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Entries are now open for the 2015 NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.
If anyone is looking for evidence of how far the concept of BIM has come in the last few years, it can be found in the words of HS2 Ltd technical director Andrew McNaughton, speaking at a conference organised by infrastructure software specialist Bentley Systems in November.
This may be a legacy of the fact that BIM – shorthand for building information modelling – originally emerged from shared project models, focused very much on ensuring everyone was sharing accurate design information.
Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more “circular economy”, a clear indication that the concept – which has been discussed in sustainability circles for a few years – is gaining a foothold in mainstream thinking.
Last week regulator Ofwat was expected to tell water companies the final determination of their business plans for the next five years. While the companies all have different geographies and population characteristics, one thing those business plans have in common is a commitment to making massive efficiency savings.
The government’s National Infrastructure Plan suggests that infrastructure projects worth an estimated £355bn are in the pipeline for the next five years or so, including transport, energy and flooding schemes.
A new engineer-led social and economic modelling tool has the power to turn around funding decisions, breathing life into projects that would conventionally fail to win support.
A panel drawn from every facet of the industry concluded that the key attributes of a future leader are the ability to inspire others, recognise the issues facing the world, and a high level of technical ability. Over the next eight pages, NCE profiles two people who stand out as having those attributes, and introduces a few more who may well be leaders of the future.
In a quest to seek out the people who will lead our industry in the decades to come, NCE invited people from across the industry to discuss the qualities of leadership. The results are published here, along with profiles of some of the names to look out for. Margo Cole reports.
A new deal to supply machine control systems is an indication that the technology is becoming more popular.
- Construction equipment: Speedy Hire changing gear
- Rail: Change Station
- Water: Filter formula
- Construction equipment: Driving design
- Flexible working: Shared benefits
- Construction equipment: A clean sweep
- Tunnelling: Delhi Metro
- Geotechnical: Growth sector
- Retaining walls: Logistics solution
- Rail: Innovate to succeed
The clock is ticking for the government and the insurance industry to agree on a mechanism for funding flooding insurance if thousands of homes are not to be left high and dry without any cover.
The government has made great strides in offering its views on the potential catastrophic effects of ignoring climate change, but the debate over preparedness threatens to undermine those very solutions.