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Assigned assessment of contaminated land risksMay 20, 2019

One of the main risks and misconceptions in our industry is the thought process that if providing radon protection to a development you are also providing protection against all other ground gas and vapour risks, which isn’t necessarily the case, writes Michael Sweeney
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Glass skyscrapers: A great environmental folly that could have been avoidedMay 20, 2019

As part of my research into sustainable architecture, I have examined the use of glass in buildings throughout history, and if architects had paid more attention to the difficulties of building with glass, the great environmental damage wrought by modern glass skyscrapers could have been avoided, writes Henrik Schoenefeldt
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Structural engineering: A peak into the futureMay 7, 2019

In this article, submitted to the Institution of Structural Engineers Kenneth Severn Award 2018, and which received a commendation, RPS' Michael Minehane asks what structural engineering practice will look like in 10-15 years’ time and how can the professional community help with preparations

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‘The Chief’ Down Under: The life and works of engineering hero CY O’ConnorMay 7, 2019

Unwarranted criticism and libellous accusations of corruption badly affected O'Connor's mental health and led him to take his own life, but one of Ireland's and Australia's greatest engineers left an extraordinary legacy - in a mere 10 years he transformed Western Australia and today, more than 100 years after his death, he is regarded as a local hero
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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