Build it Bigger

Another fantastic YouTube discovery that I wanted to share with you guys! Build it Bigger! Check out how these guys are rebuilding the subway system in New York – just amazing!

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Honors for Civil Engineering!

british_empire_medalEach year a list of people are awarded honors in recognition of achievements they have made in public life or commitments to serving and helping Britain. One of the awards is the ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)’ which is awarded for “a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community” or “local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.”

This year one of the receivers of this award is Clair Gott, for services to civil engineering and charitable work in Cameroon. Clair is currently part of the team working on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station. She actively operates in the civil engineering community, working with an accumulation of bodies promoting civil engineering as a career choice, and particularly promoting diversity within the industry. Continue reading

Planning for Construction!

download (1)The world of construction is one that is constantly developing and countless construction projects are always underway around the world. In order for these projects to be completed successfully, the management has to be overseen by experts with a great wealth of experience in the industry. However, even with the most experienced managers at the helm of projects, things can still go wrong. The following are a few things to bear in mind when you are tasked with organizing such a project! Continue reading

Australian Foreign Worker Visa Shake-Up!!

downloadAn expert engineer in Australia has raised his voice to join the shout of unions in protesting against proposed visa reforms in Australia. The proposals are focused around making it easier for foreign workers to obtain visas to work as engineers in the country. This would allow large numbers of specialized engineers to commence work.

The expert who has spoken out against these proposals, Steve Durkin, is the Chief Executive of Engineers Australia. Durkin believes that by allowing foreign workers to have temporary visas, without requiring them to pass a language test or a skills test, could seriously be of detriment to the quality of engineering in the country. Those entering the country on one of these temporary visas would be able to work as an engineer in the country for up to a year. Continue reading

Will a Lack of Engineers Threaten Air Safety?

Aviation-Desktop-BackgroundIt has been suggested that a lack of skilled engineers could soon pose a serious threat to the safety of British military aviation. A report published this year by Air Marshal Dick Garwood, the boss at the Military Aviation Authority (MAA), speaks of how air safety could be compromised, “mainly due to the significant and widespread shortage of suitably qualified experienced personnel”. The personnel that the report talks of are engineers, air traffic controllers and aircrew.

In his report, Garwood goes on to say that his concerns in no way suggest that military aviation in Britain is currently unsafe. In order to support this statement, he talks of how the last year has actually seen an incredibly low accident level. Continue reading

More Engineers Needed in the UK!

It’s a HUGE number but the figures are now suggesting that at least 50,000 new skilled and qualified engineers need to be recruited each year! If this number of people aren’t found then a hole begins to emerge in the economy!

One firm in particular – EngineeringUK – have said that they believe over 180,000 vacancies are available at engineering firms every year! However, research from this same firm suggests that only 127,000 of these positions are likely to be filled. Within the body of the research, the claim was made that for each new engineering role that is filled, a further two jobs are created elsewhere within the wider industry. The research has been endorsed by the Business secretary, Vince Cable. Continue reading