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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NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 10 December: Tidal surge broke records; London 'will choke' without Crossrail 2
The Environment Agency details how last week’s tidal surge broke a raft of records with a peak sea level rise of 5.8m recorded in Hull; former transport secretary pushes case for Crossrail 2.
NCE Live News Updates Monday 9 December: Cycling tops the agenda again; Amey wins Gloucestershire highways deal
London mayor Boris Johnson is today setting out how he will improve cycle safety in the Capital after questions over commitment to schemes; Amey lands £450M highways deal.
The Environment Agency says flood defences stood up well to last night’s record tidal surge but warns of danger still to come
- Designers named for Horizon's Anglessey and Olbury new nuclear plants
- NCE Live News Updates Thursday 4 December: Homes evacuated as Britain braces for biggest coastal surge in decades
- Infrastructure BIM is coming along fast
- International Tunnelling Awards 2013: Driving Innovation
- Tunnelling projects need collaboration to succeed
- Italians sweep the board at the International Tunnelling Awards
- Driver error likely cause of New York commuter train crash
“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?