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Claire Smith

As the Editor of Ground Engineering I am keen to promote innovation and professionalism in the geotechnics industry, so if you are working on anything ground breaking or unusual, please get in touch. Working on GE is enabling me to combine my two careers - I gained a BEng (hons) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics at the University of Portsmouth and worked for Peter Brett Associates for a few years before I moved into construction journalism in 2000.

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020 3033 2818


  • Fehmarnbelt 2by3

    European firms chosen for FehmarnbeltSubscription

    7 March, 2016

    Contractors from across north-west mainland Europe have been selected for the £6.2bn Fehmarnbelt road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark.

  • Shieldhall tunnel

    Shieldhall tunnel | Street and narrowSubscription

    23 November, 2015Updated: 24 November, 2015

    With just the width of a residential street in which to deliver the start of a £100M tunnelling project in Glasgow, logistics and planning proved to be critical.

  • Geotechnics: Business is boomingSubscription

    24 August, 2015

    Geotechnics work on Crossrail may be drawing to a close but prospects for the industry look good across almost every sector.

  • Berlin opera house

    Berlin opera work on schedule for summer 2015 completionSubscription

    17 March, 2015

    Joint venture partners Bauer Spezialtiefbau and Keller Grundbau have announced that geotechnical work on rehabilitation of the Berlin State Opera building in Germany is progressing well and is expected to be completed on schedule.

  • Forestry Commission Scotland - A82

    Weekend work removes A82 rockfallSubscription

    16 March, 2015

    Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has said that work to remove rock debris that closed the A82 between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit last week progressed well over the weekend and the route was reopened this morning.

  • TBM_Victoria_breaks_through_into_Liverpool_Street_station_189620

    Crossrail celebrates second Liverpool Street breakthroughSubscription

    12 March, 2015

    Crossrail has released a new series of images to mark the breakthrough of the second tunnel boring machine (TBM) into Liverpool Street station.

  • The road has been under traffic management since November 2011

    Work starts on Glen Goy landslide repairsSubscription

    12 March, 2015

    Scottish transport minister Derek Mackay was on site yesterday to see the start of work by Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland and Breedon Aggregates to replace a landslide damaged section of the A82 near Glen Goy.

  • Follo Line

    Norway awards largest ever rail tunnel contractSubscription

    11 March, 2015

    Norway’s national rail authority, Jernbaneverket, has announced that it has appointed a joint venture of Acciona and Ghella to undertake the tunnelling on its largest railway contract to date.

  • ESG GI Bournemouth

    Bournemouth beach ground investigation startsSubscription

    11 March, 2015

    Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) has announced that Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) has started work on a ground investigation to deliver information for the council’s beach management programme.

  • Lloyds Road

    Landslide repairs start in IronbridgeSubscription

    9 March, 2015

    “Essential” slope stability work on the northern side of Ironbridge Gorge has started today, according to Telford and Wrekin Council.

All by Claire Smith

Blog posts

  • Claire Symes

    Should tunnels replace our aging bridges?

    Discovery of an additional crack in a critical section of the Boston Manor viaduct has once again placed the civil engineering and highway maintenance industry under the media spotlight. But while the main focus was initially on how quickly the repairs could be completed, civil engineers and asset owners need to consider the broader issues this has raised – should we be looking for a short-term fix or investing in long-term ...

    Claire's blog19 July, 2012

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  • Claire Symes

    Gender quotas are not an answer

    Look around any engineering company and the proportion of male to female staff is imbalanced at every level. This surely can’t be because women are excluded from the profession but more down to the fact that, for whatever reason, engineering seems to be a more attractive career for men rather than women.

    Claire's blog28 October, 2011

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