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As the leading source of information and comment on civil engineering issues, we provide expert views and thoughts on all things infrastructure.

Our blog contains regular updates from across the world of civil engineering, reflecting the views of our staff, members and the leading infrastructure decision makers.

All posts (109):

  • The Government highlights “improving procurement” as one of the ten pillars that should support the UK’s industrial strategy

    Procurement and Brexit: Is it business as usual?

    • Author: Paul Nash
    • Date: 24 April, 2017

    Paul Nash of CIOB discusses the potential impact of regulatory changes following Brexit on infrastructure sector procurement between the UK and EU.

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  • The industrial strategy will “provide a policy framework against which major public and private sector investment decisions can be made

    Building our industrial strategy

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 20 April, 2017

    An industrial strategy is a key part of the Government’s plan for the long-term prosperity of the UK. ICE has responded to the first consultation on the strategy – here’s what we said.

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  • 27% of construction jobs in London are currently filled by EU nationals

    Skills shortage and Brexit

    • Author: Amanda Clack
    • Date: 18 April, 2017

    The skills shortage is a critical issue for the UK construction sector. Whether it’s drastically increasing the number of homes we build or to deliver the world class infrastructure our economy depends on, access to high standard…

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  • European standards bodies are not part of the EU, but Britain’s continued participation depends on meeting certain obligations

    Brexit Infrastructure Group publishes codes and standards briefing

    • Author: Dr Scott Steedman CBE
    • Date: 10 April, 2017

    What will Brexit mean for the European codes and standards across the engineering sector? Scott Steedman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) explains.

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  • From 2012–2016, the European Investment Bank invested more than €31bn in the UK economy. Image: Josh Howard

    Five infrastructure considerations for Brexit

    • Author: James Stewart
    • Date: 03 April, 2017

    KPMG’s James Stewart highlights five key challenges facing infrastructure and construction, from project funding to the UK’s reputation as a global hub.

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  • Storage can help fill gaps in the grid when renewables like wind and solar are not generating electricity. Image: Karsten Würth

    Levelling the playing field for electricity storage

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 28 March, 2017

    The energy regulator Ofgem has taken another step forward in levelling the playing field for electricity storage operators.

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  • State of the Nation 2017: Digital transformation - Digital is transforming infrastructure. What more do we need to do to realise digital’s full potential?

    Realising the potential of digital transformation

    • Author: Dr Anne Kemp
    • Date: 22 March, 2017

    Today ICE launches its latest State of the Nation report focused on the digital transformation of UK infrastructure and how fully engaging with digital delivery and smart infrastructure can unlock infrastructure productivity and…

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  • An artist's impression of Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Design on Crossrail started before the iPhone existed

    Digital transformation - why as engineers we need to keep pace

    • Author: Jennifer Whyte
    • Date: 16 March, 2017

    The challenges and opportunities associated with the digital transformation of the infrastructure sector are recognized globally. In advance of ICE’s State of the Nation 2017 report on digital transformation we look at the…

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  • Investment in 5G, superfast broadband deployment and a new digital strategy show the UK Government is taking digital seriously

    Digital communications and infrastructure dependencies

    • Author: Kelly Forbes
    • Date: 13 March, 2017

    In the latest in our series of blogs looking at the ongoing National Infrastructure Assessment, we consider what growing connectivity means for our physical infrastructure, disruptive new technologies and increasing interdependencies.

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  • Most efforts to reduce emissions from energy have focused on electricity, but 50% of UK energy use is for heating

    Three routes to low carbon energy

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 01 March, 2017

    In our latest blog picking out key parts of our response to a National Infrastructure Assessment, we look at three ways of reducing our reliance on carbon-intensive energy.

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