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Plastic Roads: A circular economy

Recycled plastic bottles are being used to create road building materials in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry. Aramco engineers have been using materials ranging from plastic cups, to bottles and various packaging to produce a more robust road surface which requires less maintenance in comparison to conventional construction methods. …

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New construction methods to slash carbon emissions by over 60%

Ground-breaking new strategies set to cut carbon emissions by an estimated 66% for HS2’s construction of the Thame Valley Viaduct have been unveiled by the company. The final designs for the viaduct were released on Wednesday (6th April). Using the latest construction methods, every major element of the viaduct will be prefabricated before being assembled …

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HS2 to offer training and 3,000 local jobs across West Midlands

The Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) Skills Academy at South and City College Birmingham’s Bordesley Green campus is gearing up to train more people, offering 3,000 local jobs across the next four years with BBV’s labour supply chain partners. The BBV Skills Academy sits within one of Birmingham’s most deprived wards and first opened its doors in …

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A day in the life of a: Young Specialist Civil Engineer running multi-million, global projects.

On the coast of the Gulf of Lion, near sunny Marseille, a brand-new home is under construction. This house will accommodate a husband and wife, in addition to their first baby due at the end of the month. Working on the house is Emmanuel Gallet, a 32-year-old Specialist Civil Engineer from Marseille. He is also …

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£15m post-storm railway works will support wildlife

Following nationwide, brutal storms, Network Rail engineers have delivered a £15m investment across 30 worksites. The works are set to improve journeys for Brighton Main Line passengers, but special attention has been paid to help preserve biodiversity and give wildlife a home along the line. Wildlife is one of the first things impacted when a …

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A day in the life of a: Construction Manager working on a multi-million pound project.

Meet Theo Coleman, a 32-year-old Construction Manager from Burnley currently working on two of Manchester’s new multi-million pound high rise buildings. It started at 16. Part time summer jobs working on construction sites, followed by a failed attempt at A Levels, to dropping them to pursue a BTEC, “I can’t even remember what it really …

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Trials underway for new eco-friendly piling technology

A pioneering new building method that could deliver carbon-free energy to stations along Britain’s new high speed rail network is being trialled at an HS2 construction site. Ground heat will be harnessed through the foundations of a newly built construction site office, with the technology estimated to gather – by civil engineering experts, Keltbray – …

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HS2 on track to simulation station

HS2 staff will soon be able to explore a virtual reality 3D replica of the railway network with specialist headsets to investigate and help fix real-world issues. Virtual Reality (AI) – a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment – and real time monitoring sensors will be built into HS2’s infrastructure, including rails, bridges …

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