Is People's Competitive Nature the Key to Increasing the Construction Workforce?

July 18, 2019

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Im a fan of the television show Parks and Recreation. Of the many funny episodes, one I like to think back on is the Kaboom episode, where a character tricks people into building a playground as a practical joke. At the end of the episode he unveils his next master plan to trick people into building a hospital in a poor part of another country.

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CobbFendley was formed in Texas in 1980 to provide professional engineering and land surveying services. Founders John 'Odis'​ Cobb and William Fendley have seen CobbFendley grow into a top-ranking firm that offers a range of integrated, professional services that support value and quality-based solutions for our public and private sector clients.

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What ‘on the ground’ infrastructure delivery can expect in the year ahead

Article | July 1, 2021

While an important milestone, the remainder of Phase 2B connecting Birmingham to Leeds awaits similar backing. Delivery programmes can often become constrained by timescales associated with land acquisition, procurement and site mobilisation at the start of a project. As this legislation makes its way through Parliament, continuous and prompt delivery of the integrated route must be supported. This will enable efficiencies and benefits to be realised during both delivery and operation phases of the complete HS2 route, as well as Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). HS2 will provide 50% of the infrastructure for NPR; a project designed to transform the rail network in the north of England. Encouragingly, the Queen’s Speech recognised that improving existing processes can be equally conductive to positive transformation. The Planning Bill will modernise our current systems with simpler frameworks, enabling those on the ground to deliver environmental and commercial opportunities more promptly. This will also support delivery of the UK’s ambitious net zero target. While efficiencies are encouraging, the importance of public consultation, as many major infrastructure projects currently undertake from conception to completion, should not be forgotten.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Infrastructure Policy Watch: UK government reviews road and rail development policy

Article | July 27, 2021

The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, has announced a full review of the National Policy Statement (NPS) for national networks covering major roads and rail. NPSs outline the UK government’s strategic policy intent for infrastructure development and are used as part of the planning system to determine if a proposed project should be granted development consent. The review aims to bring the national networks NPS in line with commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The secretary of state said: "The current National policy statement (NPS) on national networks, the government’s statement of strategic planning policy for major road and rail schemes, was written in 2014 – before the government’s legal commitment to net zero, the 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, the new sixth carbon budget and most directly the new, more ambitious policies outlined in the transport decarbonisation plan."

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ENGINEERING TECH

‘Vision and validate’: a third way in designing the roads of the future?

Article | June 17, 2021

The Strategic Road Network (SRN) is the backbone of the road network in England. The UK’s road network is a fundamental part of our transport system; all journeys start on a road or pavement of some form. The functioning of the SRN is critical for the economy. Entire sectors depend on it, with some of the most dependent including retail, primary materials, manufacturing and construction. Thirty percent of all traffic is carried by the SRN road; inefficiencies, in the form of congestion, negatively affect productivity, the environment and quality of life.

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CONSTRUCTION

The Top 5 Most Helpful Tools for Architects

Article | May 19, 2021

Creating unique, aesthetically pleasing, and viable architectural designs takes time – but this process can be greatly accelerated with the right tools. Using advanced architectural CAD drafting software, architects can model and visualize any design they can imagine, providing complete freedom.

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CobbFendley was formed in Texas in 1980 to provide professional engineering and land surveying services. Founders John 'Odis'​ Cobb and William Fendley have seen CobbFendley grow into a top-ranking firm that offers a range of integrated, professional services that support value and quality-based solutions for our public and private sector clients.

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