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Under Pressure | Eurasia TunnelSubscription
The Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project may not blow all the obvious tunnelling records out the water but it had to navigate awkward marine deposits, volcanic rock, seismic threats and extreme high water pressure working conditions.
When tunnel boring machines hit a problem, the challenge is notoriously a difficult one. On the Eurasia Tunnel project in Istanbul, for the first time, manufacturer Herrenknecht had to come up with a maintenance solution that could work in extremely deep conditions.
In among all the noise surrounding the nightmare problems to hit the Forth Road Bridge in recent weeks appeared one particularly frustrating tidbit.
Skills Round Table | Sowing the seedsSubscription
How the construction industry addresses the looming skills shortage was the subject of the recent NCE/Costain round table discussion.
New chief named for Infrastructure bodySubscription
Chancellor George Osborne has named Phil Graham chief executive of the National Infrastructure Commission.
Flood damaged railway reopensSubscription
Repairs to a flood-damaged stretch of railway north of Carlisle have enabled the track to reopen to regular speed trains today.
London buses go greener with cooking oil wasteSubscription
Almost a third of London’s bus fleet will soon be running on a greener blend of diesel, resulting in CO2 emissions reducing by 21,000t each year.
The Californian Hyperloop could revolutionise travel and undermine the validity of spending multiple billions on high speed rail systems worldwide, according to one of the futuristic transport scheme’s prominent developers.
Comment | Your chance to be part of the futureSubscription
The silly season is upon us as the summer months see regular policy announcements slow down and more obscure stories dominate headlines in all the media.But silly can sometimes not only be amusing but can actually be rather useful – even in the world of engineering.That’s the thought that kept leaping to mind when I went to the opening of a new exhibition at the Building Centre in central London late last month.
Future technology: Breaking new groundSubscription
Building information modelling and big data are throwing up new opportunities for civil engineering firms.
The efficiency programme at Network Rail is beginning to yield results but the work is also highlighting what is left to be done.
With political conviction for High Speed 2 (HS2) faltering behind the scenes at Westminster there is a rise in favour of resurrecting plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport.
Tunnels under the Atlantic, High Speed 5 and Apple in charge of the world – all of which are possibilities for the next 40 years as far as civil engineers are concerned.
We’re used to the age old friction between architects and engineers, but in these unrelenting economic doldrums the clash of ideals between what is iconic and what is affordable or appropriate is heightening.
There’s no question that the UK’s lingering economic troubles keep stifling the construction industry but, in the dawn of a global economy, can and should engineering firms be doing more to exploit overseas opportunities?
A flurry of new nuclear announcements last week combined to send out the clear message that the UK is finally set for such developments to actually get built.
In the past fortnight there has been a surge in chatter about the prospects of mega-transport schemes High Speed 2 and the Thames Estuary airport. But still the government faces the question of how to fund these projects while keeping taxpayers happy or, alternatively, how to entice a risk-averse private sector to get on board.
Last week’s revelation that 119 bidders had won cash from the second round of the government’s Regional Growth Funding (RGF) may have given them cause to celebrate but for others it served as a stark reminder that there will be little of the same forthcoming from central government.
As the party conference season drew to a close last week those looking for consistent — and reassuring — infrastructure policy from the main political players were left wanting.
High Speed 2 (HS2) this week seemed to move a step closer to being a done deal but there remain many unanswered questions.