Dave Parker, BSc, CEng, FICE, FRSA, FIQA, was Technical Editor of New Civil Engineer magazine for 12 years before leaving in May 2006 to become a freelance author and journalist. Since then Dave has been involved in three book projects, on microgeneration, tall buildings and sustainable timber design, either as author, editor or co-author. He is a former Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, and during his time at NCE he successfully campaigned for the establishment of the CROSS confidential reporting scheme.
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Trials in the Netherlands and US are looking at the possibility of using roads as a source of solar energy, as Dave Parker discovers.
On display outside London’s Building Centre, the structural frame of the world’s first two story Wikihouse was erected in just two days last week by a team of volunteers drawn from structural engineer Arup and architect Architecture OO.
The hugely complex refurbishment of London’s troubled Hogarth Flyover finished ahead of schedule this week after six weeks of frenetic 24/7 working.