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Beale Lecture Series 2014/15

Date
27/01/2015 - 03/03/2015
Description
The School of Civil Engineering will be running its popular series of industrial lectures on Tuesday early evening during term-time. All students in the School, and anyone interested in the topic, are welcome. Each talk will be given by an engineer working in the civil engineering (or related) industry and the series will prove interesting, informative and an opportunity to meet potential employers – as well as giving students an insight into what they might be doing themselves in the not-to-distant-future.

Selected news

From Lab Bench to Backbench

Description
John Bridgeman, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences will be swapping lab coat for legislation, when he visits civil servant, James Riches, at the House of Commons today (Monday 24 November) for a "Week in Westminster", as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK's national academy of science.

Study hard and remember to network says new CIHT Fellow

Description
High flying transportation specialist Andy McLoughlin's decision to gain further qualifications at Birmingham and widen his professional horizons have led to a complete turnaround in his career.

New Staff in Civil Engineering, July - October 2014

Description
A round-up of new Civil Engineering faculty March - July 2014.

A Summer at Mott MacDonald

Description
Final year Civil Engineering student Jo Maguire spent some time working with Mott MacDonald this summer. Here she gives us a taste of what she was doing.

Developing new solutions for rural roads around the globe

Description
The School of Civil Engineering launched the brand new 'Rural Roads for Development' programme this autumn as part of its portfolio of professional development courses.

High-speed rail college a boost for the region – the hard work starts now

Description
Last week the government announced that the headquarters of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham, with a satellite site in Doncaster. This is good news for the railway industry and good news for the two regions. It's also good news for the University of Birmingham, which will play a key role in the work of the college through its Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).

Rail safety in China is on the right track with new degree courses

Description
The critical activities of managing safety and risk across China's vast and complex railway network is being aided by a new programme launched at the University of Birmingham, UK. The course in Railway Risk and Safety Management has been jointly developed by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) University of Birmingham and the High Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) Group, University of York, UK. The first intake of graduate diploma students will enrol at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China later this month.

Birmingham at the IMechE Railway Challenge

Description
For the third year in succession the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education have entered a vehicle in the IMechE Railway Challenge. With the only hydrogen-powered engine in the competition, the team had an excellent experience and achieved 3rd place in the competition.

University to play key role in training of HS2 engineers

Description
The University of Birmingham is to play a key role in the training of engineers working on the HS2 rail link, following the announcement that the National College for High Speed Rail will be jointly located in the city.

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions
Description
Lodging, the term used to describe the flattening effect of high wind speeds and heavy rainfall on trees or crops, has a significant economic impact on the UK crop industry. Research in the School of Civil Engineering seeks to make recommendations for improvements in the agricultural industry to reduce the sometimes devastating effects. "A generalised model of crop lodging" was awarded College Best Publication Award.

Connecting Africa: Transport Infrastructure

Description
Connecting Africa: Transport Infrastructure, 20 – 22 October 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard
Description
The vast network of utility services buried underground is fundamental to the way we live today, however around 4 million holes are dug into UK roads each year resulting in traffic disruption, high costs and wasted man hours. Not only this, inaccurate, incomplete and/or out-of-date information on the existence and location of utility assets poses problems for new construction or rehabilitation works and many projects don't go according to plan. Dr Nicole Metje, School of Civil Engineering, has spent nearly two years as the academic advisor for a dedicated committee working on the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) project, which sought to address some of these challenges.
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