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Lancashire fracking plan rejected

30-Jun-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

A bid by Cuadrilla Resources to drill, frack and test at Preston New Road in Lancashire has been refused by the local council.

Dawn of a new era

Lancashire fracking decision postponed until Monday

25-Jun-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

A decision on whether to allow fracking at a site in Lancashire has been postponed until Monday to give councillors time to consider legal advice.

Celebrating 50 years of UK Offshore Oil and Gas

VIDEO | 50 years of UK offshore oil and gas

22-Jun-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

Liverpool Football Club has released time-lapse footage of Anfield’s new main stand redevelopment.

EDF Energy, wind farm

EDF starts Blyth offshore wind farm site investigations

18-Jun-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

EDF Energy Renewables is carrying out seabed and geotechnical investigations in the area of the planned Blyth offshore wind farm.


Hydrogen stored in salt caverns ‘could help meet future energy demands’


Report from the ETI looks at role hydrogen storage could play in future UK energy provision.

Ice Cave, Iceland

THE GALLERY | Man-made Ice Cave to welcome visitors

21-May-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

From next month, visitors to a new man-made Ice Cave will be able to explore 30m below the Langjökull glacier in Iceland.

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Soils data

Soil data helps road maintenance in Lincolnshire

8-Jul-2015 | By Stephen Hallett

Lincolnshire County Council has been using soil data provided by the University of Cranfield to take a more targeted approach to road maintenance.   

Alaskan Highway Tunnel

Alaskan Highway tunnel: Rescue package

29-Jun-2015 | By NCE Editorial

Breakdown of a tunnel boring machine mid-drive is every project’s worst nightmare. NCE takes a look at the recovery work for the machine on the Alaskan Highway Tunnel in Seattle, in the western United States.

Crossrail tunnels completion

Crossrail: Under the capital

29-Jun-2015 | By

With all of the 42km of tunnels for London’s Crossrail project now complete, NCE picks out some of the key facts and innovations in the programme.


Geotechnics careers: Searching for youth

29-Jun-2015 | By

Geotechnical engineering firms are recruiting graduates with a renewed vigour after the lean years of the recession.

Bond Street tube upgrade

Bond Street Tube upgrade: Into the labyrinth

26-Jun-2015 | Updated: 29-Jun-2015 | By Katherine Smale

The project to upgrade Bond Street Underground station so it can cope with extra passengers from Crossrail is a hugely complex logistical and engineering challenge. Katherine Smale finds out more about the work beneath London’s busy Oxford Street.

Subsurface BIM

VIDEO | 10 ways to digitise the construction sector: No 2 subsurface BIM data

15-Jun-2015 | Updated: 15-Jun-2015 | By

In the second of a series of articles about 10 technology projects that have been awarded funding by Innovate UK, NCE looks at a plan to create a national archive of geological conditions for the UK

Martin Blower

Contractors could ignore sustainability during the recession – but not any longer

9-Dec-2014 | By Martin Blower

Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.

Shaking hands

Better – by association

11-Nov-2014 | By Martin Blower

The Federation of Piling Specialists, as its name suggests, represents foundation contractors – those directly involved in piling and geotechnical works on construction sites – it not only promotes best practice, but also ensures that through regular audits its members operate to the highest level of professionalism and quality.

Phrased repair

Infrastructure in 2014: Balancing risk and cost

Geotechnical failures present big risks to people, infrastructure and budgets, so managing assets to mitigate against the need for emergency action should be the preferred option, but it is one few clients are opting for.

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