The world’s longest 3D printed concrete bridge has been completed in Shanghai, China by Tsinghua University school of architecture.
Thermal imaging has been used to monitor grout penetration behind precast concrete shaft rings for the first time.
Bryden Wood calls for open source constructionSubscription
Adopting standardised, open source and automated design in the construction sector is the way to ensure we meet the government’s Construction 2025 targets for productivity and climate change, says architectural firm Bryden Wood.
Submersible drones deployed at Thames Estuary Subscription
A new generation of specialised drones is enabling flood defences along the Thames Estuary to be monitored in much greater detail and at lower cost, it has been revealed.
US city looks to Dutch-style flood defences Subscription
US coastal cities are increasingly looking to replace their existing flood defences with Dutch-style “waterfront parks”.
The Grenfell Tower disaster “could never have happened” if modern technologies had been in place, according to Autodesk chief executive Andrew Anagnost.
UK infrastructure asset owners are the “best in the world” at understanding the importance of BIM, according to Autodesk’s infrastructure director Theo Agelopoulos.
Autodesk has added a cost management tool to its BIM 360 software to avoid last minute cost overruns.
Network Rail launches drone maintenance framework Subscription
Network Rail has published a prior information notice (PIN) for its upcoming Unmanned Aircraft System framework.
Innovyze has launched an asset management tool to tackle water infrastructure problems.
Insight | What could Brexit mean for Eurocodes?Subscription
In the current political climate, it may be impossible to imagine there are relationships between the UK and its European counterparts where negotiations are constructive and outcomes are achieved.
Mabey and Ekspan have completed support works to a 105m viaduct in Bristol.
Civil engineers should be made to retrain and obtain new qualifications to prepare for future technologies, a report by New Civil Engineer in conjunction with Bentley Systems has concluded.
Thames Water is using a new micro vacuum excavator to reduce traffic disruption caused by street works.
Video | Robotic construction worker unveiled Subscription
AIST, one of the largest public research institutes in Japan, has created a humanoid robot that it claims is capable of basic construction work.
Driverless vehicles would free up 6,300ha of land in London, according to a new report by Arcadis.
Innovative firms bag awards at TechFest Subscription
The industry’s top innovators have been celebrated at New Civil Engineer’s TechFest.
Motts and Moxon unveil HS2-ready OLS system Subscription
Mott MacDonald and Moxon have teamed up to produce a “cost effective and low maintenance” overhead line equipment structure (OLS) designed to be less “bulky and visibly obtrusive” than existing systems.
Network Rail is putting “electrical earmuffs” on lineside equipment to combat the electrical interference from the new bi-mode trains set to run on the East Coast Main Line with its signalling equipment.
Energy giant SSE has blamed London’s councils for the blocking the rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.
Scotland railways modelled with 3D scannerSubscription
Network Rail Scotland has modelled its infrastructure with a track-based scanner for the first time as it gears up for the arrival of new rolling stock.
World’s first autonomous tram to take to streetsSubscription
The world’s first autonomous tram is to be launched by Siemens on a 6km section of city tracks in Potsdam in Germany this month.
BSI issues graphene use guidance Subscription
New guidance on the properties of graphene flakes for commercial use has been produced by the British Standards Institution.
Highways England’s bid to dual the A30 Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross in Cornwall is being officially considered for a development consent order.
United Utilities is to put part of a £300M pipeline project into action in September – three years early – in response to this summer’s heatwave.
An extraordinary meeting of Anglesy County Council’s planning committee next week is set to accelerate development of the Wylfa nuclear power station.
VolkerTrenchless Solutions has started drilling before landfall connectors can be installed for the £271M IFA2 UK to France electricity interconnector project.
Historic bridge set for overhaulSubscription
The historic Union Chain Bridge linking England and Scotland is set to close ‘intermittently’ for a ten-week overhaul from September 10.
Network Rail has confirmed that it will not implement European Union (EU) standards on all projects after Brexit.
Sunderland’s £117M Northern Spire bridge has officially opened.
Plans have been submitted for athletes’ housing which will be part of Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Call for 5G trans-Pennine rail partners Subscription
Firms are being called on to take part in a trial to install 5G technology on the trans-Pennine rail line between Leeds and Manchester.
Video | Bridge beams lifted on Lincoln bypassVideoSubscription
A huge bridge beam lifting operation has been completed on the £96M Lincoln Eastern Bypass.
Musk’s tunnel firm plans US stadium linkSubscription
The tunnelling firm headed up by US engineering billionaire Elon Musk has plans to build a high-speed, zero emission underground transport system to the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The 185t deck of a moveable bridge in Canary Wharf in London has been installed, after it was transported on a 36-hour voyage across the North Sea from its fabrication site in Belgium.
DCO bid starts for £100M Suffolk lifting bridgeSubscription
The process to obtain a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the £100M Lake Lothing Third Crossing has started.
Swiss firm Stadler is to provide rolling stock for the South Wales Metro, which will see the development of smart infrastructure for a fully electric service in some areas.
Engineers use rope access for pipe bridge repairSubscription
Asset refurbishment engineers have repaired a pipe bridge using rope access to avoid building scaffolding which would have seen the bridge close for several days.
Engineers have developed a prototype large scale sustainable municipal building, constructed using timber.
Hard-to-recycle plastics such as computer keyboards and monitors are being crushed into Coventry roads as part of a trial to cut plastic pollution and carbon emissions.
Potholes are blocking Britain from taking the lead in driverless car development, according to a technology start-up.
Fatigue-busting exoskeleton launched for workersSubscription
A tech firm has come up with a quirky new way to help prevent injury to manual workers.
Seashell-inspired bendy concrete could help prevent massive infrastructure damage sustained during disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
A super strong and greener concrete has been created with the help of wonder-material graphene, which Exeter University researchers say could help tackle high carbon emissions in the construction sector.
Tungsten, the favoured material for the lining of nuclear fusion reactors, is “too brittle” and could lead to failure, researchers in the UK have said.
A key road bridge that remained closed for months during a much-delayed Interserve-led repair scheme has been closed just weeks after it finally opened.
Turner & Townsend has won a deal with Highways England to provide commercial services for the A303 upgrade, which includes the Stonehenge road tunnel.
WSP has produced engineering designs for the new riverside stand at Fulham Football Club’s Craven Cottage stadium, which sits on the banks of London’s River Thames.
£150M cost hike on Hull road scheme exhuming 19,000 bodiesVideoSubscription
Costs on a major road improvement project have risen from £250M to almost £400M due to the “challenging nature” of engineering the scheme, including the unexpected exhumation of 19,000 skeletons.
Bacteria used to heal masonry cracksSubscription
A bacterial liquid could be used to promote self-healing in stone, slashing maintenance costs for buildings and historic structures.