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Challenges around costs and delivery on major programmes, along with last year’s shocking bridge collapses in the United States and Italy, have led the fundamental question being asked: just how good are civil engineers at their jobs? How easily can we reassure clients, government and – crucially – the wider public – that we have the education, experience, expertise and ongoing training to enable us to practice with confidence?
Future of Cities | Transforming StationsSubscription
Railway stations could be set for a renaissance thanks to their recognised role in making cities more attractive places to work and live. But only if the engineering and design is right.
Hammersmith Bridge in West London has been forced to close indefinitely after ‘critical faults’ were discovered.
Wyllie to step down from CostainSubscription
Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the major contractor.
Future of Buildings | Public SectorSubscription
Evolving healthcare and education priorities could dramatically overhaul future hospitals schools. So what does this mean for building design.
Future of Tunnelling | Battersea Power TunnelSubscription
Redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station has required intricate tunnelling to supply its inhabitants with electricity.
ICE council has endorsed the recommendations of an important industry-wide review of the profession.
New Civil Engineer editor becomes ICE FellowSubscription
New Civil Engineer editor Mark Hansford has become a Fellow of the ICE.
Future of Bridges | Maintenance in the spotlightSubscription
Collapse of the Polcevera Viaduct in Genoa has thrown bridge maintenance into the spotlight, after near misses like at Hammersmith in the UK, with engineers calling for more rigorous, predictive regimes.
Civils 4.0 | Five to Watch at TechFestSubscription
Five visionary ideas are improving civils delivery now and in the future were set to be among those on show at TechFest in London.
The efficiency programme at Network Rail is beginning to yield results but the work is also highlighting what is left to be done.
With political conviction for High Speed 2 (HS2) faltering behind the scenes at Westminster there is a rise in favour of resurrecting plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport.
Tunnels under the Atlantic, High Speed 5 and Apple in charge of the world – all of which are possibilities for the next 40 years as far as civil engineers are concerned.
We’re used to the age old friction between architects and engineers, but in these unrelenting economic doldrums the clash of ideals between what is iconic and what is affordable or appropriate is heightening.
There’s no question that the UK’s lingering economic troubles keep stifling the construction industry but, in the dawn of a global economy, can and should engineering firms be doing more to exploit overseas opportunities?
A flurry of new nuclear announcements last week combined to send out the clear message that the UK is finally set for such developments to actually get built.
In the past fortnight there has been a surge in chatter about the prospects of mega-transport schemes High Speed 2 and the Thames Estuary airport. But still the government faces the question of how to fund these projects while keeping taxpayers happy or, alternatively, how to entice a risk-averse private sector to get on board.
Last week’s revelation that 119 bidders had won cash from the second round of the government’s Regional Growth Funding (RGF) may have given them cause to celebrate but for others it served as a stark reminder that there will be little of the same forthcoming from central government.
As the party conference season drew to a close last week those looking for consistent — and reassuring — infrastructure policy from the main political players were left wanting.
High Speed 2 (HS2) this week seemed to move a step closer to being a done deal but there remain many unanswered questions.