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US civil engineers could take six years to become licensed under plans put forward by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Sluices were shut this week on the Cardiff Bay barrage and today a foundation stone ceremony is to be held on the 1,100m long completed embankment. Cardiff Bay Development Corporation said that the £93M project would wind up next spring after final dredging and landscaping.

Workplace accidents cost between £14.5bn and £18.1bn in the last recorded year, the Health & Safety Executive said in a new report published this week.

Six RMC Group subsidiaries have been fined DM102M (£34M) by the German Federal Cartel Office following an investigation of ready-mix concrete markets in eastern Germany. The firm may appeal.

Future roles of the engineer and architect will be debated at the ICE next Thursday evening in a discussion organised by the Association of Consulting Engineers.

Consultant WS Atkins is to take over the 115-strong Adtranz Signalling unit, based in Birmingham, from Daimler Chrysler Rail Systems. The Adtranz staff will be integrated into WS Atkins Rail.

Sale of Bovis Group from P&O to the Lend Lease Corporation was completed this week. P&O realised £285M from the sale plus £30M in cash extracted from the business before disposal.

Alfred McAlpine said this week it had terminated discussions with Brunswick Developments Group on a possible takeover following an unsolicited approach by Brunswick.

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