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Comment | New beginnings for civil engineers

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This year is a hugely exciting year for civil engineers. So what better year could there be to deliver New Civil Engineer differently too?

In the UK a major investment in infrastructure projects is underway, with a £460bn construction programme outlined in the National Infrastructure Plan. This plan’s commitments are being matched by action, underlined by the recent creation of the National Infrastructure Commission to prioritise, focus and help deliver major schemes, and the creation of the Infrastructure and Major Projects Authority.

And that’s just the UK. The global construction market is forecast to grow by over 70% by 2025. Indeed, to meet the infrastructure needs of a global population set to grow from seven billion today to nine billion by 2030, we are talking an investment of $60trillion.

There’s a huge challenge here. Those kind of funds and the resources just aren’t going to be there. We know we need fundamental change in how the industry delivers infrastructure projects, embracing technology to cut delivery times and costs. The status quo is no longer an option.

And that’s why 2016 is so exciting. It really feels like the year when we can start to deliver differently.

So what better year could there be to deliver New Civil Engineer differently too? New Civil Engineer was launched in May 1972 in response to an industry need – a need for an independent, authoritative voice for civil engineers.

Our first editor Sydney Lenssen summed it up perfectly when he said that by “ventilating the issues of the day we hope that everybody might be better informed - and more able to respond in a more co-ordinated way - to a fast changing industry and world.”

We believe that holds true today. We are here to get under the skin of the industry and give professionals intelligence they cannot find elsewhere. And we are here to deliver that intelligence in a format and frequency that fulfils the need of today’s civil engineers.

So welcome to a totally re-engineered New Civil Engineer; delivering technical, analytical and inspirational content that meets the needs of a growing global audience.

We’re going to be delivering you a market-leading daily news service, a superb weekly news analysis email and, of course, a stunning, in-depth, analytical, globally-focused monthly magazine – available in print or in digital form (you choose).

So what’s new?

We can now proudly say that we’re now genuinely global. All 87,000 ICE members worldwide can access our website for news, news analysis, technical features and much, much more. And those same 87,000 ICE members worldwide will now also receive the same high quality, curated monthly output, either via our app or via our new print magazine. That is a fabulous thing.

To reflect that our content will be more global too. You can see that this month with our project report from the double-deck tunnel being built beneath the Bosphorous linking Europe with Asia.

We’re also going to be more technical, and again you can see that this month with our special report from the remarkable Queensferry Bridge in Scotland.

And we will also be more analytical - delving behind the headlines to tell you, every week, what the news means for you and your career.

We’ll be doing that by working ever closer with the Institution to share with you what it is doing to influence the national and international debate around infrastructure. And we’ll be seeking out expert opinion from those with a unique and perceptive insight on our industry.

To make sure you are not missing out on any of this, first and foremost you must make sure you are using our website and are signed up for our free daily news drop and weekly news wrap.

Our stunning new website and daily newsletters launched in December. They are clear, clean and designed to make our best content sing – that means beautiful, pin-sharp images and drawings and loads of interactive content such as videos of construction in action.

If you’ve not been before, you’ll need to register to sign up to the emails and access all of the content. You’ll need your ICE membership number to hand. Simply go to and follow the instructions. Once you’ve signed in choose your newsletter preferences via your profile page – its in the top left of the screen.

I really hope you enjoy the new New Civil Engineer.

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