The Engineer Comment
Briefing looks both forward and backward today, marking the anniversary of one of Britain’s most iconic Victorian structures and the announcement of bold plans in tidal energy
With the general election fast approaching, which engineering issues would you most like to see politicians address in their manifestos?
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
Sony is taking orders for its attempt at smart glasses just as Google has gone back to the drawing board. But electronic eyewear could be taking them down a blind alley.
North Sea oil is facing a critical period, with low oil prices coinciding with falling production in older fields. Industry and government must tread carefully to ensure the industry, and its associated skills base, does not decline prematurely.
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FROM: January 1958: Thunder and Lightnings
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Engineers often need help when they make the transition to management positions, says Neil Lewin of Festo Training & Consulting
The IMechE’s Dr Tim Fox explains why we must press ahead with UK shale gas exploration – and ensure the public knows why.
A call from the Environmental Audit Committee to delay the introduction of fracking in the UK has brought shale gas back to the top of the news agenda. Jane Burston, Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL looks at one issue raised by the Committee: methane emissions.
BAE Systems’ Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal discusses the opportunities that could be realised by commercial unmanned aircraft
You can start to build the skills you’ll need to get to the top even before you leave university, says Shaun Simmons, managing director of engineering at Cordant Recruitment.
Engineering is missing out on the skills of people on the autistic spectrum, and can do much to make workplaces comfortable for them, argues Ivan Zytynski of fluid handling company Bete
Even if some roles are replaced with robots, engineers and their associated skills will continue to be highly sought after, says the IET’s Stephanie Fernandes
Professor David Balmforth emphasises the role that infrastructure plays in supporting society at the beginning of his year as president of the Instiution of Civil Engineers
Dawn Bonfield of the Women’s Engineering Society explains why it’s so important for companies not to let the skills of their female employees go to waste.
Ed Davey, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, challenges the opponents of renewables