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New issue of ICE journal covers the impact of Covid-19 on the profession

18 April 2022

The special issue of the Civil Engineering journal details how the industry coped and adapted during the unprecedented global pandemic.

New issue of ICE journal covers the impact of Covid-19 on the profession
Civil engineers had to make immediate changes to their working practices to keep vital projects moving. Image credit: Maha H/Shutterstock

ICE Publishing has released a special issue of its Civil Engineering journal delving into the impact of Covid-19 on the infrastructure industry.

The May 2022 issue of the journal contains eight papers. These look into the following topics:

  • The practical difficulties of creating a Covid-safe environment in confined underground spaces.
  • How the pandemic affected infrastructure businesses in India, where the construction sector employs nearly 60 million people.
  • How the use of virtual technology kept important projects progressing.
  • Lessons learned from the pandemic that will affect the future of civil engineering worldwide.

This special issue was edited by Claudia Currie, associate transport planner at Mott MacDonald and Sulo Shanmuganathan, chief engineer for the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.

They said: “The rapid international spread of Covid-19 left no infrastructure sector unscathed.”

“Every civil engineer and their employers had to adapt rapidly as numerous lockdowns started to be imposed in 2020.”

Emerging with a ‘new normal’

The Covid-19 pandemic reshaped the landscape of the construction industry, forcing professionals to reset their thinking on future infrastructure demands.

With unforeseen disruption to daily lives at work, school, and home, the way many people lived and worked changed at an extraordinary scale.

Many of the innovative solutions for survival proved effective and now form part of a ‘new normal’ as workers tentatively emerge into a post-pandemic world.

Civil engineers were faced with providing resilient infrastructure, while making immediate changes to their working practices to keep vital projects moving.

Simultaneously, professionals worked to understand the demands for urban, sewage and sanitation infrastructure considering the dangers of widespread infectious disease.

The editors of the special issue, Currie and Shanmuganathan, stated that collaboration was key to the industry’s survival:

“Overall, civil engineers have learnt that working collaboratively has ensured their survival, not just as individuals but also of their projects and businesses.”

“The profession has largely bounced back but with many outdated techniques and practices replaced with more effective and innovative solutions born out of the pandemic.”

How to access Civil Engineering special issues

ICE members can add the two special issues per year to their membership subscription from £25.80.

Recent issues come with videos discussing the project challenges that paper authors had to overcome.

When a special issue is published, ICE emails the subscribers a digital copy.

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  • Abiola Lawal, assistant journals manager at ICE