3D printing: A Tuscan dream that finally made its mark on the world
Industry innovators attend conference at Digital Construction Week
University of Exeter creates energy generating glass bricks
Soluis Group secures £1m grant for VR/AR system
NewsIkea to start selling solar panels and batteries
Swedish furniture behemoth Ikea has teamed with renewable energy firm Solarcentury to sell photovoltaic panels and batteries for storing their power.
The products can work alongside existing solar panels or as part of a new system, which Ikea says will make it easier for homeowners to “save on their electricity bills”.
The firm says the average UK home with solar capabilities will “typically consume around 40% of all the solar electricity generated, or even less if they are regularly out during the day”.
The remaining 60% of unused current is sent back to the National Grid, at a loss compared to its value.
Ikea says that its storage system means “unused solar electricity can be used at a later time, meaning the amount of solar electricity an average home can use doubles to 80%”.
The company says that electricity bills may be cut by up to 70%.
Ikea notes that “homeowners who install solar panels could benefit by £380 in the first year after purchase if only using 40% of ...READ MORE
PeopleIs the millennial generation ready and willing to pick up the BIM baton?
The digital revolution that the construction industry desperately needs is at least a generation away, suggests Paul Newby executive engineering services director at SES Engineering Services.
This creates a great paradox: those who can change the industry’s culture forever may have the skills and progressive attitude, but not the practical or leadership experience. Conversely, those who do have practical and leadership experience are apathetic, sceptical or, at worst, cynical about transformation.
There is also a large demography that sits in the middle just watching to see which way the pendulum swings.
While the BIM and digital construction world evolves and the government appears to flip-flop over its declared ambitions, the current skills shortage and customer demand have seen the ...READ MORE
ManagementThe common data environment – who should be the gatekeeper?
Whilst primarily arising from a dispute over contract terms and the value of the works, the decision in Trant Engineering Ltd V Mott MacDonald Ltd  is of particular interest as it is the first published case where BIM features substantively, writes Sarah Rock.
Trant was engaged by the MoD as contractor for a £55m project in respect of the construction of a power station in the Falkland Islands. Mott MacDonald was appointed to provide design services and was also the building information modelling (BIM) coordinator, controlling access to the common data environment (CDE).
When a fee dispute arose, Mott ...READ MORE
NewsIndustry innovators attend conference at Digital Construction Week
As digital transformation continues apace in the AECO industry, thought ...
People3D printing: A Tuscan dream that finally made its mark on the world
May Winfield, senior solicitor at Carillion, charts the rise of ...
ProjectsCase Study: Gasholders London project Going round the bend in King’s Cross
Gavin Dunstan, SES Engineering Services’ BIM operations manager, explores the ...
TechnologyUniversity of Exeter creates energy generating glass bricks
Researchers from England’s University of Exeter have created a new ...
ManagementYou’re under cyber attack – and you might not even know about it
Matt Rhodes, commercial services manager at IT support specialist Quiss, ...