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'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard
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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 Not only this, inaccurate, incomplete and/or out-of-date information on the existence and location of utility assets poses problems for new construction or rehabilitation works and many projects don't go according to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.

New Staff in Civil Engineering, March-July 2014

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

Birmingham engineers compete at IMechE Railway Challenge 2014

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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education entered the IMechE Railway challenge for the third time last month. With the only hydrogen-powered engine in the competition, the pioneering approach landed them 3rd place in the competition.

Engineering Without Borders Birmingham – July 2014 Update

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The 2013/2014 academic year has been a great and busy one for Engineers Without Borders. Newly elected President David Streather tells us more.

The William E Lardner Award in Civil Engineering

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The School is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Mr Lardner, it is able to offer the highly prestigious Mr William E Lardner award for the 2014/15 session.

Creative planning for 'self-made' UK cities of the future

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The University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living launches its report in the House of Lords on Monday 7 July. The report is the culmination of a year's evidence taken from a wide range of leading practitioners and thinkers on cities from the UK and elsewhere, drawing from it ideas to inform the way we live, work and play in the cities of the future.

Civil Engineering graduates recognised for excellence in geotechnical engineering

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Two graduates from the School of Civil Engineering recently received the high accolade of being shortlisted for the Ground Engineering's Young Geotechnical Engineer award 2014. Janvi Shah was announced as the winner and Chris Shaw was highly commended at a prestigious awards ceremony, which took place in May.

Clark Lecture 2014: Steve Yianni, Chief Executive, Transport Systems Catapult Ltd

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The fifth instalment of the School of Civil Engineering's annual Clark Lecture was this year delivered by Steve Yianni, Chief Executive at Transport Systems Catapult Ltd.

Employment charter signed by dental hospital team

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A University of Birmingham Civil Engineering undergraduate will be part of the team building facilities for future generations when he starts his summer placement with Galliford Try, who are building the new Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry.

School of Civil Engineering opportunities for involvement

School of Civil Engineering opportunities for involvement
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Engineering is all about applying solutions to diverse problems. Reinforcing our teaching, industrial interaction gives a student the opportunity to experience real-life problems, and you an opportunity to sample from some of the best students in the UK. Can you help us build a better experience for our students?

First year of Beale Lectures proves highly popular

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As a response to students' wishes to hear more from the civil engineering and related industry, the School organised a programme of a dozen extra-curricular lectures, delivered after the end of the usual teaching day, on Tuesday evenings. Read more on what the series is all about.

SET for Britain

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In March 2014 doctoral researcher Rebecca Sindall presented her research into the optimisation of renewable energy to MPs and engineering experts at the Houses of Parliament as part of the Set for Britain competition.
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