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New Civil Engineer
9 August 2012

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  • Amey wins £120M Calderdale roads project

    Client Calderdale Council has this week selected contractor Amey as preferred bidder to take on a highways maintenance contract worth up to £120M.
  • Are the big projects always the best?

    Mega-projects are not the only examples of innovative civil engineering.
  • Arup consortium to work on replacement for major Canadian bridge

    Transport Canada has selected a consortium that includes Arup to advise on the initial phases of replacing Montreal’s deteriorating Champlain road bridge.
  • Autodesk software puts BIM on a cloud

    Autodesk has released BIM 360 which it describes as the next generation of Building Information Modelling.
  • BAA to sell Stansted airport

    Airport operator BAA has decided to sell Stansted airport after a protracted battle in the courts, it has been revealed.
  • Balfour Beatty details efficiency drive as results show 12% profit rise

    Contractor Balfour Beatty witnessed a 12% increase in underlying pre-tax profit for the first six months of the year, its results revealed today.
  • BIM gathers pace

    Government efforts to put Building Information Modelling (BIM) at the heart of efforts to reform the construction industry are yielding results, the Cabinet Office has claimed.
  • BIM: Grasping the nettle

    Building Information Modelling is becoming increasingly sophisticated, although Adrian Greeman says that the complexity of civil engineering projects means that many have yet to fully embrace it.
  • Bold infrastructure policy is a key 2012 Games legacy

    The sight of Isambard Kingdom Brunel directing the birth of the industrial revolution at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony certainly made my heart leap.
  • Brazil to spend £42bn on roads and railways

    Brazil president Dilma Rousseff yesterday unveiled a BRL133bn (£42bn) investment programme to target the nation’s highways and railways systems.
  • Bridges: After the flood

    Workington’s Northside Bridge is one of the last piece of infrastructure to be rebuilt after flooding devastated the town in 2009. Declan Lynch reports.
  • Bridges: Russian Masterpiece

    Last month Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev declared the new world-record cable stayed Russky Island bridge a “beautiful, unique” structure as he opened it to traffic. Mark Hansford was in Vladivostok before him to speak to those who have made it happen.
  • CEA: Ignoring innovation hampers financial gains

    Civil engineers are ignoring technologies that could help deliver huge productivity and cost savings, says Nick Ground.
  • CIC to export UK BIM expertise

    The UK’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) expertise is set to be promoted worldwide after the Construction Industry Council (CIC) appointed Richard Saxon to identify ways in which the UK can exploit its knowledge abroad.
  • Cost controllers

    Finning has installed sytems on its plant to monitor performance, pre-empt component failure and improve customers’ profitability. Margo Cole reports.
  • Costain wins Anglian Water work

    Costain has been awarded a one-year framework to carry out minor civils work for Anglian Water, which supplies 1.2bn.l of water every day to its customers in the east of England and Hartlepool.
  • Cradle to grave

    Using BIM for better asset management.
  • Deep basement progress on Merchant Square

    Construction of a 9m deep basement by P J Carey in West London is progressing well despite its close location to the Grand Union Canal and poor ground conditions at the site.
  • Dorset beach closed over landslip concerns

    Natural England has announced the closure of Monmouth Beach in Dorset over concerns regarding the stability of cliffs in the area.
  • Dorset landslide warnings are being ignored

    Dorset County Council (DCC) is urging visitors to the Jurrasic Coastline to exercise “personal responsibility” on its beaches as tourist continue to ignore safety signs.
  • Equipment sales dampen Bauer results

    Bauer has reported rising revenues in its first half results, despite a weaker than expected contribution from its ground engineering equipment business.
  • Failures lead to warning over tension cables

    An alert over tension cables and rod connectors commonly used in bridges and roofing structure has been issued by the Standing Committee of Structural Safety (Scoss) following a string of failures.
  • Galawhistle wind farm receives planning consent

    Scotland energy minister Fergus Ewing has given planning consent for a wind farm which will generate 55MW electricity, enough to power 31,311 homes.
  • Gannett oil spill clean-up plan approved

    Plans for removing oil trapped in the Gannet pipeline were approved by the government yesterday.
  • Gem bridge: Back to the future

    A new Brunel influenced bridge across a secluded valley in Dartmoor National Park is about to help strengthen transport links with France.
  • Geotechnical software: Supermodelling

    Geotechnical failure modelling is becoming ever more sophisticated, with the launch of LimitState:Geo’s latest programme. NCE reports.
  • Graduate awards: Are you a role model?

    With NCE’s Graduate Awards now inviting entries, David Hayward explains how winning the 2010 prize has helped drive Stuart Ross’ career forward.
  • Gravity foundation research secured

    Gravitas Offshore has secured funding from DECC and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) offshore wind components technologies scheme to carry out research on design and construction of concrete gravity foundations for large offshore wind turbines.
  • Green Deal to be underwritten by government

    Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said yesterday the Green Deal will be an early candidate for use of the government’s new loan guarantee scheme.
  • Green Shoots?

    Many had high hopes that 2012 would herald a return to growth for the UK construction industry, but the situation has remained challenging despite a number of major projects helping to boost revenues generated by geotechnics. Claire Symes looks developments over the last 12 months and what’s in store for the coming year.
  • Grontmij moves German bridge in position

    Consultant Grontmij will move the 175m long Eastern bridge into position over the River Main in Frankfurt, Germany today.
  • Hansford is new chief construction adviser

    Industry bodies have welcomed the appointment of immediate ICE past President Peter Hansford as the government’s new chief construction adviser.
  • Helsinki reveals new underground metro plan

    Plans for a new underground metro line around Helsinki were revealed yesterday by the city’s planning department.
  • Hill International wins Doha Metro contract

    Hill International has won a contract from the Qatar Railways Company (Qrail) to provide project management services in connection with construction of the Green Line, one of four lines of the new Doha Metro transit system, it announced yesterday.
  • Hinkley environmental permits get green light

    The Environment Agency has given draft approval to the three main environmental permits for Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station, it was announced yesterday.
  • Hinkley nuclear reactor could be approved by end of 2012

    The Hinkley Point C new nuclear plant could see its reactor designs approved by the end of the year, it was revealed yesterday.
  • In forth place

    Construction of seabed foundations is underway for a third crossing of the Forth Estuary near the iconic road and rail bridges. David Hayward reports.
  • Industry calls for government leadership over renewables

    Trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA) is heading up a movement urging prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to provide clear and consistent leadership on renewable energy.
  • Interserve preferred bidder for pioneering BIM role

    Contractor Interserve has been selected as preferred bidder for the first government pilot project on which Building Information Modelling (BIM) will have been used throughout the tender process and at contract stage.
  • Joint trials start on Forth Road Bridge

    Raynesway Construction has been appointed to install four prototype replacement joints between deck panels on the Forth Road Bridge in an attempt to improve ride quality.
  • Laing O'Rourke wins Crossrail station contract

    Crossrail has announced that it plans to award the main construction contract for Custom House station to Laing O’Rourke Construction.
  • Laing O'Rourke witnesses 7.6% rise in turnover to £4.3bn

    Laing O’Rourke last year increased revenue by 7.6% to £4.3bn from £4bn the previous year, its results revealed yesterday.
  • Letters: Is it time to go back to using candle power?

    Robert Freer claims the future is either nuclear or candles, and that he would prefer nuclear. There are certainly more options, all requiring much lower energy use than we are used to. The nuclear pipe-dream continues to be about electricity too cheap to meter, the ability to extend a profligate use
  • Life extension for Wylfa nuclear reactor

    Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey in North Wales has today been given the go-ahead to extend electricity generation from one its two reactors until 2014, four years beyond its original closure date.
  • Lincolnshire bridge lifted into place

    Contractor Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering has lifted the main beams of North Pilfrey Bridge in Lincolnshire into place, using the UK’s largest mobile crane.
  • London Underground terminates power PFI contract

    London Underground is to terminate its 30 year operation and maintenance contract for the network’s high-voltage electrical power network after 15 years, it announced today.
  • London's 'largest fire in years' brought under control

    A major fire that broke out at a recycling plant in Dagenham, East London has been brought under control by over 200 firefighters, according to the London Fire Brigade.
  • Low carbon technology reports outline financial benefits

    The potential for financial benefits in innovation in carbon capture and storage (CCS), marine energy and electricity networks and storage have been outlined in three government reports published today.
  • Ministers undecided about renewable subsidies

    The government is undecided about the levels of subsidies and guarantees it will grant low carbon energy developments, energy secretary Ed Davey said last week.
  • Mott MacDonald appointed to Hong Kong metro job

    The Samsung-Hsin Chong contractor joint venture (SHJV) has appointed consultant Mott MacDonald as its designer for the metro operator MTR Corporation’s Shatin to Central Link (SCL) contract 1109 in Hong Kong.
  • Motts wins major water project

    Client Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company has this week appointed consultant Mott MacDonald on one of the world’s largest underground pumping stations.
  • New energy from waste plant in Teesside

    Technology firm Air Products has this week announced it will construct a new energy from waste plant in Billingham, Teesside.
  • New infrastructure work shows dramatic 8.6% drop

    Poor weather and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend contributed to the latest drop in construction output during the second quarter of 2012, according to official government statistics.
  • New offshore wind turbine testing facility completed

    Contractor Shepherd Construction has completed a new Blade Test Facility for research centre National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth, Northumberland this week.
  • No.21 I-35 bridge collapse

    As is so often the case with civil engineering disasters, a combination of factors coincided to cause the collapse of the westbound Interstate 35 motorway bridge in Minneapolis on 1 August 2007. The bridge across the Mississippi collapsed under live traffic at 6.05pm in the evening, killing five people and leaving eight unaccounted for.The
  • Olympic opening ceremony a ‘moment of pride for engineers’

    ICE President Richard Coackley last week described the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony as “truly inspirational” and “a moment of pride for civil engineers”.
  • Potential defects force extended closure of Belgium nuclear power plant

    Belgium nuclear regulator the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has been forced to extend the closure or the Doel Three nuclear power station, 25km north of Antwerp, after a routine inspection revealed potential problems in the reactor’s pressure vessel.
  • Rapid growth triggers massive Indian power cuts

    A series of severe blackouts that left 660M of India’s 1.2bn population without power for up to 18 hours last week has exposed major flaws in the country’s energy infrastructure, experts told NCE this week.
  • Research reveals soil carbon capture potential

    Urban soils have the potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to new research published in this month’s edition of Science of the total environment.
  • Rochdale calls for feedback on revised development plan

    Rochdale Borough Council has removed controversial green belt development plans from its 15 year development plan and is now calling for resident views on the revised scheme.
  • Room service

    With space at a premium above and below ground, designing foundations for a new London hotel called for some careful planning. GE reports.
  • Scotland plans procurement reforms to favour local businesses

    The Scottish government has today launched a new consultation on how it spends its £9bn a year public sector funds to ensure it is “friendly to Scottish business”.
  • Sealed for success

    Construction of the UK’s canal network was an amazing engineering feat, but when it comes to restoration, sometimes modern methods have to be called on. Claire Symes visits the Wey & Arun Canal to find out more.
  • Second Crossrail tunnel bore begins

    Crossrail’s second tunnel boring machine (TBM) broke ground at Royal Oak portal in west London yesterday, according to Crossrail.
  • Selective bidding sees Carillion construction profit surge by 69%

    Contractor Carillion’s construction services division has seen its profits surge by 69% in the first six months of this year, its interim results revealed today.
  • Severfield Rowen plans restructure amid challenging market conditions

    Steel fabricator Severfield Rowen is to merge its UK operations largely because of worsening market conditions that have seen profit margins and pre-tax profits more than halve, according to its interim results released today.
  • Site life saver

    The holy grail of site safety is to find a simple, practical solution that save lives. Margo Cole reports from a site in west London on a device that could do just that.
  • Structural engineer runs Olympic marathon

    Cundall structural engineer Freya Murray (second from left) came 44th out of 118 in the womens marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was drafted in as a late replacement for Paula Radcliffe who had suffered a foot injury.
  • Sweett wins three nuclear contracts

    Consultant Sweett has won three nuclear contracts, including providing commercial services for energy giant EdF’s £10bn new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, the consultant announced yesterday.
  • Taskforce to tackle A83 landslips

    Transport Scotland is to set up a taskforce to solve ongoing slope stability problems on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute after a landslide closed the route for three days last week, resulting in diversions of up to 80km.
  • Thames Water seeks suppliers’ ideas for AMP6 delivery programme

    Thames Water is to turn to its supply chain to find innovative ways of delivering its requirements under the AMP6 regulatory investment period, which is due to begin in 2015.
  • UK firms could benefit from £1.5bn new Olympics work, say ministers

    UK firms could benefit from up to £1.5bn worth of new work over the next two Olympics and build on the success of their work on London 2012, ministers said today.
  • Venues prepare for Paralympic Games

    Two new competition venues are being completed this week at Eton Manor and Brands Hatch in preparation for the Paralympic Games, London 2012 organisers said today.
  • Virgin announces plans to fly from London to Manchester

    Virgin Atlantic Airways today revealed plans to launch a short-haul route from London Heathrow to Manchester airport from March next year in the same week that it lost its rail franchise for the West Coast Main Line.
  • Virgin loses West Coast franchise

    Train operator Virgin Rail has lost its franchise for the West Coast Main Line to rival First Group, the government announced today.
  • Volvo: Tough times call for employee engagement

    Marko Simic explains why employee engagement is vital when times are tough
  • Welsh road bridge costs more than tripled, says auditor

    The cost of constructing the Maesdu road bridge in Llandudno, North Wales more than tripled from its original estimate of £1.1M in 2008/09 to £3.9M today, an independent report revealed yesterday.
  • WSP Genivar targets programme management

    Driving up the turnover of the newly-merged WSP Genivar from £1.25bn to £2bn is the immediate goal of the new firm’s first chairman Chris Cole.

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