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1 November 2012

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  • £2.1M Forth cable inspection overrun

    Cost overruns on the Forth Road Bridge’s cable anchorage investigation have hit £2.1M, NCE has learned.
  • A level playing field

    Use of an innovative piling platform has helped to fast-track foundations work on a new sewage works in Staffordshire, as well as meet the site’s access restrictions. Claire Symes reports.
  • A9 ground investigation put out to tender

    Transport Scotland is seeking bidders for the ground investigation contract for the dualling of the A9 between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.
  • Amec joins forces offshore with Samsung

    Amec has announced that it has formed a joint venture with Samsung Heavy Industries and Samsung Engineering to carry out the design and engineering for fixed and floating offshore platforms and subsea pipelines for Samsung’s future offshore oil and gas projects.
  • Barry Clarke: Knowledge is power

    Reinforcing the value of professional knowledge and education across every civil engineer’s career will be at the heart of professor Barry Clarke’s year in office as the 148th Institution of Civil Engineers President. Antony Oliver reports.
  • Bringing London to the Games

    Transport professionals gathered last week to learn lessons from last summer’s London Olympic Games. Antony Oliver spoke to Olympic Delivery Authority director of transport Hugh Sumner.
  • Britpave to review Highways Agency’s soil stabilisation guidance

    Infrastructure industry trade association Britpave has announced that the Highways Agency has given it responsibility for updating and revising its guidance on soil stabilisation.
  • Building trust in BIM

    Why the system makes life easier for all.
  • Central line Hainault loop closure lifted after successful upgrade work

    A full good service is operating across the Central line today following the successful completion of a 12-day closure of the Hainault loop in order to upgrade points, renew rail and install drainage.
  • Cost to New York of Hurricane Sandy put at £30bn or more

    Risk modelling firm EQECAT has today put the total cost to New York of Hurricane Sandy at up to $50bn (£31bn), driven by the widespread damage to infrastructure,
  • Crossrail TBMs restart after hopper collapse

    Crossrail tunnelling operations were back underway this week following recent collapse of the conveyor and hopper muck away system in West London in late September.Both tunnel boring machines (TBMs) on the Western Running Tunnels are now back in operation.
  • Disguised development

    Construction of the frame for the new oversite development at Bond Street Underground station early next year may give the impression that the upgrade is almost compete, but five years of work remains. Claire Symes reports.
  • Dorset council favours geothermal over wind power to meet targets

    Christchurch Borough Council (CBC) in Dorset is calling on environment secretary Owen Patterson to divert its wind farm subsidies to the development of geothermal energy sources.
  • Driven by better design

    Dutch engineers are taking advantage of geospatial data to enhance use of Building Information Modelling in creating and communicating a detailed blueprint for the new A4 motorway. NCE reports.
  • Environment Agency warns of higher risk of flooding this winter

    This summer’s unusually wet weather means there is a higher risk of flooding in autumn and winter, the Environment Agency and Met Office has warned today.
  • Flood waters hamper efforts to restore New York subway services

    Efforts to fully reopen New York’s subway continue to be stymied by flood waters in the tunnels, three days after Hurricane Sandy hit.
  • Found Ocean wins contract on experimental offshore installation

    SeaRoc has announced that it has awarded a grouting contract for the Narec Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH) met mast to Found Ocean.
  • Going underground

    Work to remove 20,000m3 of material from below Stepney Green Park is set to get underway this autumn as Crossrail constructs huge caverns to house crossover tunnels for the new link.
  • Groundforce demonstrates the art of propping

    Construction of a complex new £50M new development at the School of Art in Glasgow by Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) is being eased through use of some of the most advanced hydraulic shoring equipment ever supplied by Groundforce Shorco.
  • Hurricane Sandy aftermath: New York mayor rules out flood barrier to protect against future storms

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has ruled out the construction of a flood barrier to protect the city from future storms like Hurricane Sandy.
  • ICE member wins best new chartered engineer prize

    Morgan-Est engineer Kate Cooksey finalist for the NCE Graduate Awards inspecting the Croydon Cable Tunnel.ICE member Kate Cooksey, a tunnelling engineer at Morgan Sindall, has scooped the 2012 Karen Burt Award for the best newly qualified chartered engineer.The Karen Burt memorial award, run by the Women’s En
  • ICE welcomes 'twin track' approach from Davies Commission on aviation

    The ICE has welcomed news that the Government’s commission on UK aviation capacity is to evaluate all possible options and take a ‘twin track’ approach which balances long and short term needs.
  • Joint Venture

    Foundations specialist Roger Bullivant is reinforcing its attack on the civils infrastructure market armed with a new precast concrete pile able to take tension and bending. David Hayward reports.
  • Letters: Is a north-south water supply canal the answer?

    We are at a time of great change and uncertainty. Climate is changing, energy costs are climbing and incomes are falling. That is why is would be unwise to be lumbered with a north-south water supply canal (NCE 18 October). By the time it is half complete the people of Scotland may not want to continue t
  • Maccaferri rockfall barrier passes the test in Italy

    Maccaferri’s latest rockfall barrier system took a step closer to being ready for launch last week when the system passed a 6500KJ test live in front of potential customers at the Fonzaso test centre operated by Consorzio Trivento Rocciatori in Italy.
  • Ministers fail to act on dam laws

    Reservoir experts this week urged ministers to work out a timetable for key reservoir inspections, so as to implement a key recommendation of the Pitt Review.
  • Model for a megatunnel

    Rail consultants and contractors are getting to grips with Building Information Modelling ahead its compulsory use on all publicly procured projects by 2016. Mark Hansford looks across the pond to the United States for a live example of BIM at its best.
  • Morgan Sindall boss resigns as company restructures

    Morgan Sindall chief executive Paul Smith has resigned as the company admits to facing tough times ahead.
  • NCE RedR golf day records top score

    A field of 76 golfers from across the construction industry supply chain turned out last week for the annual NCE Charity Masters to raise money for disaster relief charity RedR.
  • Network Rail completes sale of plant business

    Network Rail will this week complete the sale of Network Rail (NDS-Plant), a market leader in the provision of specialist heavy plant and equipment to Britain’s rail market, to TXM Plant
  • New anti-graft scheme launched

    Governments and construction companies could significantly cut losses caused by mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption by signing up to a new transparency initiative, engineers, bankers and anti-poverty campaigners said last week.The ICE, the World Bank, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) and anti poverty group ONE Campaign, have backed the call by launching the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST). It is a targeted scheme to increase transpa
  • New York on alert as new storm approaches

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said last night that work to reconnect the 115,000 homes still without power has become “all the more urgent” after forecasters warned of a new storm threat to the city
  • New York utility companies threatened with legal action as city struggles to recover from Sandy

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to the CEOs of the utilities that operate in New York State saying that he would take “appropriate action” against them and their management if they “do not meet their obligations to New Yorkers” in their response to Hurricane Sandy.
  • No.31 ICE’s first woman President

    Efforts to make the ICE more open and inclusive took a big step forward four years ago this week when Jean Venables became the first woman President since it was founded almost 200 years ago.Venables’ achievement was arguably long overdue, although she was more realistic. “You have to put it into context,” she told N
  • Olympics and party conferences boost ICE profile

    The ICE’s efforts to showcase the role of civil engineers in delivering the London 2012 Olympics, and its media activity around the recent party conferences, contributed to a strong quarter of media coverage.The Institution achieved nearly 500 hits across print, online and broadcast media.The ICE’s quarterly media report shows that 11 of the media hits were in national newspapers, 133 were in trade publications, 169 were online articles and that the ICE and its members featured
  • Olympics leave transport legacy

    Last summer’s successful London Olympic Games transport plan must be the blueprint for future plans to develop integrated transport policy for the capital and across the UK, transport professions heard this week.
  • Probing into the heart of London

    Network Rail has ambitious plans to transform London Bridge station into a state of the art interchange but before work could get underway, a major ground investigation was called for. Claire Symes reports.
  • Professionals fear fallout from quake convictions

    Conviction in Italy of six scientists and geologists for manslaughter following the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009 has thrown into question the ability of professionals to act without fear of prosecution.
  • Royal Haskoning to cut jobs as UK ports work dries up

    Lack of UK ports work has forced marine specialist Royal Haskoning DHV to cut jobs and change its business strategy away from the UK market, NCE learned this week.
  • Sandy update: Swathes of New York remain without power

    Swathes of New York remain without power, almost one week after Hurricance Sandy hit the city.
  • Scotland pushes for regional airport focus

    Scottish transport minister Keith Brown has said that the south east-centric aviation policy is damaging the Scottish economy and is urging the UK government to take a more regional approach in its new aviation framework.
  • The hole problem

    Historic chalk mining in Kent meant finding a foundation solution for a new housing development was far from straightforward. Andy O’Dea reports.
  • Third Heathrow runway is only a stop gap solution

    ICE calls for short and long term solutions to airport capacity problems in South East.
  • Tunnel pump out continues in New York

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that work was still “ongoing” to resolve massive disruption to mass transit following Hurricane Sandy.
  • Work continues to restore power but 650,000 still without

    Workers from New York’s power company Con Edison are working round the clock to restore power: 650,000 customers in the New York area remain without power.
  • Wrap Around

    Despite seals and satellites hindering the installation of protective concrete fenders for the Tay Road Bridge, the project is being delivered ahead of schedule. David Hayward reports from Dundee.

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