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The I-35W Highway Bridge collapse: Lessons learnedApril 23, 2019

From its initial design to the stockpiling of materials during subsequent renovation, Sean Brady details a succession of failures and missed opportunities that resulted in the catastrophic collapse of a highway bridge in Minnesota

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Recycling plastic waste in cement composites: An analysisApril 23, 2019

Gurbir Kaur and Sara Pavía explore the possibility of raising the amount of recycled plastic (34%) by replacing sand with plastic waste in mortars and concretes, as this would not only reduce plastic incineration and landfill but would also lower raw material extraction with the consequent economy in fuel and carbon emissions

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Professional indemnity market in Ireland: Update and overviewApril 23, 2019

The professional indemnity market in Ireland is undergoing significant change. This also applies to those that purchase design and construct professional indemnity insurance. Brian O’Mara looks at the current state of the market, and revisits important steps every firm should take regarding their own renewal

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European cities continue to grow greener: Part IIApril 9, 2019

The European Green Capital Award, which was initiated in 2008, aims to reward cities for environmental performance, sustainability plans and acting as a role model for other cities. In Part II, we look at the four cities in this case study: Copenhagen, Essen, Nijmegen and Oslo

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European cities continue to grow greener: Part IMarch 26, 2019

The European Green Capital Award, which was initiated in 2008, aims to reward cities for environmental performance, sustainability plans and acting as a role model for other cities. In Part I, we look at the 12 environmental indicators as well as cities of the future
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Why engineers are choosing startups over established firmsMarch 26, 2019

Engineers and scientists who choose to work in startups over established firms place lower importance on job security and salary but greater importance on independence and responsibility, writes associate professor of strategy at ESMT Berlin Henry Sauermann
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Engineering models: How they can detect a thousand picturesMarch 12, 2019

Models have been meticulously constructed for a wide range of projects including incinerator plants, harbour and port expansions, roads, bridges, tunnels, waste and wastewater facilities, industrial design projects, petrochemical plants, aircraft interiors, breweries and pharmaceutical projects, writes Ger Crowley

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Obituary: Max William Abrahamson (1932-2018)February 26, 2019

The Engineers Journal pays tribute to the life and work of Max Abrahamson, a construction lawyer par excellence, who wrote 'Engineering Law and the ICE Contracts', which became widely known as 'the engineers’ bible'. He consulted on projects in more than 60 countries, including EuroDisney and the Bahrain Causeway

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London congestion charge: What worked, what didn’t, what nextFebruary 26, 2019

After 15 years of operation, London’s congestion charge can be celebrated as a success. It has set the bar for other cities; but looking ahead, it needs reform to meet the financial and logistical challenge of providing a good transport system for Londoners, writes Nicole Badstuber