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Engineering affects everyone's lives. From roads and railways we travel on, to the water we drink and the electricity we use, engineers are the providers. But the job is getting harder; resources are getting scarce; cities are filling up. Roads are congested. Railways are at capacity. New and innovative solutions are going to be needed.

The Engineers Collective is the podcast for those who are curious about the future and how engineers will keep our towns and cities running.

In each episode members of the New Civil Engineer editorial team are joined by industry guests to discuss key topics impacting our industry.

The Engineers Collective is sponsored by Bentley Systems. Around the world, engineers and architects, constructors and owner-operators are using Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for the infrastructure that sustains our economy and our environment. Together, we are advancing infrastructure. Find out more, at www.bentley.com.

Music by Mark Robson

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Engineering affects everyone's lives. From roads and railways we travel on, to the water we drink and the electricity we use, engineers are the providers. But the job is getting harder; resources are getting scarce; cities are filling up. Roads are congested. Railways are at capacity. New and innovative solutions are going to be needed.

The Engineers Collective is the podcast for those who are curious about the future and how engineers will keep our towns and cities running.

In each episode members of the New Civil Engineer editorial team are joined by industry guests to discuss key topics impacting our industry.

The Engineers Collective is sponsored by Bentley Systems. Around the world, engineers and architects, constructors and owner-operators are using Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for the infrastructure that sustains our economy and our environment. Together, we are advancing infrastructure. Find out more, at www.bentley.com.

Music by Mark Robson

    Arup’s role in levelling up the Humber

    Arup’s role in levelling up the Humber

    With the UK’s ‘levelling up’ agenda in full swing, the latest episode of The Engineers Collective looks at how one region is taking a different approach to regeneration.

    Joining NCE head of content and engagement Rob Horgan on the episode is Krishanthi Carfrae, Arup’s lead Cities Advisory and Economics associate across the North West and Yorkshire.

    The episode focusses on Opportunity Humber; a new cross-Humber private sector-led partnership established to drive greater investment in the region which benefits all areas along the Humber.

    Krishanthi explains how Opportunity Humber was devised and runs listeners through the scheme’s objectives.

    She gives an insight into the particular challenges and opportunities in the region and explains why other regions are looking closely at emulating the Opportunity Humber model.

    Still in its early days, Krishanthi looks forward to the types of schemes that the Opportunity Humber backers will be looking to support, with energy identified as a key area of growth.

    • 28 min
    How evolution of sensor technology has empowered complex engineering projects

    How evolution of sensor technology has empowered complex engineering projects

    Fast paced development of electronics technology over the last decade has enable wireless sensors to go from being unproven but innovative solutions for monitoring complex engineering projects to become the go-to option for many schemes.

    The benefits for project delivery and reduced risk that this evolution in sensor technology is explored in this episode, which is sponsored by Farnell Electronics.

    NCE editor Claire Smith is joined by Bryn Smith, who is chief technical officer with wireless condition monitoring systems and technology firm Senceive, to discuss the change and look ahead to what technology advancements are expected in the future.

    Bryn starts by using one of Senceive’s first projects, which involved work on Bond Steet tube station for Costain and Laing O’Rourke, to demonstrate how the technology has changed in the last 10 years. He explains how the limitations of the solutions used on that scheme have been overcome and the benefits the technology can now deliver on current projects.

    While advances in electronics has enabled more rapid reporting and longer battery life to improve the quality of the data collected, Bryn said that there are still misconceptions about sensor technology.

    As NCE marks it’s 50th anniversary this year, Claire asks Bryn to make some predictions about what sensor technology will look like in another 50 years from now. Listen to the podcast to find out what he thinks is in store for the industry and the opportunities this will present to major project delivery in 2072.

    This episode is sponsored by Farnell.

    Farnell is a global electronics and industrial solution provider, part of the Avnet group. We deliver products, services, and solutions to thousands of customers around the world who focus on electronic system design, manufacturing, industrial environments, as well as across maintenance and repair sectors. We offer a portfolio of close to 1 million products from thousands of world-leading supplier brands. Engineers come to us at any and every stage of their process, as we are well equipped to offer support with the products they need as well as adding value.

    Farnell carry a vast product portfolio of around 80,000 industrial products to support customers in their Industrial Automation journey – all available for fast delivery. We are well placed to offer support across multiple leading supplier brands such as Omega, Schneider, Eaton, ABB, Omron, Siemens, Festo, Mitsubishi, and Phoenix Contact. Our Industrial Automation & Control Hub provides access to a wide range of technical resources to facilitate factory floor design and upgrade of existing systems.

    Find out more at uk.farnell.com

    • 45 min
    Speaking out about opportunities for women is critical to solving the skills crisis

    Speaking out about opportunities for women is critical to solving the skills crisis

    Making more women aware of the opportunities a career in construction can offer is critical to attracting more people into the sector and resolving the ongoing skills crisis the industry faces.

    In this episode of The Engineers Collective, NCE editor Claire Smith speaks to Willmott Dixon construction manager Lianne Lawson and Mott MacDonald development manager for energy Clare Rhodes James about their experiences coming into the sector as women as the industry prepared to mark International Women in Engineering Day last week.

    The three start by discussing how they each came to study engineering and construction and the issues they experienced with people either being firmly behind them or trying to discourage them from that career path.

    The group consider how the sector has changed for young women coming into it now compared to when they were early in their careers. They mostly see positive change but believe that more needs to be done to ensure school children understand the opportunities and have the chance to choose construction rather than being guided down other career paths.

    Claire referenced her recent interview with Women’s Engineering Society CEO Elizabeth Donnelly on the need for more engineering role models in society. Elizabeth told Claire that the general public still don’t see engineers in the way they do doctors or lawyers. “Elizabeth said that you see doctors and lawyers portrayed on television and in fiction, but engineering only has visibility in documentary formats,” explained Claire. “As a result she says that most women who come into the engineering profession already have family or a family friend in the industry, which is why International Women in Engineering Day is so important.”

    Clare and Lianne agreed that greater outreach was needed and that gender parity in the construction sector was possible, in time, particularly with an emphasis that working in construction does not always mean being on site and wearing PPE.


    The Engineers Collective is powered by Bentley Systems. Around the world, engineers and architects, constructors and owner-operators are using Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for transportation infrastructure that sustains our economy and our environment. Together, we are advancing infrastructure.


    Find out more at www.bentley.com

    • 38 min
    How is 3D printing changing construction techniques?

    How is 3D printing changing construction techniques?

    Growing use of 3D printing for concrete structures, metal bridges and composite forms by the construction industry is discussed in this episode, which is sponsored by Farnell Electronics.

    NCE editor Claire Smith and senior reporter Catherine Kennedy are joined by Bam Nuttall head of innovation Colin Evison to chart how 3D printing first started to influence the civil engineering sector, where the industry is now and what opportunities lie ahead.

    Colin shares his experience of working with 3D printed concrete structures on projects with clients like the Environment Agency and talks about the opportunity it presents for engineers to tap into their creative side as they work outside of existing design codes.

    Claire and Catherine discuss the construction risks that come with using innovative technology with Colin, along with the potential 3D printing offers to reaching carbon net zero. Colin also shares some lessons learned around where 3D printing techniques work best and some considerations when planning to use such methods.

    While Colin doesn’t believe 3D printing will solve every construction problem, he does expect its used to grow in the next decade.


    This episode is sponsored by Farnell.

    Farnell is a global electronics and industrial solution provider, part of the Avnet group. We deliver products, services, and solutions to thousands of customers around the world who focus on electronic system design, manufacturing, industrial environments, as well as across maintenance and repair sectors. We offer a portfolio of close to 1 million products from thousands of world-leading supplier brands. Engineers come to us at any and every stage of their process, as we are well equipped to offer support with the products they need as well as adding value.

    Farnell carry a vast product portfolio of around 80,000 industrial products to support customers in their Industrial Automation journey – all available for fast delivery. We are well placed to offer support across multiple leading supplier brands such as Omega, Schneider, Eaton, ABB, Omron, Siemens, Festo, Mitsubishi, and Phoenix Contact. Our Industrial Automation & Control Hub provides access to a wide range of technical resources to facilitate factory floor design and upgrade of existing systems.


    Find out more at uk.farnell.com

    • 24 min
    The role of digital twins in influencing infrastructure investment

    The role of digital twins in influencing infrastructure investment

    Think of digital twins in a construction setting and what usually comes to mind is a digital representation of physical asset that aids planning, design, delivery and operation of the infrastructure but what if they were used to help drive informed investment decisions too?



    The investment opportunity is subject of the latest episode of The Engineers Collective. At the start of the episode NCE editor Claire Smith is joined by former executive director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, Alexandra Bolton who discusses the findings of some work with the finance industry to look at the broader role of digital twins. Later on Claire looks at how the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane is putting the financial planning aspect of digital twins into action and speaks to the project’s CEO Graeme Newton and digital delivery manager Andrew Curthoys.


    Before looking at the project case study, Claire and Alexandra explore the background behind the How finance and digital twins shape a better future for the planet report and look at the recommendations from the report that aim to drive greater use of digital twins for broader benefits and better outcomes.


    In Brisbane, Claire discovers from Graeme and Andrew that Cross River Rail is already helping to drive investment decisions beyond the new rail route, even though it is not due to open for several years. According to Graeme, the data generated by the project’s digital twin - as well as the infrastructure itself - was a key part of the city winning the bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.


    One of the key messages from Alexandra, Graeme and Andrew is that infrastructure clients need to be bold when making the decision to use digital twins and take a leap of faith around the use of data that they can bring together, rather than trying to predict how it will be used in the future.

     

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    • 45 min
    What does intelligent infrastructure mean for future design, maintenance and operation?

    What does intelligent infrastructure mean for future design, maintenance and operation?

    The role of Internet of Things to empower fully intelligent infrastructure comes under the spotlight with a look at what it means for the future of civil engineering in this episode, which is sponsored by Farnell Electronics.


    NCE editor Claire Smith is joined by Arup associate director Rory McCully to look back at the evolution embedded sensor technology has brought to infrastructure over the last 25 years and consider what the next 25 years might bring.


    Claire starts off with some predictions that were made at NCE’s 25th anniversary in 1997 where it was anticipated by 2022 that there would be self-monitoring, self-policing bridges. These were expected to have their own repair robots and be able to forecast when they had reached their design life.


    Rory and Claire conclude that the industry hasn’t quite reached that point yet and that it is still some way off but look at what has been achieved and consider the benefits that Internet of Things and intelligent infrastructure could bring in the future.


    Rory also outlines some of the barriers that the industry faces in terms of reaching these benefits, as well as the need for such technology to look at systems rather than infrastructure on a structure by structure level to gain the maximum advantages.

     

    This episode is sponsored by Farnell.

    Farnell is a global electronics and industrial solution provider, part of the Avnet group. We deliver products, services, and solutions to thousands of customers around the world who focus on electronic system design, manufacturing, industrial environments, as well as across maintenance and repair sectors. We offer a portfolio of close to 1 million products from thousands of world-leading supplier brands. Engineers come to us at any and every stage of their process, as we are well equipped to offer support with the products they need as well as adding value.

     

    Farnell carry a vast product portfolio of around 80,000 industrial products to support customers in their Industrial Automation journey – all available for fast delivery. We are well placed to offer support across multiple leading supplier brands such as Omega, Schneider, Eaton, ABB, Omron, Siemens, Festo, Mitsubishi, and Phoenix Contact. Our Industrial Automation & Control Hub provides access to a wide range of technical resources to facilitate factory floor design and upgrade of existing systems.

     

    Find out more at uk.farnell.com

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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thatengineeringguy14 ,

Great topics for Civil Engineers!

This podcast covers a great range of topics - helping to learn from specific projects/scenarios, to market forces, new technologies, and employee engagement discussions. Great listen!

Julian Lineham (F), USA ,

Great in-depth interviews

All so far have been very informative and presented well, with good discussions with the guests. The collaborative nature of large infrastructure teams is essential and described very well. One episode did fall into typical industry stereotypes of architects and engineers, please try to avoid this in future. Essential listening for those who wish to stay informed on key civil engineering topics of the day, great work.

Needed Help With Money ,

So far, so good

One episode in and I am excited for the potential of where this podcast could go. I’m always optimistic about engineering podcasts only to find that they are either dry or production wasn’t a top priority (leading to it feeling like someone is reading a PowerPoint to you), they are short 5-10 minutes about a very specific topic, etc. This was a great medium-long form episode that I feel most Civil Engineers are going to be able to take plenty away from. Great discussion by hosts of projects affecting their local area, and not just in a general recap but providing further insights and making projections on how each project could affect the other and takeaways for engineers to learn from these project experiences. I especially loved the discussion of “environmental mitigation” vs “environmental enhancement.” Guest was a highly regarded professional who provided great discussion points and actionable advice for engineers along any point of their career. Keep up the good work!

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