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New Civil Engineer
28 June 2012

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  • Royal Haskoning and DHV complete merger

    Royal Haskoning and DHV have completed their merger and will now be known as RoyalHaskoningDHV
  • 8 Storey’s Gate work to restart two months after Killby collapse

    The Institution of Civil Engineers was this week “working hard to minimise” potential cost overruns on its £5.17M project to refurbish 8 Storey’s Gate as it prepared to restart work on site after a two month suspension.
  • Aberdeen’s new quay gets specialist treatment

    Marine works are ­continuing apace on the second phase of the multi-million pound redevelopment project of Torry Quay in Aberdeen.
  • Afghanistan: Passing the baton

    The Royal Engineers are closely involved with the effort to demilitarise and rebuild Afghanistan in preparation for the withdrawal of Nato troops. Gary Sullivan reports from Helmand province.
  • An Olympian effort our industry should be proud of

    “The 2012 Olympic Games are an exemplar for how the public sector delivers a quality vision on time and within budget”
  • Blackfriars station ‘complexities’ see project costs rise to £600M

    Network Rail confirmed this week that the final cost of rebuilding London’s Blackfriars station will come in at £600M – almost double the original estimate.
  • Boris Johnson submits proposal to take over London rail services

    London mayor Boris Johnson has submitted his proposal to government that would see Transport for London take control of suburban rail services.
  • Chief operating officer quits ICE for Australian consultant

    ICE chief operating officer Andy Ruffles is to quit after three and a half years in charge to take up the job of chief executive of Australian consultant Lindsay & Dynan.
  • Coackley praises Bridgwater quayside reconstruction as ‘truly innovative’

    ICE President Richard Coackley described the reconstruction of the river wall at West Quay in Bridgwater as “a truly innovative solution which balances the ­construction needs with those of the community” during a recent visit to the site.
  • Costain and Severn Trent form commercial partnership

    Contractor Costain has entered into a joint venture partnership with Severn Trent to provide complete business water and wastewater management services to high volume commercial and industrial water users.
  • Costain graduates report from London media centre

    Two Costain graduate engineers will wield their London 2012 media passes to gain access to the unique environment inside the ICE One Great George Street headquarters as it plays host to journalists from around the globe as the London Media Centre.
  • Drains for brains

    Medieval watercourses, a flat landscape and green belt restrictions are key constraints for a new drainage scheme in Cambridge reports Adrian Greeman.
  • Emirates Air Line cable car opens well ahead of the Olympics

    The UK’s first urban cable car, the Emirates Air Line spanning the River Thames in East London, was opened yesterday by London mayor Boris Johnson.
  • Engineering the Olympics film is a big hit

    Over 10,000 people have tuned in to a special film on YouTube, celebrating the role of engineers in delivering the London 2012 Olympic venues and infrastructure.
  • Engineers out in force to repair East Coast Main Line

    Hundreds of engineers worked throughout the weekend to restore rail services following Thursday’s storms in the north east.
  • Experts join forces with BSI to help forge new standard for underground utility data

    It is well recognised within the construction industry that existing underground utilities and their related structures pose considerable risks to new projects and hinder the development of new activity.
  • Fracking safe if guidelines followed, says review

    The technique of fracking, hydraulic fracturing, which triggered two earthquakes near Blackpool last year, has been deemed safe for the UK if guidelines are followed.
  • Funding for Midland Mainline electrification scheme welcomed

    ICE East Midlands has ­welcomed transport secretary Justine Greening’s announcement that ­funding will be made available for the ­electrification of the ­Midland Mainline between Bedford and Sheffield but urged the ­government to ensure the plans are ­carried out in full.
  • Geotechnical: History revealed

    Engineers planning the route for a new sewer in south London discovered one very big surprise during their initial surveys. NCE reports.
  • Good news for rail – how about our roads?

    Last week’s funding news has wider implications.
  • Green light for £14M improvements to A57 in Rotherham

    Work on a new £14M dual carriageway improvement on the A57 in Rotherham was yesterday given the green light by local transport minister Norman Baker.
  • HS2 bill must provide for Crossrail 2, says TfL boss

    Provision for Crossrail 2 must be made in the Hybrid Bill for the first phase of the High Speed 2 line to ensure Euston station is not forced to close under the pressure of overcrowding, Transport for London managing director of planning Michèle Dix said last week.
  • HS2 engineer aims at lower £25bn budget

    High Speed 2’s chief engineer last week pledged that the scheme could cost as little as £25bn, rather than the often quoted £32.7bn figure.
  • Infrastructure needs visionaries not economists, says Armitt

    Making the economic case for major infrastructure is fruitless and can be no substitute for “visionary” political backing, the boss of the London 2012 Games delivery said last week.
  • Interview: Investment driver

    After winning a second term of office last month, London Mayor Boris Johnson has reappointed Isabel Dedring as his deputy for transport. Antony Oliver finds out her vision for the capital’s transport.
  • Invest in roads, says London’s deputy mayor

    A renaissance in highway infrastructure investment will be key to boosting London’s public and private transport capacity to meet the expected growth in demand, according to deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring.
  • It’s a brave new world for the railways

    Cultural changes are starting to pay off
  • Landslips cause Scottish rail chaos

    Several landslips on the Scottish rail network following heavy rain have caused the closure of some lines and rail delays on services on the West Coast and East Coast Mainlines in northern England. One landslide is reported to have caused a freight train to have derailed at Tulloch on the West Highland line.
  • Letters: Focus on the issues not a few leaking pipes

    A water drop causing a ripple on the surface reflecting a slightly cloudy skyIt is good that the ICE has produced a positive report to address the UK’s water problems. However, I suspect it is no more than a sticking plaster when major surgery is required.It i
  • Letters: Gauging the use of water is invaluable

    Water counter isolated on whiteJim Wheeler (letters last week) inadvertently makes the usually overlooked key point in the water metering debate. The cost of a reliable and almost universal clean water supply, available night and day whether it is being used or not by any particular cus
  • Letters: Project visionaries must have a sense of balance

     Your editorial “Passion, not dry data, is the way to drive projects” and news report “Infrastructure needs visionaries not economists, says Armitt” recognise the critical role of project champions and decision-making processes, and question the role of appraisals in helping identify good projects and
  • Letters: The benefits of linking High Speed 2 with Heathrow

    Alexandra Wynne draws interesting parallels between High Speed 2 (HS2) and Heathrow’s third runway (R3), but the difference in funding approach is not necessarily so different.Both projects can draw on the regulated utility model, with HS2’s future owner taking its income from track charges, just as airport operator
  • Liquid assets

    Exploiting Scotland’s climatic advantage.
  • Lock and load on the Foss

    An historic lock has been restored after a detailed underwater investigation revealed serious damage to the Victorian piles that supported Castle Mills Lock on the river Foss close to York.
  • London needs new sources of transport cash

    Investment in improvements to London’s transport network is half what it should be, Transport for London managing director of planning Michèle Dix told the conference.
  • Mott MacDonald-led consortium wins Balkans contract

    A consultant consortium led by Mott MacDonald and including WYG and Atkins has been awarded a contract by the European Commission to help strengthen essential infrastructure development across the Western Balkans.
  • Olympic Route Network marked out

    Transport for London (TfL) this weekend began works to ensure the Olympic Route Network (ORN) is ready to begin operation on 25 July.
  • Out of recession

    Global demand for geotechnical engineers from the UK is rising, pushing up salaries and improving job prospects. Ruby Kiching reports.
  • Passion, not dry data, is the way to drive projects

    With the exception no doubt of economists, anyone who has ever worked in the business of economic appraisal will recognise the truth in this week’s comments by Sir John Armitt about the limited value of this process when it comes to the promotion of major projects.
  • Price sensitive

    There has been fierce competition to win the Highways Agency’s first two Asset Support Contracts. Mark Hansford talks to winner of the latest contract to be awarded about what the experience has been like so far.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering gives Rooke Medal to Big Bang

    ICE has welcomed the special ­recognition given to the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair - the largest single celebration of science and engineering for young people in the UK.
  • Scrimp on innovation and UK Plc will repent at leisure

    The current economic climate is focusing the engineering mind like never before on the need to provide clients with the best possible value for every pound they spend.But that most certainly does not mean abandoning all notion of creativity, pushing at the boundaries of design excellence and constructing structures that inspire and leave a lasting legacy to the community.In fact, on the contrary, the future will surely be squarely about successfully introducing innovative
  • Sochi port construction completes

    Work on construction of the RUB6bn (£118M) Imeretinskiy cargo port in Sochi has been completed by contractor Transstroy, it was announced by the firm’s parent company Basic Element yesterday.
  • Some rail services resume following storm damage but more works continue

    Rail services resumed throughout the north east yesterday morning after engineers rebuilt embankments damaged in Thursday’s storms.
  • Stage collapses prompt rethink on temporary structures guide

    Key guidance on design and use of temporary structures is to be updated to take account of a spate of recent collapses, experts have told NCE this week.
  • Stress free surface

    A surprise spinoff benefit from the surfacing of Avonmouth bridge is less wear and tear on the massive structure below. Ty Byrd reports.
  • Subscriptions rise cut as Council responds to fall in UK inflation

    The ICE Council this week agreed that membership subscriptions for 2013 will be increased by 2.2% rather than the preliminary 2.5% figure recommended at the last Council meeting in April.
  • Systems pair up to provide a powerful mapping tool

    When you are walking the streets do you ever stop and think what could be just a few inches below your feet?Over recent years, pressure on the built environment has grown as more and more excavation work takes place.
  • Tenders out for £197M Bristol Rapid Transit bus network

    Procurement has begun on a £197M programme for a Bus Rapid Transit Network in the Bristol area, ahead of a planned construction start in 2014.
  • The flood hunter

    Efforts to improve the accuracy of flood modelling are enabling planners and emergency services to target communities at greatest risk. NCE reports.
  • The Olympics and One Great George Street access

    The ICE, like many other organisations in central London, will be impacted by the Olympic and ­Paralympic Games and this will affect access to One Great George Street (OGGS).
  • Tube contractors urged to up their game

    Contractors need to raise their game when it comes to project management and must demonstrate greater leadership from the top, a senior Tube boss said this week.
  • Tunnelling Awards deadline extended

    Demand for improved infrastructure is currently helping to drive up demand for tunnelled solutions around the world and these achievements will be celebrated at this year’s NCE International Tunnelling Awards
  • UK infrastructure projects named in top 100

    A league table showcasing 100 of the most innovative infrastructure projects from around the world by auditing giant KPMG, highlights seven from the UK.
  • Vilnius hosts ECCE’s general meeting

    Delegates of the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) gathered in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, for its 55th general meeting.
  • Waiting for action

    Five years after the 2007 floods and their aftermath, including the seminal review by Sir Michael Pitt,has anything actually changed? Margo Cole reports.
  • Water policy moving too slowly says MPs’ report

    A committee of MPs has criticised the government’s Water White Paper because it “lacks ambition and urgency”.

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