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Amec strikes £2bn takeover of Foster Wheeler

13 February 2014

Engineering giant Amec has firmed up a £2bn deal to buy Foster Wheeler, consolidating its position in the oil and gas sector.

Engineering advances key to flood-damage repairs

12 February 2014

The Transport Secretary has highlighted the benefits improved engineering standards can have on the rebuild following widespread flooding.

New airport for disaster area in Philippines

11 February 2014

The Philippines will build a $172m international airport in an area still recovering from earthquake and typhoon damage.

Teen's interactive movie promotes disaster ‘resilience’

10 February 2014

An interactive game made by a schoolboy in his bedroom highlights how preparing for a natural disaster can help mitigate their effects.

Technological change at heart of Tube strike

06 February 2014

Advances in ticketing technology are underpinning the on-going strike on the London Underground causing travel chaos for commuters.

Giant sinkhole swallows car and threatens home

03 February 2014

A sinkhole 30 feet deep appeared overnight in the driveway of a private residence in High Wycombe and swallowed the family car parked there.

Egyptian holiday resort to get green makeover

28 January 2014

Egypt has partnered with Italy to turn El Gouna into the first carbon-neutral city in Africa.

Forth Bridge nominated for World Heritage status

24 January 2014

Scotland’s iconic Forth Bridge has been put forward as the UK's latest nomination for World Heritage status.

Households not interested in Green Deal makeovers

21 January 2014

Only 623 homes have completed an energy-efficient makeover under the UK government’s Green Deal programme, suggesting the initiative is not delivering according to expectations.

£11m for local energy generation

20 January 2014

A new initiative supporting R&D projects focused on generating energy locally has been launched today by the UK’s Universities and Science Minister David Willetts.

Toshiba lends financial muscle to nuclear project

15 January 2014

Technology giant Toshiba agreed a £102m deal to buy a majority stake in a project to build three nuclear reactors in the UK.

Utilities customers keen on smart services

15 January 2014

The advent of smart metering and multichannel customer services could revolutionise utilities’ strained relationships with consumers.

New method to fix earthquake-damaged buildings for £20

14 January 2014

Sheffield University engineers have developed a simple, cheap, yet innovative technology to ensure stability of buildings damaged in earthquakes.

Supermarkets still encouraging food waste, says survey

13 January 2014

Supermarkets are still encouraging UK shoppers to overbuy food, according to a new public survey carried out by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Vibration check-ups speed up bridge-fault detection

10 January 2014

German researchers have developed a method enabling prompt check-ups of the state of bridges without having to cause traffic disruption.

SMEs get special treatment as part of Horizon 2020

07 January 2014

The European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme offers unprecedented conditions to tech and manufacturing SMEs including about €9bn (£7.5bn) of available funding.

London project puts waste heat to good use

19 December 2013

Waste heat captured from underground railway tunnels and an electricity substation will be used to warm homes in a London borough.

Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan published

19 December 2013

Draft investment contracts have been sent to 16 renewables projects after Government published its Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan.

Light-emitting carpets mark the way forward

18 December 2013

Dutch giants Philips and Desso are testing carpets that incorporate illuminated signs to help people navigate large buildings.

New engineering BTECs to be available next year

16 December 2013

New GCSE-level vocational engineering qualifications will be available to schools in the UK from September 2014.

Evidence for gender stereotyping in apprenticeships

11 December 2013

The number of women apprentices has doubled over the past decade, but they are more likely to end up in low-paid jobs.

Engineering innovation prize open for entries

06 December 2013

Engineering firms are being urged to enter the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert award for innovation.

Young Woman Engineer of Year announced

06 December 2013

A space engineer from Hertfordshire has been named Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Apprenticeships get £40m boost in Autumn Statement

05 December 2013

An additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships will be offered in England up to 2014/15 with employers being funded directly for them.

Nuclear plant deal with Hitachi part of UK infrastructure plan

04 December 2013

The UK government has released a new national infrastructure plan that includes a deal with Hitachi to build a new nuclear power plant in Wylfa and transforming the UK into the world’s centre of driverless vehicles.

Lack of engineering ‘new blood’ concern for UK

02 December 2013

A shortfall of under-19s taking advanced engineering apprenticeships could jeopardise the UK’s ability to compete, a new report says.

Finnish campus gets green makeover with intelligent technology

26 November 2013

A Finnish University is implementing a remote management system to make its campus 15 per cent more energy efficient.

Engineering education may foster 'disengagement'

25 November 2013

Engineering education may foster a “culture of disengagement” when it comes to issues of public welfare, according to new research.

Third of European cities lack emission reduction plans

25 November 2013

One in every three European cities has no plans on the table to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while seven in every ten urban areas have no formal adaptation plans in place, according to a report published in the Climate Change journal.

Immigration key to closing engineering skills gap, says panel

21 November 2013

Immigration will be vital for filling the engineering skills gap in the near future, but cannot be relied upon in the long term.

Longest double span suspension bridge wins award

18 November 2013

The world’s  longest double span suspension bridge has won the grand prize at The Structural Awards 2013.

Ford’s giant green grass roof celebrates 10th anniversary

15 November 2013

The largest living roof in North America, and once the largest green roof in the world, is celebrating its 10th birthday, aiming to prove green roofs last longer than conventional ones.

Parents' attitudes towards apprenticeships improving

14 November 2013

Nearly half of parents would recommend an apprenticeship to their children but 14 per cent still see them as inferior to degrees.

Ageing infrastructure means no end in site for bill rises

13 November 2013

The cost of renewing Britain's infrastructure means consumers face another 17 years of above-inflation increases in utility bills.

Software predicts crowd behaviour in evacuation scenario

12 November 2013

The world’s first evacuation software simulating realistic human behaviour in a dangerous situation involving lifts has been developed by the Greenwich University researchers.

Youngsters reject engineering due to lack of awareness

04 November 2013

Young people are rejecting engineering as a career choice because they don’t know enough about the profession.

New software opens up 3D data to non-specialists

04 November 2013

Complex 3D data will now be accessible to everyone in an engineering business, not just design teams.

Parliament experiences a Big Bang before bonfire night

04 November 2013

Pupils and businesses from across the UK brought a slice of The Big Bang Fair to Parliament today.

UK’s graphene industry lags behind the world

31 October 2013

Although it was UK researchers who discovered graphene, the country’s industry is failing to harness its commercial potential.

Mass urbanisation increasing harm of natural disasters

18 October 2013

The unprecedented influx of people to urban areas is increasing the world’s susceptibility to natural disasters.

Solar collectors for air-conditioning of office buildings

17 October 2013

Spanish researchers want to expand the use of solar collectors for heating and air-conditioning of large office buildings to reduce energy consumption.

Ceramic panel controls room temperature

16 October 2013

Spanish researchers have developed an innovative thermal conditioning panel made of a ceramic material that could replace conventional air-conditioning units.

Austrian sustainable house wins US Solar Decathlon

14 October 2013

The most energy efficient, solar-powered house competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon has been built by Austrian students.

EU agrees on plan to make cities smarter

14 October 2013

European Commission will invest some £170m over the next two years as a part of an action plan to make European cities smarter.

Adventurous aqueduct inspection to start in Manchester

09 October 2013

A team of specially trained engineers will dive inside the Haweswater Aqueduct to examine the state of the 90km-long structure.

UK smart city sector could be worth $40bn by 2020

09 October 2013

The smart city industry will be worth more than $400bn a year by 2020 and the UK could capture $40bn of this market, according to a new report.

Architects vie to regenerate London’s forgotten spaces

09 October 2013

An exhibition is showcasing proposals to renovate some of London’s disused and abandoned spaces to create public attractions.

High-tech Scottish arena opens to public

01 October 2013

Scotland’s largest purpose-built public event arena, which boasts an array of innovative technologies, has opened to the public.

UK’s first fully solar-powered home for sale

01 October 2013

The Solar House in Leicestershire, the first house in the UK to be fully powered by solar energy, has been completed and is now available to potential buyers.

Automated system sorts out useful bricks after demolitions

17 September 2013

Danish researchers have developed an automated scavenging system to sort out demolition waste and pick out bricks that can be used again.

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