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The awesome responsibility of civil engineers and civil engineering has been brought home in a sobering few days for the industry this week.
Comment | How did you get into civils?Subscription
The role of the civil engineer has changed. Civils teams are made up of a vibrant mix of disciplines – a far cry from the traditional teams of engineers, designers and quantity surveyors of the past.
Water scarcity as a feminism issue? Yes, it’s true. Looking at pictures of the 1976 standpipes in the street which feature in one of the articles for this month’s Where’s the Water theme, one thing immediately strikes – those pictured doing the fetching and carrying with the buckets were exclusively women.
Where's the water? | Tackling scarcitySubscription
The world runs on water. Clean, reliable water supplies are vital for industry, agriculture, and energy production. Every community and ecosystem on Earth depends on water for sanitation, hygiene, and daily survival.
Comment | Crying out for investmentSubscription
Power and water. Whether we’re talking the UK or the world, power and water are – without question – the two most pressing infrastructure needs. Yet worryingly, they are the two forms of infrastructure that are being addressed the least.
Industry leaders have urged project leaders to throw a light on engineering achievements by entering the British Construction Industry Awards.
Comment | Are you having a laugh?Subscription
“You must be having a laugh!” So said many of you in response to April’s High Speed issue when we suggested that High Speed 2 could be used as a launchpad for British engineers to lead the world in high speed.
Winter floods infrastructure damage put at £250MSubscription
Nearly £250M in damage was caused to key infrastructure by this winter’s flooding, new research from the Local Government Association has revealed.
Underwhelming. Underwhelming and bewildering. That seemed to be the general response to this week’s near-concurrent launches of new five-year plans for national infrastructure delivery and the government’s construction strategy
Your View | A crunching carbon specialSubscription
New Civil Engineer’s Crunching Carbon feature challenged engineers to wake up to realities of climate change and accept their role in tackling it. The challenge has provoked strong debate.
“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.”
Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.
The stock of the engineer as innovator is rising, driven by client demands for better cost and time certainty on increasingly complex projects. So much so that it is prompting enlightened consultants seriously rethink attitudes to research and development and the way they treat their technically-minded engineers.
While the South East airport capacity debate centres on a Heathrow third runway versus Boris Island in the Thames Estuary, Gatwick is coolly making an understated case for the next new runway to head its way.
Fear of recreating mistakes of the past is the biggest threat to prime minister David Cameron’s bold vision to drag England’s roads into the 21st century, aided by vast slugs of private money.
Britain stands ready to embark on new era of light rail through tram-trains, but the age old problem of skyrocketing construction costs threatens to derail the dream before a new tram even leaves the depot.
New plans to devolve transport funding decisions to local transport bodies are good for the government’s localism agenda, but they could signal the death of big schemes.
Last year’s warning from industry leaders to merge, be acquired or go under may have seemed bold and frightening talk, but 2012 shows no sign that the underlying business prerogative of the last few years – get bigger to offer a one-stop shop or be bought – is about to change. Nor is the fact that there are some vulnerable firms out there.
The next three years will see many civil engineering contractors go to the wall unless clients take responsibility for the situation and ease the pressure on cash flow and project risk.
As UK-centric consultant Mouchel battles with its banks, Halcrow prepares for life as part of US giant CH2M Hill’s world and URS gets ready to consign the Scott Wilson brand to history, the benefit to UK firms of consolidating with global giants seems all too apparent. But is such a path guaranteed to be paved with gold?