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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.
Civils 4.0 | Five to Watch at TechFestSubscription
Five visionary ideas are improving civils delivery now and in the future were set to be among those on show at TechFest in London.
Highways England is reviewing its bridge maintenance regimes following the Genoa bridge collapse.
Facing Down the Floods | New York and LondonSubscription
New York and London are preparing for a wetter future with schemes to protect these world cities into the next century.
No bridges on the UK’s strategic road network bear similarities to that of the collapsed structure in Italy, Highways England (HE) has said.
The owner and operator of the Polcevera viaduct was actively tendering for €20M (£17.9M) of structural retrofitting at the time of its collapse, as a stop gap while a complete upgrade of the major road network around Genoa was worked up.
Business Culture | ICE skills reviewSubscription
How good are civil engineers at their jobs? And how easily can each of them prove they have the skills and training to enable them to practice today?
Panel urges professional review overhaulSubscription
The ICE must urgently review its professional accreditation process to ensure engineers’ skills are fit for purpose throughout their careers and work with employers to ensure adequate auditing of skills compliance, an influential new review has said.
Crunching Carbon Debate | Resilient HousingSubscription
Urbanisation is adding to the pressure on the country’s towns and cities to provide adequate housing.
Learning from Failure | Looking at riskSubscription
Learning from failure is a particularly tricky subject. Late last year, when New Civil Engineer began discussing what this month’s big issue should be called, the response from industry figures consulted was one of reticence and aversion to anything that could be deemed too negative or contentious.
Waterloo rail works draw to a closeSubscription
Major engineering works that closed much of London’s Waterloo station were drawing to a close this morning before the busy hub station returns to normal service.
UK platooning trucks trial to startSubscription
Platooning trucks are set to be trialled on UK roads, under a new government backed initiative.
The technical failings that led to the devastating loss of life in Grenfell Tower are rightly the primary focus in making sure such a tragedy does not strike again.
Network Rail makes modest asset sales of £33.3MSubscription
Network Rail completed £33.31M of asset sales to the end of May against a target of £1.8bn, with less than two years in which to raise funds that will go toward plugging its enhancements funding gap caused by cost overruns.
Boston | Software showcase for engineersSubscription
Technological developments have a tendency to creep up on us. The zaniest of ideas can seemingly become part of daily life overnight.
Future Tech | IT optimises Boston towerSubscription
A new 17-storey Boston office building is showing how technology can shape costs alongside the geotechnical and structural engineering.
The women issue | Confidence conundrumSubscription
Did you spot it? Regular New Civil Engineer readers with a keen eye may just have noticed something different about last month’s issue.
Healthy Transport | Fighting for AirSubscription
The headlines have said it all since the beginning of the year – the UK’s transport is responsible for people dying too early.
HS2 reveals key station packagesSubscription
HS2 Ltd has unveiled the scope of the latest suite of contracts for refining the design of the four vital stations needed for phase 1 of the new high speed railway line between London and the West Midlands.
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.
Tideway boss calls for faster innovationSubscription
Research into innovative engineering and construction techniques must accelerate to make an impact, a major infrastructure boss has said.
The project promoter of a new mega development in the capital is to step up pressure on government over funding of the scheme’s crucial infrastructure hub.
Return of inter-city trains mooted for WillesdenSubscription
Reinstatement of a West Coast Main Line station at Willesden Junction in north west London has been mooted as new way to ease pressure on Euston station.
Engineering faces 20,000 skills shortfallSubscription
Conservative estimates suggest the UK market will suffer a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates each year, according to a new skills report.
Motts wins North West tidal advisor jobSubscription
Consultant Mott MacDonald is to advise on two newly proposed tidal power schemes in the North West.
Support builds for site stand-downSubscription
Key clients and contractors have added their support to what is understood to be the first ever UK-wide health and safety stand-down, where they will stop work for a day to enable staff to develop commitments to improve working practices.
EDF appoints WSP to consulting roleSubscription
EDF Energy has appointed WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff as engineering consultant for its UK fleet of wind farms, gas storage sites, coal and gas power stations.
Tube travellers suffer worst pollutionSubscription
Tube and bus passengers in London suffer greater effects of poor air quality than drivers, despite the latter being the cause of the majority of pollution, according to recent research.
Lower Thames Crossing gets new project bossSubscription
Highways England has appointed Tim Jones as project director for the new £4bn Lower Thames Crossing tunnnel scheme.
Germany | Electric road freightSubscription
Not content with meeting minimum European Union (EU) requirements for cutting carbon, Germany wants to do the most it can. By 2050 it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 95% against 1990 levels.
Hong Kong | Challenges aheadSubscription
Hong Kong is on a new drive to attract UK consultant and contractor expertise in a bid to push delivery and cost management of its future infrastructure plans.
Super tall, super smart | OverviewSubscription
The world’s top cities are instantly recognisable by their skylines – the finest examples of tall building architecture and engineering have helped create iconic metropolises for decades.
MPs must quit failing Palace, agrees committeeSubscription
MPs must vacate the failing Palace of Westminster for six years to make way for urgent repairs to be made, a senior committee has urged.
Battersea Power Station piling underwaySubscription
Geotechnical contractor Bauer is carrying out piling works on the iconic Battersea Power Station in London.
Green light for 27.8MW Kent biomass scheme Subscription
Construction on a new 27.8MW combined heat and power biomass plant near Sandwich in Kent is set to start, following a £160M investment.
Arup's total design legacySubscription
A major retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London shows how Ove Arup’s Total Design philosophy is as fresh today as it was when first conceived.
So we have our new prime minister. One thing’s for sure, the news comes as a big tick for women’s equality. What is less certain is how it affects infrastructure and our industry’s workload.
HS2 shifts Sheffield station to city centreSubscription
High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd has proposed ditching plans to send its services to a parkway station on the outskirts of Sheffield in favour of using the existing central station.
BIM pioneer awarded engineering medalSubscription
Civil engineer and computer scientist Jonathan Ingram is to be awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Medal for his work developing the system that heralded Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Green light for Midland Metro extensionSubscription
Plans for an £18M extension of the Midland Metro in Wolverhampton were given the go-ahead today.
Society is increasingly demanding underground space to meet its needs and the civil engineering profession is increasingly responding to that need.
Going Underground | Longer, DeeperSubscription
Society is increasingly demanding underground space to meet its needs.
Jacobs/Aurecon wins Australia M5 design jobSubscription
Consulting giants Jacobs and Aurecon are to carry out engineering design for the New M5 Project in Sydney, Australia.
Robot-built pavilion launches V&A engineering seasonVideoSubscription
The Victoria and Albert Museum today unveiled a robot-built fibrous pavilion to mark the launch of its new season of engineering.
Extraordinary bridge engineering of the likes never seen before is verging on becoming a reality in the Nordic fjords, with the world’s first submerged floating bridge one of three radical solutions being worked on right now by Norwegian engineers.
Digital culture change | Amar Hanspal interviewSubscription
A digital revolution that’s as much about culture and behaviour as it is about the technology – that is the overarching need that emerges during New Civil Engineer’s conversation with software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president for products Amar Hanspal.
2012 Aquatics Centre architect Zaha Hadid diesSubscription
World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, known for iconic structures including the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, has died at the age of 65.
High speed team names design partnerSubscription
Consultants WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll have joined the LFM joint venture comprising contractors Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construction and Murphy, as joint design partner.
Under construction flyover collapses in KolkataSubscription
A flyover under construction has collapsed in the Indian city Kolkata, causing fatalities and leaving many more trapped by debris.
Laing appoints infrastructure bossSubscription
Contractor Laing O’Rourke has appointed Kier’s John Wilkinson as its new UK Infrastructure managing director.