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Robert Henson

As New Civil Engineer’s features editor my role is to develop and guide our publication’s feature pieces, working both in print and online.

With five years of experience reporting for newspapers in rural Australia, I come from a world of lift-span bridges, paddle steamers and gravel airstrips. So I feel right at home in the multi-billion-pound world of UK civil engineering.

In such an exciting and important industry, I’ll be keen to take on in-depth and technical coverage, while also making sure our content is presented in an attractive and accessible format.

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020 3033 2852


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    Round Table | Learning from FailureSubscription

    14 November, 2017Updated: 14 November, 2017

    Three kilometres from Grenfell Tower, and three months after the fire that claimed at least 80 lives and caused 70 injuries, a debate is staged on “Forensic Engineering: How to learn from failure”.

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    Workplace Wellbeing | Tech HelpSubscription

    10 October, 2017Updated: 10 October, 2017

    At New Civil Engineer’s Festival of Innovation and Technology – TechFest – a wealth of new health and safety apps, goggles and software was stealing the limelight.

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    DP Squared | Setting up a small consultancySubscription

    14 September, 2017

    As Arup project director on Beijing’s National Stadium, Darren Paine oversaw a large team working on a highly complex building that hosted 91,000 spectators.

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    Hyperloop's super high speed UK visionSubscription

    13 September, 2017Comments (1)

    Humans have always demanded to move faster: horse, car, train, aeroplane, and now the Hyperloop.

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    Queensferry Crossing | The race to opening daySubscription

    13 September, 2017

    From a blank piece of paper, to a world icon, the £1.35bn, 2.7km Queensferry Crossing took 10 years to complete, with just six for construction.

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    Shoreham raises flood defencesSubscription

    13 September, 2017

    Shoreham-by-Sea, on the south coast between Brighton and Worthing, has become vulnerable to tidal flooding from the River Adur, as last seen in December 2013.

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    TechFest | Re-imagine the futureSubscription

    8 September, 2017

    A futurologist, speaking at this week’s TechFest, gives his thoughts on how the built world might be transformed through technology.

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    Mabey | Digital engineeringSubscription

    15 August, 2017

    Whether monitoring an existing asset or constructing a new one, today’s engineers need access to better, more reliable information – and it must be in real time. With fast advancing technology making monitoring simpler and more cost effective, building this into works is now a “must have” rather than a “nice to have”.

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    Round Table | Flood Defence FundingSubscription

    15 August, 2017

    Disruption from flooding costs the UK economy £1bn a year.

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    Factory Thinking | HousingSubscription

    15 August, 2017

    The UK needs more houses. About 250,000 a year, according to some estimates, to stabilise prices and provide enough affordable homes. But the country only produced 164,000 for 2015/2016, according to the National House Building Council.

All by Robert Henson