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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.

Fire hydrant blamed for plume of water

Fire hydrant blamed for South London water plume

28-Aug-2015

Transport for London has insisted a fire hydrant was to blame for a plume of water seen in south London this morning.

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Delay payments cost Network Rail £100M

28-Aug-2015

Network Rail shelled out more than £100M to train operating companies for delays it caused to their services last financial year, it has emerged.

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Thames Garden Bridge: Revised construction programme revealed

28-Aug-2015

Revised plans for construction of the £175M Thames Garden Bridge have slashed the number of deliveries to be made by road and ensured a key part of the South Bank remains fully open to pedestrians through next summer.

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Scottish canals framework places up for grabs

28-Aug-2015

Bids are being sought for civil engineering work worth up to £35M on canals across Scotland.

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VIDEO | Take an interactive tour of a Crossrail tunnel

28-Aug-2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to perform acrobatics on the front of a train going through Crossrail tunnels?

Water

Progress on Lancashire water bug - but warning remains for some

28-Aug-2015

United Utilities has notified customers in parts of Lancashire that they can now drink their water without boiling it.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

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Data reveals how the civils sector changed last year

26-Aug-2015 11:39 am

Infrastructure output grew marginally last year, official figures have revealed.

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You could pay the old skills tax and the new one, civils firms told

21-Aug-2015 3:40 pm

Civils firms may be asked to pay the new apprenticeship levy as well as the existing Construction Industry Training Board tax.

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What A-level results day means for civils firms

14-Aug-2015 4:29 pm

The number of girls taking A-levels in subjects core to engineering careers is growing faster than the volume of boys doing so, according to NCE analysis of official figures.

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Could kite power replace the humble wind turbine?

5-Aug-2015 5:22 pm

Kites on an industrial scale are going to give offshore wind farms a run for their money according to a British company which has just embarked on its first funding round for £10M to further develop its product.

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Campaign to repair the UK’s crumbling church spires

31-Jul-2015 10:28 am | Updated: 31-Jul-2015 4:58 pm

The National Churches Trust has launched an urgent appeal to raise £250,000 for repairs to crumbling church spires around the UK.

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Turner & Townsend looks to create 200 jobs

29-Jul-2015 4:08 pm

Turner & Townsend aims to create 200 UK jobs in 12 months, chief executive Vincent Clancy has revealed.

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.

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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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Jim O'Sullivan: getting hands on at Highways England

Drilling a customer focused mindset into engineers at Highways England and its suppliers is the top and toughest task for new boss Jim O’Sullivan. He talks in depth to Mark Hansford on the challenges ahead.

Fire hydrant blamed for plume of water

Fire hydrant blamed for South London water plume

28-Aug-2015

Transport for London has insisted a fire hydrant was to blame for a plume of water seen in south London this morning.

Crossrail tunnel video still

VIDEO | Take an interactive tour of a Crossrail tunnel

28-Aug-2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to perform acrobatics on the front of a train going through Crossrail tunnels?

Crossrail

GALLERY | Crossrail soil and rock cores stored in UK’s largest salt mine

27-Aug-2015

Crossrail has released a series of photographs showing how it is storing thousands of soil and rock cores from beneath London in a massive salt mine in Cheshire.

Network Rail bank holiday works video

VIDEO | Network Rail employee on bank holiday working

24-Aug-2015

A Network Rail track supervisor has starred in a video designed to win public support for engineering works over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Sandscaping scenario

How the Crown Estate aims to bring Dutch tidal defence model to the UK

The Crown Estate is calling on engineers to develop the Dutch “sand engine” coastal defence proposition to protect the UK’s coastlines. The organisation’s head of minerals, infrastructure, energy and infrastructure Ian Selby wants stakeholders to adopt a more collaborative approach to the projects it is involved in.

Careers: Fertile ground

Workloads may be increasing in the geotechnical sector but this is leading to concerns about a skills shortage in the industry.

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