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NCE Graduate Award winner Sophie McPhillips

Feminism and pride: key engineer qualities

16-Dec-2014

There’s an awful lot to digest in NCE this week (we reckon it’s our biggest issue ever), and I’d of course invite you to read it all: incorporating our future-looking Infrastructure in 2015 report, we hope you’ll find it packed full of inspiring ideas around future technologies and technical excellence.

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Grasp government roads opportunities

4 December 2014

Two hugely important things strike me about England’s mega £15.7bn roads programme, full details of which were unveiled this week.

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We must grasp technology opportunities

25-Nov-2014

A new web app was launched last week by pollsters YouGov. It allows users to view target audience profiles of companies.

Professor John Burland

We need to go to the trenches to back youth

19-Nov-2014

Trust in youth. That was the first of three poignant messages from Imperial College London emeritus professor John Burland last week in an inspiring keynote address at NCE sister title Ground Engineering’s Next Generation Awards.

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Highways frameworks signal exciting times

13 November 2014

So prime minister David Cameron has pledged to create 100 major road construction projects over the next seven years. Describing it as “nothing less than a roads revolution”, the schemes will form part of a multi-billion pound investment in roads promised by the coalition for the next Parliament.

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News analysis from Mark Hansford

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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.”

Improving infrastructure round table

Delivery dynamos: Improving infrastructure delivery

26-Nov-2014

Improving project delivery is the remit of the newly named Infrastructure Client Group. Can it succeed? And what help does it need? Mark Hansford reviews NCE’s first Improving Infrastructure Delivery in Practice round table discussion.

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Lifeboat Centre Poole: How to launch excellence

5-Nov-2014

In possibly its most ambitious project yet, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is building a lifeboat building centre that - it hopes - will become a world class centre of engineering excellence, as Mark Hansford discovers.

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Greg Bentley on BIM: Onto the next level

28-Oct-2014

Technology is fundamentally changing what future engineers will do. At the forefront of that change are software firms like Bentley Systems. Chief executive Greg Bentley tells Mark Hansford why engineers should be excited.

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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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Ramboll CEO announces Environ acquisition

Ramboll UK environment team doubles with acquisition of US environmental consultant Environ

17-Dec-2014

Danish consultancy giant Ramboll’s UK environment operation is set to to more than double to 380 following the firm’s acquisition today of US-based environmental consultant Environ.

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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.

East Side Access: Major project in New York

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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