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Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer. NCE is the weekly magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers and can be enjoyed in print, on iPad, on Android and online here via the digital editions tab.

WSP completes Parsons Brinckerhoff deal

31-Oct-2014

Canadian consultancy WSP has completed its high profile acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Taylor Woodrow wins £33M Bristol rail scheme

31-Oct-2014

Taylor Woodrow has secured a £33M deal to boost rail capacity in Bristol.

Melting House by artist Alex Chinneck

The structural challenges behind artist's 'melting house' installation

31-Oct-2014

Unique design challenges faced the structural engineer responsible for the safety and stability of a ‘melting house’ art installation in London’s Southwark Street.

QEII Bridge joint replacement work

VIDEO | Modular ramp used for M25 bridge repairs

31-Oct-2014

A temporary ramp has allowed traffic to use a critical M25 bridge during refurbishment work.

Graduate Awards 2014

Graduate Awards finalists revealed

31-Oct-2014

Finalists for the 2014 Graduate Awards include a fantastic gender-balanced mix of the brightest civil engineers new to the industry.

National Grid cable tunnel

UK energy schemes given EU funding

31-Oct-2014

The European Commission has awarded €75M (£59M) towards UK energy infrastructure schemes.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

Leeds flood defence

Inflatable Leeds flood defence ‘could be replicated’

29-Oct-2014 10:53 am

Leeds city centre’s innovative £48M flood defence project could be replicated in other towns and cities across the UK, its designers have told NCE.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge tunnel plan being reconsidered

23-Oct-2014 11:48 am

The plan to build a road tunnel underneath the Stonehenge World Heritage site is being considered once again by the Government.

EdF's Hinkley proposal

Hinkley Point: Over to you, supply chain

8-Oct-2014 5:27 pm

The UK nuclear supply chain has been told to prepare in earnest for a mammoth wave of work, following the approval of state aid arrangements for Hinkley Point C.

Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan

Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan

30-Sep-2014 3:32 pm

Leaders of 20 of the UK’s top science, technology, engineering and manufacturing companies have signed up to a 10 point plan aimed at boosting the retention and development of women employees.

Pothole (Michael Gil, Flickr)

Road maintenance funding system “ludicrous”, say MPs

25-Sep-2014 10:14 am

Cost-effectively maintaining roads under the current funding system is difficult to achieve, an influential group of MPs has warned.

Hampton Court chalet

Historic west London riverside chalet raised as protection from flooding

23-Sep-2014 12:02 pm

A historic London riverside landmark was successfully raised 1.5m above its original level in a £1.4M operation over the weekend.

News Analysis: NCE looks at the story behind the story

Headline stat: 84% of first year civil engineering degree students in 2012-13 were male

Engineering equality: Are universities learning the gender lesson?

19-Aug-2014 9:47 am

Universities are in the spotlight this week, with hundreds of budding civil engineers looking to cement their college place. So NCE continues its series on Engineering Equality by looking at whether progress is being made to stimulate gender diversity at entry level. Report by Yemesi Sofolarin and Alexandra Wynne.

Hong Kong skyline

Tackling the urbanisation challenge

10-Jun-2014 1:34 pm

There are few who don’t know of the trend for urbanisation – the gravitational pull of city dwelling – that means by 2030 an estimated 60% of the global population will be living in cities.

Vital infrastructure

Three months that will decide fate of Thames Tideway Tunnel

14-Apr-2014 1:06 pm

After years of fierce debate at all levels, the fate of Thames Water’s £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel currently rests with just five people.

Recruitment

Companies speed up their recruitment as economy grows

25-Mar-2014 10:36 am | Updated: 26-Mar-2014 2:54 pm

Apprentices, graduates and qualified engineers - take your pick: civil engineering consultants are looking for a lot of new recruits. Figures in this year’s NCE Consultants File confirm what one consultant executive board member has described as a “different atmosphere in the industry now”.

High Speed 2

Political action is shaking up UK infrastructure

25-Mar-2014 4:27 am

Last week was a big week for the UK’s high speed rail ambitions but the way in which High Speed 2 (HS2) got its boost may set the tone for how other politically difficult infrastructure decisions will be made.

Big Bang

Worst in Europe for employing women – UK civil engineering must spark change

18-Mar-2014 10:31 am

Engineers are in huge demand worldwide - yet the number of young people joining the profession is in decline. What is to be done?

This Week's Top Story

Leeds flood defence

Inflatable Leeds flood defence ‘could be replicated’

Leeds city centre’s innovative £48M flood defence project could be replicated in other towns and cities across the UK, its designers have told NCE.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge tunnel plan being reconsidered

The plan to build a road tunnel underneath the Stonehenge World Heritage site is being considered once again by the Government.

Birmingham New Street station

Rail: Change Station

An extraordinary transformation is under way at Birmingham New Street station - with some imaginative engineering solutions to match, as Margo Cole reports.

HS2

HS2: Contest for billion pound civils deals to start within months

Civils firms will begin to compete for £1bn packages of work on High Speed 2 within months, project bosses have pledged.

Medmerry winning team

Flood defence schemes take top honours at British Construction Industry Awards

Two very different flood defence schemes have scooped top honours at the British Construction Industry Awards 2014.

Donaldson Associates project

Danish giant Cowi buys UK tunneller Donaldson Associates

Danish engineering giant Cowi has bought ground engineering and tunnelling specialists Donaldson Associates.

Geopolymer injection

Business: Uretek’s injection connection

Specialist contractor Uretek has been stabilising the ground quickly, safely and with minimum disruption for 25 years in the UK. It is now experiencing its most exciting growth period as more projects and sectors benefit from its patented geopolymer injection solution.In association with

Bim image

BIM: Onto the next level

Technology is fundamentally changing what future engineers will do. At the forefront of that change are software firms like Bentley Systems. Chief executive Greg Bentley tells Mark Hansford why engineers should be excited.

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