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Let’s press on with the Thames Tideway

16-Sep-2014

Little surprise last Friday when the £4bn-plus Thames Tideway Tunnel got the green light from ministers. Communities secretary Eric Pickles and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss concluded that the 25km long tunnel is the best way to stop frequent, untreated sewage discharges into the river.

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Takeovers focus attention on big issues

9-Sep-2014

Business stories continued to dominate the news last week, with four of the top five most read stories on NCE’s website all related to Aecom’s acquisition of URS or WSP’s purchase of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB).

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Where to, now the widened M25 is full again?

3-Sep-2014

I’ve had a nagging doubt about the M25 motorway for some time. I suppose the clues have been there - taking as standard a looping detour via Guildford, Aldershot and Bracknell to hit the M4 from south London just to avoid the Heathrow section is certainly a big one.

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Japanese expertise is nothing to be afraid of

21 August 2014

Here’s a company I quite like the sound of: “Established in 1946, we specialise in engineering consultancy and power engineering. Since foundation, the company has adhered to a policy of contributing to society through technology. Since our first overseas venture, a hydroelectric power project in Myanmar in 1954, we have participated in a broad variety of sophisticated development projects worldwide. Committed to responsible corporate citizenship, our employees dedicate their efforts ...

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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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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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Middle East: Just a mirage?

16-Sep-2014

A vast array of construction projects makes the Middle East an extremely attractive market to pursue, but as Mark Hansford explains, potential riches are not won without risks.

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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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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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