About The Book
?More for less? has become something of a mantra as we have all had to knuckle down to find ways of keeping investment rolling in times of no money. It has some rival slogans in the shape of ?better for less? or even ?a bit less for a lot less? ? but the point is that, to use that well-worn but not yet worn-out phrase of Ernest Rutherford, ?We haven#39;t got the money, so we#39;ve got to think.? To come out the other side of a period of severe constraint without significant improvement both in the structure and practice of the industry, and in the value of its output, would, however, be little short of tragic. Instead we should take it as a golden opportunity to follow Rutherford#39;s injunction and do some new thinking ? about how we make the most of existing assets and the best of new ones. In short: less money, energy and internal conflict; more imagination, innovation, efficiency and collaboration. Thankfully ? as shown by the papers in this special issue of Civil Engineering ? the civil engineering profession has already firmly grasped the opportunity. Civil engineers in both the public and private sectors have done a lot of new thinking, put their thoughts into practice and achieved some highly beneficial results.