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Mark Hansford

I’m the editor of New Civil Engineer and responsible for driving content across all activities and the development of new digital and event products. I have over 20 years’ civil engineering industry experience, first as practicing qualified engineer and then as award winning journalist. Our remit is simple: to help professional engineers become better engineers by providing thought-provoking and inspiring content around future technologies and technical excellence.

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  • Sme webinar

    SME webinar | Supercharging your business through technology

    26 November, 2018

    New Civil Engineer is running the first in a new series of live webinars aimed at sharing best practice and business tips for small businesses and start-ups.

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    Cutting carbon | Carillion collapse has distracted industry from vital actionSubscription

    21 November, 2018

    Vital carbon reduction initiatives have stalled in the wake of the Carillion collapse, engineers have warned, and it is now time to act.

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    Editor's view | We need independent infrastructure policySubscription

    15 November, 2018Comments (1)

    New Civil Engineer has been sceptical of calls for bodies such as the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to be given statutory footings in the past; politics is politics and engineers must learn to work with it has been the view.

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    SME Webinar | Exploiting technology to punch above your weightSubscription

    15 November, 2018

    New Civil Engineer has teamed up with Causeway Technologies to offer an inside track on how new technology is helping SMEs and startups be more competitive in our industry.

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    Engineers must broaden skills to surviveSubscription

    15 November, 2018Updated: 15 November, 2018

    The civil engineers of the future will have to widen their range of expertise beyond traditional engineering skills, according to research carried out by New Civil Engineer and Bentley Systems

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    ICE President interview | Andrew WyllieSubscription

    15 November, 2018Comments (2)

    Incoming ICE President Andrew Wyllie is focused on the changing demands placed on the civil engineering profession

  • Steel concrete connection

    Engineers express concerns over anchor designSubscription

    8 November, 2018

    Almost a third of engineers who regularly design steel to concrete connections struggle because there is no software to design the different elements of a steel to concrete connection as a whole. 

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    Engineers need more empathy says tech leaderSubscription

    17 October, 2018

    Civil engineers need to develop empathy as a core skill if they are to survive in a world where technology and machines can do everything that a traditional civil engineer would do.

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    High Speed 2: Time for a pause?Subscription

    9 October, 2018Comments (1)

    The party conference season can be a mixed bag for those promoting and lobbying for government investment or backing for infrastructure.

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    TechFest | Innovation in ActionSubscription

    8 October, 2018

    The work of Britain’s most innovative teams and civil engineering companies has been recognised with coveted TechFest Awards at New Civil Engineer’s Festival of Innovation & Technology.

All by Mark Hansford

Blog posts

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    Written in the cloud

    “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.”

    Mark's blog6 December, 2012

  • Mining a rich seam of UK talent

    Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.

    Mark's blog6 September, 2012

  • Keeping focused on engineering

    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.

    Mark's blog6 July, 2012

  • Should Gatwick become London's hub?

    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.

    Mark's blog18 May, 2012

    Comments (1)
  • Railtrack haunts Cameron's plan for road privatisation

    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.

    Mark's blog30 March, 2012

    Comments (1)
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    Old problems threaten to derail new era of light rail

    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.

    Mark's blog14 March, 2012

    Comments (1)
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    Localism in transport sounds death knell for major schemes

    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.

    Mark's blog8 February, 2012

    Comments (1)
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    2012: the year of the one stop shop

    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.

    Mark's blog10 January, 2012

  • Life on Mars stalks a squeezed industry

    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.

    Mark's blog1 November, 2011

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    Are one stop shops key to cracking the global market?

    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?

    Mark's blog20 October, 2011

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