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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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  • Newhaven

    Newhaven flood barrier to span rail track in UK firstSubscription

    3 December, 2018Comments (1)

    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.

  • Thames estuary drone

    Submersible drones deployed at Thames Estuary Subscription

    28 November, 2018

    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.

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    Post-Grenfell blanket cladding ban is 'unjustified', says timber expertSubscription

    20 November, 2018

    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.

  • 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. 

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    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.

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    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

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