Issue 85, 19 November 1999
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Shimmer project to launch in 2000 «
People in profile «
Fleming's early research is honoured «
Library changes «
New facility «
Hats off to the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association «
A word with Chris Wise «
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Hats off to the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association

Forging links with universities is high on the agenda of the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association which has issued a group of fourth year MEng students from the department of civil and environmental engineering with their very own hard hats.

An Imperial Lion
An Imperial Lion at the foot of the Queen's Tower sports one of the hard hats supplied to students by the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association
Part of the group of 120 Mscs and 70 undergraduates took a break from an earthquake engineering lecture to pose the foot of the Queen's Tower with a selection of multi-coloured hard hats.

The CECA (Southern) Ltd met students and staff to investigate how to build a closer relationship with Imperial. The hats will be used on field courses and site visits and the Association has also set up a fund to pay the transport costs associated with site visits.

It will also produce a code of practice for contractors who show students around sites to ensure that future visits are informative and interesting.

CECA is the single wholly representative body for civil engineering contractors throughout the UK and was established by contractors in seven regions.

It offers the specialist services, advice and assistance identified by contractors as essential to protect their commercial well being and to promote the civil engineering industry.

The Association will arrange for inspirational young engineers to come into the department to assist students with their design projects on issues of construction and safety.

It is hoped that improved and increased sponsorship and vacation training deals will result from the new relationship. The first step in this direction was taken when Trevor Walker, a past chairman of CECA (Southern) Ltd spoke to the undergraduates in November about career opportunities.

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