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Civil engineering news as it happens and in-depth reporting

Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer.

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Construction optimism soars

3-Jul-2015

The construction industry is at its most optimistic in almost a decade, according to a respected report.

West Kowloon terminus

Three year delay for Hong Kong's high speed link to China

3-Jul-2015

Labour shortages, tunneling problems and unexpected steel fabrication complexities have seriously delayed and added £2.5bn to the cost of Hong Kong’s high speed rail link to mainland China.

Unstressed ETFE panels clad the frame. There are 54 individual panels of ETFE in the Pavilion, 4.5km of ETFE strips to form the ribbons and 66 steel frames (26 curved frames, 40 faceted ones).

Thinking of designing the next Serpentine Pavilion? Five things you should know. PLUS five years of NCE coverage of the event

3-Jul-2015

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, deisgned by Madrid artists José Selgas and Lucía Cano, and created with the help of structural engineer Aecom, is now open in Hyde Park.

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Heathrow decision: 9 talking points

3-Jul-2015

The Davies Commission might have delivered its recommendation for a third runway at Heathrow, but the argument over airport expansion seems far from over.

Cardiff Transport Interchange

VIDEO AND GALLERY | State-of-the-art bus interchange for Cardiff

3-Jul-2015

Cardiff City Council has released images and video of a proposed bus hub in the city.

Money

Crossrail spending hits £7.5bn

3-Jul-2015

More than £7.5bn has been spent on the Crossrail project so far, the government revealed last night.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

Heathrow airport central terminal area 2030

Heathrow decision: 9 talking points

3-Jul-2015 11:12 am

The Davies Commission might have delivered its recommendation for a third runway at Heathrow, but the argument over airport expansion seems far from over.

Production line

Increasing use of robots and sensors expected in civils construction

29-Jun-2015 4:49 pm

Civils contractors will increasingly use robots and sensors to create structures in futuristic offsite factories, according to the author of recent research.

Chiswick Bridge

TFL reveals how ECI contracts boost delivery

29-Jun-2015 11:16 am

Transport for London (TFL) has revealed how early contractor involvement (ECI) has helped it to deliver its most difficult programmes of work.

Digital railway

Future technology: Breaking new ground

29-Jun-2015 11:25 am

Building information modelling and big data are throwing up new opportunities for civil engineering firms.

Digital railway

17 things the rail industry must act on

26-Jun-2015 12:02 pm

The rail industry has come under heavy fire this week after transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that Network Rail was unable to deliver on its five year spending plan. Here are 17 things that the industry could and should act on, at least according to speakers at NCE’s UK Rail 2015 conference.

Norwegian coast

Floating bridge could slash cost of linking islands

10-Jun-2015 10:43 am

A floating bridge design being developed for the Norwegian government could prove a cheap way of linking islands all over the world, the firm behind it has claimed.

News Analysis: NCE looks at the story behind the story

Headline stat: 84% of first year civil engineering degree students in 2012-13 were male

Engineering equality: Are universities learning the gender lesson?

19-Aug-2014 9:47 am

Universities are in the spotlight this week, with hundreds of budding civil engineers looking to cement their college place. So NCE continues its series on Engineering Equality by looking at whether progress is being made to stimulate gender diversity at entry level. Report by Yemesi Sofolarin and Alexandra Wynne.

Hong Kong skyline

Tackling the urbanisation challenge

10-Jun-2014 1:34 pm

There are few who don’t know of the trend for urbanisation – the gravitational pull of city dwelling – that means by 2030 an estimated 60% of the global population will be living in cities.

Vital infrastructure

Three months that will decide fate of Thames Tideway Tunnel

14-Apr-2014 1:06 pm

After years of fierce debate at all levels, the fate of Thames Water’s £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel currently rests with just five people.

Recruitment

Companies speed up their recruitment as economy grows

25-Mar-2014 10:36 am | Updated: 26-Mar-2014 2:54 pm

Apprentices, graduates and qualified engineers - take your pick: civil engineering consultants are looking for a lot of new recruits. Figures in this year’s NCE Consultants File confirm what one consultant executive board member has described as a “different atmosphere in the industry now”.

High Speed 2

Political action is shaking up UK infrastructure

25-Mar-2014 4:27 am

Last week was a big week for the UK’s high speed rail ambitions but the way in which High Speed 2 (HS2) got its boost may set the tone for how other politically difficult infrastructure decisions will be made.

Big Bang

Worst in Europe for employing women – UK civil engineering must spark change

18-Mar-2014 10:31 am

Engineers are in huge demand worldwide - yet the number of young people joining the profession is in decline. What is to be done?

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Digital railway

17 things the rail industry must act on

The rail industry has come under heavy fire this week after transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that Network Rail was unable to deliver on its five year spending plan. Here are 17 things that the industry could and should act on, at least according to speakers at NCE’s UK Rail 2015 conference.

Unstressed ETFE panels clad the frame. There are 54 individual panels of ETFE in the Pavilion, 4.5km of ETFE strips to form the ribbons and 66 steel frames (26 curved frames, 40 faceted ones).

Thinking of designing the next Serpentine Pavilion? Five things you should know. PLUS five years of NCE coverage of the event

3-Jul-2015

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, deisgned by Madrid artists José Selgas and Lucía Cano, and created with the help of structural engineer Aecom, is now open in Hyde Park.

Cardiff Transport Interchange

VIDEO AND GALLERY | State-of-the-art bus interchange for Cardiff

3-Jul-2015

Cardiff City Council has released images and video of a proposed bus hub in the city.

Buckled rail track

VIDEO | Network Rail attempts to explain why rails buckle in heat

2-Jul-2015

Pre-empting headlines about train disruption because of heat, Network Rail has released a comprehensive media briefing on why rails buckle in the heat.

View of temporary mine heads in the National Park

VIDEO | Controversial new £1.1bn potash mine given green light in National Park

2-Jul-2015

Plans for the world’s largest potash mine have been approved by Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA).

Aleksandar Vasiljevic

A week in the life of a geotechnical engineer

Aleksandar Vasiljevic, a graduate working for civil and structural engineering firm Fairhurst describes his job as a geotechnical engineer

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Geotechnics careers: Searching for youth

Geotechnical engineering firms are recruiting graduates with a renewed vigour after the lean years of the recession.

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