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Margo Cole

Margo Cole is a freelance specialist writer

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  • desalination plant

    Where's the water? | Squeezing capacitySubscription

    18 April, 2016Updated: 21 April, 2016

    An estimated 250M people around the world depend on desalination for their clean water supply, and that number is set to increase as populations become more urbanised and groundwater supplies become depleted.

  • concrete pump night shot

    Mabey Hire | Derby energy from wasteSubscription

    14 March, 2016

    Temporary works specialist Mabey Hire has successfully completed one of its largest ever excavation support schemes as part of a major energy from waste project in Derby.

  • south island admiralty

    South East Asia | Challenges of Hong Kong's South Island LineSubscription

    3 February, 2016

    After the successful completion of Hong Kong’s West Island Line extension in 2014, the focus for the territory’s transport operator MTR has shifted to finishing its South Island Line.

  • Rectangular Box Jack TBM

    South East Asia | Singapore's rectangular TBMSubscription

    3 February, 2016

    Singapore has embarked on a huge programme of public transport expansion aimed at encouraging people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The country has an area of just 71,800ha and a growing population, which is currently around 6M.

  • Tuen Mun to Chek Lap Kok tunnel

    South East Asia | Tuen Mun to Chek Lap Kok tunnelSubscription

    3 February, 2016

    One of the most ambitious projects currently under way in Hong Kong is the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link, a new road that will link the New Territories with Lantau and provide a vital alternative route to the airport.

  • Consultants Awards 2015 — open for entriesSubscription

    23 January, 2015

    Entries are now open for the 2015 NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

  • Line of sight:  A 3D animated visualisation of a key six-lane motorway was produced by the Washington State Department of Transportation

    Future Technology: BIM's evolution sees industry revolutionSubscription

    23 December, 2014

    If anyone is looking for evidence of how far the concept of BIM has come in the last few years, it can be found in the words of HS2 Ltd technical director Andrew McNaughton, speaking at a conference organised by infrastructure software specialist Bentley Systems in November.

  • This and right: Formwork companies like RMD Kwikform to produce computer models but these are not often fed into BIM systems

    Future Technology: Making BIM fit the formSubscription

    23 December, 2014

    This may be a legacy of the fact that BIM – shorthand for building information modelling – originally emerged from shared project models, focused very much on ensuring everyone was sharing accurate design information.

  • Resurfacing: Material from worn out roads is increasingly recycled

    Technical Excellence: Creating a circular economy Subscription

    23 December, 2014

    Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more “circular economy”, a clear indication that the concept – which has been discussed in sustainability circles for a few years – is gaining a foothold in mainstream thinking.

  • Water assets: Clients will be looking at more efficiency gains during AMP6

    Technical Excellence: Meeting the efficiency challengeSubscription

    23 December, 2014

    Last week regulator Ofwat was expected to tell water companies the final determination of their business plans for the next five years. While the companies all have different geographies and population characteristics, one thing those business plans have in common is a commitment to making massive efficiency savings.  

All by Margo Cole

Blog posts

  • Margo Cole

    Keeping flood insurance afloat

    The clock is ticking for the government and the insurance industry to agree on a mechanism for funding flooding insurance if thousands of homes are not to be left high and dry without any cover.

    Margo's blog20 April, 2012

  • Margo Cole

    The prudent will plan for climate change

    The government has made great strides in offering its views on the potential catastrophic effects of ignoring climate change, but the debate over preparedness threatens to undermine those very solutions.

    Margo's blog23 February, 2012

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