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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.

Rail

Warning issued as Network Rail misses five year efficiency target

1-Oct-2014

The rail regulator has confirmed that Network Rail missed its efficiency target for the 2009-2014 control period by eight percentage points.

Makeover for young engineers’ award

1-Oct-2014

One of the ICE’s top awards for young members, the Graduate and Student Papers Competition (GSPC), has been renamed the Emerging Engineers Award in a bid to make it more inspiring for participants and their audience.

HS2

High speed rail college HQ goes to Birmingham

30-Sep-2014

The headquarters of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham, the Government announced today.

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Bam Nuttall prosecuted for crushing rail worker

30-Sep-2014

Bam Nuttall has been fined £140,000 after being prosecuted by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) for crushing a worker.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

equality

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.

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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.

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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.

floating wind farm

Swedes challenge convention with floating wind farms

23-Sep-2014 11:51 am

A Swedish energy firm is planning to create multi-turbine floating wind power platforms in UK waters.

Tilting Dock

Dutch engineers unveil tilting lock idea

12-Sep-2014 4:04 pm

Dutch engineers have unveiled a radical idea for a tilting lock to allow tall sailing boats to pass under bridges without them having to lift.

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Aecom boss uses feminism to stamp out ignorance

9-Sep-2014 4:58 pm

Aecom chief executive for Europe Steve Morriss has declared himself a feminist, becoming the latest industry heavyweight to support NCE’s engineering equality campaign.

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

New Port House Antwerp

Concrete: Jewel on the crown

A dramatic new building is taking shape on the Antwerp skyline that is posing a challenging test formwork and falsework designers. NCE reports.

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Water: Main switchers

This month marks completion of the main phase of arguably the world’s largest and most complex urban water mains renewal programme. David Hayward reports from London’s West End.

floating wind farm

Swedes challenge convention with floating wind farms

A Swedish energy firm is planning to create multi-turbine floating wind power platforms in UK waters.

Tilting Dock

Dutch engineers unveil tilting lock idea

Dutch engineers have unveiled a radical idea for a tilting lock to allow tall sailing boats to pass under bridges without them having to lift.

CERN

Arup to develop BIM for CERN particle accelerator

Arup has been appointed by CERN to undertake conceptual design studies for tunnel and geotechnical engineering in a Future Circular Collider (FCC).

Drone

VIDEO | How Vinci uses drones

The use of drones is taking off at French construction giant Vinci.

Serralunga tunnel

Concrete: Italian life saver

Fire protection in tunnels is a critical issue. NCE reports on vital work to boost protection in Italy’s Serralunga tunnel.

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Concrete: Stockley west viaduct approach

A variety of innovative methods have been used to build a major structure on Crossrail’s surface running section west of London, as Jon Masters discovers.

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