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Max Thompson

Stories

  • Opladen bridge

    Bridges: Winning designSubscription

    5 August, 2014

    A collaboration between British and German designers has resulted in the construction of two iconic footbridges over busy rail lines, as Max Thompson reports.

  • Ben Mitchell

    How engineers can attract media interestSubscription

    13 March, 2014

    Long after the floodwaters have receded and the insurance claims have been settled, what will be the abiding memories of the 2014 winter storms?

  • Changing the mixSubscription

    18 February, 2014

    The industry still has a long way to go to even up its gender and ethnicity imbalance although some employers are attempting to tackle it.

  • TV image

    Why are engineers too boring for TV? Subscription

    28 January, 2014Comments (3)

    With a looming skills crisis and an almost complete lack of public awareness of what civil engineers do, is the industry in dire straits? Max Thompson examines what can be done to tackle our dismal public profile.

  • TV image

    Why are engineers too boring for TV? Subscription

    21 January, 2014Updated: 28 April, 2014

    With a looming skills crisis and an almost complete lack of public awareness of what civil engineers do, is the industry in dire straits? Max Thompson examines what can be done to tackle our dismal public profile.

  • Fully loaded: The structure is designed to carry up to 93 people at any one time

    Endless Stair, Tate Modern: Step in the right direction Subscription

    10 October 2013

    A drive by the American Hardwood Council to boost its sales of timber has led Arup to take on and deliver the challenging task of making architect’s dRMM’s Endless Stair design a reality. Max Thompson finds out how the engineering team did.

  • Scale Lane Bridge, Hull

    Economies of Scale in Hull: Scale Lane BridgeSubscription

    29 August 2013 iPad special

    In 2005 a team consisting of architects McDowell + Benedetti, engineer Alan Baxter Associates and main contractor Qualter Hall won an international competition to design a pedestrian swing bridge to span the river Hull. Eight years on, Scale Lane bridge has finally swung into action.

  • Crash scene: The coach plunged through the parapet after colliding with several vehicles on the viaduct

    Viaduct parapets probed in fatal Italian coach crashSubscription

    7 August, 2013Updated: 9 August, 2013Comments (1)

    Inadequately tied in precast concrete parapets could have allowed an out of control coach to plunge 30m from an Italian motorway bridge, killing 38 people, senior engineers told NCE this week.

  • SKM chief executive Santo Rizzuto

    SKM discloses improper paymentsSubscription

    7 August, 2013

    Australian consultant SKM has been put on probation by the World Bank after it admitted making “improper payments” on World Bank-funded schemes.

  • Britannia Airport

    Thames Estuary back as airport hub contenderSubscription

    25 July 2013

    The companies behind two Thames Estuary hub airport schemes have this week joined forces to create a £47bn alternative to rival Foster + Partners’ Isle of Grain proposal.

All by Max Thompson