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Margo Cole

Margo Cole is a freelance specialist writer

  • Consultants Awards 2015 — open for entries


    Entries are now open for the 2015 NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.
  • Future Technology: BIM's evolution sees industry revolution


    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.
  • Future Technology: Making BIM fit the form


    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.
  • Technical Excellence: Creating a circular economy


    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.
  • Technical Excellence: Meeting the efficiency challenge


    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.  
  • Future Engineers: Delivering tomorrow, today


    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.
  • Future Engineers: Weighing up the pros and cons


    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.
  • Future engineers: Your future is in their hands


    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.
  • Future leaders: Leading from the front


    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.
  • Construction equipment: Machine control gaining ground


    A new deal to supply machine control systems is an indication that the technology is becoming more popular.
  • Construction equipment: Speedy Hire changing gear


    After a challenging year, Speedy Hire has emerged stronger than ever, as its chief executive officer Mark Rogerson tells Margo Cole.
  • 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.
  • Water: Filter formula


    An innovative temporary solution installed during refurbishment of a wastewater treatment works could indicate the shape of things to come during the next funding period. Report by Margo Cole.
  • Construction equipment: Driving design


    JCB’s latest machines indicate where it is focusing its innovation, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Flexible working: Shared benefits


    Evidence shows that flexible working can have significant business benefits, as well as improving employees’ work-life balance. An NCE special report in association with Hyder Consulting
  • Construction equipment: A clean sweep


    Plant hire company Hewden is learning lessons from the retail sector in its efforts to provide the right levels of service for the modern construction sector.
  • Tunnelling: Delhi Metro


    Delhi’s ambitious metro construction programme continues at an incredible pace, with the latest section celebrating an unusual breakthrough, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Geotechnical: Growth sector


    The geotechnical sector is in good health, with some exciting challenges ahead, as Atkins ground engineering operations director tells Margo Cole.
  • Retaining walls: Logistics solution

    Ground Engineering September 2014

    Early supply chain involvement has been crucial to the successful design and construction of retaining walls for a rail embankment at one of the UK’s largest distribution centres.
  • Rail: Innovate to succeed


    The rail sector has major challenges ahead, including skills shortages and the need to make efficiency improvements, as Turner & Townsend head of rail Patricia Moore explains to Margo Cole.
  • Social responsibility: Drive to aid the world


    Global infrastructure consultant Arcadis has joined forces with the United Nations in a humanitarian programme that makes use of its professional skills, as Margo Cole discovers.
  • Team Players: GE Award winner Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Ground Engineering July 2014

    Parsons Brinckerhoff‘s high level technical expertise recently won it a GE Award.
  • Construction equipment: Risk and reward for Vp


    An unexpected spirit of adventure lies at the heart of specialist equipment rental business Vp, as Margo Cole discovers in conversation with chairman Jeremy Pilkington.
  • Geotechnical: Parsons Brinckerhoff – team players


    Parsons Brinckerhoff’s award winning solution for a collapsed slope in Dorset is evidence of its high level of technical expertise.
  • Water: Asset management ideas amplified


    Should the changing focus of the water sector be seen as a threat or an opportunity? Margo Cole speaks to one engineer who believes AMP6 offers the chance to be far more imaginative.
  • Water: Still waters run deep at Barrow Hill Reservoir, London


    The first new reservoir to be built in London in a century is currently under construction, and it involves some very 21st century thinking, as Margo Cole discovers.
  • Water: Thames Alliance planning in the pipeline


    A year ahead of the start of AMP6, Thames Water’s alliance is well bedded in and already focused on delivering value, as Margo Cole discovers.
  • Construction equipment: Hillhead 2014


    There will be plenty of new machines on show at the UK’s largest construction equipment event next month.
  • Rail: Staffordshire Alliance is on track


    The rail sector’s first pure alliance is set to deliver a £250M upgrade to the West Coast Main Line ahead of time and under budget.
  • GE's got talent: interviews with this years' finalists for Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year

    Ground Engineering May 2014

    The shortlisted candidates for this year’s GE Young Geotechnical Engineer award are, without exception, talented and enthusiastic, suggesting that the future of the industry is in good hands
  • Structures: Hospital tower’s lifeline


    A competition-winning team has come up with a novel solution for recladding a 1960s hospital on a very congested site - without disrupting operations inside. Margo Cole reports.
  • Recruitment/roads: Fast lane for jobs


    With spending on UK roads projects increasing dramatically, the sector is looking for new recruits, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Bio-power energy: UK's first waste wood biomass plant


    Construction of the UK’s first biomass plant fuelled by waste wood has started. The plant will produce 10.3MW of electricity and divert 67,000t of waste away from landfill.
  • NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Rhead Group


    The decision to step in and take over delivery of a massive emissions reduction project when the contractor went bust has not only proved successful for the client, but has changed Rhead Group’s business
  • NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: BCS Design


    From working for himself in his bedroom to running a £3M turnover company, BCS Design managing director Steve Osbaldeston has built a business with a growing reputation.
  • NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Atkins


    A carefully managed growth strategy, focus on delivery and commitment to bringing young people into the industry have proved very successful for Atkins, says company’s chief executive officer, UK & Europe David Tonkin.
  • Shortlist announced for NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year awards


    Consultants large and small have made the shortlist later this month at NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year 2014.
  • London Underground bridges: shield of steel


    Protecting bridges from scour is one of a wide range of repairs and upgrades that London Underground is carrying out on its structures this year.
  • Time for new rail blood


    Laing O’Rourke wants to become a major player in the UK rail sector and believes it can bring new ideas to the industry.
  • Lee Tunnel: the capital’s hidden wonder


    The deepest tunnel ever constructed in London has just broken through, marking a significant milestone in a massive project to clean up the capital’s river.
  • Looking for talent


    After announcing itself in the highway maintenance market last year, Skanska is looking for new recruits who want a challenge.
  • Tunnelling: The race to win tunnel prize


    Contractors are gearing up to submit their bids for the world’s longest immersed tube tunnel, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Timely solutions with a light touch


    Innovative products developed by the supply chain have a lot to offer the industry in its quest to reduce costs and improve safety and efficiency.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: A matter of collaboration


    The temporary works sector has increased its engineering capability to meet the demands of complex projects.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Material gains for the planet


    The construction industry has been set some tough carbon reduction targets, but is the issue being over-simplified?
  • Deadline for Consultants File entry in two days


    The closing date for entry into this year’s NCE Consultants File 2014 is just two days away.
  • Fight to keep the UK dry


    What were the causes of the recent floods, and what can we learn from them? Margo Cole talks to Environment Agency head of strategy Pete Fox.
  • Water Bill could leave flood risk homes without insurance


    Millions of homeowners will be excluded from a government scheme to cap flood insurance premiums in for properties in high risk areas, insurers and mortgage lenders warned this week.
  • How to curb urban floods


    Minor changes to existing urban features could keep many households free from surface water flooding. Margo Cole reports.
  • Destination dry land


    Mapping is becoming ever more important in the fight to understand where flooding is most likely to occur. Margo Cole reports on the latest developments.
  • Delays dog sustainable drainage standards


    Publication of national standards for sustainable drainage systems (Suds) has been delayed, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Reaching for the clouds


    Technology is becoming increasingly important in the drive for construction efficiency, and the cloud is a key element of that.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Responding to the roads revolution

    12 December 2013

    A paradigm shift is happening in the roads sector that will see a radical change in the way the network is owned and managed.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Stations offer a new branch of business

    12 December 2013

    Rail travel is set to be transformed over the decade - a transformation that applies just as much to the stations as it does to the network.
  • Infrastructure in 2014: Water industry now faces a sea change

    12 December 2013

    The water industry is going through a major change in focus that will have a significant impact on water companies and the supply chain
  • Big rig takes on south London dig

    GE December 2013

    Piling for a massive new housing development in south London involves seeing what the UK’s largest CFA rig can do
  • JCB sends generators and diggers to help typhoon clear up work

    21 November 2013

    JCB is to supply machines and generators worth more than £300,000 to help the relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Carving out new markets

    21 November 2013

    An unassuming apartment block in a Geneva suburb is actually a significant landmark for a UK construction equipment company, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Survey shows Scotland leads on Suds installation


    Drainage experts in Scotland believe that legislation has been key to the successful introduction of sustainable drainage systems (Suds) there compared with England and Wales, according to a survey published last week.
  • AMP6 frameworks: Getting shovel ready

    26 September 2013

    More than a year ahead of the start of the next regulatory period in the water industry, most of the big players are already gearing up to start work.
  • New concepts in construction machinery design: The rise of the machines

    19 September 2013

    Volvo Construction Equipment is focusing on new materials and technologies to make its machines more fuel efficient.
  • Davies Commission releases details of airport plan submissions


    The Airports Commission earlier this month formally set out how it plans to decide on the best option for increasing UK airport capacity.
  • Welsh Water seeks contractors


    Dyr Cymru Welsh Water has started the procurement process to find framework consultants and contractors to deliver its next asset management programme AMP6.
  • Closer to the market: A fresh face for a growing firm

    11 July 2013

    Kubota is the world’s largest supplier of mini-excavators and last year achieved record sales in the UK. Margo Cole speaks to its newly appointed UK managing director about its success.
  • Doosan boosts safety on articulated dump trucks

    11 July 2013

    Doosan has made several new safety and productivity improvements in its DA30 and DA40 articulated dump trucks.
  • New guidance in bid to cut fatal trench collapses

    11 July 2013

    Efforts to cut deaths in trench collapses have led to the publication of a Construction Plant Hire Association guide to safe excavation management.
  • Try something new: Network Rail looking for fresh ideas to stay on track

    11 July 2013

    Network Rail is looking for innovative ways to improve the way tracks are replaced, and has organised a showcase event to see what the supply chain has to offer. Margo Cole reports.
  • Volvo shows off specialist pipelaying kit on US job

    11 July 2013

    Volvo’s specialist pipelaying equipment has been in action on the $2.1bn (£1.38bn) Elizabeth River tunnel in Virginia, United States.
  • TfL repeats demand for Crossrail 2 construction


    Transport for London (TfL) has repeated its call for Crossrail 2 to be built as a way of relieving congestion on existing Tube lines.
  • Cutting Tube spending is dangerous for London


    London Underground (LU) programme director for Crossrail and stations Miles Ashley has warned of “dark consequences” if there was a failure to continue investing in London’s infrastructure.
  • High Speed 2 offers west London jobs bonanza


    Up to 20,000 jobs could be created in the area around Old Oak Common in west London if it is fully developed as a strategic rail hub, according to HS2 Ltd, the company promoting High Speed 2.
  • Doka hits uk form

    27 June 2013

    The UK construction industry’s long history of using traditional timber formwork has made it a tough market for system formwork specialists to crack. But that situation may be changing, as new Doka UK managing director Joe Affinito tells Margo Cole.
  • JCB: Efficient response

    27 June 2013

    JCB has reaffirmed its commitment to making all new machines as fuel efficient as possible, as well as making them easier and safer to use. The company’s chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope claims the efficiency features of its recent machines have saved customers a total of 750M.l of fuel - worth around £386M - since 2010.
  • UK construction showcase takes shape

    9 May 2013

    The UK’s first major construction equipment show is just a few weeks away. Margo Cole previews the highlights.
  • Stand out kit at Plantworx event

    18 April 2013

    Next month sees the UK’s first dedicated construction equipment show for more than five years. Margo Cole has a look at what visitors can expect.
  • Bauma goes green

    21 March 2013

    The world’s largest construction equipment show is back next month, with organisers promising 570,000m2 of exhibition space and 3,300 exhibitors.
  • Surface detail: Automatic measurement systems in the UK

    21 March 2013

    A compaction assistance system is proving its worth in Staffordshire, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Mersey put in the dock

    14 March 2013

    Building a house on sand is deemed to be the definition of foolishness. But for United Utilities it is proving a wise decision, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Millions of good reasons to modernise

    21 February 2013

    Beneath the streets of central London, a massive upgrade programme is underway to relieve congestion at some of the capital’s busiest stations.
  • Above inflation water bill rises approved

    14 February 2013

    Water regulator Ofwat has defended its decision to allow above inflation water bill increases announced last week.
  • Water Bill lacks detail say MPs

    7 February 2013

    MPs have taken the government to task for being “too slow” to implement measures to reduce flooding.
  • Public cash for Tideway

    31 January 2013

    Letwin appears to back government funding option for Thames Tideway project
  • Steaming ahead

    31 January 2013

    Business is booming in the UK rail sector, but technical skills are no longer enough, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Deadlock over flood insurance

    24 January 2013

    Talks between the government and insurers about the provision of flood cover for high risk homes and businesses are still deadlocked, NCE can report.
  • Lifeline for homes

    24 January 2013

    There is still no sign of government and insurers agreeing on a mechanism for insuring properties at high risk of flooding once current arrangements come to an end later this year. So what are they arguing about? Margo Cole explains.
  • Rail structures suffer after Network Rail cash squeeze

    17 January 2013

    Network Rail this week admitted that key infrastructure assets have deteriorated over the current five year financial control period because it failed to adequately explain why it needed extra funds to maintain structures and earthworks.
  • Finding a perfect match

    17 January 2013

    As the water industry’s main players gear up to bid to be part of Thames Water’s AMP6 super-alliance, the company’s capital delivery director Lawrence Gosden tells Margo Cole about its new, radical procurement approach.
  • New industry BIM group launched

    17 January 2013

    The Construction Industry Council’s BIM 2050 group was officially launched yesterday by chief construction advisor Peter Hansford.
  • Commission adds voice to New York barrage calls

    17 January 2013

    New York state authorities are being urged to consider building a storm surge barrier to prevent flooding.
  • ACE and NCE looking for young and outstanding engineers for 2013 awards


    NCE and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) have launched the hunt the 2013 Young Engineer of the Year and for nominations for Oustanding Achievement of the Year.
  • New York urged to consider building flood barrier


    The commission appointed by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo after Superstorm Sandy has recommended that the state should conduct a comprehensive assessment into building a storm surge barrier for New York harbour similar to that recently built in St Petersburg.
  • Latest floods trigger defence cash calls

    10 January 2013

    Network Rail and flood defence experts this week united to call for more government cash to protect vital infrastructure networks from the effects of climate change.
  • Climate outstrips flood mapping

    10 January 2013

    Changing weather patterns could make existing flood mapping techniques irrelevant, a senior consultant said this week.
  • Environment Agency rejects calls for new Thames Barrier

    10 January 2013

    One of the engineers that built the Thames Barrier in the 1980s has called for a replacement to be built “urgently”.
  • NCE 2013 Consultants File launched


    Consultants have until the end of January to complete their questionnaires for entry in this year’s NCE Consultants File.
  • Councils question government's commitment to SuDS


    A survey carried out earlier this month has found that many local authority flood and drainage specialists do not believe the current government is fully committed to implementing sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS).
  • Aviation strategy: High time to give airport capacity some uplift

    20 December 2012

    The nation’s air transport industry - and many residents of the southeast of England - will be holding their breath for the next 12 months in anticipation of the Davies Commission’s first report into the UK airport capacity.
  • Rail: Innovation extends the end of the line

    20 December 2012

    With just over a year remaining of Network Rail’s current budgetary period, the eyes of the industry are starting to focus on what will happen in the next control period, CP5, due to start in 2014.
  • Thames Water to use alliancing for AMP6

    20 December 2012

    Thames Water has announced that it intends to use an alliance model for its asset management period six (AMP6) investment programme.
  • Water: The importance of connections

    20 December 2012

    For many developers, one of the biggest headaches when it comes to programming a major project is the issue of getting the site connected to the local utility networks once the building or development is complete.
  • Where is the work in 2013?

    20 December 2012

    After three years of falling staff numbers, major consultants are now recruiting again, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Wastewater: Water channels its cash into key assets

    20 December 2012

    Although there are still two years to go before the start of the next asset management plan (AMP) period in the water sector, the industry is already looking ahead to 2015, and eyeing up the prospects for AMP6.
  • Government's track record on flood defence spending criticised

    13 December 2012

    The opposition has denounced the government for cutting flood defence spending since it came into power.
  • Labour attacks government flood spending


    The Labour opposition has denounced the government for cutting flood defence spending since it came into power.
  • Flooding chaos made worse by government inaction


    Damage caused by recent floods could have been reduced if successive governments had adopted the recommendations of reports into previous flood events, according to leading engineers.
  • Thames short lists for treatment works upgrade

    29 November 2012

    Thames Water this week named the two contracting groups it will work with to design and build an upgrade for its massive Deephams sewage treatment works innorth London.
  • Hong Kong considers compulsory seismic codes

    25 October 2012

    Hong Kong’s Buildings Department has begun consulting about plans to introduce compulsory seismic-resistant building standards in the territory.
  • Driving change

    18 October 2012

    Plant hire firms can help the roads industry align itself to a new era of improved quality, privatisation and whole life costing. Margo Cole reports
  • National water policy vital says water industry

    18 October 2012

    Water industry leaders have called for the government to develop a national water policy that sets out the strategic priorities for managing the UK’s limited water resources.
  • Round table discussion: Making waves

    18 October 2012

    A national water policy and compulsory metering were on the agenda at NCE’s recent round table gathering of water industry leaders. Margo Cole reports.
  • Beckton sewage treatment works: Tapping into new ideas

    20 September 2012

    Thames Water is upgrading five sewage treatment works at a cost of £675M as part of a massive project to improve water quality in the Thames. Margo Cole reports on progress at the largest of the sites, at Beckton in east London.
  • Hub airport capacity probe triggers rash of options

    13 September 2012

    Engineers this week urged the independent commission set up last week to assess the UK’s aviation needs to look beyond the row about proposals for a controversial third runway at Heathrow.
  • Questions remain over West Coast rail cost savings

    23 August 2012

    Details are still unclear as to how the award of a new 15-year West Coast rail franchise last week will produce some of the cost saving benefits identified by Sir Roy McNulty in his review of the rail industry published last year.
  • Hansford is new chief construction adviser

    9 August 2012

    Industry bodies have welcomed the appointment of immediate ICE past President Peter Hansford as the government’s new chief construction adviser.
  • Thames Water seeks suppliers’ ideas for AMP6 delivery programme

    9 August 2012

    Thames Water is to turn to its supply chain to find innovative ways of delivering its requirements under the AMP6 regulatory investment period, which is due to begin in 2015.
  • Cost controllers

    9 August 2012

    Finning has installed sytems on its plant to monitor performance, pre-empt component failure and improve customers’ profitability. Margo Cole reports.
  • Site life saver

    9 August 2012

    The holy grail of site safety is to find a simple, practical solution that save lives. Margo Cole reports from a site in west London on a device that could do just that.
  • Insurers edge closer to deal on flooding

    19 July 2012

    The government has revealed details of a possible agreement with the insurance industry over the future of flood insurance.
  • Clean machines

    19 July 2012

    The latest JCB machines have innovative new engines that should appeal to fleet managers and plant hire firms alike. Margo Cole reports.
  • Plans for competition in water could save businesses £2bn


    The government has today set out the legislation it needs to introduce more competition into the water market.
  • Landslips repaired on mainline rail network after heavy rain

    05 July 2012

    Network Rail maintenance crews carried out emergency repairs over the weekend after torrential rain last week caused landslips and flash flooding on both the East and West Coast Main Lines.
  • Water policy moving too slowly says MPs’ report

    28 June 2012

    A committee of MPs has criticised the government’s Water White Paper because it “lacks ambition and urgency”.
  • Waiting for action

    28 June 2012

    Five years after the 2007 floods and their aftermath, including the seminal review by Sir Michael Pitt,has anything actually changed? Margo Cole reports.
  • Global market challenges: Service culture

    21 June 2012

    A rapidly changing global construction equipment market is creating challenges for the way manufacturers and distributors operate.
  • Low vibe piles help Blackfriars development

    21 June 2012

    Miller Piling brought in a vibrating hammer to install piles at a sensitive central London office development site.
  • Caterpillar sustainability push: Green priorities

    21 June 2012

    Sustainability is high on the agenda at construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar.
  • Doosan excavator for wind farm

    21 June 2012

    Doosan has sold its first Stage IIIB-compliant DX300LC-3 crawler excavator in the UK.
  • Stop start water spending creates skill shortage

    14 June 2012

    The cyclical nature of investment in the water sector is leading to a shortage in skilled specialist engineers, according to the ICE.
  • Thames Water faces questions after burst main floods Tube

    14 June 2012

    London mayor Boris Johnson is demanding reassurances from Thames Water bosses that there will be no repeat of last week’s Central Line tunnel flood caused by a burst water main.
  • Emergency release of water saves Welsh dam

    14 June 2012

    Landslip thought to have triggered cracking in dam at disused slate quarry.
  • Flooding experts frustrated at Pitt progress


    Flooding experts have expressed their frustration at the speed with which the recommendations of the Pitt Review into the 2007 floods are being implemented and the ability of local authorities to responsibility for flood management at the local level.
  • Duke bemoans lack of floods forward planning


    The Duke of Gloucester has blamed the short term vision of politicians for the fact that many households are just as likely to be flooded as they were five years ago.
  • Insurance cover for households still uncertain despite talks

    31 May 2012

    The insurance industry claims ongoing talks with government over the future of flooding insurance are “more constructive” than they were three months ago, although a deal has not yet been agreed.
  • Intermat review: Signs of recovery

    17 May 2012

    Last month’s Intermat plant exhibition in Paris featured more than 1,350 exhibitors and attracted 200,000 visitors. Margo Cole spoke to the owner of the Case and New Holland brands looked at a range of new products from other manufacturers.
  • Hillhead preview: On with the show

    17 May 2012

    he UK construction industry will get its chance to see many of the new machines launched at Intermat on home soil next month, at the Hillhead plant show in Derbyshire. Margo Cole previews the event.
  • Heavy rain fails to ease drought in southern England

    17 May 2012

    East Anglia and South East England are still in drought, despite April’s record rainfall.
  • Confirmed: Bakerloo Line bulge caused by grouting

    03 May 2012

    London Underground (LUL) has confirmed that a “bulge” that closed the Bakerloo Line last week was caused by grouting operations being carried out to stop water ingress into the Tube tunnel.
  • Africa water reserves need care

    26 April 2012

    Water experts have reacted cautiously to news that huge reserves of groundwater have been identified in Africa.Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and University College London last week published a report claiming that there is between 0.36M.km3 and 1.75M.km3 of underground water in Africa, more than 20 times the amount stored in its lakes.
  • Land speed pioneer fronts industry event


    The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced that the keynote speaker at its ‘Constructing the Future’ conference in May will be Richard Noble, pioneer of the Thrust2 programme that brought the world land speed record back to Britain in the 1980s.
  • Government considers backing flood insurance

    19 April 2012

    Ministers are considering an insurance industry proposal to avert a crisis that could leave up to 200,000 households without flooding cover
  • New Holland launch: Fuel for thought

    19 April 2012

    New engine emission legislation has forced manufacturers to update their bestselling models. But price conscious customers want more than just new engines, as Margo Cole discovers on a visit to New Holland’s Italian production and test facility.
  • Consultants File: Overseas work is now more valuable than domestic jobs

    5 April 2012

    Income from overseas work is becoming increasingly important to the UK consultancy sector, according to exclusive research by NCE.
  • Caterpillar launch: A new level of control

    22 March 2012

    Construction equipment giant Caterpillar unveiled 51 new and upgraded machines at its European launch in Leicestershire last week, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Thames gets desalination plant ready to supply

    22 March 2012

    Thames Water is readying its new desalination plant in east London to supply water during the drought.
  • Intermat preview: French flair

    22 March 2012

    The 2012 construction equipment show season gets under way next month, as Intermat opens its doors in Paris. NCE offers a sneak preview of what’s on offer.
  • Royal Haskoning and DHV merger will boost global reach

    08 March 2012

    Dutch based consultants Royal Haskoning and DHV are planning a merger to exploit a greater proportion of the global market and open up new opportunities for engineers, Royal Haskoning management board director Henry Rowe told NCE this week.
  • Water special: Sinking solution

    08 March 2012

    An unusual technique has been adopted as part of a major upgrade to York’s clean water supply. Margo Cole reports from Acomb Landing.
  • Water special: All dried out


    After a second dry winter in south east England, drought is making the headlines. But whose responsibility is it to make sure we all have enough water? Margo Cole reports.
  • Water firms face threat of competition breach

    1 March 2012

    Water companies could be heading for a showdown with the Competition Commission if they do not agree to proposed changes to their operating licences.
  • Drought pipeline proposal for HS2 route

    1 March 2012

    Water company United Utilities has raised the prospect of transferring water from the north of the UK to the drought-hit south by suggesting a pipeline could be built alongside the route of the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway line.
  • Civils courses beat the decline


    Civil engineering appears to have bucked the trend of declining university courses, according to a report by the University and College Union.
  • JCB launch: Global market grab

    23 February 2012

    Equipment manufacturer JCB has made upgrades to a wide range of its machines to meet the demands of a growing international market, as Margo Cole reports from Spain.
  • JCB chief predicts growth in UK market this year


    JCB chief executive Alan Blake has predicted more growth for the UK-based construction equipment manufacturer over the next 12 months following a successful year in 2011.
  • Businesses urged to adopt risk based approach to dealing with climate change


    Owners and operators of infrastructure are being urged to adopt a risk-based approach to climate change adaptation in response to a new government report.
  • Suds guidance sits on fence

    2 February 2012

    Delays and lack of definition could compromise new national standards for sustainable drainage systems (Suds), drainage experts are warning.
  • Ground Engineering: Roll out the barrels


    An unusual legacy of the Second World War has prompted an imaginative remediation strategy in north Kent.
  • Kingsnorth remediation: Mixing session

    26 January 2012

    Cleaning up a development site with an unusual wartime legacy has involved some heavy duty specialist equipment, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Consultation on controversial reservoir classification system to end next month


    Consultation ends next month on the Environment Agency’s controversial classification system for deciding which English and Welsh reservoirs in England and Wales are deemed to be “high risk”.
  • JCB announces new UK engine facility


    JCB has announced a £31M investment in engine development that will create around 350 jobs in the UK.
  • A design for life


    Balfour Beatty’s traffic management operatives got the chance to try their new vehicle before it was built, as Margo Cole reports.
  • Where JCB began

    17 November 2011

    Iconic UK brand JCB has put its history on display in a new permanent exhibition. Margo Cole went to the firm’s headquarters in Staffordshire for the preview.
  • Roads minister urges lateral thinking for scheme funding

    03 November

    Roads minister Mike Penning has urged the construction industry to “think outside the box” to get more roads schemes off the ground.
  • London’s turning circle

    03 November

    Love it or loathe it, the M25 was a significant engineering achievement and is now a vital part of the UK’s transport infrastructure. NCE celebrates the road’s 25th birthday. By Margo Cole.
  • Blackpool's £100M seaside splash

    6 October 2011

    Blackpool’s £100M seafront makeover will be fully unveiled next month. It features new headlands, precast pebbles and a “comedy carpet”. NCE reports.
  • Eurozone expansion

    15 September 2011

    Propping specialist Groundforce believes the time is right to move into the European market, and thinks it can overturn traditional hostility towards the rental sector, as Margo Cole reports
  • WTC ten years on: Learning from the unthinkable


    The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York have forced engineers to rethink tall building design.
  • Storm Survivors

    28 January 2010

    Innovative use of plant may be the key for piling companies as they attempt to weather the economic downturn, as Margo Cole reports.

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