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An Explanation

May 12, 2016

So I know what you’re thinking: it’s been seven hours and ten damn months since you left without saying anything. Where were you when the budget was decided? When they put the M6 Toll up for sale? When the Force … Read More

The Parable of the Leader and the Manager

May 10, 2016 2

A few weeks ago I was listening with half an ear to someone talking about their career as a contractor (lit. freelancer, rather than the “actually getting things built” kind). Counting off the different jobs he’s done for various firms, he paused at his time as a manager. Looking thoughtful he announced “and the funnyRead More

Being Brunel For Three Years

July 30, 2015 3

I’ve been Being Brunel for three years, today. This is the 157th unwarranted opinion I’ve sent out into the virtual wilderness about my chosen profession. There’s something oddly disconcerting about the coincidences…Read More

Engineering Is Art: 300 – 349

July 29, 2015 3

It seems apt that the official Being Brunel mad-rush season comes to an with this post- as the last-push of daily doubles to get #EngineeringIsArt back on target reaches its head. After today we return to regular, weekly…Read More


July 27, 2015 3

I won* the #ILoveCivilEngineering competition! I’m a bit late reporting on this, but in my defence I had been waiting for a go-ahead that never came. (*) I also didn’t win precisely, my python-esq entry got the creativity accolade, which … Read More

Cycling London: Our Responsibility

July 17, 2015 3

For the last few months I’ve been shortening my life expectancy by cycling to work, in London; if the busses don’t get you- the nitrogen will. I’m no stranger to commuting by bike- however city cycling, and capital cycling especially, is a different…Read More

Terrible People

July 15, 2015 2

Just in case you missed me mentioning it last time- Engineering has its own (beta) Stack Exchange. One thing I want to dwell on, however, is an incident that happened while the site was still incubating in its own…Read More

Architectural Disasters

July 14, 2015

While looking for inspiration, I came across this infographic sent for inclusion a few months back from Tor Coatings. I try not to make it too easy for the…Read More

Introducing: BIM2050

July 13, 2015 3

Last week I got an unexpected e-mail (actually; I got a few, but that’s a story for another time). It was to introduce me to the BIM2050 group; the CIC’s tendrils into the future- looking to establish what engineering…Read More

Disrupting Construction

July 10, 2015 2

A good few weeks ago now I suspended my disbelief and took the opportunity to pretend civil engineering is just as full of young and trendy start-ups as those cool cats at silicone valley. BaseStone’s second…Read More