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Mark Hansford

Assess the real impact of current spending on roads

14-Apr-2014

A new generation of motorway opened this Monday.

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UK contractors appear to have caught a foreign chill

8-Apr-2014

NCE has to be the bearer of bad news this week, as we have to report how you - the British construction industry - have collectively disappointed a major European client.

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Victorian values needed to tackle climate change risk

27 March 2014

“Human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems.” That is the opening sentence of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Summary for Policymakers, published this week alongside its Fifth Assessment Report.

The best businesses are not necessarily those that make the biggest profits

27 March 2014

Civil engineering consultancy is now truly a global business. If you doubt this - well just look at this year’s Consultants File. The 227 firms listed this year generated a total of £21.5bn in consultancy fees around the world last year.

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We must tackle casual sexism to address the gender gap

20 March 2014

It turns out I’m institutionally sexist. My colleague Margo spotted that while proof-reading my analysis piece on the Big Bang Fair.

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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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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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International Tunnelling Awards 2013: Driving Innovation

5 December 2013

The winners of the 2013 NCE International Tunnelling Awards were announced last week to the largest ever audience at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London. NCE reports

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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.

Email me: mark.hansford@emap.com

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Fair payment charter could spell end of project bank accounts

14-Apr-2014

The launch of a new fair payment charter that would see suppliers paid within 30 days could spell the end for project bank accounts, the government’s construction tsar has said.

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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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Lafarge Tarmac’s Cyrille Ragoucy sets out his strategy

13-Mar-2014

Lafarge Tarmac chief executive Cyrille Ragoucy is in an ebullient mood. Having been at the helm for just over a year - the giant joint venture between the UK operations of Lafarge and Anglo American began trading as Lafarge Tarmac on 7 January 2013 - he is confident that his firm is ready to make a serious impact.

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