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The Environment Agency's director of water management, Geoff Mance, died on 2 November at the age of 53.

Mance was the driving force behind many of the Agency's environmental successes and led the creation of the Agency's Floodline service which was widely praised for saving lives and property during the autumn 2000 floods.

The Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors has launched a new grade of membership, Technical Member, TMInstCES, for specialists in geospatial engineering and commercial management.

Balfour Beatty has won the £37M prime contract to build and operate single accommodation at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth. The job, for MoD client Defence Estates will start in the spring of next year.

The Portuguese prosecutor general this week formally accused six people of breaking technical rules that led to the collapse of the Ponte de Ferro bridge in March 2001, killing 59 people (NCE 8 March 2001). Sand extraction from the banks of the River Douro and the subsequent bankside storage of sand was identified as the principal factor of the collapse in the official report released last April. The now defunct road authority JAE, the National Road Institute and the Douro Navigation Institute were cited as culprits, but as NCE went to press it was unclear whether engineers from these bodies were among those charged.

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