Post Show Review

The Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo returned to London’s ExCeL on September 27 & 28; once again delivering a show that reinforced its status as Europe’s leading event for marine & coastal civil and structural engineering. 

Exceeding all expectations and gathering the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in marine and coastal civil engineering under one roof, 95.8% of the show’s 1,425 visitors have already expressed their desire to return in 2018.

Renowned for acquiring a calibre of attendee that’s unmatched by any rival show, managing directors, CEOs, project managers, lead engineers and more came from nations such as America, Brazil, India, Russia and South Korea to discover the latest innovations transforming the sector across the globe.

With over 200 visionary and diverse suppliers - 83% of whom have rebooked for next year - showcasing the latest products, systems and services shaping the future of marine & coastal civil engineering; more sellers were connected to more buyers than ever before. 

As a platform providing visitors with the perfect opportunity to expand their knowledge as well as discover the newest innovations, the show also put on a world-class schedule of 100 educationally rich seminars from experts in every facet of this ever-changing industry.

Across both days, attendees were able to gain knowledge and inspiration from Low and Bonar’s Mike Boggust on the benefits of using synthetic fibres in concrete; the Structural Concrete Alliance’s Jim Preston on methods of concrete prevention; ARUP’s James Turley on choosing the best digital survey techniques; and EDF Hinkley Point C Project’s Rob Holtom on the major issues surrounding the nuclear construction.

This year’s event also saw the return of the prestigious Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo Project Of The Year Award and the Innovation Award - which were judged by an esteemed panel made up of representatives from BAM Nuttall, CH2M, AECOM, the Environment Agency, the Thames Estuary Partnership, and more.

These experts came to the show specifically to give recognition to the companies that have made an outstanding impact on the industry in the past 12 months; and were guided around the exhibition hall to get an exclusive insight into some of the sector’s most cutting-edge products, services, and suppliers.

After much deliberation between the judges, TMS Maritime took home the coveted Project of the Year prize, while Temporary Works Design walked away with the Innovation Award.

The show's exciting live product demonstrations on the banks of the River Thames once again proved to be one of the key highlights at the event - with the incredible feature attracting a large audience of purchasers and buyers over both days. 

Commenting on the overwhelming success of 2017’s Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo, the show’s event director, Ines Goncalves, said: "The response from visitors and exhibitors was fantastic!

"People came from across the globe to come here, to do business, and to learn from the wealth of knowledge that is here. I can’t remember seeing this number of industry professionals all in one place. This event really sets the standard for Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo events of the future. 

"I personally would like to thank everyone that made this event so memorable. The Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo team and I cannot wait to get started on the 2018 show on the 10 & 11 of October 2018".