Comment on: Why don't more British contractors work abroad?
Could it be the issue with anti bribery laws? Are all international contractors sign the "code of conduct" and play by the same rules regarding bribery?
Dubai also succesfully operates the barrier-less system. This is not a new technology.
Comment on: UK work outsourced to India
The most economical design is a design done within budget, produced on time, and is clearly communicated via properly detailed drawings.
A properly detailed drawing shows details in accordance with design standards, best practise, and takes into account buildability, health and safety, and best practise.
From my own humble experience, many designs done in the UK (with designers, contractors and clients all under one roof) and under tight quality control procedures do not meet the description above. It will be interesting to have case studies and see how the delivery was measured/ benchmarked.
Comment on: Consultants cash in on £160M Crossrail bonanza
In countries where civil engineers are really protected, the project "Engineer" (i.e. the person/ organisation who endorse the designs) fees are 7% of the construction value. This endorsement is required by law otherwise the client will not get the planning permission.
It is no surprise that engineers have the same social and economical status as doctors and lawyers in these countries.
Comment on: Design costs under fire from Network rail
So the designers are now to blame for UK infrastructure cost inflation!!! and how much design consultants are charging for their services? less than 5% of the construction value and in some cases they are slashing their costs to barely 3% with vay minimum margins just to stay in business.
So expect design engineers salaries to slide further down the scale as a consequence of this!!!