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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 (97):

  • A sustainable drainage system in Llanelli, Wales

    A place for SUDS

    • Author: Laura Grant
    • Date: 03 February, 2017

    More homes and businesses are at risk from surface water flooding than from any other kind of flood and the problem is increasing with growing urbanisation and development.

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  • ICE’s next State of the Nation report will look at the digital transformation of infrastructure

    Evolving infrastructure - ICE report on digital future

    • Author: Kelly Forbes
    • Date: 24 January, 2017

    How will technologies from autonomous vehicles to machine learning affect our infrastructure and how we build it? ICE’s Kelly Forbes discusses a new ICE report on the topic.

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  • The electricity grid is changing from traditional one-way flows from large generators to the consumer, to multiple smaller-scale generators

    Creating a smarter, more flexible energy system

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 06 December, 2016

    The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem have launched their much-delayed electricity storage consultation. However, in the long wait since it was first mooted it has picked up some other facets.

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  • Promoting active travel like cycling and walking is a key part of the new mayor’s plan for the capital

    What does 'A City for All Londoners' mean for infrastructure?

    • Author: Max Sugarman
    • Date: 28 November, 2016

    A City for All Londoners, Sadiq Khan’s first major policy statement since becoming mayor, signifies a number of changes for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London.

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  • The report considers road and rail links, as well as how the regional bodies responsible for infrastructure can work together.

    Report on Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor published

    • Author: Ben Goodwin
    • Date: 23 November, 2016

    The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has published an interim report into the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor consultation it ran this summer.

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  • The Government has chosen the option recommended by the independent Airports Commission led by Howard Davies

    Heathrow - a precedent for evidence-led decision making?

    • Author: Ben Goodwin
    • Date: 08 November, 2016

    While deciding on a third runway at Heathrow is important for UK infrastructure, how we reached the decision could be just as significant.

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  • Professor Tim Broyd is the 152nd ICE President

    Engineering a digital future

    • Author: Tim Broyd
    • Date: 07 November, 2016

    New ICE President Tim Broyd explains his vision of the civil engineer’s role in a digital future and how the industry can embrace change.

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  • A new energy committee report recognises that electricity storage technology can realise the potential of renewables

    Changing times - can UK energy stay on target?

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 27 October, 2016

    Recent months have seen a reshuffle of Government departments and the vote to leave the EU. ICE’s Gavin Miller looks at what this means for keeping the UK’s energy policy on course.

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  • ICE is one of 38 professional engineering institutions which contributed to the Brexit report

    Engineering the post-Brexit future

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 17 October, 2016

    Skills, standards, funding – the vote to leave the EU has raised some questions for the UK engineering sector. Today, engineering institutions published their recommendations for securing the best outcome from Brexit.

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  • New Street station, Birmingham. The Midlands Connect partnership will publish a transport strategy for the region in March 2017. Image: Bs0u10e01 [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Devolution and development

    • Author: Adrian Coy
    • Date: 14 October, 2016

    Adrian Coy sets out the need for English devolution deals to prioritise infrastructure development and provision of skills to realise their opportunities.

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