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New Civil Engineer
29 November 2012

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  • 24 hour working to speed up roads jobs

    Contractors and consultants this week expressed fears that government plans to accelerate construction of road schemes with the use of 24 hour a day working could increase costs.
  • A83 landslide barrier work completed

    Bam Ritchies has successfully completed construction of landslide and debris barriers on the Rest and be Thankful section of the A83 for Transport Scotland.
  • Administrator optimistic over sale of Burdens branches

    The administrator for builders merchant Burdens says the company will continue to operate as a going concern while it looks for a buyer for the remaining branches after parent company WTB Trading went into administration earlier this month.
  • African proving ground

    The Royal Engineers are in action in Kenya, which serves as a training base and support centre for peacekeeping activities in east Africa. Gary Sullivan reports
  • Amey fails in Scottish highways challenge

    Transport Scotland resumed the tender process for its highway maintenance contract yesterday following a legal challenge from contractor Amey.
  • Balfour Beatty preferred bidder on £350M highway maintenance contract

    Balfour Beatty is the preferred bidder on a highways maintenance contract potentially worth around £350M.
  • Balfour Beatty targets international growth

    Balfour Beatty is looking to break into the Brazil and India infrastructure markets as well as increasing its business in Canada, Australia and South Africa, the firm will announce today.
  • Banging the steel drum

    With new chairman Steve Cross in place, the Steel Piling Group has plans to improve knowledge of the techniques with a view to improving the industry’s market share. Claire Symes reports.
  • Bracket failure probed in Japan tunnel collapse

    Steel bracket failure brings down concrete roof panels in Japanese tunnel killing nine and injuring a further two this week.
  • Climate challenge to slope management highlighted at conference

    The impact of climate change on stability of slopes and coping with spending cuts has been highlighted by several speakers at today’s GE Slope Engineering conference in London.
  • Connection in Copenhagen

    Constructing stations for Copenhagen’s new metro line is leading to some innovative piling solutions, reports Claire Symes
  • Crossrail announces graduate scheme

    Crossrail has announced a graduate scheme aimed at getting young people into the industry and addressing future skills shortages.
  • Fertiliser study wins ICE graduate competition

    Graduate Mark Sanders from Halcrow scooped a £1,500 cash prize and the much coveted Institution medal at the recent 2012 ICE Graduate and Student Paper Competition (GPSC) final. Mark was one of three Graduate members who made it to the final leg of the ICE competition, an annual prize awarded to the student or graduate member who presents the best civil engineering paper.
  • Five houses in Whitby to be demolished following landslip

    Engineers and Scarborough Council officers have decided to demolish a row of terrace houses in Whitby following a major landslip yesterday.
  • Flamanville nuclear power costs revised up by £1.62bn

    Energy firm EdF has announced that the expected costs of the Flamanville European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) have risen by €2bn (£1.62bn) to £6.48bn.
  • Flooding chaos made worse by government inaction

    Damage caused by recent floods could have been reduced if successive governments had adopted the recommendations of reports into previous flood events, according to leading engineers.
  • Flooding shuts west country railway line

    Engineers were this week assessing the mainline railway between Exeter and Taunton in South West England after severe flooding forced its closure.
  • Further guidance still needed for Eurocode 7

    The challenges of using Eurocode 7 (EC7) were highlighted by speakers at CIRIA’s Geotechnical Issues in Construction conference held in London yesterday.
  • Government promises extra flood defence cash

    The government has announced that it will spend an extra £120M to boost flood defences over the next three years.
  • Government to hold gas storage auctions

    Energy minister John Hayes confirmed yesterday that the government will look to hold gas storage auctions, following publication of the long awaited energy bill.
  • Government unveils £30bn construction pipeline

    The Cabinet Office has today unveiled its future project pipeline with construction worth £30.3bn.
  • Hinkley nuclear plant faces two year delay

    Construction of EdF’s new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset has slipped by a full two years, NCE has learned this week.
  • Hitachi to seek UK licence for Wylfa and Oldbury reactors

    Japanese engineering firm Hitachi is expecting it to take four years to get its Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) through the UK licensing process, NCE has learned.
  • HS2 legal challenge begins

    A week long legal challenge against High Speed 2 (HS2) got underway today.
  • Letters: Scientific advancement creates problems as well as solutions

    Automation: Extra manpower rarely requiredAs my 102nd year on this planet rapidly draws near, my in-built computer constantly reminds me of the vast differences in my life from when I commenced mycareer at the age of 18 years in civil engineering.In 19
  • Masterton backs call to prepare for disasters

    Symposium: ICE past President Gordon Masterton and the ICE’s John Parry spoke at the event in TokyoSharing knowledge and ideas with engineers across the world will give a greater understanding of the UK’s vulnerability and help us mitigate the impacts of national disasters, according to ICE past President Gordon Mas
  • McAslan Bursary recognises innovative plan for Indian schools

    The 2012 RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary has been awarded to architect Nicola Antaki to deliver an ingenious school design project in India. The prestigious annual bursary supports environmental and community projects in the UK and abroad.The bursary of £7,500 will help Antaki’s project ‘Healthier learning spaces for municipal schools in Mumbai’ to develop affordable and reproducible prototypes of designs. The first project to be supported through Nicola’s bursary will be the developme
  • Mersey Gateway bidding enters final stage

    Bidding on the £600M Mersey Gateway project reached its final stage yesterday with the three shortlisted teams submitting detailed designs.
  • Mixed reaction to energy bill

    Firms and trade bodies welcomed the government’s commitment to renewable energy in the new bill released yesterday but said further details on funding allocation were still needed.
  • Power struggle

    Offshore wind farms are a hot prospect for geotechnical growth but is the UK lacking the port facilities to take advantage? GE reports
  • Renewables to get £7.6bn a year

    The government will allow energy firms to charge up to £7.6bn per year to fund renewable and low carbon energy projects as final details of the upcoming Energy Bill were agreed last week.
  • River Lee pedestrian crossing plans unveiled

    Plans for a new lifting pedestrian bridge over the River Lee in east London were revealed this week.Consultant Davies Maguire & Whitby has developed an outline design for developer Ballymore Group as part of plans for new commercial and housing units on Limmo Peninsula just 3km from the Olympic Park.The proposed 81m long bridge is a vital part of Ballymore’s plans to redevelop the Peninsula as it provides a link to Canning Town station.Local council Tower Hamlets gran
  • Shanghai's Yangtze River Tunnel named tunnelling project of the year

    Shanghai Tunnel Engineering and Rail Transit Design and Research Institute’s Yangtze River Tunnel in Shanghai, China has been named major tunnelling project of the year at NCE’s 2012 International Tunnelling Awards
  • Sir Robert McAlpine paid blacklist boss Ian Kerr's legal costs

    The man fined £5,000 for holding a blacklisting database in 2009 has revealed Sir Robert McAlpine paid that and other costs, and said that he was the wrong person to prosecute.
  • Thames short lists for treatment works upgrade

    Thames Water this week named the two contracting groups it will work with to design and build an upgrade for its massive Deephams sewage treatment works innorth London.
  • Third Crossrail tunnel boring machine launched

    Construction of Crossrail’s eastern running tunnels got underway today with the launch of the project’s third tunnel boring machine (TBM).
  • Transport for London defends inspection regime

    Transport for London (TfL) said it had confidence in its inspection regime following a report by the BBC claiming that the Hammersmith Flyover was left open despite being at risk of collapsing.
  • UK ground improvement first for Bristol wind farm project

    Ground improvement specialist Vibro Menard has started work on the Avonmouth Wind Power Project at Bristol Sewerage Treatment Works using an innovative new technique for the first time in the UK.
  • Vince Cable opens UK Green Investment Bank

    Business secretary Vince Cable has opened the new Green Investment Bank (GIB) today with initial investments in anaerobic digestion and retrofitting projects.
  • WSP wins place on Sizewell C nuclear consultation

    Consultant WSP will be leading the transport assessment for EdF’s planned new nuclear power station Sizewell C in Suffolk, the firm announced yesterday.
  • WYG returns to operating profit

    Consultant WYG marked a turnaround in fortunes posting an operating profit of £300,000 for the six months to 30 September 2012, according to its half yearly update released today.

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