Author Archives: Claire Smith

Claire Smith is a qualified geotechnical engineer and editor of New Civil Engineer magazine, which perfectly combines her industry knowledge with her journalism skills, but she has worked on a wide range of UK and international construction publishing titles which gives her insight into broader construction issues and the role the geotechnics industry plays in these. Claire graduated from University of Portsmouth with a BEng in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics and worked in industry for three years with Peter Brett Associates before moving into construction journalism in 2000. Her journalistic skills were honed by former New Civil Engineer editor Ty Byrd at Barrett Byrd Associates where Claire led work on features and supplements for a number of publications and industry clients, as well as New Civil Engineer, Construction News and Ground Engineering. Since moving into journalism, Claire has helped launch and worked on Aggregates Business Europe and Transportation Professional, and also worked on International Construction, Construction Europe and World Highways magazine before joining New Civil Engineer’s sister title Ground Engineering in 2011 and moving onto New Civil Engineer in early 2020.

Editor’s Comment | Clearly communicating the business case is key


High speed rail is seen as the solution to the problem of decarbonising transport. It provides a fast and efficient alternative to air travel, not just domestically but for international travel too. The cross-border potential is clear from our cover story this month which looks at the Rail Baltica project…

Watch: Resilient bridge infrastructure for a changing climate


This video was first recorded at NCE’s Bridge Design and Maintenance conference. Against the backdrop of climate change, modularity and off-site construction are delivering real efficiencies in the delivery of sustainable, climate-resilient infrastructure. Drawing on recent project experience, Mabey Bridge head of engineering Nick Ianetta draws on a wide range…

New research shows coffee could boost concrete strength by 30%


Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT University) in Australia have revealed that adding used coffee grounds in place of some sand content could make concrete up to 30% stronger.

According to the research team, the technique could not only improve concrete, it could also help divert waste from…

Rare chance to view Forth Road Bridge anchorage chamber announced

Forth Road Bridge

Transport Scotland’s road maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has announced that it is to provide a behind the scenes view of the Forth Road Bridge in Edinburgh next month.

Bear Scotland will take part in the Open Doors Days event on 23 September, which is free but visitors must apply for tickets.…