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Balfour Beatty tops contractors’ social media rankings

Balfour Beatty tops contractors’ social media rankings

10 Feb 2017: An independent audit of the social media reach of Britain’s top construction contractors has put Balfour Beatty at the head of the pile. more »

University turns cockroaches into cyborg surveyors

University turns cockroaches into cyborg surveyors

22 Nov 2016: Researchers at North Carolina State University in the USA are developing a method for using insect cyborgs – also known as biobots – to map large, unfamiliar areas such as collapsed buildings after a disaster. more »

Flasher jackets light up to prevent collisions

Flasher jackets light up to prevent collisions

13 Sep 2016: Hi-viz jackets and vests have been developed that flash when the wearer is about to be run down. more »

Design competition promotes timber for high-rise extensions

Design competition promotes timber for high-rise extensions

10 Jul 2016: A new international design competition has been launched in Finland to explore the use of timber to add extra floors to existing buildings. more »

Lovell manager in line for Trainspotting 2 cameo role

Lovell manager in line for Trainspotting 2 cameo role

20 May 2016: A Lovell project manager is hoping he doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor after shooting scenes for the sequel to the acclaimed film Trainspotting. more »

Bristol hotel made in China

Bristol hotel made in China

20 Apr 2016: A new hotel at Bristol airport has been built in China and shipped to the UK in boxes. more »

Termite engineering genius confirmed

Termite engineering genius confirmed

1 Apr 2016: Scientists have crowned the termite as the natural world’s greatest engineer, thanks to its supreme mound building abilities, as detailed in a new study. more »

Smart windows could cut cleaning and energy bills

Smart windows could cut cleaning and energy bills

21 Jan 2016: Scientists in London have come up with a potentially revolutionary type of glass that they say could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings and also reduce heating bills. more »

History revealed on the Great North Road

History revealed on the Great North Road

15 Jan 2016: Archaeologists working at a construction site to upgrade the A1 to motorway standard in North Yorkshire have uncovered more than 177,000 artefacts dating back to Roman times and beyond. more »

Animal magic

Animal magic

18 Nov 2015: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, said Muhammad Ali. Phil Bishop seeks further wisdom from the animal kingdom. more »

Railway workers make world’s worst Christmas song

 Railway workers make world’s worst Christmas song

15 Dec 2016: A gang of railway workers has recorded a truly awful version of Away in a Manger in a bid for musical fame. more »

Flood-proof jack-up house planned

Flood-proof jack-up house planned

8 Nov 2016: Developer Larkfleet Group has applied for planning permission to build a prototype house that can be jacked up on stilts in the event of a flood warning. more »

Professor claims engineering breakthrough with indestructible bridge

Professor claims engineering breakthrough with indestructible bridge

14 Jul 2016: A university professor has come up with an optimised design for an arch bridge with unlimited bearing capacity. more »

Aecom explores hologram technology

Aecom explores hologram technology

13 Jun 2016: Construction consultant Aecom is working with technology firm Trimble to bring ‘mixed-reality’ hologram technology to engineering and construction. more »

Self-driving trucks set to ‘revolutionise mining industry’

Self-driving trucks set to ‘revolutionise mining industry’

6 May 2016: Volvo Group says that it is ready to introduce self-driving trucks to the mining industry. more »

Taipei to become ‘sponge city’ with porous pavements

Taipei to become ‘sponge city’ with porous pavements

11 Apr 2016: Taipei is planning to introduce permeable pavements to city centre footpaths and cycleways as part of its ongoing ‘sponge city’ project. more »

Buildings could be constructed by swarms of flying robots

Buildings could be constructed by swarms of flying robots

18 Feb 2016: Scientists and engineers are collaborating on a project to develop flying robots that can make buildings in remote areas using 3D printing technology. more »

Birmingham kids recreate famous photo

Birmingham kids recreate famous photo

15 Jan 2016: Construction contractor Thomas Vale has apparently put the lives of 11 young schoolchildren in jeopardy by sending them out on a skyscraper girder high above the Manhattan skyline. more »

Skanska digs up Roman burial ground

Skanska digs up Roman burial ground

17 Dec 2015: Skanska has uncovered Roman burials during groundworks on construction of a £250m Ministry of Defence college at Worthy Down near Winchester. more »

Half-sized Eiffel Tower tops out in Macau

Half-sized Eiffel Tower tops out in Macau

2 Nov 2015: A half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower is nearing completion in Macau. more »

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