Civil engineering professionals say although sustainability is a priority, it needs better collaboration between different disciplines and the right technology to enable the testing of designs to minimise their impact on the environment.
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This was the key finding of a survey conducted at this week's Civils 2007 civil engineering exhibition taking place in London.
The survey, commissioned by Autodesk, found that 91% of those questioned said sustainability was of great importance to their organisation, but a lack of effective tools, technology, joined up thinking and appropriate materials were inhibiting progress.
Cost, poor skills and lack of training were also cited as inhibiting factors.
Although 37% said legislation was as a significant driving force, 27% said owners and clients were now demanding more environmentally sound civil engineering practices.