1 Angus Low of has been awarded the Milne Medal for Design Excellence, the highest accolade of the British Group of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), for his work on three iconic bridges; Nesciobrug – a foot and cycle bridge in Amsterdam, the Drachten Ring – the A7 cycle bridge in the Netherlands and the Arstaviken Railway Viaduct in Stockholm.
2 Over 30 years at Arup, Low has become a respected bridge engineering specialist and leads the bridge skills activity globally throughout the firm. During his career he has worked on various projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the Øresund Bridge that links Denmark with Sweden.
3 Together with Foster + Partners, Arup won the competition to design the Arstaviken railway viaduct in Stockholm. Low's scheme design had to help overcome local people's objections to building the bridge. By raising the structure of the viaduct around the tracks, he and his team were able to maintain the views of the existing viaduct and provide space for a three metre wide cycleway.
4 Low will present his Milne Lecture, 'Designing Bridges', on 13 March, at the Institution of Structural Engineers
-The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has appointed Neil Sandberg, managing partner of Sandberg LLP, as chairman, following an election by the ACE's board of directors this week. Sandberg is the 92nd chairman of ACE and will hold the position for one year.
-Clive Goadby joins BDP (Building Design Partnership) as director structural engineering after two years with Whitbybird. After graduating from Kings College London in 1983 with a civil engineering degree he went to Balfour Beatty for four years before taking up a design secondment with the company. Goadby's yen for design then took him to Alan Baxter for a year followed by a period with Michael Barclay Partnership. Other roles included a year in Toronto with Yolles.
-House-builder specailist MJ Gleeson has appointed Colin Dearlove, formerly group finance director at Barratt Development, as a non-executive director. He will replace Eric Stobart, who will retire from the board on 31 January at the end of three three year terms.
-Geotechnical and civil engineering specialists Maccaferri, has appointed Philip Staten as managing director of its UK operation. He takes up the position following the retirement of Gramham Marshall. Staten first joined Maccaferri in 1996 as technical manager. He became company director in 1998 and in 2001, taking responsibility for the Group's business operation in sub-equatorial Africa, based in Durban.
-Engineering consultancy Grotmij has appointed Gordie Wright as principal ecologist to the environment team, based in Glasgow. Wright joins Grotmij from Helensburgh-based Babcock Naval services, where he was responsible for project planning and management of maintenance work on nuclear submarines. With more than 30 year's experience as an ecologist and project manager he brings the two disciplines into one role in his new position.