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This week’s NCE features an interview with the incoming ICE president David Balmforth. He has clear views on the future engineer and tells me what behaviours and skillsets he sees as key for civil engineers seeking to shape a better world. “I am going to be setting a challenging vision for the future and I like to think that it’s a year where I can civil engineers by showing them that civil engineering is a profession where we really do make a contribution to society” he said.

In the news, ministers are to produce plans for a High Speed 3 (HS3) rail line project from Manchester to Leeds by the spring. Prime Minister David Cameron said options, costs and timetables would be drawn up for the trans- Pennine route, with an interim report published in March.

Still in the north of England, Leeds city centre’s innovative £48M flood defence project could be replicated in other towns and cities across the UK, its designers have told NCE.The adjustable weir system can offer a cost effective way of managing flood risk on other navigable rivers, said Arup associate director David Wilkes.

Plans to build a road tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage site is being considered once again by the government. The original proposal, which was backed by a public inquiry in 2005, included a 2.1km bored tunnel running close to the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire. The scheme was scrapped on cost grounds, after unforeseen geological conditions forced costs up to £540M. But the plan has been dusted off following a review of ways to reduce congestion on the A303, which began in the spring.

Finally, technology is fundamentally changing what future engineers will do. The chief executive of software firm Bentley tells NCE why engineers should be excited.

Enjoy the best of NCE this week.

Mark Hansford

Editor, NCE