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  • View of Hong Kong skyline. Image credit: Ryan McManimie/Unsplash

    Hong Kong launches Construction 2.0

    • Author: Lam Sai-hung
    • Date: 21 January, 2019

    The Hong Kong government is upgrading its £30 billion a year construction industry. Lam Sai-hung of the Development Bureau says Construction 2.0 will focus on innovation, professionalisation and revitalisation.  

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  • Over 3,500 delegates attended the five-day Global Engineering Congress in October. Image credit: Visual Eye

    GEC action plan for Sustainable Development Goals

    • Author: Nathan Baker
    • Date: 17 January, 2019

    Nathan Baker says the Global Engineering Congress led to a coordinated plan of action for achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  

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  • Qube Renewables’ flat-pack anaerobic digesters can produce biogas for cooking and heating within two days of being filled with food waste, sewage and other biodegradable waste.

    Planning for a more bio-resourceful future

    • Author: Jeff Cooper
    • Date: 14 January, 2019

    Renewable energy consultant Jeff Cooper says that society needs to reduce food and other bio-resource waste as well as ensure greater re-use of what’s left over.

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  • Managing water quality requires careful control throughout the supply system.

    Do our water quality standards demonstrate to the public that their water supply is clean?

    • Author: Martin Kimber, Christopher Binnie, and Hugh Thomas
    • Date: 10 January, 2019

    Martin Kimber, Christopher Binnie and Hugh Thomas discuss the importance of water quality management to ensure that what’s supplied to consumers is of a consistent standard.

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  • Net-zero carbon dioxide emissions emerging as an international target.

    What we need for the journey to net-zero carbon emissions

    • Author: ICE Energy Panel
    • Date: 07 January, 2019

    Net-zero carbon dioxide emissions must be achieved to ensure that climate change is kept within tolerable levels. ICE's Energy Panel discusses the 'net-zero' concept and the innovations needed to move from rhetoric to…

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  • Lessons learned from the tragic Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa will help make bridges safer. Image credit: Salvatore1991/Wikimedia Commons

    Learning from the Genoa bridge collapse

    • Author: Steve Jones
    • Date: 03 January, 2019

    The tragic collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge is a stark reminder of the risks of time-related deterioration and increased loading. Steve Jones, from the University of Liverpool, discusses the lessons learned.  

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  • Renewable energy in the Dubai built environment.

    Designing for zero energy waste

    • Author: Yazen Saleh
    • Date: 21 December, 2018

    In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a resident will typically consume 45,162 GWh (DEWA-Annual Statistics 2017) annually. Yazen Saleh discusses the implementation of green building and sustainability concepts, principles and techniques in…

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  • Blockchain technology: could it revolutionise construction?

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

    Balint Penzes, Consultant Engineer at COWI, discusses the latest ICE report ‘Blockchain technology in construction’ offering insights into how blockchain could disrupt the entire industry.

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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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