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  • apprenticeships now offer a real alternative route to membership of the ice

    Apprenticeships come of age

    • Author: Richard Davis
    • Date: 02 December, 2019

    The number of civil-engineering-related apprenticeships now on offer in the UK is growing, offering a real alternative route into the profession. ICE is fully supportive, says apprenticeship manager Richard Davis.

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  • Understanding the difficulties of digital transformation in construction

    • Author: Valdengrave Okumu
    • Date: 21 November, 2019

    Many construction companies are yet to reap the full benefits of digital platforms. Valdengrave Okumu discusses how we must educate ourselves on the area of digitisation and implement technologies that will drive the industry further ahead.

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    Offshore generation of hydrogen at far from shore wind farms

    • Author: Neil Glover
    • Date: 11 November, 2019

    To achieve a zero-carbon future, alternative methods of delivering energy, including their generation and distribution, must be seriously investigated for both Technical and commercial viability. Maritime Expert Panel member, Neil Glover, dis...

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    Is construction ready for Industry 4.0?

    • Author: andy Hastie
    • Date: 07 November, 2019

    Andy Hastie, Marketing Lead, Invennt discusses the findings of their joint roundtable with ICE which asked industry leaders the question – is construction ready for industry 4.0?

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  • How to bridge the digital generation gap

    • Author: Tony J. Bowerman
    • Date: 04 November, 2019

    Finite Element Analysis is becoming increasingly popular in our industry. But how can we validate our results? Dr Andrew Lees of Tensar shares guidance on bridging the “digital generation gap”.

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  • How regulation can enable new business models for large-scale developments 

    • Author: William Mackveley
    • Date: 25 October, 2019

    Many see regulation as the unnecessary ‘red tape’ that stifles efficiency and innovation. However, Severn Trent Connect, a new business in the water sector, is leveraging the flexibilit...

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    How can engineering organisations successfully adapt to climate change?

    • Author: John Dora
    • Date: 21 October, 2019

    BSI has recently published a new global standard to help organisations adapt to climate change. Civil engineer John Dora, who led the international drafting committee, says everyone involved in infrastructure should read it.

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  • the stereotype of the hard hat-wearing construction worker needs to be replaced with the image of the architect. image credit: daniel mccullough/unsplash

    Why the lowest price isn't sustainable

    • Author: Phil Joyce
    • Date: 15 October, 2019

    Lowest-price tendering is having serious consequences for the construction industry, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Phil Joyce of The Orange Partnership explains.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals and the triple bottom line 

    • Author: Elodie Huiban
    • Date: 10 October, 2019

    Elodie Huiban, ICE Knowledge Strategy Manager, wants to encourage project teams to prioritise SDGs for their projects to enable successful, long-term outcomes.

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    Designing for pedestrians

    • Author: John Schoon
    • Date: 19 September, 2019

    John Schoon examines the issues around pedestrian characteristics and practical design to see how people can be encouraged to walk more.

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