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Obituary | ICE past president Stuart MustowSubscription
ICE past president and former County Surveyor for the West Midlands Stuart Mustow has died at the age of 90 after a short illness.
Work to fix micro-fractures in the cast iron casings supporting Hammersmith Bridge’s chain saddles could result in the structure being closed to heavy traffic for up to three years.
Inaugural Engineers Collective podcast goes live Subscription
The first ever episode of The Engineers Collective is now live.
Consultancy is at the sharp end of the skills debate given the high proportion of professionally-qualified civil engineers working for these firms. So what does the immediate and medium term future hold for these companies and the civil engineers that they employ?
New Civil Engineer is excited to be launching the Engineers Collective, a monthly podcast to provide knowledge-hungry professional engineers with all they need to know about what is happening in civil engineering.
Tunnels | Norway's Follo LineSubscription
With a compressive strength of up to 300MPa, the gneiss in Oslo is one of the hardest rocks ever successfully excavated with mechanised tunnelling technology.
Government recognition of project teams that are seeking to raise the bar on delivery and provide better outcomes to society is now on offer from the British Construction Industry Awards.
Exclusive | Motts chair Keith Howells to retireSubscription
Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells is to retire in June after being in the position since January 2011.
Future of Cities | Follow the moneySubscription
Cities worldwide are growing at a rapid pace. But what is the infrastructure need and what are the opportunities for civil engineers?
Network Rail’s new chief executive Andrew Haines offers New Civil Engineer a refreshing candour and no-nonsense attitude.
New Civil Engineer has fallen foul of the Crossrail 2 PR machine this month by daring to suggest that the cost of London’s next mega- project had “ballooned” from £30bn to £40bn.
Bechtel has lodged a High Court claim against High Speed 2 promoter HS2 Ltd after losing out on the £1bn contract to build Old Oak Common station in west London.
Microsoft targets construction with new HoloLensSubscription
Use of mixed reality apps on construction sites has taken a practical step forward with the launch of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 - the next generation of its wearable holographic computer.
Profile | PCSGSubscription
Transforming the procurement and delivery of civil engineering projects is a major issue for the industry at large. Leading the way are specialist SME companies like PCSG.
Losing bidders for High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) key London stations contracts are considering challenging the contract award decisions, New Civil Engineer can reveal.
This is the March 2019 issue of New Civil Engineer; which means that by the end of the calendar month Britain should have exited the European Union (EU).
High Speed 2’s London stations will cost almost a third less to build with Mace, Dragados, Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra named as construction partners on the jobs.
Growing fears about a so-called hard Brexit and other moves worldwide to introduce “divisive” trade barriers have prompted global engineering consultancy body the Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs Conseil (Fidic) to take the unprecedented step of speaking out and warning of the risks to the industry and to infrastructure investment.
Former HS2 Ltd chair Sir Terry Morgan has said High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) £27bn first phase should initially terminate at Old Oak Common in west London, as a cost cutting measure.
Crossrail dynamic testing setbacks detailedSubscription
A second attempt to begin dynamic testing on the Elizabeth line is due this month after a false start last year.
Crossrail delay warnings 'suppressed by TfL'Subscription
Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild’s detailed exposé of the Crossrail programme’s delays were not actually the main order of business for the London Assembly’s transport committee meeting on 9 January.
This month’s New Civil Engineer was intended to be future looking as we explore innovations in our Future of Tunnelling special.
Crossrail bosses are negotiating extra payments to its contractors so that they can finish remaining Crossrail station works, New Civil Engineer can reveal.
True scale of Crossrail problems laid bareSubscription
The full scale of Crossrail’s problems have been laid bare with stations now revealed to be at the centre of ‘‘three more years’’ of work needed to open the catastrophically delayed metro.
The so-called Year of Engineering is gone. Let’s make 2019 the year of innovation: the industry needs it.
New Civil Engineer has teamed up with leading stormwater management solutions provider Wavin to provide you with a fun quiz to test your knowledge of the civil engineering year that was 2018.
Future of Energy | Power ShiftSubscription
The global energy sector is facing a major transformation, as electrification grows, renewables use expands, oil production is transformed and there is resurgent demand for natural gas.
Future of Energy | Greening the GridSubscription
Matching energy supply with local and national demand is so complex that automation, machine learning and real-time carbon intensity reporting will be needed.
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.
Vital carbon reduction initiatives have stalled in the wake of the Carillion collapse, engineers have warned, and it is now time to act.
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.
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.
Engineers must broaden skills to surviveSubscription
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
ICE President interview | Andrew WyllieSubscription
Incoming ICE President Andrew Wyllie is focused on the changing demands placed on the civil engineering profession
Comment | High Speed 2: Time for a pause?Subscription
The party conference season can be a mixed bag for those promoting and lobbying for government investment or backing for infrastructure.
Engineers express concerns over anchor designSubscription
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.
Engineers need more empathy says tech leaderSubscription
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.
TechFest | Innovation in ActionSubscription
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.
Circular Economy | Dutch Plastic RoadSubscription
A modular road made from recycled plastic is being trialled in the Netherlands.
Former transport minister John Hayes has issued a lambasting critique of civil engineering companies and their inability to design “beautiful” infrastructure.
Survey | Designing steel to concrete connectionsSubscription
How confident do you feel designing steel to concrete connections? Share your views through New Civil Engineer’s confidential survey.
Regional transport authorities have been confidentially told by government to start preparing mothballed road projects for delivery ahead of a £1bn funding bonanza this Autumn.
Balfour Beatty is teaming up with industry best practice body Constructing Excellence to create an initiative to get more women in construction to director level and beyond.
Crossrail has confirmed that Elizabeth Line services between Paddington in central London and Abbey Wood in the south east of the capital will not open until autumn 2019.
Low temperature anaerobic digestionSubscription
An Irish start-up using a pioneering system of low-temperature anaerobic digestion is set to start transforming the way wastewater is treated.
Eighteen years after the London East West Study was first published, Crossrail is nearing completion.
Five game-changers picked to present at TechFestSubscription
Five outstanding young companies with potentially game-changing ideas for the civil engineering sector have been picked to headline New Civil Engineer’s Festival of Innovation and Technology, taking place in London next week.
This is an industry on the cusp of a technological revolution.
Two JVs are in the running for the lucrative London stations contracts on High Speed 2, it is understood.
Survey | Is your job threatened by technology?Subscription
Do you personally feel your job is at threat from the widespread adoption of technology?