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Obituary | ICE past president Stuart MustowSubscription
ICE past president and former County Surveyor for the West Midlands Stuart Mustow has died at the age of 90 after a short illness.
Work to fix micro-fractures in the cast iron casings supporting Hammersmith Bridge’s chain saddles could result in the structure being closed to heavy traffic for up to three years.
Inaugural Engineers Collective podcast goes live Subscription
The first ever episode of The Engineers Collective is now live.
Consultancy is at the sharp end of the skills debate given the high proportion of professionally-qualified civil engineers working for these firms. So what does the immediate and medium term future hold for these companies and the civil engineers that they employ?
New Civil Engineer is excited to be launching the Engineers Collective, a monthly podcast to provide knowledge-hungry professional engineers with all they need to know about what is happening in civil engineering.
Tunnels | Norway's Follo LineSubscription
With a compressive strength of up to 300MPa, the gneiss in Oslo is one of the hardest rocks ever successfully excavated with mechanised tunnelling technology.
Government recognition of project teams that are seeking to raise the bar on delivery and provide better outcomes to society is now on offer from the British Construction Industry Awards.
Exclusive | Motts chair Keith Howells to retireSubscription
Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells is to retire in June after being in the position since January 2011.
Future of Cities | Follow the moneySubscription
Cities worldwide are growing at a rapid pace. But what is the infrastructure need and what are the opportunities for civil engineers?
Network Rail’s new chief executive Andrew Haines offers New Civil Engineer a refreshing candour and no-nonsense attitude.
“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”
Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.
The stock of the engineer as innovator is rising, driven by client demands for better cost and time certainty on increasingly complex projects. So much so that it is prompting enlightened consultants seriously rethink attitudes to research and development and the way they treat their technically-minded engineers.
While the South East airport capacity debate centres on a Heathrow third runway versus Boris Island in the Thames Estuary, Gatwick is coolly making an understated case for the next new runway to head its way.
Fear of recreating mistakes of the past is the biggest threat to prime minister David Cameron’s bold vision to drag England’s roads into the 21st century, aided by vast slugs of private money.
Britain stands ready to embark on new era of light rail through tram-trains, but the age old problem of skyrocketing construction costs threatens to derail the dream before a new tram even leaves the depot.
New plans to devolve transport funding decisions to local transport bodies are good for the government’s localism agenda, but they could signal the death of big schemes.
Last year’s warning from industry leaders to merge, be acquired or go under may have seemed bold and frightening talk, but 2012 shows no sign that the underlying business prerogative of the last few years – get bigger to offer a one-stop shop or be bought – is about to change. Nor is the fact that there are some vulnerable firms out there.
The next three years will see many civil engineering contractors go to the wall unless clients take responsibility for the situation and ease the pressure on cash flow and project risk.
As UK-centric consultant Mouchel battles with its banks, Halcrow prepares for life as part of US giant CH2M Hill’s world and URS gets ready to consign the Scott Wilson brand to history, the benefit to UK firms of consolidating with global giants seems all too apparent. But is such a path guaranteed to be paved with gold?