From smart motorways programmes using new scientific breakthroughs to manage our roads, through to the use of drones, robotics, 4D BIM and nanotechnology in construction materials, civil engineers are taking inspiration from technology and looking for ways to apply these ideas across all parts of the industry.
Unsurprisingly then, it’s new technology and innovation which is taking centre stage at Civils Expo this year, the UK’s leading show dedicated to civil engineering and construction, which returns to the NEC from 9 to 11 October as part of the construction industry’s largest event, UK Construction Week (UKCW).
Civils Expo will cover the largest infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad and will feature exhibitors showcasing the very latest products and services for the sector.
Seminars at the Infrastructure Hub will be delivered by Hawkins Brown on Crossrail, Vinci on legislation, Kier on Mersey Gateway plus more on airports, rail, road and tunnels. Seminars will also look at major policy and legislative issues including industry compliance with the Modern Slavery Act, civil engineering skills and diversity gaps, and supply chain procurement.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“Some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world are happening right now in the UK, so the learning opportunities are enormous.
“Civils Expo is an unmissable event for civil engineers, site managers, landscape architects and all those involved in infrastructure and this year’s best chance to get the latest updates on current projects and others in the pipeline. It’s the only opportunity to hear from experts, to network with industry leaders, to ask questions and genuinely get under the skin of the achievements and lessons learned in such a fundamental industry. “
The ‘Future of Construction’ is UKCW’s theme for 2018 which will explore the latest innovative ideas, products and systems throughout the event. The Innovation Trail provides the perfect opportunity to see what’s on offer for the civils sector with exhibitors such as 3D Systems Europe, CEMEX, Cleveland Bridge, HS2, JP Concrete, Kingspan, Marsh Industries, Premier Tech Aqua, RMD Kwikform and Sheppard Piling.
This year also sees the launch of the UKCW Role Models Campaign to champion the existing talent in the industry and to inspire the next generation.
Role models are taking part in an outreach programme, going to colleges and schools in the coming months to talk to students and teachers at key stages of their education to explain what inspired them to choose construction as a career and to bust any myths around the image of construction.
37 inspiring men and women, including civil engineer Annabel Davis from Costain and Dr Sonia Zahiroddiny, BIM strategy manager at HS2, have recently been shortlisted for this campaign. The overall Role Model of the Year will be announced on 10 October.
Debates on major national and international infrastructure and construction issues will take place on the UKCW Stage. Speakers already confirmed include Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow and Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission.
Other benefits for visitors include an extensive programme of free CPD sessions, the Beer & Ale Festival with hot food and live entertainment, and a chance to celebrate with the Construction Enquirer Awards.
If you want to share your latest product launch or service or just want a platform that gets you directly in front of your customers, there’s still a chance to grab an exhibitor spot. Register your interest via the Civils Expo Exhibitor page.