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New Civil Engineer
8 November 2012

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  • Prince of Wales to become ICE Honorary Fellow

    The Prince of Wales has accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), in recognition of his support to the engineering profession and in particular, his promotion of sustainable development.
  • At your fingertips

    The steel sector’s new website - - has been hailed as one of the most significant developments in making steel related advice available to engineers and architects since the internet started, and is already proving popular since its launch on 1 October.
  • Balfour Beatty issues profit warning and warns of difficult year ahead

    Britain’s biggest contractor Balfour Beatty has highlighted the worsening state of the UK construction market with a shock profit warning.
  • Burdens sells part of its business to Wolseley UK

    Building merchant Burdens is to sell 22 of its branches to Wolseley UK for £30M.
  • Cabo and Fugro join forces for Panama Canal project

    Canada-based Cabo Drilling and Fugro Panama have created a new joint venture to supply geotechnical drilling services for the Cristobel Port Site at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.
  • Construction output hits lowest level since 1990s

    Construction output has fallen to its lowest level since the summer of 1999, official government figures have revealed.
  • Construction work banned as New York braces for new storm

    New York City contractors have been told to cease any outside work for the second time in two weeks as the city braces itself for another severe storm.
  • Costain reveals healthy forward order book

    Costain has pledged to continue focusing on major infrastructure clients in an interim management statement issued this week.
  • Costain wins three highways jobs

    Costain has been awarded a four-year technology contract by the Welsh Government and has been appointed onto both lots of the Highways Agency’s latest three-year Asset Support Framework.
  • Council backs soil nailing option for Beaminster Tunnel

    Dorset County Council’s (DCC) cabinet has decided that soil nailing is the best option for stabilising the slopes above the Beaminster Tunnel following the fatal landslide at the site on 7 July.
  • Crane fails to dent One57

    Structural engineers in New York this week mounted a high rise rescue operation to secure a 260m high tower crane damaged after Hurricane Sandy ripped through downtown Manhattan last week.
  • Dean & Dyball wins Hinkley Point jetty contract

    Energy giant EdF has awarded a £30M contract to Dean & Dyball to build a temporary sea jetty at the site of its proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
  • Economy with thermal mass

    Utilising thermal mass within a steel frame can reduce a structure’s CO2 emissions while contributing to overall cost savings.
  • Extraction Factions

    Shale gas extraction is going through an uncertain period with the views of engineers and ministers at odds with those of the European Commission. Declan Lynch reports.
  • Flood challenges

    A South West perspective on integrated flood management.
  • Fluor loses offshore wind farm claim

    Engineering giant Fluor has lost its claim against energy firm SSE over defective work at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, the firm announced today.
  • Four share £2.8bn London highways maintenance deal

    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.
  • Government spending watchdog says "too early to judge" Sellafield clean-up work

    A report by government spending watchdog the National Audit Office has concluded that it is too early to judge whether the URS, Amec and Areva consortium brought in to decommission the Sellafield site is delivering value for money.
  • Groundforce signs agreement with Per Aarsleff

    Structural support specialist Groundforce has announced that it has signed an agreement for Per Aarsleff to act as its distributor in Denmark.
  • Infrastructure Plan strategic engagement forum launched

    Key infrastructure stakeholders - from investors, asset owners, managers and regulators, to infrastructure end users - gathered at the ICE last week for launch of the National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum aimed to speed up infrastructure delivery.
  • Landslip debris clearance starts at Stromeferry

    Work to clear debris from last week’s landslide on the A890 Stromeferry bypass in Wester Ross is set to get underway today after additional barriers were placed earlier this week to protect road users.
  • Landslip line restrictions remain near Chipping Sodbury

    Collapse of a rail cutting on the main Paddington to Cardiff rail line is continuing to cause delays despite emergency work to remove the landslide.
  • Letters: Our flood defences need maintaining

    I fully agree with the comments and sentiments of Howard Glenn and David Viles (NCE 18 October). As head of engineering Services at a small but very active district council I directed my staff and persuaded my councillors to take proactive watercourse maintenance very seriously. We averted considerable property flooding with this approach. Since leaving when the lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) were formed, and it is no coincidence that I did, I have joined a consultancy with whom I feel
  • Letters: Path of least resistance

    If Aecom wants to get water from Scotland to south east England (NCE 18 October) it would do better to avoid the Pennines and stick to eastern England which is a lot flatter.If they could get to the Oxford Canal near Fenny Compton, 10km north of Banbury, it is downhill all the way to the Thames at Oxford. Simpler still to pump water from the Severn above Gloucester into the headwaters of the Thames.It is high time the problem was looked at nationally and money invested in soluti
  • Letters: Redcar revolution

    Thank you for publishing the article “Attraction Protection” (NCE 4 October) on the Redcar flood alleviation scheme. The article raises the profile of an excellent North East project, but fails to mention the enlightened approach to its delivery.This scheme is funded by flood defence grant in aid and is being delivered by a partnership between the Environment Agency and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. The aim is to achieve economies of scale by integrating the public realm work
  • Letters: Ringfencing taxes is not the way to boost road spending

    “Ring fenced taxation” and “securing a greater proportion of taxpayers’ money for road building” is not the right way to raise more money for roads (NCE 25 October).Within the current budgetary framework, increasing the £9.4bn road spend by taking more money out of the £35bn taxes specific to road users, simply means taking it away from other sectors. That is why the Treasury always opposes ring fencing.A better solution, spreading rapidly through other countries, is to legislat
  • Mayor and governor differ over barrier

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has ruled out the construction of a flood barrier to protect the city from future storms like Hurricane Sandy.
  • Milestone reached as Beast of Bordeaux's central span is installed

    An engineering milestone was reached in Bordeaux, France, last wek, when the central span of the Bacalan-Bastide movable bridge, renamed Jacques-Chaban-Delmas for the occasion, was installed on its arrival by barge from Italy.
  • More public transport opens in New York after repairs

    The Port Authority Trans Hudson (Path) commuter train service between New York and New Jersey service will partially reopen today after repairs to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Movement control

    How do you construct a modern office block in the midst of a busy station forecourt and with a myriad of subterranean services immediately beneath the site’s footprint? Use structural steelwork was the answer.
  • Network Rail given thumbs up over efficiencies

    Network Rail has achieved efficiencies of £775M over the past three years and is currently on target to deliver required savings by 2014, says a report published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) today.
  • Network Rail set to build £294M Borders Railway

    Transport Scotland has transferred responsibility for construction of the £294M Borders Railway to Network Rail in an agreement that commits the rail infrasturcture operator to completing the 48km route and seven new stations by summer 2015.
  • New roles for Costain heads as company reorganises into two divisions

    Costain managing directors Alan Kay and Darren James are taking on new and expanded roles following a company reorgainsation.
  • New York battles to open five key transport tunnels

    Engineers and construction workers across New York continue to work around the clock to restore services after critical infrastructure was knocked out by Hurricane Sandy last week.
  • New York survives latest storm

    New York City has survived the latest storm to sweep across it with only minor flooding and localised power cuts.
  • No.32 Heathrow Express collapse

    A catalogue of design and management errors, poor workmanship and quality control were at the root of the catastrophic tunnel collapse at London’s Heathrow Airport in 1994.So said the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in its final report on the Heathrow Express collapse. The HSE described it as “the worst c
  • No.34 High Speed 1

    The 109km high speed railway between London and the Channel Tunnel was finally completed in 2009. What was initially called the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), now known as High Speed 1, was finished more than a decade after the Channel Tunnel, completing London’s connection to the French TGV network.
  • North Midland Construction issues profit warning

    North Midland Construction has become the latest contractor to issue a profit warning as the UK market continues to decline.
  • Organic household waste solution

    The Greater Manchester Waste PFI scheme is the largest of its kind in Europe and steel framed buildings are crucial to the programme.
  • Phoenix from the floods

    Workington’s Northside Bridge reopened last month, three years after the original structure collapsed. Steelwork played a pivotal role in re-spanning the River Derwent.
  • Professor Barry Clarke inaugurated as ICE president with rallying cry for more engineers

    Professor Barry Clarke has been inaugurated as the 148th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, stressing the need to inspire the civil engineers of the future.
  • Sandy’s humbling of New York sends a clear message

    For a graphic example of why we need to build resilience into critical public infrastructure look no further than New York right now in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Scots agitate over High Speed 2

    The Scottish Government will this week lead a UK-wide summit calling on Westminster to up its game on high speed rail.
  • Seventy civils students win Quest scholarships

    Nearly 70 scholarships worth £660,000 have been awarded to the “brightest and best” civil engineering students this year, through ICE’s QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • Siemens/Invensys wins £50M Crossrail signalling contract

    Crossrail has awarded the signalling system contract for the railway’s central section to a consortium comprising Siemens and Invensys Rail.
  • Structural Steelwork in action

    This supplement showcases the best uses of structural steel in building bridges and energy projects across the UK
  • The quagmire of energy

    Technology has driven man’s progress, not the abilityto burn fossil fuels.
  • Thousands still left without electricity

    Utility company engineers and workmen continue to work around the clock to power supplies to Lower Manhattan and the rest of New York’s outer boroughs following last week’s devastating Hurricane Sandy.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers play key role to remove flood waters

    The US Army Corps of Engineers has been drafted in to provide emergency help to pump water from New York’s flooded tunnels and buildings.
  • Vinci snares Gatwick's largest contract since change of ownership

    Gatwick Airport has awarded Vinci a £183.9M contract to transform Pier 1 in its South Terminal.

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