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New engineering giants must provide cures, not treatments for infrastructure ailments

5-Aug-2014

Another week, another merger. OK, Arcardis buying Hyder is not quite in the same league as Aecom buying URS, but it is further proof, if any were needed, of the move in our industry towards a select few global firms controlling most of the consultancy market.

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Engineering will never be the same again

23-Jul-2014

The world of UK engineering is changing fast; and two significant events in the last week serve to highlight just how fast.

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Scrap patch and mend and think long term instead

10 July 2014

Watching the world’s finest cyclists gliding along the super-smooth roads of North and South Yorkshire this weekend you’d be hard pressed to see why the UK is heading firmly towards a highways maintenance crisis.

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The battle for talent is the industry’s big challenge

3 July 2014

By my rough reckoning, rail projects worth in excess of £100bn were outlined and discussed at NCE’s UK Rail conference last week. Speaker after speaker took to the stage to highlight opportunities from High Speed 2 to Crossrail 2, the Northern Hub to the Northern Line Extension, and the Midlands Metro to the Manchester Metrolink.

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Changing technology is changing our skillsets

26 June 2014

By 2050 the world’s population is forecast to grow from around 7bn to around 9bn. Of these 9bn, some 75% are likely to live in urban environments, up from 50% in 2010.

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Worst in Europe for employing women – UK civil engineering must spark change

18-Mar-2014

Engineers are in huge demand worldwide - yet the number of young people joining the profession is in decline. What is to be done?

BIM: Industry risks losing out to foreign competition by failing to share ideas

Why don’t we share our innovative ideas?

10 October 2013

Sharing innovations is vital if UK construction is going to take on the world. So why is everyone so afraid of it?

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Water prepares for a new age of procurement

14 March 2013

This year is set to be busy for contractors and consultants alike. The biggest year of capital spend in the £22bn AMP5 programme coincides with clients coming to market to start negotiations for AMP6, the next round of asset management planning between 2016 and 2020.

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Why box ticking is causing procurement chaos

7 February 2013

Since the start of the year NCE’s news pages have been filled with accounts of a succession of procurement problems. Mark Hansford learns how box ticking has replaced engineering judgement.

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Written in the cloud

6-Dec-2012

“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”

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Written in the cloud

6 December 2012

“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”

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Rail: Tours to Bordeaux High Speed

13-May-2014

Innovative bridge construction and rail laying technologies are being deployed in southern France to speed construction of the new Bordeaux-Tours high speed rail line. Mark Hansford reports from Poitiers.

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Material savings: Mersey Gateway

14-Apr-2014

It has been revealed that the Spanish-led Merseylink consortium is to build the 2.13km-long Mersey Gateway bridge for £250M less than budgeted. Mark Hansford talks to the design team behind the saving.

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Infrastructure BIM is coming along fast

5 December 2013

Last month NCE joined forces with sister title the Architect’s Journal to co-host a live webinar analysing the industry’s progress towards the government-mandated Level 2 adoption of BIM. The view was there is still a long way to go.

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Mark Hansford is Interim Editor of New Civil Engineer.


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Brief biography


I am a qualified civil engineer with more than 20 years construction industry experience; 13 as a journalist with NCE. Since joining NCE in 2000, I have been the first construction journalist into Iraq following the second Gulf War, was on the scene in tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, reported on a fatal bridge collapse in Portugal, covered a tunnel blaze in Baltimore, and exposed fundamental design failings in the Windsor's Jubilee River.

Awards include IBP Young Journalist of the Year 2001, News Reporter of the Year 2003 and Construction/Infrastructure Writer of the Year 2013.

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Graduate Awards 2014

Now open for entries – NCE's Graduate of the Year Awards 2014

5-Aug-2014

If you, or someone you know, graduated with a civil engineering - or related - degree in 2013, now is your chance to share in a record £4,000 prize pot -plus a room full of praise from senior industry professionals -by entering New Civil Engineer’s Graduate Awards 2014.

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Crossrail: from civils to systems - CEO Andrew Wolstenholme on preparing for an operational railway

29-May-2014

Tunnelling work is now nearly complete on Europe’s largest infrastructure project and to celebrate this NCE is poised to publish its fourth Crossrail major project report. Setting the scene, chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme reflects on the achievements so far and looks ahead to the work still to be done.

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NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Mott MacDonald

10-Apr-2014

The choice of UK-owned Mott MacDonald as NCE/ACE Global Consultant of the Year could have proved controversial. But the facts of the matter are that Mott MacDonald is thriving as a truly global business.

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NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Peter Brett Associates

10-Apr-2014

Peter Brett Associates had an incredible 2013, growing organically and by acquisition as part of a five year strategy. As a result it stood out as NCE/ACE Consultant of the Year (250 to 2,500 employees).  

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