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Comment | A profession that needs to grow up

24-Aug-2015 | Updated: 24-Aug-2015

Does the fact that just 8% of gay engineers feel comfortable being open about their sexuality on construction sites really come as a surprise? Or that 60% of gay men and women engineers have heard homophobic comments in the workplace in the last 12 months?


Comment | Let’s hear more innovation stories

27-Jul-2015 | Updated: 27-Jul-2015

Back in May, I wrote asking: where are all our creative thinkers (NCE 14 May)? Civil engineers who are pushing boundaries and showing a new generation that our profession is chock full of enterprising spirit. I’m not sure what I was expecting, and probably wasn’t expecting to be inundated. And I’d have been right - I wasn’t.


Comment | You’ve got the work. Now train.


The skills shortage. It’s back, and back with a bang. And that’s not me saying that, its roads minister Andrew Jones. He told NCE’s UK Roads 2015 conference this week his biggest worry now is that our industry will be unable to deliver on the government’s ambitious roads programme.

Heathrow's third runway by night

Comment | The airport expansion debate goes on


So, the bookies were wrong. It’s Heathrow. Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has clearly recommended a new north eastern runway be built at Heathrow. So that’s that then, isn’t it

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Big Bang

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


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?


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.


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.


Written in the cloud


“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.”


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.”

Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O'Sullivan: getting hands on at Highways England


Drilling a customer focused mindset into engineers at Highways England and its suppliers is the top and toughest task for new boss Jim O’Sullivan. He talks in depth to Mark Hansford on the challenges ahead.

Nimes to Montpellier high speed line

Nimes-Montpellier high speed rail link: Twenty minute test


Snaking its way across the Languedoc landscape in southern France the Nîmes-Montpellier bypass is an innovative concept for a new high speed rail line.

David Balmforth

Interview: David Balmforth, change bringer


ICE President David Balmforth set out to be “sensibly challenging” to the profession in his year in office. Here is an update.

Mark Hansford

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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HS2 boss Higgins hits back at 'depressing' design jibe


High speed rail project promoter HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins has hit back at criticisms levelled in the architectural press at his project’s planned use of standardisation as a means to boost efficiency.

Andrew Wolstenholme

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


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.

East Side Access: Major project in New York

NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Mott MacDonald


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


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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