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  • Blockchain technology: could it revolutionise construction?

    • Author: Adam Kirkup
    • Date: 17 December, 2018

    Blockchain technology has arrived, offering immense opportunity for industry to become more effective, transparent, productive and sustainable. But what is it, and how can the construction sector harness this potential? Balint …

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  • Disasters: how civil engineers can help, and not just afterwards

    • Author: Carlos Molina Hutt, Mark Scorer and Josh Macabuag
    • Date: 10 December, 2018

    Civil engineers are well placed to help communities recover from disasters as well as protecting them before they occur. Carlos Molina Hutt of the University of British Columbia and Mark Scorer and Josh Macabuag of charity Saraid explain…

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  • Typical steel module (left) was modelled in a 40-storey building (right)

    Plug and play skyscrapers: can it be done?

    • Author: Wei Pan, Ray Su, Yancheng Cai and Ben Young
    • Date: 06 December, 2018

    Off-site manufacture of ‘plug and play’ modules is fast gaining ground in the housing and plant sectors. What are the engineering challenges for using it for high-rise buildings?

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  • How can digital shape a better world?

    • Author: Brendan Morahan
    • Date: 03 December, 2018

    Brendan Morahan, Director at Invennt, considers the potential of digital to enable infrastructure businesses to be more creative, efficient and shape a better built environment.

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    How mediation can help unlock project disputes

    • Author: Robert Gerrard
    • Date: 29 November, 2018

    Disputes on infrastructure projects can have a major impact on their successful delivery. Robert Gerrard, Secretary, NEC Users Group, discusses the benefits of mediation, and ICE’s dispute services for adjudication under the NEC contract.

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    How to share health and safety information through building information modelling

    • Author: Ant Burd
    • Date: 26 November, 2018

    BIM is now widely used to share design and technical information during project delivery and operation. Ant Burd introduces a new specification designed to get health and safety data included too.

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  • Marta Placencia

    How a returnship placement helped a civil engineer reignite her career

    • Author: Marta Placencia
    • Date: 22 November, 2018

    In 2014, Marta Placencia took time out of her job to travel the world and start a family. Returning to a career after this break was challenging, but Marta explains how the returnship programme offered by Morgan Sindall and promoted by…

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  • Constructing and maintaining networks of underground pipes is frequently prohibitively expensive.

    How infrastructure can optimise the value of poo

    • Author: Jack Sim
    • Date: 19 November, 2018

    Functioning sanitation systems are vital for healthy cities – but not every city can afford to have complex underground sewage systems. On World Toilet Day, Jack Sim, founder of the UN-affiliated, explores some…

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  • Current site with no year-round access to the village and school to the other side – pupils walk through the river, which is dangerous in rainy season. Image credit: Bridges to Prosperity

    Building bridges and connecting rural communities

    • Author: Balint Penzes
    • Date: 15 November, 2018

    Young engineers will be working on the Bridges to Prosperity programme to help build infrastructure to connect people in developing countries, but need the support of the engineering community to help fund this vital work.   

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  • New NEC4 contract creates a ‘true’ procurement alliance arrangement for all stakeholders

    • Author: Ian Heaphy
    • Date: 12 November, 2018

    ICE’s collaborative NEC contract suite is the infrastructure procurement route of choice in the UK, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand. Ian Heaphy introduces the latest member of the family, the NEC4 Alliance Contract.  

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