Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle
Delivering an accurate record of assets
Hyperloop start-up announces project locations
Hammond boosts technology funding in Autumn budget
US academics predict buildings 3D-printed as a single structure
NewsWhy we need more robots, not less
Despite popular fears of resulting widespread job losses, the increasing development of robots should not be restricted by the state, says a report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS).
In its report Why Britain Needs More Robots it argues it is unlikely employment will fall as a result of automation, and claims UK has too few robots compared to countries like Germany.
The free-market think tank also argues that taxing robots would not protect jobs, but instead would supress wage and productivity growth and encourage companies to locate elsewhere.
However, the CPS does acknowledge that automation has the potential to increase income inequality. The best way to counter this, it suggests, is better training programmes.
The report’s author, Daniel Mahoney, says: “Historically, concerns about the impact of mechanisation have been unfounded. The creative destruction brought about by new technology has boosted productivity, raised living standards and created new job opportunities.
“This has held true into the 21st century: a recent study by Deloitte found that technology is likely ...READ MORE
PeopleDelivering digital built britain
At Digital Construction Week, David Philp set out the journey plan for the hugely ambitious Digital Built Britain. Here he talks through the plan in more detail – and explains how, in the future, suppliers could be paid based on what they have delivered and how an asset performs.
For those that attended Digital Construction Week (DCW) one of the golden threads of the two days was the presence of the Digital Built Britain (DBB) team who outlined the future of the government programme for digitisation of the built environment.
Level 2 BIM was never intended to be the final station and there was a longer-term trajectory towards Level 3. DBB is an ambitious programme which will help us plan new ...READ MORE
ManagementRound table: have we reached information overload?
With vast quantities of data now central to the way the industry communicates and collaborates, CM called together a panel of experts to explore the effect of the information explosion. James Kenny reports.
As the industry shifts to daily use of BIM and the sheer volume of daily information is increasing, how do construction companies cope with this and what should the industry be doing to manage information overload?
This was the topic of discussion at a roundtable event held at Construction Manager’s offices in September, sponsored by construction and engineering project management software company Newforma. The debate ranged ...READ MORE
NewsHyperloop start-up announces project locations
Eight projects involving Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) – one of two start-ups attempting to harness the technology – are underway around the world, the company’s
PeopleBlockchain and construction: the how, why and when
Geniebelt’s Anastasios Koutsogiannis and Nikolaj Berntsen describe how Blockchain – the technology everyone is talking about – could impact construction. The discussion about
ProjectsUrban Sciences Building, Newcastle Delivering an accurate record of assets
A detailed BIM asset model for the £60m Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University is expected to underpin the development of a “digital twin”, a 3D model displaying live
TechnologyUS academics predict buildings 3D-printed as a single structure
Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, have used 3D printers to create structures known as “schwarzites” that until now have only been theorised about. Schwarzites were p
ManagementDoes NEC4 have the X Factor to propel BIM use?
David McNeice from Quigg Golden looks at the brave new world of the NEC4 and its X10 option – the information modelling clause. In October this year I had the privilege of chairing the D
EducationDownload your free copy of the popular BIM guide
Our popular Little Book of BIM is a quick reference guide to the standards and some of the key definitions that are commonly used in describing BIM and its related processes. Use it to improve y