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Extraordinary bridge engineering of the likes never seen before is verging on becoming a reality in the Nordic fjords, with the world’s first submerged floating bridge one of three radical solutions being worked on right now by Norwegian engineers.
Digital culture change | Amar Hanspal interviewSubscription
A digital revolution that’s as much about culture and behaviour as it is about the technology – that is the overarching need that emerges during New Civil Engineer’s conversation with software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president for products Amar Hanspal.
2012 Aquatics Centre architect Zaha Hadid diesSubscription
World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, known for iconic structures including the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, has died at the age of 65.
High speed team names design partnerSubscription
Consultants WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll have joined the LFM joint venture comprising contractors Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construction and Murphy, as joint design partner.
Under construction flyover collapses in KolkataSubscription
A flyover under construction has collapsed in the Indian city Kolkata, causing fatalities and leaving many more trapped by debris.
Laing appoints infrastructure bossSubscription
Contractor Laing O’Rourke has appointed Kier’s John Wilkinson as its new UK Infrastructure managing director.
Water and infrastructure consultant MWH Global is to be sold to Canadian consultant Stantec in a $793M (£552M) cash deal, it has been revealed today.
Tube projects boss Waboso heads to Network RailSubscription
London Underground capital programmes director David Waboso is to leave the organisation to head up Network Rail’s digital railway directorate.
Easter engineering works battle Storm KatieVideoSubscription
Site workers completed 450 rail engineering projects while Storm Katie caused damage and disruption to the network over the Easter weekend.
East West rail route selectedSubscription
A corridor running between Bedford, Sandy and Cambridge has been selected as the preferred option for the central section of East West Rail.
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.