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Transport Secretary visits Railway Centre

Transport Secretary visits Railway Centre
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The then Secretary of State for Transport, Phil Hammond, visited the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) on 8 June, to better understand the role of research in enhancing the technical and economic performance of Britain's railways.

What have cows got to do with waste water quality?

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Dr Cynthia Carliell-Marquet, lecturer and water researcher in the School of Civil Engineering, has been working with Severn Trent Water to better understand their anaerobic digesters and bioenergy output.

Launch of European Engineering Deans' Council

Launch of European Engineering Deans' Council
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The European Engineering Deans' Council (EEDC) was launched at the 2011 SEFI Conference, held in Lisbon in September. The University of Birmingham is the only UK founding member university of the EEDC. Professor Kamel Hawwash, of the School of Civil Engineering, represented Professor Richard A Williams, Head of College, at the council's initial meeting.

Professor Chris Baker - International expertise in sustainable transport

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Professor Chris Baker, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, has been invited to become a member of a United Nations Expert Group on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for International Transport Networks.

Aspiring engineers go 'on the rails' at residential course

Aspiring engineers go 'on the rails' at residential course
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Forty aspiring teenage engineers were on campus in July to take part in a four-day residential course, exploring the technologies and systems of railway engineering. Hosted by the University of Birmingham's Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), 16 and 17 year olds from across the country took part in one of two challenges that explored aerodynamics, crashworthiness, radio communications, railway control and signalling systems.

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education - Connecting with research prizes

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A team from the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education has won the IMechE Railway Division Prize (WA Agnew Meritorious/ CN Goodall Award Prize) 2011 for their paper, 'Real-Time Train Re-Scheduling in Junction Areas'.

Civil Engineering professor joins BSI panel

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Professor Chris Baker, Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, has been invited to join the Aerodynamics panel of the British Standards Institution (BSI).

Building bridges with local schools

Building bridges with local schools
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Dr Andrew Quinn, Senior Lecturer in Atmospheric Science and Engineering, was invited to speak to a group of local primary school teachers in September, as part of a wider programme of University-led activities for schools.

Mapping the underworld: Pipeline Location and Condition Assessment Event

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This year's Mapping the Underworld (MTU) annual event was held at the Ordinance Survey, Southampton on the 8th of September and was supported by the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG) and UK Water Industries Research (UKWIR). Mapping the underworld is a major research programme aimed at developing a robust suite of techniques for identifying the range of services that underlie our streets. More accurate identification of this, often complex, network of pipes and cables has the potential to significantly reduce costs, delays and accidents.

Senior Road Executives' Programme, 2011

Senior Road Executives' Programme, 2011
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This year was no exception and Dr Michael Burrow and his colleagues in the School welcomed more than 40 highway engineers from around the world for education and training over four linked, 3-day intensive residential courses.

Planning for water supply: learning from historical approaches

Planning for water supply: learning from historical approaches
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Did Victorian approaches to uncertainty in water resources and supply planning offer any lessons or guidance for planning and designing water resources and supply schemes today? Dr John Bridgman investigates.

Novel wind tunnels at the University of Birmingham

Novel wind tunnels at the University of Birmingham
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The wind engineering team of the School of Civil Engineering has a reputation for not only undertaking high quality work but also for investigating challenging issues which cross a number of boundaries.
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