I joined New Civil Engineer in March 2010 and cover energy and technical stories – from small bridges to tall buildings, nuclear to tidal turbines and anything in between. In my short time at the magazine I have been lucky enough to cover a wide range of interesting events from spending two weeks embedded with the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan as well as covering a landslide disaster in Italy in first week. Having trained as an engineer I worked as a project engineer working in the UK and far flung places such as the Falkland Islands. I completed a four year Civil Engineering degree with studies in the UK, USA and Brazil. With a background in engineering I enjoy getting out in the field and talking with engineers on the ground.
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New Wear Bridge hit by further delaysSubscription
Tender deadlines for the complex £118M New Wear bridge in Sunderland have put back by another month, NCE learnt this week.
Kier May Gurney merger two years in the makingSubscription
Contractor Kier’s proposed merger with rival May Gurney has been in consideration for two years, NCE learnt this week.
Around the housesSubscription
Construction of a new road is a rare sight across the UK. Environmental concerns, efforts to increase use of public transport as well as cuts in government funding have all significantly reduced the number of new road building projects in recent years.
Industry vows to act on site truck safetySubscription
Contractors and materials producers this week pledged to back a campaign to reduce the likelihood of serious injury or fatalities from cyclists colliding with construction vehicles.
China downturn hits AustraliaSubscription
A downgrade in China’s growth forecast last week triggered fears of job losses in Australia’s coal mining related civil engineering sector.
Doubts about safety callSubscription
Contractors this week expressed doubts about whether the goals of the See Me Save Me cycle safety campaign were best achieved by changing legislation.
Work underway on Leyton Jubilee ParkSubscription
Plans for transforming the Leyton Jubilee Park are gathering pace this week with work underway to replace an entrance bridge.
Energy firm EdF is unlikely to decide whether to start building the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset for at least another three months, industry insiders told NCE this week.
Wire theft shuts bridgeSubscription
Metal theft last week forced a South Wales local authority to shut a pedestrian and cycle bridge and left it with a substantial repair bill.
Contractors bidding to build the £600M Mersey Gateway crossing will be able to use the UK Guarantees Scheme to underwrite up to 50% of the construction cost NCE has learnt this week.
A massive drop in European funding could mean as few as a quarter of the 12 carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes expecting to be awarded money will actually receive any, according to recent developments.
The government’s Energy Bill is meant to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy but in its current state there are growing fears that much needed investment will stall before the bill is passed next April.
With competitive dialogue now underway on the Mersey Gateway, shortlisted bidders are embarking on a robust re-examination of the bridge design, which could see aspirations for an iconic cable-stayed structure abandoned in favour of a cheaper, more austere alternative.
Wind turbines continue to get a pummelling in the press, with onshore wind farms invariably bearing the brunt. But indecision and quarrelling among factions of the UK government is increasingly fuelling the arguments of the naysayers.
Last week’s decision by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to revisit the issue of whether waste incinerators pose a health threat looks set to stoke waste industry fears that such development will stagnate for years to come.
A report confirming that shale gas drilling caused two earthquakes off the Lancashire coast in May and June could be expected to cast serious doubt over its future, but many experts appear committed to supporting its contribution to the energy mix.
Energy secretary Chris Huhne had some harsh words for renewable objectors last week, but his department’s project-stalling indecision has left Huhne vulnerable to equally harsh criticism.
While the Weightman review into the nuclear power industry following the Fukushima disaster signals good news for the industry, the job to digest and act on the recommendations is a challenge.
Party conference season has once again seen many announcements intended to please the electorate, among them government plans to release £500M for infrastructure projects.
Indecision about the route of the Edinburgh trams might be hilarious if wasn’t so tragic, particularly for local residents who will be paying for the overruns (News last week).