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Mark's blog

I am deputy editor of NCE. I am a qualified civil engineer with more than 15 years construction industry experience. Since joining NCE in 2000, I have been the first construction journalist into Iraq following the second Gulf War (and won IBP News Reporter of the Year as a result), was on the scene in tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, reported on a fatal bridge collapse in Portugal, covered a tunnel blaze in Baltimore, and exposed fundamental design failings in the Windsor’s Jubilee River. ...

All posts from: June 2011

Climate of fear surrounds accident reporting

Posted by Mark HansfordTue, 21 Jun 2011

The construction industry is a killer with a “climate of fear” running throughout the supply chain largely to blame. That is the stark conclusion to be drawn from the Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR’s) latest annual assessment of Network Rail’s performance.

Extinction awaits those firms who ignore BIM

Posted by Mark HansfordThu, 9 Jun 2011

Government efficiency mandarins this week fired a wake-up call at the construction industry with news that from 2016 building information modelling (BIM) will be used for every single publicly funded building and infrastructure project. It’s a tall order, given that take-up to date has been less than overwhelming.