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Somerset pumping

Keeping flooding at the top of the agenda

26-Jan-2015

“Where’s the Engineering Judgement?” That’s what NCE screamed from its front cover one year ago this week.

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Balfour Beatty crisis: schoolboy errors or lessons for us all?

22-Jan-2015

Today we discovered what’s gone wrong with Balfour Beatty – or at least what’s gone wrong according to accounting giant KPMG.

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Roads: Asset management will end patch and mend

16-Jan-2015

As lobbying ahead of the looming General Election gathers pace, much focus in our world will inevitably centre around the big, national infrastructure projects.

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Regulator must learn London Bridge lessons

14-Jan-2015

Oh dear. Second Leader of the year; second leader that has to address rail chaos brought on by planned engineering works. This time the chaos was at London Bridge station, where last week the British Transport Police had to be brought in to control crowds after three days of dangerous overcrowding in and around the station concourse.

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Regulator ignores practicalities of rail work

5-Jan-2015

Network Rail’s investigations into what exactly went wrong just north of London’s Kings Cross and west of Paddington over Christmas are now firmly underway and it’s best not to prejudge the findings.

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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.”

Nigel Curry

Rhead Group: Passion for growth

26-Jan-2015

Nigel Curry is not your ordinary engineering boss. For a start, he’s not yet 40. He’s also shot at tanks and built a nuclear submarine. Now he is chief executive of rapidly growing programme management specialist Rhead Group.

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British Construction Industry Awards: The industry's leading recognition event now open for entries

15 January 2015

Recognising and rewarding “exemplars of excellence” in building and civil engineering projects is the remit of the British Construction Industry Awards. So don’t miss out. Mark Hansford explains why it has never been more important to enter.

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Engtechs: Qualified success

13-Jan-2015

As a pan-industry campaign to dramatically boost the number of engineering technicians enters its second year, Mark Hansford explores the reasons behind the move and weighs up progress so far.

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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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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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