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On this day in history

NCE is celebrating 40 years of being at the heart of industry by looking back at the stories that have broken over the years. Published in NCE today in...

1978

Thames seepage threatens barrier prospects

Work has just begun to stop water seeping into the critical pier seven cofferdam of the Thames barrier. The leak will delay construction of the pier by at least three months.

1989

Freeze hope for ring main borer rescue

Ground freezing is to be introduced to rescue a tunnelling machine which has been stuck for over a month on Thames Water Authority's prestige London ring main.

1991

Mountain moves on Pen y Clip

Britain's geotechnically most difficult tunnelling project has been set back by a partial collapse of the face and roof.

1991

Quake hits work on world's longest suspension bridge

Kobe's earthquake has halted work on the world's longest suspension bridge. A fault line open underneath the central span of Japan's Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and urgent inspection is under way to determine the severity of the damage.