Dave Parker, BSc, CEng, FICE, FRSA, FIQA, was Technical Editor of New Civil Engineer magazine for 12 years before leaving in May 2006 to become a freelance author and journalist. Since then Dave has been involved in three book projects, on microgeneration, tall buildings and sustainable timber design, either as author, editor or co-author. He is a former Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, and during his time at NCE he successfully campaigned for the establishment of the CROSS confidential reporting scheme.
The UK’s first flood barrier spanning a passenger rail track will form a key part of the £18M Newhaven flood alleviation scheme when it is completed next year.
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.
Proposed changes to the Building Regulations on external walls following the Grenfell Tower tragedy should not have a significant impact on the development of tall timber tower blocks, delegates to a London conference were told.
No detailed technical investigation of the Polcevera Viaduct – also known as the Morandi bridge – can begin until the search and recovery operation is complete. Investigators will be hunting for clues to how such a vital structure on a major motorway could collapse so suddenly, sending at least 39 road users tumbling to their deaths 45m below. Already a number of theories are circulating – but until a thorough investigation is completed, it is only possible to speculate.
Learning from Failure | Eindhoven Car ParkSubscription
Concrete bond failures triggered by differential solar gain were the root cause of the partial collapse of a multi-storey car park under construction at Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands earlier this year.
Learning from Failure | Near missesSubscription
When a structure collapses or a train crashes, there is usually an independent investigation.
Grenfell | Burning questions unansweredSubscription
A simple question has to be answered. Did the burning cladding set light to the flats – or did the burning flats set light to the cladding?
Structures | Maggie's Centre, Bart'sSubscription
Threading a 40t crane through a Grade 1 listed 18th Century gatehouse was just one of the challenges facing the team on a historic site in London.
What happened at Grenfell Tower was a major tragedy that will trigger seismic shifts in attitudes to tall building safety.
NCE100 | Technical Excellence award winnersSubscription
The NCE100 Technical Excellence award is proof that innovation thrives in the industry