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New Civil Engineer
18 October 2012

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  • Aberdeen by-pass given green light after Supreme Court ruling

    Construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is finally going to go-head after campaigners lost their appeal in the Supreme Court.
  • British Construction Industry Awards 2012

    Celebrating the best of engineering and construction
  • BSI issues new standards for geohydraulic testing

    The challenge of meeting the greater groundwater protection called for under the latest EU water directive during geotechnical testing has been addressed by the BSI with the launch of a new series of standards.
  • Construction minister pledges help for small firms

    New construction minister Michael Fallon has put helping small firms at the heart of his plans for the industry.
  • Davey assures business new Energy Bill will unlock investment

    Energy secretary Ed Davey assured businesses today that the upcoming Energy Bill – due for its second reading in early November – will unlock billions of investment in new infrastructure.
  • Disaster resilience starts here...

    For over 30 years engineering charity RedR has provided skills, resoures and training to help rebuild disaster struck communities.
  • Doosan loader hits mark for US and EU emissions standards

    Korean construction equipment giant Doosan Infracore has launched a Tier 4i-compliant wheel loader.The DL300-3, which has a bucket capacity of 3m3, is the smallest model in the firm’s new family of Tier 4i-compliant large wheel loaders. It is designed for a wide range of material handling activities, including loading and transporting granular materi
  • Driving change

    Plant hire firms can help the roads industry align itself to a new era of improved quality, privatisation and whole life costing. Margo Cole reports
  • EdF wants progress on Energy Bill

    Hinkley Point C nuclear power construction project is “shovel ready” but construction will not begin until further progress is made on the Energy Bill, EdF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz told MPs today.
  • Europe approves Green Investment Bank

    The European Commission has yesterday approved the UK government’s plans for a Green Investment Bank (GIB) allowing it start operations in the next few weeks.
  • Fleming finalists announced

    Cementation Skanska has announced that the finalists in this year’s Fleming Awards will present their work on a range of geotechnical projects from emergency repairs through to planned work for a new building.
  • German wind farm calls in some heavy helpers

    Two 750t crawler cranes have been used to build the “jacket” that will form the substation platform for the Borkum West II wind farm off the German coast.The identically configured Liebherr LR 1750 cranes were used to position the 600t upper jacket section on top of the 900t lower section, each with a 42m main boom, 28m luffing jib and 31m derric
  • Government annouces successful Regional Growth Fund bids

    Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has today announced that 130 bids have been selected to receive an offer of funding under Round 3 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).
  • Government introduces infrastructure guarantee bill

    The government is today introducing its Growth and Infrastructure Bill that that the government says will help underwrite up to £40bn worth infrastructure projects.
  • Government offers £20M for energy storage

    The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is today offering up to £20M to fund low carbon energy storage systems.
  • Green light for Oxford to London rail line

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has today approved construction of the new £130M Oxford to London railway line.
  • Greenwich council kicks project team off tunnel refurb job

    The Royal Borough of Greenwich was this week seeking to appoint a new team to complete a refurbishment of the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels beneath the river Thames in south east London after it kicked the original project team off the job.
  • Hammond says TfL needs new sources of funding

    Transport minister Stephen Hammond said today that Transport for London (TfL) should look at new sources of investment to fund future upgrade work.
  • Hong Kong wants compulsory seismic codes

    Hong Kong’s Buildings Department (HKBD) has today unveiled consultation to introduce compulsory seismic-resistant building standards in the territory.
  • Italian scientists convicted for failing to warn of L'Aquila earthquake

    Seven Italian geologist, scientists and public officials have yesterday been convicted of manslaughter for failing to provide adequate warning before a devastating earthquake killing 299 in the town of L’Aquila.
  • Lack of clear vision is holding back the UK economy

    Breakfast with Tony Douglas, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports Company and former boss of the £4.3bn Heathrow Terminal Five project, always provides food for thought.
  • Lawyers’ trek raises £8,900 for RedR

    Law firm Beale & Company’s 43-strong “Buns of Steel” team last month completed the Lake District Six Peaks Challenge raising £8,900 for RedR, the charity revealed this week.
  • Letters: Sewer ownership is a mess which needs sorting out

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe culvert collapse at Newburn shows climate change consolidating its grip on our ageing land drainage infrastructure (NCE 4 October). I question whether the primary legislation at our disposal is now fit for purpose. Sewerage la
  • Macalloy settles Qatar airport dispute with payout

    Specialist bar and cable manufacturer and supplier Macalloy was this week forced to pay out £112,000 to its subcontractor Stressed Structural in a dispute about unpaid work at Qatar’s New Doha International Airport.
  • Ministers consider north-south water supply canal

    Aecom proposal could bring water supplies from Scotland to thirsty South East.
  • National water policy vital says water industry

    Water industry leaders have called for the government to develop a national water policy that sets out the strategic priorities for managing the UK’s limited water resources.
  • No driverless Tube trains before 2020, says transport boss

    Driverless Tube trains will not run on London’s network until 2020 at the earliest, London Underground and London Rail managing director Mike Brown told London Assembly members last week.
  • No.29 Hatfield train crash

    The Hatfield rail crash in October 2000 changed the face of the rail industry forever. It precipitated the demise of Railtrack and birth of Network Rail and led to the creation of a new law of Corporate Manslaughter.Four people were killed when an express train on the East Coast Main Line derailed after travelling over a broken rail
  • Qatar to award £22bn rail programme work

    Doha metro paves the way for larger rail programme geared towards 2022 World Cup.
  • Rest and Be Thankful diversion on target

    The second meeting of the A83 Rest and Be Thankful taskforce has reported that work on constructing a diversion to the landslide-stricken route is progressing well.
  • Roads demand investment in thought, not just cash

    I had the pleasure of addressing Mott MacDonald’s global highways forum last week. Why, I demanded of this experienced bunch of professionals, does the UK make such hard work of managing its valuable £80bn road network?
  • Round table discussion: Making waves

    A national water policy and compulsory metering were on the agenda at NCE’s recent round table gathering of water industry leaders. Margo Cole reports.
  • Siemens abandons solar to focus on wind and hydro

    Engineering giant Siemens has today announced it will sell its solar business to focus on developing hydro and wind power projects as part of major company reorganisation.
  • Southend pier: Bringing culture to Essex

    Pre-assembly of a complex steel frame building and a big floating lift have given Southend-on-Sea’s famous pier a new focal point.
  • Spanish earthquake caused by groundwater extraction

    Investigators have said that the earthquake in the south eastern Spanish city of Lorca last year was probably caused by groundwater extraction.
  • Tax breaks for fracking

    Osborne plan aims to encourage investment in shale gas extraction projects.
  • Welsh government minister pushes for rail electrification

    Welsh Government transport minister Carl Sargeant has used his first meeting with transport secretary Patrick McLoughin to push for the electrification of rail lines in North Wales, saying it is important for the future economic prosperity of the region.
  • Wooldridge breaks into efficiency

    Surrey demolition firm Wooldridge Demolition has added a new Tier 4i-compliant Volvo EC480D ultra high reach machine to its specialist equipment fleet.The EC480D was supplied with a bespoke three-piece demolition rig designed and manufactured by Kocurek, and has a maximum pin height of 26m and a forward reach of 14m. It can handle tools weighing up t

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