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Say it out loud, you’re feminist and proud

30-Sep-2014 | By

Efforts to tackle our industry’s chronic gender imbalance edged forward this week with news that leaders of 20 of the UK’s top science, technology, engineering and manufacturing companies have signed up to a 10 point plan aimed at boosting the retention and development of women employees.

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Awards: Bigger and Better

25-Sep-2014 | By NCE Editorial

NCE reveals the shortlists for two more categories for the upcoming British Construction Industry Awards - the major building and civil engineering awards.

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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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 | By , Yemesi Sofolarin

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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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 on 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

Roads should be better, not bigger

25-Sep-2014 | By Andrew Allen

In his Autumn Statement this December, the Chancellor will announce details of the first ‘Road Investment Strategy’ (RIS). Controversially this first RIS will cover not only maintenance spending, but will see the budget for road construction rise 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.

David Hollingsworth

Graduate investment will breed confidence in industry

12-Sep-2014 | By David Hollingsworth

The cyclical nature of property development has made it difficult to create a stable and sustainable pipeline of graduate opportunities and skills investment. This crucial, but often overlooked sector, demands a particular mix of technical skills, pragmatism and commerciality, much of which can only really be trained “on the job“.

Peter Rolton

Independence v oil dependence

4-Sep-2014 | By Peter Rolton

The Scottish independence referendum finally happens next week, with an accompanying debate that grows more convoluted by the day. Both sides of the argument have long since reached fever pitch, with the ‘Yes’ team calling foul play over British government’s refusal to allow an independent Scotland access to sterling currency and the ‘No’ team claiming that the (Scottish National Party) SNP will falter when it comes to joining the European Union as a separate state.

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Tim Chapman

Too rigourous procurement can cost clients true engineering spirit and innovation

3-Sep-2014

A revelatory moment in my thinking about procurement was when over a dinner Sir William McAlpine, of the famed construction dynasty, gave me a short extract from a John Ruskin essay.

Alex Goodfellow

Can offsite construction fill the affordable housing gap?

21-Aug-2014 | By Alex Goodfellow

We need more houses in the UK, especially affordable homes. One estimate of the gap between what we have and what we need is as high as 290,000 new homes. That’s a considerable challenge.

Dominic Briance

Will the consolidation of the engineering consulting market reshape the industry?

21-Aug-2014 | By Dominic Briance

The recent announcement of Aecom’s acquisition of URS, followed quickly by news of approaches to purchase Hyder by Arcadis and Nippon Koei, continues the trend towards consolidation in the engineering consulting market. These events have the potential to radically reshape the industry and significantly impact the talent landscape.

Richard Ratcliffe

Totally Totex – we need to think differently

8-Aug-2014 | By Richard Ratcliff

The water industry is not immune from the attention of government and regulator in the drive to get all utilities to deliver better value for their customers.

Tim Chapman

The capital's transport revolution refuses to slow down

29-Jul-2014 | By Tim Chapman

Over the past two decades, London has been transformed by a transport revolution. Great new places have been created and existing centres have been reanimated by a massive expansion and reinvigoration of public transport provision across London.

Dave Williams

The absurdity of other countries building EfW plants for UK waste

28-Jul-2014 | By Dave Williams

Many of us have spent small fortunes developing our energy businesses, be it wind, wave, nuclear new build, decommissioning or waste and recycling. The rate at which projects are coming to market is disappointing to say the least. 

Peter Rolton

Switching off the power to keep the lights switched on

28-Jul-2014 | By Peter Rolton

Starting this winter and continuing for the next four years, the National Grid is planning to offer financial rewards to the UK’s heaviest energy users in return for cutting their consumption at peak times.


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