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  • Rødsand 2 MW wind farm off the Danish coast has 90 turbines 115 m tall (Ole Christiansen/Eon).

    Modelling offshore wind turbines

    • Author: John Owen
    • Date: 13 January, 2017

    John Owen, editor of new themed issue of the ICE Engineering and Computational Mechanics journal on offshore wind, says engineering modelling of offshore wind turbine structures offers many exciting challenges

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  • Intermediate road maintenance technologies such as this tractor-towed grader help to reduce capital costs

    Transport’s role in ending global poverty

    • Author: Elizabeth Jones
    • Date: 12 January, 2017

    Elizabeth Jones, editor of a new free-to-download themed issue of the ICE Transport journal, says improving transport infrastructure is essential to eradicating global poverty

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  • Your CPD record is the key.

    How CPD can help your career take off this year

    • Author: Jenny Cooke
    • Date: 11 January, 2017

    What do you hope to achieve in the next 12 months? Your CPD record could be your secret weapon, says ICE Council member Jenny Cooke

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  • Find out what is our pick this month.

    Library book of the month - January 2017

    • Author: Anna Plodowski
    • Date: 11 January, 2017

    This month we are delighted to have Anna Plodowski from the ICE Engineering Knowledge department reviewing Engineering – A Very Short Introduction by David Blockley.

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  • Delivering a third runway at Heathrow will present a number of major challenges

    Podcast - how will we build an additional runway at Heathrow airport?

    • Author: Adam Kirkup
    • Date: 09 January, 2017

    As an additional runway at Heathrow airport gets the backing from government, we examine how this huge infrastructure project will be built and what the benefits and challenges will be.

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  • How can we create new developments and public spaces where people actually want to live?

    Garden villages, new places and the legacy of Jane Jacobs

    • Author: Adam Kirkup
    • Date: 09 January, 2017

    As government announces plans for 14 new garden village developments, ICE’s Adam Kirkup considers how the work of 20th century urbanist Jane Jacobs continues to resonate

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  • Hyperloop pods will travel at 1150 km/h in low-pressure tubes, cutting the London to Edinburgh journey to 35 minutes.

    Edinburgh’s Hyperloop team predict a transport revolution

    • Author: Adam Anyszewski and Carolina Toczycka
    • Date: 16 December, 2016

    A team of over 50 students at Edinburgh University is building a 1150 km/h ‘Hyperloop’ pod for evaluation by SpaceX in June 2017. Adam Anyszewski and Carolina Toczycka of HypEd say it could revolutionise transport

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  • Over 1000 people died in this 2013 building collapse in Bangladesh – forensic engineering can help to prevent it happening again.

    Forensic engineering in developing countries

    • Author: Harshavardhan Subbarao
    • Date: 14 December, 2016

    A new themed issue of ICE’s Forensic Engineering journal on developing countries aims to encourage investigation of construction failures

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  • Mexico City’s symbolic Monument of Independence is now overlooked by modern buildings of the global market.

    Cities: keeping them different

    • Author: Derya Oktay
    • Date: 12 December, 2016

    We need to reverse the gradual destruction of the character and distinctiveness of our cities says Derya Oktay, editor of a new themed issue of ICE’s Urban Design and Planning journal on urban identity in the era of globalisation.

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  • The potential for bias to influence adjudicators is something that has been explored through case law.

    What happens if an adjudicator is perceived to be biased?

    • Author: Robert Evans
    • Date: 17 November, 2016

    Are you biased? Most adjudicators could honestly answer “no.” However, in the adversarial world of construction adjudication this is rarely the end of the matter.

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