Since joining NCE Been the first construction journalist into Iraq following the second Gulf War (and won IBP News Reporter of the Year as a result), was on the scene in tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, reported on a fatal bridge collapse in Portugal, covered a tunnel blaze in Baltimore, and exposed fundamental design failings in the Windsor's Jubilee River. My most moving experience to date was talking exclusively to acquitted Hatfield engineer Nick Jeffries over how he is putting his life back together after his five-year ordeal. Worst experience to date has to be getting lured into a night out in Scotland with the ICE graduates and students, waking up with a raging hangover with the grim reality dawning that I had missed my flight home. Never again. Areas of Interest Engineering disasters, design cock-ups and personal traumas are a staple of NCE, but fortunately are few and far between. Water and environment issues are my main area of responsibility.
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Dutch giant Arcadis has outbid Japanese rival Nippon Koei in the battle to takeover Hyder
Here’s a company I quite like the sound of: “Established in 1946, we specialise in engineering consultancy and power engineering. Since foundation, the company has adhered to a policy of contributing to society through technology. Since our first overseas venture, a hydroelectric power project in Myanmar in 1954, we have participated in a broad variety of sophisticated development projects worldwide. Committed to responsible corporate citizenship, our employees dedicate their efforts ...
Another week, another merger. OK, Arcardis buying Hyder is not quite in the same league as Aecom buying URS, but it is further proof, if any were needed, of the move in our industry towards a select few global firms controlling most of the consultancy market.
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