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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There was just one thing awry with an otherwise stonking British Construction Industry Awards last week. And I’m a bit sad about it.
Leading experts discuss how people and processes, supported by appropriate technology, are delivering a return on investment in BIM today, and shaping infrastructure projects of tomorrow using real life examples.
A delicious irony presented itself to me at the ICE last week. High Speed 2 (HS2) boss, Simon Kirby was standing on stage extolling the virtue of a new lean, mean construction industry.
- Geoff French: Upping the ante
- High Speed 2 will push technological boundaries: Kirby
- Thames Tideway tunnel moves to alliancing model
- Warning issued as Network Rail misses five year efficiency target
- Say it out loud, you’re feminist and proud
- Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan
- Social media helps engineers inspire
“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?