Recent reports highlight the value of infrastructure work in the construction sector, with £19.7 billion being spent last year alone. So those wanting to remain competitive in this sector won’t want to miss out on this year’s Civils Expo and Plant and Machinery Live, where the latest tools, technology and techniques will be revealed.
As part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), at Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October, Plant and Machinery Live and Civils Expo are two essential areas hosting industry experts, innovative products, stimulating seminars, invaluable CPD sessions and networking opportunities.
Civils Expo exhibitors will be on hand to answer burning questions, discuss issues and explain their interesting solutions. Exhibitors include: CEMEX, Kingspan Environmental, Marsh Industries, HS2, 3D Systems, Kingspan Klargester, and Telefonica O2.
Auto Windscreens will be talking about its new electric vehicle charging points, the first in the UK offered by a glass repair and replacement provider, and how its newly formed Elite Windscreen Technical Division is enhancing its award-winning service.
Digging deep into the big issues
Technological advances and innovation are key themes of the seminars taking place at the Infrastructure Hub. The innovation in the construction of Crossrail seminar is a must-see for those interested in working with multi-disciplinary design teams. Other topics include bionic buildings and the future of construction: robots, self-repairing buildings and a virtual world. Speakers include Harbinder Singh Birdi from Hawkins Brown, Graham Brown from Envelope Architects and Denise O’Leary from Purpol Marketing.
Graeme DeBrincat, senior engineer Arup and Aston Fuller, FISSAC project officer, British Glass will be discussing the process, challenges and new developments in recycling glass.
Renault – Nissan’s, senior consultant, Kevin Wiltshire will be on hand to talk about Lean application for construction – cross-industry learning. And John Anderson, executive director, Kier Living will be Creating a balanced business with his seminar.
Speakers over the event include: Barbara Res, the engineer, lawyer and project manager behind Trump Tower; Lord David Blunkett, chair of the Heathrow Skills taskforce and former MP; Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow; and Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission.
Diversity, inclusion and equality is a golden thread running through all the shows. Property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker will lead the panel discussion Political correctness has gone mad?, with speakers from across the industry.
Step into the future
The ‘Future of Construction’ is the theme this year, equipping infrastructure professionals with the construction knowledge of the future. An Innovation Trail and the Future of Construction Hub, in collaboration with Birmingham City University, offers an immersive opportunity to discover digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction. Visitors can also get put back to work in the state of the art construction simulator from Coventry University.
Companies appealing to the civil engineering sector exhibiting on the Innovation Trail include: Brunel University London, Kingfisher APS and Excel Composites UK. The University of Birmingham is also exhibiting and showcasing its alternative raw materials with low impact (ARLI).
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“Civils Expo and Plant and Machinery Live are must-attend events for civil engineers, site managers, landscape architects and all those involved in infrastructure and construction. It’s the only opportunity for all those involved in the civil engineering sector to gather to discuss the latest technological developments and listen to inspirational talks from industry experts.”
Building up your industry knowledge
Following the popular CPD sessions of last year, there will be a vast array of seminars ideal for civil and plant engineers, including:
- IEMA will be delivering sustainable construction seminars;
- The BRE Academy CPD seminars will cover topics such as construction site safety, structural and building investigations, construction upskilling, and more;
- The Working at Height hub, supported by the Access Industry Forum, will run 40-minute CPD sessions on staying safe and compliant when working at height, using RMD Kwikform’s full-size Ascent Screen and Megashor Tower;
- The Scaffolding Association, will provide scaffolding safety advice from its stand and information about its new Access Industry Training Scheme; and
- OM Group will host health and safety CPD sessions from its stand.
There will also be live and interactive demonstrations of some basic manoeuvres such as earth moving, alongside a vast display of equipment at Plant and Machinery Live.
Planning for the future
Inspiring the next generation is the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), with its Invisible Superheroes exhibition, as part of its 200th-anniversary celebrations. Save Civil City invites young people to visit the stand and take part in three civil engineering challenges – Balancing Bridges, Fight the Flood and Propping up Pisa.
Also 36 inspiring men and women, including civil engineer Annabel Davis from Costain and Dr Sonia Zahiroddiny, BIM strategy manager at HS2, have been shortlisted for the UKCW Role Models Campaign. The overall Role Model of the Year is announced on 10 October.
Celebration and relaxation time
The Construction Enquirer Awards takes place on 9 October where the best of the construction industry will be recognised. Awards include Best Civils Construction Project to Work On.
Tickets allow access to the other UK Construction Week shows: Build Show, Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Timber Expo, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC 2018, as well as Grand Designs Live on 10 and 11 October.
Visitors also have access to the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux, featuring street food, rockaoke, a gin and fizz bar and FIX Radio broadcasting live from the event. The Central Bar, sponsored by Elliott Group, is in Hall 11, alongside the Hall 9 Bar sponsored by Germany Trade & Invest.
Free tickets for visitors are available now from Civils Expo.