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Future of Bridges | Maintenance in the spotlightSubscription
Collapse of the Polcevera Viaduct in Genoa has thrown bridge maintenance into the spotlight, after near misses like at Hammersmith in the UK, with engineers calling for more rigorous, predictive regimes.
Structural health monitoring gives assurance that the 54 year-old Forth Road Bridge is in fine form, while machine-learning will soon be predicting where any weaknesses are developing.
Operators of the Polcevera Viaduct which collapsed in Genoa in August claim the damaged structure can be rebuilt in eight months. We assess the options.
Predictive maintenance for Dutch railSubscription
Engineers in the Netherlands have improved rail reliability by taking a new, predictive approach to track maintenance.
Low carbon | Cost equationSubscription
Cutting carbon saves cost. Five years after publication of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, the evidence is compelling.
Rail | Derby Station RemodellingSubscription
Heat and dust presented unexpected challenges this summer, during the three month, £200M remodelling of Derby’s strategically located railway station.
TechFest | Innovation in ActionSubscription
The work of Britain’s most innovative teams and civil engineering companies has been recognised with coveted TechFest Awards at New Civil Engineer’s Festival of Innovation & Technology.
Crossrail has confirmed that Elizabeth Line services between Paddington in central London and Abbey Wood in the south east of the capital will not open until autumn 2019.
Low temperature anaerobic digestionSubscription
An Irish start-up using a pioneering system of low-temperature anaerobic digestion is set to start transforming the way wastewater is treated.
Leeds' inflatable flood defencesSubscription
Two innovative inflatable weirs are protecting Leeds city centre from catastrophic flooding.
Tech Excellence | Building Muscat's new airportSubscription
Exacting designs, and a two year warranty period were among challenges facing contractors building the new airport for Oman’s capital, Muscat.
Tech Excellence | Connecting site and plantSubscription
We are a technology company using connectivity to achieve better business performance for our customers,” explains Onwave managing director Stuart Ladbrook.
Mace's Jumping FactorySubscription
Last year New Civil Engineer brought news of Mace’s NCE100 award winning jumping factory. Twelve months on we return to see whether it has lived up to its promise.
Melbourne viaducts replace level crossingsSubscription
An ambitious programme to remove level crossings from an Australian suburban railway has proved a fertile ground for innovation.
New steel structures guide publishedSubscription
Technical forum Steel Bridge Group’s latest publication supports an efficiency drive spearheaded by Highways England and Network Rail.
Safety | Training with virtual realitySubscription
Virtual reality could be the key to finding meaningful and engaging ways to deliver vital site safety information.
Tech Excellence | Brougham Old BridgeSubscription
Engineers are working on a small but complex project to repair a flood damaged bridge pier in Cumbria.
Expanding Bank Tube stationSubscription
Cramped sites and complex underground work characterise the project to expand Bank Tube station in the City of London.
Low cost metro plan for Cambridge Subscription
Cambridge is exploring a small scale, low cost metro concept.
Drones | Eyes in the sky for highways engineersSubscription
The days of road closures and hazardous topographical survey work could soon be over.
High Speed 2 is pushing for change in the geotechnical sector by making site investigation work more digitally focused.
Dutch sand engine comes to NorfolkSubscription
Last month Britain was transfixed by the red sun and yellow skies that accompanied the up to 80mph blasts of Storm Ophelia as she tracked across the country.
Stanton Cross geotechnical challengeSubscription
If you were asked to design a project to give young civil engineers the opportunity to experience as many aspects of the job as possible, you probably could not imagine anything as perfect as Stanton Cross in Northamptonshire.
TechFest | Raising the bar with technologySubscription
There was a clear optimism and ambition vibe at New Civil Engineer’s inaugural Festival of Innovation and Technology – TechFest – in September.
Hyperloop's super high speed UK visionSubscription
Humans have always demanded to move faster: horse, car, train, aeroplane, and now the Hyperloop.
Queensferry Crossing | The race to opening daySubscription
From a blank piece of paper, to a world icon, the £1.35bn, 2.7km Queensferry Crossing took 10 years to complete, with just six for construction.
Shoreham raises flood defencesSubscription
Shoreham-by-Sea, on the south coast between Brighton and Worthing, has become vulnerable to tidal flooding from the River Adur, as last seen in December 2013.
2007 Floods 10 Years Later | The responseSubscription
This summer the flooding gods have struck Houston and southern Texas and the devastation caused there has been broadcast far and wide.
2007 Floods 10 Years Later | Environment AgencySubscription
Flooding is a killer. The stark reality of this was never clearer than 10 years ago in the UK, when 13 people died and about 55,000 homes flooded in a series of devastating storms.
Factory Thinking | Transforming ConstructionSubscription
Factory Thinking has well and truly arrived for construction in the UK. Whatever you call it – jumping factories, flying factories, offsite factories or modular building – construction is increasingly resembling manufacturing.
Factory Thinking | HousingSubscription
The UK needs more houses. About 250,000 a year, according to some estimates, to stabilise prices and provide enough affordable homes. But the country only produced 164,000 for 2015/2016, according to the National House Building Council.
Factory Thinking | Automated gantry designSubscription
On a computer at Ramboll’s London headquarters, a gantry designs itself. At least, it appears to. The road sign structure starts as a few white lines on black screen, then jumps outwards and upwards, growing like a tree, as lines become bolts, ladders and struts.
Smart Infrastructure | Thames flood defencesSubscription
Heavy investment in data collection, whole-life cost assessments and long term planning are key to the Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 (TEAM 2100) approach.
Smart Infrastructure | Forth Road BridgeSubscription
The Scottish Parliament’s inquiry into the closure of the Forth Road Bridge in December 2015 following the discovery of a fractured truss-end link concluded that, “the failure had been unforeseen and unforeseeable”.
Rail | Carlisle project raises the roofSubscription
It took complex scaffolding construction, a seagull strategy, and a UK-first in plastic roofing to fully modernise Carlisle Citadel Station.
Structures | Maggie's Centre, Bart'sSubscription
Threading a 40t crane through a Grade 1 listed 18th Century gatehouse was just one of the challenges facing the team on a historic site in London.
Structures | Refurb at Kew GardensSubscription
The world’s largest Victorian glasshouse requires an extensive and delicate £34M restoration.
Bridges | River Usk a joint solutionSubscription
The bridge carrying the M4 over the River Usk in Newport, South Wales is on first sight unremarkable, but the same cannot be said about work being carried out to repair it.
Mersey Gateway nears completionSubscription
After a long gestation period, the Mersey Gateway between Widnes and Runcorn is nearing completion.
Steel | New Blue Book launchedSubscription
The Tata Steel Blue Book steel design guide has been fully updated and released as a more user friendly, web-based version with clearer tables.
Marine | Portsmouth's new Navy jettySubscription
A complex combination of jetty rehabilitation and harbour works in Portsmouth will ensure a safe home for the UK’s largest ever air-craft carriers.
Rise of the Machines | OverviewSubscription
The rise of the machines, or the rise of the humans? Or both?
Rise of the Machines | Automated maintenanceSubscription
Road and rail maitenance is the next frontier in complete automation.
Rise of the Machines | Printing structuresSubscription
Top secret research is going into 3D robot-arm printing of bespoke concrete forms.
Rise of the machines | Nuclear clean upSubscription
Robots are just beginning to help humans with the centuries-long legacy of nuclear waste.
Complex modernisation at Dixon HouseVideoSubscription
Demolishing and reconstructing half a building, while maintaining a 120 year old stone façade, has proven quite the challenge.
Easter rail resurrectionSubscription
Residents of Hackney Wick in east London can rejoice at the resurrection of their local rail infrastructure this Easter.
M6 to M56 link inspires innovationVideoSubscription
It is often the projects presenting the trickiest obstacles that give engineers the best platform on which to shine.
An uphill excavator takes innovation to new heights on Crossrail.
Tunnelling | Northern Line extensionSubscription
London’s Tube network is being extended for the first time in a decade.