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Dave Parker

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.

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  • Morandi Bridge

    Insight | Investigators next steps on collapsed Italy bridgeSubscription

    17 August, 2018

    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.

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    Learning from Failure | Eindhoven Car ParkSubscription

    15 November, 2017

    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. 

  • Grenfell pa (30)

    Learning from Failure | Near missesSubscription

    14 November, 2017Updated: 15 November, 2017

    When a structure collapses or a train crashes, there is usually an independent investigation.

  • Grenfell pa (30)

    Grenfell | Burning questions unansweredSubscription

    16 August, 2017Comments (1)

    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?

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    Structures | Maggie's Centre, Bart'sSubscription

    19 July, 2017

    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.

  • Grenfell Tower fire

    Grenfell | More rigour and greater transparency neededSubscription

    12 July, 2017Comments (1)

    What happened at Grenfell Tower was a major tragedy that will trigger seismic shifts in attitudes to tall building safety.

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    NCE100 | Technical Excellence award winnersSubscription

    25 June, 2017

    The NCE100 Technical Excellence award is proof that innovation thrives in the industry

  • Kensington fire

    Grenfell Tower fire | Report from the sceneSubscription

    14 June, 2017Comments (1)

    A devastating fire broke out in a 1970s residential tower block in North Kensington, London, in the early hours of Wednesday with 12 confirmed fatalities.

  • Maggie's at Barts

    The Gallery | Maggie's at Barts tops outSubscription

    19 May, 2017

    London’s St. Bartholomew’s (Barts) hospital this week saw the traditional topping out of the new Maggie’s Centre for cancer care. Organised by contract manager Sir Robert McAlpine, the ceremony saw a piper playing while an evergreen bough was nailed to the highest point of the building. Also in accordance with tradition, “noggins of ale” were involved.

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    Engineering a better world | Sustainable materialsSubscription

    18 January, 2017

    Bamboo is “stronger than steel”, fast growing and very sustainable – but is it a realistic alternative structural material?

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