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The big issues and events over the past ten years

ICE news

June ICE's commercial arm Thomas Telford sells NCE to Emap.

22 June NCE fi rst published as an Emap title.

July NCE visits Lebanon after 20 years of war and reports on reconstruction finally taking place.

Dusseldorf airport fire kills 16 people.

May Second Severn Crossing built between England and Wales.

NCE publishes a supplement celebrating the successful completion of the first major privately financed infrastructure project since the Channel Tunnel.

June NCE visits Kobe to report on how the city is being rebuilt after the previous year's earthquake.

Cawthra Report published, pointing to a more flexible membership structure.

NCE launches the Graduate Awards to identify the most promising newcomers to the civil engineering profession.

March Pipers Row carpark roof slab collapses pointing to punching shear failure.

May Labour landslide victory spells changes for the construction industry.

NCE is 25 years old.

June Handover of Hong Kong - supplement describing what has been achieved and what to expect in the future.

Sept Engineering Council publishes SARTOR - its new route to chartered membership.

Easter fl ooding in England and Wales - the Environment Agency's flood warning system comes under question.

May Civils exhibition launched.

July NCE analyses John Prescott's Integrated transport white paper.

July NCE analyses the Egan Report - the message: the construction industry must 'change or die'.

Sept Mike Casebourne appointed ICE chief executive.

October Deputy prime minister John Prescott marks the start of construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link by digging a shovel into the ground.

Dec Engineers help get Honduras back on its feet after being devastated by Hurricane Mitch March 1999 Mont Blanc tunnel fire kills 49 people and prompts a major review of tunnel safety across around the world.

NCE discovers that the tunnel operator had never conducted a formal fire drill.

May Partial opening of Jubilee Line extension, but 14 months late.

July Government launches Strategic Rail Authority.

October Ladbroke Grove rail crash.

11 Nov NCE relaunched.

Jan NCE website, nceplus.

co. uk, launched.

Feb NCE celebrates construction of the Millennium Dome with an in depth supplement amid controversy over low visitor numbers.

March Channel Tunnel Rail Link supplement.

May fi rst NCE/ICE State of the Nation assessing the condition of UK infrastructure NCE supplement outlining the progress of the shadow Strategic Rail Authority.

June 100,000 people walk across London's Millennium Bridge causing it to 'wobble', triggering a major review of pedestrian bridge design.

Aug Antony Oliver becomes editor of NCE.

Sept Landmark Council vote to introduce dual corporate membership giving Incorporated Engineers same rights as Chartered Engineers.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland regional offices set up.

October the Hatfield rail crash - caused by a broken rail. Leads to the eventual collapse of Railtrack and injection of billions of pounds into the rail network.

Nov Arup announces the solution to stop the Millennium Bridge wobbling.

February Prime minister Tony Blair backs excellence in public building design with the announcement of a new special category for this year's British Construction Industry Awards.

Feb The Selby rail crash - a Land Rover leaves the M62 motorway and ploughs onto the East Coast Main Line. 13 rail passengers die when a high speed train crash derails into the path of a freight train.

Feb past president ICE Roger Sainsbury withdraws his membership claiming the dual corporate membership decision was 'rushed'.

March NCEinsite launched - new free magazine produced by NCE for 16 to 19 year old students.

September - 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center - NCE explains the collapse and explores implications for tall buildings.

Oct Board of Incorporated Engineers & Technicians winds up having achieved its quest of gaining equal status for Incorporated Engineers one year earlier.

Oct Engineering & Technology Board is created from the old Engineering Council to raise the profile of the industry.

Nov Mike Casebourne quits as chief executive after becoming 'frustrated' by the slow pace of reform within the Institution.

Nov Transport secretary Stephen Byers gives go ahead for Heathrow Terminal 5 (T5).

May Seven people die and 76 are injured when a passenger train travelling from London to Norfolk derails at Potters Bar railway station in Hertfordshire.

Questions asked about rail maintenance.

July Expensive repair programme looms as Thelwall viaduct bearing failures are discovered.

Sept Tom Foulkes becomes director general of ICE.

October Royal engineers battle to rebuild Kabul in Afghanistan.

Dec Infrastructure contractors sign 30 year PPP contracts with London Underground.

Do engineers need A- level maths- The debate leads to the CleverClogs competition.

February Channel Tunnel Rail Link tunnel collapses in East London, just before the TBM is to go under the Central Line.

Highways Agency criticised after motorists stranded on snowbound M11 Reconstructing iraq - NCE reports from Basra on reconstruction efforts.

June Council votes to explore merger with Mechanical, Electrical & Incorporated engineers.

July State of the Nation relaunched by ICE with energy as key theme.

16 ICE regions realigned to match the new regional development agencies. Four of these will run pilot schemes to operate from regional offices.

August Power blackout hits eastern US, raising concerns about security of supply in the UK.

October Network Rail takes maintenance contracts back in house November Four die in Atlantic City carpark collapse - concrete shear wall failure suspected.

Dec Engineering Council (UK) launches UK-SPEC to replace the Standard Routes to Registration (SARTOR) Feb T5 50-page supplement in NCE.

19 April Nicoll Highway collapse in Singapore highlights the importance of independent checking of temporary works.

May Paris airport terminal collapse raises questions about the structure's innovative concrete shell.

August Will Athens be ready for the Olympics- NCE tracks down the progress of new roads, underground stations, stadia and tram links.

August Flooding in Boscastle.

Over 75mm of rain falls in the area around Boscastle in just two hours. Locals report a 3m high 'tidal wave' charging through streets sweeping up trees and cars in its path.

Dec CleverClogs live final.

January NCE reports from Banda Aceh and Sri Lanka following the Boxing Day tsunami.

February Madrid's Windsor Tower is partially destroyed by a progressive collapse during a major fire.

Feb London's bid to host the 2012 Olympics explained in depth in NCE supplement.

March Jean Venables announced as first female president elect.

Members consulted on widening membership and merger with IMechE.

May Members agree to 15% subscriptions rise to pay for regional support teams.

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