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BCIA 2014

Awards should reflect diversity efforts too

16 October | By

There was just one thing awry with an otherwise stonking British Construction Industry Awards last week. And I’m a bit sad about it.

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Lifted in: The composite deck was manufactured off site

Composite structures slowly gain ground

3-Sep-2014 | By Will Mann

Last week, a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge was installed over the River Frome at Frampton Cotterell near Bristol.

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Vauxhall leads the way

Tackle detractors head on to build confidence in industry

20-Oct-2014 | By Miles Ashley

I simply don’t believe that the issues of equality can be solved by short term measures. If we want sustainable progress, and a better future, we have to get down to the very hard work at school level.

Bill McElroy

Intelligent clients mean successful projects

20-Oct-2014 | By Bill McElroy

How often do you hear the phrase “we want to be an intelligent client”? At first glance it’s a vague-sounding notion. After all, I have yet to meet a client who aspired to be stupid.

Phil Bernstein

Training engineers for the innovation economy

20-Oct-2014 | By Phil Bernstein

There’s a renewed interest in making things among today’s generation of students. Whether they’re training as software developers, product designers, architects or engineers, making has once again become cool, as design and science, technology engineering and mathematics courses fill and a global “innovation economy” emerges.

Tony Gould

Engineering judgement

15-Oct-2014 | By Tony Gould

Design software: help or hindrance?

Tim Chapman

Infrastructure can unite us all

10-Oct-2014 | By Tim Chapman

While we may marvel at the speed and alacrity with which China has expanded its high speed rail network, its progress in road building has been even more impressive. In 2012 and 2013, China opened more than 10,000km of new expressway (motorway) each year and this year already more than a further 8,000km has been opened. 

Steve Hesketh

Bright future

8-Oct-2014 | By Steve Hesketh

Civils graduates future in a digital age.

Daniel Hayes

U-Turn for the SuDS campaign bus?

3-Oct-2014 | By Daniel Hayes

Is the government about to do a U-turn on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)? Further consultation, recently released by Defra and DCLG on an alternative to the Flood and Water Management Act’s proposals for sustainable drainage, certainly suggests so.

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Tony Gould

Unnecessary stress

1-Oct-2014 | By Tony Gould

Eurocodes and temporary works.

Young talent needs our help

1-Oct-2014 | By David Johns

Safeguarding a place for our future engineers

Elspeth Finch

Over the horizon

30-Sep-2014 | By Elspeth Finch

New materials are shaping the future.

Martin McCann

The world needs more local heroes

26-Sep-2014 | By Martin McCann

On World Humanitarian Day last month I noted the theme for this year was calling for more humanitarian heroes. The world needed them – and still needs them – but the world needs more.  It needs local heroes. Skilled local heroes, who know the area better than anyone else.

Martin Blower

It’s a dirty job, and somebody’s got to do it. But who?

26-Sep-2014 | By Martin Blower

I read with interest recently a couple of articles about the challenges facing the construction sector as it bounces back to sustained growth. Bumper orders books sound great, these articles proclaim, but at the same time they warn about material and plant shortages.

Graham Clelan

New contract model holds key to reaping offsite manufacture benefits

26-Sep-2014 | By Graham Cleland

Offsite manufacture sits at the heart of the UK Government’s Construction 2025 ambitions. Many sectors are turning to this approach in ever-increasing numbers to drive down construction costs by a third; speed up delivery by 50%; halve greenhouse gas emissions; and increase exports by 50% – four demanding targets of the initiative.

Andrew Allen

Spend more in reducing roads impact

25-Sep-2014 | By Andrew Allen

In his Autumn Statement this December, chancellor George Osborne will announce details of the first Road Investment Strategy (RIS). Controversially this will not only cover maintenance spending, but will increase the budget for road construction from £1.5bn in 2014-15 to £3.8bn in 2020-21.

Giles Perkins

What do we want for transportation in our urban areas?

12-Sep-2014 | By Giles Perkins

Few would argue that transport is the lifeblood of any city – a vibrant economy depends on the efficient movement of people, goods and data.


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