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Expert opinion from the industry's biggest names and your views from NCE's Letters page.

Heathrow's third runway by night

Comment | The airport expansion debate goes on

3-Jul-2015 | By

So, the bookies were wrong. It’s Heathrow. Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has clearly recommended a new north eastern runway be built at Heathrow. So that’s that then, isn’t it

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Sara Thiam

Getting the balance right

22-Jun-2015 | By Sara Thiam

Getting gender equality requires a sustained effort on many fronts.

Steve Feeley

Embracing our technicians

15-Jun-2015 | By Steve Feeley

Now is the time for industry-wide change.

London skyline

Britain needs a grand masterplan to keep up with population growth

5-May-2015 | By Tim Chapman

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.

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How we can future-proof our profession.

Broadband for the rural north

Devolved powers will be crucial to modernise UK infrastructure


A local approach to infrastructure planning could generate greater efficiencies and exploit synergies argues Richard Dawson, chair of earth systems, Newcastle University

John Laverty

Tackling the skills gap

9-Mar-2015 | By John Laverty

Momentum must be built on.

Richard Kirk

The importance of mentoring

5 March 2015 | By Richard Kirk

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.

Miranda Housden

Fighting the case for infrastructure

2-Feb-2015 | By Miranda Housden

The ICE is launching a pre-election infrastructure campaign.

Recognition at last

2-Feb-2015 | By Tony Gould

New status for temporary works engineers.

Susan Claris

Why it's time for the passionate pedestrian


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.

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Identifying good leadership skills upfront will be key to delivering great infrastructure

16-Jan-2015 | By Alasdair Reisner

There can be little doubt that the outlook for the infrastructure sector is looking more positive than it has for many years.

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London Bridge

Make the most of infrastructure opportunities by embracing change

13-Jan-2015 | By Graham Reid

Now that we are truly entrenched in 2015, I cannot help noticing a prevailing sense of change in the air.


All roads need cash

8 January 2015 | By Paul Fleetham

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.

Water pipes

Think in 3D in 2015

19-Dec-2014 | By Andrew Collett

The water industry is changing and we need to adapt. And innovate.  And create. With 2015 and AMP6 around the corner, we need to make sure we’re delivering efficiency and working collaboratively to ensure we’re not left behind.

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Adrian Coy

Our vision for the future

17-Dec-2014 | By Adrian Coy

ICE’s plans for improving membership

Godmanchester work underway

Letters: Commitment was key to flood scheme delivery


Godmanchester: Good community relations and tenacious approach to securing funding


Letters: Water shortages need imaginative solutions


Drought: Is water transfer the best solution for the UK?

San Andreas

Letters: Professional review and site experience


Recent debate in NCE on the need for young engineers to have site experience reflects our diverse profession. Civil engineering is a varied industry encompassing a wide variety of different specialisms, and the ICE’s requirements for professional qualification reflect this.

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