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Comment | Infrastructure projects depend on clarity

23-Nov-2015 | Updated: 24-Nov-2015

Three interesting surveys and reports out this week; just days ahead of Spending Review 2015 when we will find out the extent of cuts to key infrastructure budgets such as transport and flood defence.

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Comment: Is physics A-level a civils prerequisite?


Much angst abounds around the dearth of skilled engineers in our profession. But there seems to be limited creative thinking around solving the issue.

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Comment | Get ready for contractor domination


I’m taking a punt this week. I’m writing this an hour before judging gets underway for NCE’s Graduate of the Year Awards. And my punt is that all six finalists are going to be absolutely fantastic: technically astute; technologically aware; globally focused and truly inspirational.

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Let’s pray for a new age of bold action


Bam Nuttall celebrated 150 years of trading this week, one of two major UK civils firms to be marking that milestone this year (the second being Costain).

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Comment: Collaboration is the key to success


The biggest and best British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) to date took place last week in London. More than 1,100 of the industry’s elite gathered to celebrate construction and engineering excellence from the last year.

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News analysis from Mark Hansford

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.”


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News that Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke have agreed final terms for the main civil engineering works on Hinkley Point C will trigger another skills stampede in the industry.

John Armitt

Interview: Incoming ICE President Sir John Armitt on engineers, innovation and equality


Incoming ICE President Sir John Armitt has strong views on the profession’s need to embrace technology, take responsibility for training and open up to broader, more diverse skills.

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.

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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Key figures set out 2016 BIM targets


Government departments will be making “progressively more” use of supply chain building information modeling (BIM) data for business activities by 3 October next year, it was revealed today.

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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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