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New Civil Engineer
15 November 2012

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  • African Tiger

    Gabon’s president Ali Bongo Ondimba has ambitious plans to develop the country’s infrastructure and has drafted in engineering firm Bechtel to help. Katie Coyne reports.
  • Areva plans Scottish wind turbine plant

    French engineering firm Areva has announced it plans to build a wind turbine factory in eastern Scotland.
  • Atkins profits up but revenue down in 2012

    Consultant Atkins posted a 14% rise in its half-yearly pre-tax profits to £50.4M but revenue dropped 3.2% down to £815.7M, according to a trading statement released today.
  • Atkins wins Hurricane Sandy clean-up contract

    Consultant Atkins has won a Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) contract to help support clean-up and rebuilding efforts in the north eastern United States following Hurricane Sandy.
  • Back to basics

    Case is aiming at the top position with its new wheeled excavator, as Adrian Greeman reports from the firm’s Paris testing ground.
  • Balfour Beatty-Fluor joint venture win £500M Texas road job

    The Texas Department of Transport (TxDOT) has named Fluor and Balfour Beatty joint venture Pegasus Link Constructors as preferred bidder for its Horseshoe interstate highway connection project in Dallas.
  • Blackwood Plant’s fleet expands with six Volvos

    Ayrshire-based Blackwood Plant Hire has just taken delivery of its latest batch of Volvo equipment, with the arrival of six ECR58 Plus reduced swing radius compact excavators.Blackwood has been steadily increasing its fleet since it was established in 2001, and now has more than 140 individual items of mobile plant. This year alone the company has purc
  • Cameron wages war on planning red tape

    Prime minister David Cameron has today set out plans to halve the time it takes to get major road and rail projects off the ground by cutting back the judicial review and public consultation processes.
  • CCS could compete with nuclear by 2020s

    Fossil fuel generation armed wth carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be cost competitive with other forms of low carbon generation such as nuclear power by the 2020s, according to a government and industry interim report out today.
  • Coal extraction to reduce mine risk at Newcastle redevelopment

    Work on the new Science Central mixed use development in Newcastle has got underway with removal of coal deposits below the site.
  • Construction bolsters Bauer results

    Growing demand for its construction services has helped Bauer to offset the drop in revenue from its equipment business to record a 5.4% increase in revenue to €1.06bn (£850M) for the first nine months of the year.
  • Contractors fear tough 2013 as output and order slide continues

    Contractors fear a devastating 2013 after official figures showed that construction output had fallen to its lowest level since the summer of 1999.“It’s terrible. There’s just no work out there,” the chief executive of one of Britain’s biggest contractors told NCE.Office of National Statistic figures released last week show that the estimated total volume of construction output in the third quarter of 2012 fell by 2.6% compared with the second quarter of 2012. The fall continues
  • Cumbrian mine shaft collapses during stabilisation work

    Work to stabilise an historic iron ore mine shaft on council-owned land in Egremont, Cumbria has been halted after ground around the top of the shaft collapsed leading to the evacuation of eight nearby properties.
  • EdF begins Sizewell C nuclear plant consultation

    Energy firm EdF has begun consultation on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Sizewell C in Suffolk today.
  • Engineers lead calls for New York flood barrier

    New York City urgently needs a flood barrier to protect it against further flooding and rising sea levels, leading engineers said this week.
  • Europe’s Mixed Fortunes

    Austerity cuts in infrastructure spending are finally taking their toll on Europe’s construction equipment makers, as Adrian Greeman reports.
  • Floods and fires devastate now isolated Rockaways

    One of the areas of New York hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy was the Rockaways, sitting on a thin peninsula across the water from Brooklyn.
  • Four JVs win £2.6bn TfL highways contracts

    Joint ventures of Colas/Volker Highways /URS, Ringway/ Jacobs, Enterprise/Mouchel and Conway/Aecom have each won an eight-year highways maintenance contract from Transport for London (TfL) that could be worth a combined £2.6bn.The winning consortiums beat off six other rival bids from Amey, Balfour Beatty, May Gurney/WSP, Skanska, Costain/ J Murphy/Capita Symonds and Bam Nuttall/Hyder Consulting.But the winning contractors will have to work hard to make money from the deal.
  • Four pilot road schemes to demonstrate new speedy construction

    Off-site construction, 24 hour working and greater overlapping of design and construction is to be used to cut the time it takes to deliver road schemes by up to a half, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.
  • Fugro awarded European Spaceport investigation

    French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) has awarded a contract to Fugro to carry out a ground investigation at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • Gas trading probe

    The Financial Services Authority and energy regulator Ofgem are to investigate allegations that UK energy companies rigged gas prices.
  • Good prospects for tunnelling growth

    Current demands for tunnelling skills are set to increase both in the UK and globally, according to speakers at yesterday’s Tunnelling Conference in London.
  • Green light for £8.2M Abbey Bridge

    Contractor Hochtief will begin construction of the Evesham the replacement Abbey Bridge after the Department for Transport granted funding yesterday.
  • Groundforce Shorco supports the Glasgow School of Art

    Groundforce Shorco has supplied some of its most advanced hydraulic shoring equipment to contractor Sir Robert McAlpine for its £50M contract to redevelop Glasgow’s School of Art.The project involves construction of a new five-storey building in Renfrew Street, directly opposite the famous Grade A listed art school building designed by Char
  • Hill International to project manage £3.3bn expansion of Oman airports

    Hill International has been awarded a OMR 41.8M (£68M) contract by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Public Authority for Civil Aviation of the Sultanate of Oman to project manage the £3.3bn expansion of Muscat International and Salalah Airports.
  • Hitachi expects four years to approve its nuclear reactor

    Japanese engineering firm Hitachi expects it will take four years to clear its Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) through the UK licensing process, the firm said yesterday.
  • Hyder to design world's tallest building in China

    Hyder has revealed it is carrying out concept design for what would be the world’s tallest building, the 838m tall Sky City in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha.
  • Infrastructure investment is a missed opportunity

    After last week’s gloomy profit warning by Balfour Beatty and this week’s equally bleak workload trends survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca), there can be little doubt that the UK remains a very difficult place for civils contractors.Despite continued positive noise by government towards infrastructure investment - including the recent appearance at the ICE by chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander - the pickings remain thin.Competition across
  • International focus pays off for Hyder

    Consultant Hyder has posted buoyant results for the half year ending 30 September driven by a strong performance in its overseas markets.
  • Keller predicts full year profit improvements

    Keller has said in its latest interim management statement that it expects to meet its predicted full year turnover of £1.3bn but has said that pre-tax profit is likely to be significantly above previous market expectations.
  • Kier’s construction arm in efficiency review

    Contractor Kier is conducting a “further review” into its construction division in response to the poor UK construction market, according to a trading statement out today.
  • Leica unveils new software

    Leica has become the latest entrant into the machine telematics market, with the launch of its webbased icon system designed to help contractors increase the efficiency of their machine control operations on site and manage their equipment fleet. The system has been launched with three modules, View, Sync and Track. View enables the fleet manager or support personnel to remotely view the screens inside the operator’s cab, carry out remote diagnostics and provide instant support if need
  • Letters: Light rail tracks pose a safety risk to cyclists and motorcyclists

    I had pause for reflection recently whilst lying sprawled in the middle of the A662 in Droylsden, Manchester, over the wisdom of mixing rails for light rail systems with tarmac for road users.The two are clearly designed to do different jobs as I found out to my cost when crossing the rails by bicycle.Whilst repairing
  • Mittal buys part of Tarmac and Lafarge UK business

    Steel giant Mittal is to buy Lafarge’s UK construction materials operations as well as Tarmac’s 50% ownership in Midland Quarry Products for up to £285M, the firm announced today.
  • Morgan Sindall lands £20M rail job

    Network Rail has awarded Morgan Sindall the £20M North Doncaster Chord project to remove a critical bottleneck from the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The scheme will be delivered by Network Rail, Morgan Sindall and URS working in a new alliancing culture which will harness efficiencies and mitigate risk.
  • Network Rail to begin Manchester rail link consultation

    Plans to build a new viaduct connecting Manchester’s three major rail stations – Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly – will be put out for public consultation next week.
  • New president Barry Clarke focuses on better training

    More must be done Career highlights to encourage young people to choose engineering if UK is to maintain world class infrastructure.
  • New York governor wants £18.8bn for hurricane rebuild

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he is seeking $30bn (£18.8bn) from the US federal government to fund repairs following Hurricane Sandy.
  • Planning appeals halt £3bn worth of construction projects

    Some £3bn worth of construction work was delayed or halted by planning appeals during the first nine months of 2012, according to industry analyst Glenigan.
  • Poor UK performance contributes to Aecom's £37M loss

    US giant Aecom has posted a post-tax loss of $59M (£37M) for the financial year ending 30 September following a major write-down of its UK business.
  • Pumping operation clears flooded subway

    United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) personnel were close to finishing their New York dewatering mission this week after Hurricane Sandy’s 4m high tidal surge flooded the city’s tunnel system.
  • Russia’s record drive

    Construction of the first 43km of a wildly ambitious 670km long, eight to 10 lane highway connecting Moscow to St Petersburg is well underway. Report from the Russian capital by Mark Hansford.
  • Salmond wants "northern accord" to deliver high speed rail

    Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said today the Scottish Government and bodies in the north of England should work together to help deliver High Speed 2 north of Leeds and Manchester.
  • Sandy latest: Probe ordered into New York's utility performance

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a commission to investigate utility companies’ storm preparation and management procedures in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Sellafield awards £280M decommissioning framework contract

    Nuclear decommissioning firm Sellafield has awarded three firms to deliver up £280M of work for its nuclear complex in west Cumbria.
  • Sellafield to face prosecution for nuclear waste breach

    Nuclear site operator Sellafield will face nine charges next month following alleged illegal nuclear waste dumping after joint action from the Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation.
  • Soil stabilisation starts at Keadby wind farm site

    McArdle has started work on soil stabilisation for more than 20km of new roads to provide access for the construction of a new wind farm at Keadby in Lincolnshire.
  • Southampton port contracts awarded

    Preparation and management of a new ground investigation is set to be Mott MacDonald’s first task following its appointment as design engineer by Volker Steven for the Southampton container terminal upgrade.
  • Subway operator admits more flood protection is needed

    New York subway’s boss said last week that he would support the construction of a flood barrier around the city to protect the transit system.
  • Super Storm Sandy highlights need for revised building codes

    New York City’s building codes must be revised to ensure structures can cope with future major storm events, engineers based in the city said this week.
  • Tech firms form alliance

    Software giant Bentley Systems and site connectivity specialist Trimble have announced a strategic alliance designed to “further the connection between the virtual and physical environments for infrastructure projects”.The firms claim the alliance will make the exchange of physical and virtual data “more easily leveraged by engineers and contractors to reduce project risk while increasing overall productivity”.They say it will now be possible to exchange information “seamlessly”
  • UK’s water needs strategic and coherent approach

    The ICE has backed a new report which urges Government to seize the opportunity and make real and lasting changes that will give the UK’s water resource a sustainable future.The Blueprint for Water report, published last week by a coalition of environmental groups, measures the government’s performance against 10 steps to sustainable
  • Work starts on Bridlington water upgrade

    Construction joint venture Morgan Sindall Grontmij is set to start work on Yorkshire Water’s £22M upgrade of water treatment facilities at Bridlington.

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