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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Danish consultancy giant Ramboll’s UK environment operation is set to to more than double to 380 following the firm’s acquisition today of US-based environmental consultant Environ.
Recent predictions that the global market for 3D printing will exceed £5bn by 2025 could fail to become reality unless the industry invests in new materials development and process control.
There’s an awful lot to digest in NCE this week (we reckon it’s our biggest issue ever), and I’d of course invite you to read it all: incorporating our future-looking Infrastructure in 2015 report, we hope you’ll find it packed full of inspiring ideas around future technologies and technical excellence.
- More industry bosses declare themselves feminists
- NCE and industry leaders link up over supply chain skills
- Grasp government roads opportunities
- Major new schemes mooted in new government vision for strategic road network
- UK best practice in BIM to be exported to Australia
- Delivery dynamos: Improving infrastructure delivery
- We must grasp technology opportunities
“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”
Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.
The stock of the engineer as innovator is rising, driven by client demands for better cost and time certainty on increasingly complex projects. So much so that it is prompting enlightened consultants seriously rethink attitudes to research and development and the way they treat their technically-minded engineers.
- Should Gatwick become London's hub?
- Railtrack haunts Cameron's plan for road privatisation
- Old problems threaten to derail new era of light rail
- Localism in transport sounds death knell for major schemes
- 2012: the year of the one stop shop
- Life on Mars stalks a squeezed industry
- Are one stop shops key to cracking the global market?