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New Civil Engineer
4 October 2012

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  • Black & Veatch expands operations in Middle East

    Consultant Black & Veatch is expanding its Middle East operations with the appointment Mazen A. Alami as regional director.
  • Boost to Welsh flood defence spending

    The Welsh Government today announced an extra £10M will be spent on strengthening flood defences following major flooding during the summer.
  • Carillion set to double in Middle East

    Carillion remains on track to double its revenue in the Middle East and Canada between 2010 and 2015, it has revealed.
  • CBI proposes abolishing Highways Agency

    Business group CBI is today proposing to abolish the Highways Agency and replace it with an independent regulator as part of a major shake-up in the roads sector.
  • Crossrail spoil hopper collapses at Paddington

    Tunnelling halted for a day as investigation launched into cause of sudden accident.
  • Culvert washout exposes piles under Newcastle flats

    A major ground collapse at Newburn near Newcastle last week could have been caused by the earlier collapse of a culvert which runs through the site in May, according to Newcastle City Council.
  • Danger, lack of leaders

    Balfour chief and ex-army boss and say weak leadership is undermining construction safety.
  • Errand of Mersey

    With plans for the new Mersey Gateway bridge pushing ahead, detailed marine ground investigation for the bridge foundations got underway earlier this year. Stephen Mackereth explains the challenges this posed.
  • Euro-fracking risk analysis fails to account for mitigation efforts

    Risks associated with shale gas drilling have been over-stated and risk assessments have failed to take into account of mitigation measures demanded by the industry, according to global gas developer Cuadrilla.Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said safeguards put in place by industry had been ignored. A recent European Commission report said that shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing- fracking - posed a high risk to the environment. But Egan said the report
  • Fast Fastening

    Steel shortages led to Bullivant developing an alternative and cost-saving foundation solution for a Bovis Homes development in Staffordshire.
  • Five fight for Crossrail western station works

    Five contractors have been shortlisted for work on 13 Crossrail stations between Maidenhead and Acton, west London.
  • Flooding: Call to end insurance stalemate

    Flood charity the National Flood Forum has urged the government to settle its differences with insurers over flood insurance.
  • Flooding: Were Pitt recommendations adopted? – ICE vice president

    A senior water engineer has called for a review of the effectiveness of flood risk measures after floods devastated parts of northern England last week.
  • Government opens £2M bioenergy fund

    The government yesterday started a £2M fund aimed at encouraging innovation in bioenergy production in wetlands.
  • Graduate recruitment up among major consultants

    Major civil engineering consultants have boosted their graduate intake this year, according to research carried out by NCE.
  • Highways Agency to deliver raft of small schemes worth combined £170M

    The Highways Agency has been given the go-ahead to deliver 57 small scale road improvements worth a combined £170M, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.
  • ICE opens Dubai office as Gulf states upturn gathers pace

    The ICE has secured a licence to formally operate as a professional association in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Johnson slams government aviation policy

    London mayor Boris Johnson yesterday criticised the government’s “glacial” decision making in selecting a hub airport for the capital.
  • Letters: Articulating the need to close missing links

    Most of the public concern about the need to improve Britain’s infrastructure has been focused on London and its airports. However most people and goods travel by road.The Tyne & Wear area is the only conurbation in Britain without a continuous link to the motorway network. The missing improvement of a 19km section of the
  • NCE Insite Autumn 2012

    Underground sensation: Work on London’s Crossrail begins
  • New MD for Atkins' Danish operation

    Eva Rindom has been appointed as managing director of Atkins’ business in Denmark following the retirement of Palle Beck Thomsen.
  • No.27 Loma Prieta earthquake

    San Francisco was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on 17 October 1989. The epicentre was Loma Prieta, about 100km outside the city.At least 60 people died and damage to property was estimated at about $6bn (£3.7bn). Several large pieces of infrastructure suffered significant damage, despite the relatively weak force of the quake on the no
  • Nuclear safety improvements urged across Europe

    The European Commission has called for further improvements in the safety features of “almost all European nuclear power plants”.
  • Ofgem warns of power shortages by 2015

    Sooner than expected closures of coal-fired power stations could result in blackouts by 2015/2016, energy regulator Ofgem warned on Friday.
  • Osborne announces shale gas tax break

    Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday the government is to consult on a targeted tax regime to help develop the UK’s shale gas industry.
  • Poole roads review to be published next month

    An independent review into the controversial layout around Poole’s new iconic Twin Sails bridge is to be published next month.
  • Pushing the Envelope

    After more than 20 years, a closed rail line in Luton has a new role to play in easing the town’s congestion problem. The route is being widened using innovative solutions to make way for a guided busway. Claire Symes reports.
  • Reaching the heat that lies beneath

    Deep geothermal development faces a number of challenges that still need tobe overcome, according to Ryan Law.
  • Standard Bearer

    Five decades since the Federation of Piling Specialists was conceived, the industry has advanced, but chairman Jim De Waele tells Claire Symes the drive to improve standards remains.
  • Thames sewer tunnel sites safeguarded

    The government last week wrote to three London Boroughs directing them to refrain from granting planning permission without authorisation on several sites required for the Thames Tideway tunnel scheme.
  • Two Scotland road deals awarded

    BEAR Scotland and Scotland TranServ have secured trunk road term maintenance contracts north of the border.
  • Waterman cuts staff numbers by 9%

    Consultant Waterman has revealed it has cut staff numbers by 9% over the last 12 months following the amalgamation of its UK civil and transportation businesses.

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