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Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans flooding

Studying islands could improve costal infrastructure resilience

10-Nov-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

Studying natural barrier islands could improve the resilience of coastal infrastructure design, according to an expert.

Nepal earthquake aftermath

VIDEO | Search and rescue – a civil engineer's story

5-Nov-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

Civil engineer Josh Macabuag has talked about how he assisted the UN’s humanitarian operation in Nepal following April’s earthquake, in a new video released by the ICE.

Fontmell Close

St Albans sinkhole: fresh area of risk identified

26-Oct-2015 | By Katherine Smale,

Residents near the ‘sinkhole’ that opened up in St Albans recently face up to a year out of their homes after ground investigations showed a potential danger zone up to three times larger than the existing collapse.

Filling the void with 535m3 of foamed concrete

VIDEO | St Albans 'sinkhole' latest

16-Oct-2015 | By Katherine Smale

Experts are continuing to use specialist monitoring equipment at the site of the ‘sinkhole’ in St Albans to test for any further movement.


3D models can now be created directly from drones

8-Oct-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

New technology that will enable engineers to obtain 3D models from a drone has been launched.

Chile, earthquake

Tsunami warnings as magnitude 8.3 earthquake hits Chile

17-Sep-2015 | By Emily Ashwell

Five people have died and one million people have been evacuated, according to the government of Chile.

Geotechnical features

Shieldhall tunnel

Shieldhall tunnel: Street and narrow

23-Nov-2015 | Updated: 24-Nov-2015 | By

With just the width of a residential street in which to deliver the start of a £100M tunnelling project in Glasgow, logistics and planning proved to be critical.

Lerwick Harbour

Marine: Island mission at Lerwick Harbour

2-Nov-2015 | Updated: 3-Nov-2015 | By NCE Editorial

Bam Nuttall and sister company Bam Ritchies have been charged with improving Lerwick harbour’s deep-water facilities in a move that will boost the Shetland Islands capacity to service the region’s offshore oil and gas industry.

Dollar Wharf

Temporary works: Props forward

21-Sep-2015 | By NCE Editorial

With construction activity, especially in London, reaching pre-recession levels, Mabey Hire has launched a new major projects division to deal with demand for temporary propping projects. Report prepared in association with Mabey Hire.

JCB  4CX piling master

Rigged to dig: New JCB excavator and piling rig

21-Sep-2015 | By NCE Editorial

JCB’s road legal piling machine combines state of the art excavator technology with a powerful rotary drill head.

Across the mines: Heads of the Valley dualling project

4-Sep-2015 | By Katherine Smale

Ground riddled with mine working, wildlife and earth dams all presented challenges to contractors working on the Heads of the Valley dualling project in South Wales.

Farringdon Crossrail

Geotechnical: High speed sentry

24-Aug-2015 | By Katherine Smale

Crossrail is creating deep cavernous spaces underground right in the heart of central London. Here we look at how the project has coped with processing the massive amount of complex data produced to monitor the ground and surrounding buildings.

Martin Blower

Contractors could ignore sustainability during the recession – but not any longer

9-Dec-2014 | By Martin Blower

Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.

Shaking hands

Better – by association

11-Nov-2014 | By Martin Blower

The Federation of Piling Specialists, as its name suggests, represents foundation contractors – those directly involved in piling and geotechnical works on construction sites – it not only promotes best practice, but also ensures that through regular audits its members operate to the highest level of professionalism and quality.

Phrased repair

Infrastructure in 2014: Balancing risk and cost

Geotechnical failures present big risks to people, infrastructure and budgets, so managing assets to mitigate against the need for emergency action should be the preferred option, but it is one few clients are opting for.

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