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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. The establishment of Treasury body Infrastructure UK (IUK) has made thge government up its game in supporting delivery and the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) has highlighted the investment potential of the UK’s infrastructure market.

London building site

Private sector skills for public sector projects

26-Nov-2014 | Updated: 30-Oct-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.

Dawlish train

Time for proper funding of the South West's rail lifeline

24-Nov-2014 | By Andrew Leadbetter

Where in the UK has there been a 123% increase in rail passenger numbers over the past 11 years, double the national average, but only a £41 per head investment in rail, compared to £100 per head across the whole of England?.

School children

We're engineers - of course we can sell our trade to young people

16-Nov-2014 | By John Patch

There have been many suggestions in NCE that we should be getting the “Opportunities in Construction” message across the school children at pre-subject choice stage.

Scaffolding

Eurocodes can't satisfy safety alone

12-Nov-2014 | Updated: 30-Oct-2014 | By Barry Johnson

It is often said that temporary works designers need to get to grips with Eurocodes, and there are fundamental differences in the way temporary and permanent works should be designed. But this is too simplistic.

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Shaking hands

Better – by association

11-Nov-2014 | By Martin Blower

The Federation of Piling Specialists, as its name suggests, represents foundation contractors – those directly involved in piling and geotechnical works on construction sites – it not only promotes best practice, but also ensures that through regular audits its members operate to the highest level of professionalism and quality.

Traffic on M6

Future road building based on outdated trends

24-Oct-2014 | By Andrew Allen

As ever, there has been plenty of rumour about what is likely to be announced in the Autumn Statement. Damaging road schemes are set to be a key part.

Glasgow building site

What next for Scottish infrastructure investment?

23-Oct-2014 | By Mark Johnston

For those in the Scottish infrastructure sector, is the referendum decision good for business?

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?

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