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.
Canadian engineers have created a computer model which could save millions by enabling better co-ordination on infrastructure works.
Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) have created a new, strong, permeable pavement to combat storm water run-off on roads using recycled carbon fibre.
Bam Nuttall has given details of the new £85M 75,000 m2 concrete deck extension it is to build at London City Airport.
VolkerRail is to undertake the second phase of the Sheffield Supertram rail replacement works.
Transport for London (TfL) has been told it must stop napping, “wake up” and start preparing for the arrival of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
South Dock Bridge design concepts publishedSubscription
Early design concepts have been published for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge to connect London’s Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs.
A problem with a concrete pour has delayed a £15M Scottish flood defence scheme after a “bendy bridge” had to be replaced.
New map tech used for Aberdeen bypass construction Subscription
Construction workers on the £550M Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route have used a new collaborative mapping tool to boost efficiency.
Transport for Wales (TfW) has put out a tender notice for a £700M framework for rail works, including the capital works for the South Wales Metro.
Oroville city sues dam management bodySubscription
US businesses and the city of Oroville are suing the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for “decades of mismanagement” of the Oroville Dam.
A design flaw in Crossrail’s energisation system could delay the opening of the flagship project after explosions were heard during tests, City Hall has heard.
Solar energy plant to boost Chilean economySubscription
Spanish contractor Acciona has claimed its Chilean solar energy plant will save the country $21M (£15M) each year in greenhouse gas costs while boosting the economy by £220M.
Human spine inspires bridge design development Subscription
The human spine has provided the inspiration for the design of a new low-cost bridge that could improve transport infrastructure resilience.
Smart cat's eyes trialled at dangerous junction Subscription
Smart cat’s eyes which light up as traffic lights change are being trialled by Highways England at a troublesome motorway junction in an effort to stop traffic collisions.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s tunnelling plans have taken an unexpected turn after his tunnelling firm, The Boring Company, began selling flamethrowers.
Detailed proposals are to be developed for a £1.5-£1.7bn metro system, including an underground station, linking Cambridge and its surrounding areas.