Engineering Matters

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#139 Offshore Wind: Scotland’s World Leader
November 25, 2021

At 4.1GW Berwick Bank is planning to become the largest offshore windfarm in the world. This is enough generating capacity to power Scotland’s homes twice over and it would play a critical role in mee

#138 Space Resources: The Next Leap
November 18, 2021

Ever since the beginning of the space age, scientists and engineers have considered the role extra-terrestrial resources could have to supporting missions of exploration and science. However, early mi

#137 The Calculator that Could Still Save the World
November 11, 2021

Two years ago the world was preparing for COP25 in Madrid, and we released this episode (#36) about a calculator that was helping countries around the world to lower their greenhouse gas emissions and

#136 The Future of Mobility
November 04, 2021

In the 20 years before Covid-19 the proportion of 17- to 20-year-olds with a driving licence fell from nearly half to less than a third. Even before lockdowns and remote working, the way people moved

#135 COP26: Decarbonising Transport
October 29, 2021

Decarbonisation of transportation and shipping will require us to leverage improvements to green technologies and adapt to new ways of thinking and organising. It will require us to make different cho

#134 COP26: Working in a Climate Conscious World
October 28, 2021

The world is in a climate emergency and as its inhabitants, we have a narrow window of opportunity to take control. And the infrastructure industry has a fundamental and important role to play in redu

#133 COP26: The Legacy of the Lac Megantic Disaster
October 27, 2021

Early in the morning of 6 July 2013 a freight train carrying 7.7 million litres of crude oil derailed, destroying downtown Lac Megantic, a small town in Quebec, Canada. The disaster claimed 47 lives a

#132 COP26: Decarbonising Buildings
October 26, 2021

Every year buildings around the world are responsible for 13.6bn tonnes of carbon equivalent to 40 percent of all emissions. These are generated by the materials that shape them, the energy that illum

#131 Cranes: How to Plan a Lift
October 21, 2021

Modern construction cranes are highly optimised. They’re designed to lift as much as possible, as far or as high as possible, while being able to fit into tight spaces when needed. To work safely and

#130 Navigating New Construction Technology
October 14, 2021

The money flowing in to new construction technology is unprecedented. In the in the five years from 2009 to 2014, $8 billion was spent on digital investments to boost productivity, improve design and