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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 (92):

  • 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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  • ICE President Sir John Armitt is a member of the Thames estuary commission led by Lord Heseltine.

    Engineering a future for the Thames Estuary

    • Author: Rod Hulse
    • Date: 09 September, 2016

    Despite significant levels of investment in infrastructure, the Thames estuary still contains highly deprived areas. The Thames estuary commission’s long term vision must have these communities at its core.

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  • ICE President Sir John Armitt is chairing a Brexit Leadership Group representing the infrastructure and construction industry

    Industry must unite to make Brexit a success

    • Author: Sir John Armitt
    • Date: 11 August, 2016

    ICE President Sir John Armitt calls for the infrastructure and construction industry to unite around a clear post-Brexit vision.

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  • The M25 running through Buckinghamshire, one of the counties making up England’s Economic Hearltand. Image credit: Timo Newton-Syms [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

    Engines, Powerhouses and now a Heartland

    • Author: Ben Goodwin
    • Date: 05 August, 2016

    England's Economic Heartland – covering Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, and Northamptonshire among others – is the  latest regional initiative following the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine.

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  • Fast and powerful 5G networks have the potential to change how we design, deliver and operate our infrastructure

    ICE sets out industry perspectives on 5G technology

    • Author: Kelly Forbes
    • Date: 03 August, 2016

    ICE Policy Manager, Kelly Forbes, outlines the scope of the National Infrastructure Commission’s latest inquiry into 5G technology, and summarizes ICE’s response.

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  • Representatives from across the profession meet in Parliament to celebrate women in engineering.

    Women, engineering and politics

    • Author: Anusha Shah
    • Date: 01 August, 2016

    ICE Fellow, Anusha Shah, describes a gathering of women engineers in Parliament which she attended last month and discusses the role of engineers in politics.

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