The façade element operates using integrated shape-memory alloys and so doesn’t require an external power source

Automatic window shade harnesses the sun to keep buildings cool

10 Apr 2015

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Society in Germany have developed a solar-powered window blind that spreads like flowers opening in the sun.

The shield is being assembled in two halves which are being joined together before being moved into place above the reactor

Securing Chernobyl with a New Safe Confinement Video

19 Mar 2015

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development looks back on the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and subsequent efforts to make the site safe.


ICE This is Civil Engineering

7 civil engineering projects transforming the UK right now (and the employers building them)

16 Apr 2015

We rundown some of the most interesting projects in the Institution of Civil Engineers’ This is Civil Engineering campaign.



Engineering for inspiration

13 Apr 2015 | By Jason Ford

A new TV show is looking for young engineers who are working on projects that capture the imagination


Capital projects and safe fracking

23 Feb 2015 | By Jason Ford

Best practise for fracking to ensure gas can be harvested safely come under focus this week, along with engineering in London and the EEF’s National Conference 



This week in 1884: Excavating the Panama Canal

17 Jul 2013 | By Stephen Harris

The Engineer’s report on the machines used to create one of the modern engineering wonders of the world included hints at some of the terrible troubles it would go on to face.


This week in 1883: Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York

29 May 2013 | By Stephen Harris

The Engineer gave a detailed report of both the engineering behind the bridge that began the architectural transformation of New York and the tragic circumstances of its construction.

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