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Amec leads bridge project

Amec leads a consortium appointed by the South Korean government to build one of the world's longest cable-stayed bridges. The £800M Incheon Bridge includes an 800m cablestayed navigation span as part of a 12.3km fixed link between a new airport on Yongjong Island and Songdo New Town, south west of capital Seoul.

Back and Forth

Plans for a 'third Forth' crossing near the Forth road bridge are unaffected by last month's decision to proceed with a £120M Forth crossing at Kincardine, the Scottish Executive said. Environmentalists said the Kincardine scheme should be the last across the river. But the executive said there was no connection between the projects.

Deluge had nowhere to go

Scientists at the British Geological Survey believe the geology around Ryedale and Thirsk in North Yorkshire may have exacerbated the effects of flash flooding on 19 June. Underlying mudstones, siltstones and boulder clay prevented the extreme rainfall soaking into the ground.

Predictive framework published

Carbonate Sediments and Rocks, by Colin Braithwaite, published last month, provides models for earth scientists and a predictive framework for engineering works.

Whittles Publishing, £40, ISBN 1-870325-39-7.

BTS awards medal

The British Tunnelling Society has awarded its 2005 James Clark Memorial Medal for a contemporary achievement in tunnelling to Maurice Gooderham for his promotion of tunnels for high voltage cables.

Coffey acquires BFP

Coffey International is buying mining and geotechnical consultancy BFP Consultants for $2.9M (£1.24M) plus net tangible assets in a mix of cash and shares.

Groundforce buys Sokkia

Groundforce has acquired surveying instrument supplier Sokkia. It will trade as Sokkia UK and become exclusive distributor of Sokkia and Triax products.

Australian purchase for Hyder Hyder Consulting has bought Australian engineering and environmental services group Weathered Howe. The price is a maximum of £3M and includes future profit-related payments.

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