Does the fact that just 8% of gay engineers feel comfortable being open about their sexuality on construction sites really come as a surprise? Or that 60% of gay men and women engineers have heard homophobic comments in the workplace in the last 12 months?
The silly season is upon us as the summer months see regular policy announcements slow down and more obscure stories dominate headlines in all the media.
Widening membership and knowledge.
Getting gender equality requires a sustained effort on many fronts.
Now is the time for industry-wide change.
London’s population had shrank to just 6.7M people in 1988, but then the city started growing again. The 2011 London Plan expected it to take a further ten years for the city’s population to reach 8.4M – instead growth accelerated and it took just two years, with that level being reached in mid 2013, and currently increasing by 110,000 people every year.
How we can future-proof our profession.
A local approach to infrastructure planning could generate greater efficiencies and exploit synergies argues Richard Dawson, chair of earth systems, Newcastle University
Momentum must be built on.
I recently came across the autobiography of the former chief technology officer of Intel, Pat Gelsinger, and as I flicked through the first few pages I was surprised to see a chapter given to the topic of mentoring.
The ICE is launching a pre-election infrastructure campaign.
New status for temporary works engineers.
The words passionate and pedestrian do not often appear in the same sentence. While other modes of transport have their enthusiasts (the train spotters, petrol heads etc of this world), walking is something that does not usually excite.
There can be little doubt that the outlook for the infrastructure sector is looking more positive than it has for many years.
Now that we are truly entrenched in 2015, I cannot help noticing a prevailing sense of change in the air.
Government plans to invest £15bn in a major road building programme and £6bn in local roads over the course of the next parliament are welcome. However, there remains a real danger that the strategic and local road networks are being treated in isolation.
Wallasea Island: More than 3Mt of waste from Crossrail have been used to create wetland habitats
HS2: Savings could contribute to NHS funds