped access expert Can will be at Civils, alongside names including Dywidag Systems, Cooper Clarke Group, Fiberline and Latchways.

Top IT and CAD firms Mircrodrainage, Oasys, Infrasoft and Key Systems - producer of the Autodesk package - will be showing off their latest software.

TV and internet education service the Einstein Network will be providing live coverage of debates, seminars and keynote speeches.

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