Civils and Infrastructure

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The future of electrical distribution

Cheryl Dyer Ballard examines the next generation of electrical distribution. In the United Kingdom, the National Grid was first established in 1901, and has grown into the behemoth that we all use in this country today.  Blissfully unaware for the most part of its impact on our lives, we only truly appreciate it in its absence, during power cuts or industrial action. But what if the system that we have become so used to suddenly fails or misbehaves to the point where it is no longer a viable system? And how will future systems work beyond what we know as the grid today?  Cheryl looks at one 21st century approach to...

A property developers guide to planning permission

Claire Greenhouse takes a look at the necessary requirements for planning permission when it comes to property.  If you are starting along this process, there are many considerations and potential pitfalls to navigate successfully before you can even proceed to get what you want or need done. Sometimes the process can be fraught and often disappointing when a proposal is rejected; sometimes for the most slight or even bizarre reasons.  Here, Claire explains what is involved, and more importantly what to expect when developing a property. Introduction Personally, I find it hard to think of the planning system without thinking of the little Britain sketch where David Walliams plays a...

BIM: What you need to know

Steven Parham takes looks at BIM: Building Information Modelling. To a vast number of engineers, the subject is somewhat polarising. Some have embraced the changes that this legislation will eventually bring to civil engineering projects and the wider world, whereas others dread the impact that this legal requirement for large scale civil projects is having. So, what is BIM, why has it been implemented, and what will this mean for current and future building projects?   Introduction The date is the 31st May 2011. The Cabinet Office publishes one of the most far reaching documents in the history of construction in the United Kingdom. The reason? To modernise the construction...