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

swansea barrage

Don’t let the sceptics shoot down our ambitions

23-Mar-2015 | By

Silt. That appears to be the main engineering reason why Tidal Lagoon Power’s aspiration to generate 8% of the UK’s energy need from an entirely renewable, sustainable source is doomed to fail. That’s according to NCE’s Letters pages this week.

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Garden Bridge

Horticultural challenge of London's Garden Bridge

23-Feb-2015 | By

Any new River Thames crossing in the heart of London faces formidable regulatory constraints.

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

30-Jan-2015

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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Road

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.

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

Modern high rise development

Can new tall buildings keep up with energy regulations?

10-Dec-2014 | By Andrew Bickerdyke

High rise residential buildings are increasingly being designed and built in the UK, and London leads the way, with around 25 residential buildings of 20 storeys or more under construction and around another 80 with planning consent. Many more are in the pipeline.

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.

Traffic

More roads mean more traffic – an inconvenient truth the government has ignored

4-Dec-2014 | By Andrew Allen

The Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity. Despite some positive announcements on devolution, the government’s fetish for ever more roads comes at the expense of both the environment and more effective and better value public transport alternatives.

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Power cables

Germany and Japan are betraying their futures by abandoning nuclear

27-Nov-2014 | By Tim Chapman

Most nations now recognise the catastrophic future for mankind unless there are rapid reductions in the amount of carbon that we chuck merrily into the atmosphere. But how countries achieve this is a matter of some debate.

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Construction site at dusk

UK infrastructure planning still needs attention

26-Nov-2014 | By Simon Grubb

Infrastructure has risen up the political agenda and its role in enabling long-term prosperity has rightly been central to the UK’s economic policy.

London building site

Private sector skills for public sector projects

25-Nov-2014 | By John Pelton

August saw the launch of the Project Leadership Programme (PLP) by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude. Aimed at improving the skills and capability of civil servants who work on government projects, it serves an unique purpose in upskilling the civil service in project management skills. Essential? Yes.


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