Modernise or Die The Executive Summary to the Farmer Report “Modernise or Die” stated that: The construction industry and the clients that rely on it are at a critical juncture and it is time to review the seriousness of the future outlook. Deep-seated problems have existed for many years and are well known and rehearsed, […]
Love it or Hate it At the end of last year a survey of construction workers showed less than one in four would recommend their place of work to family or friends. However, those working for smaller companies were happier than those at larger organisations.
Hi Tech from LA According to a report by Stephen Cousins in Construction Manager, the hard hat is now embracing BIM with the development of a new smart helmet by Los Angeles tech company Daqri. It is already being tested by a number of construction companies including some in the UK.
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Highly Acclaimed Massive Open On-line Course The newly launched CIOB Academy notched up an industry first when it launched its’ massive open online course (MOOC) on ethics and compliance. Tailor made for construction professionals, the free 5 week interactive course ran for 5 weeks from the end of January and was open to anyone working […]
BitCoin Explained Bitcoin is a method of recording any form of transaction across a peer-to-peer network of computers worldwide. It uses ‘Blockchain’ as its software platform. This stores data on “blocks”, bound cryptographically together into a “chain”. This digital ledger cannot be altered, only added to, and anyone on the network can access the latest […]
20 Minute Business Inspiration ‘Twentisphere’ is an environment to encourage, educate and inspire business leaders. Starting with a weekly podcast, TwentiSphere are seeking to grow a business community that is interested in sharing excellence. Listen to these easy to ‘tune in’ podcasts on the drive to or from work, on the train, over lunch, or […]
Want a new employee to truly hit the ground running? You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they’re hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right? Not so fast. Knowing how to do […]
Cowboy Clients The media is often keen to criticise ‘Cowboy Builders’, but little is heard about Cowboy Clients – those that enter into a project and contract without the wherewithal to discharge their obligations, taking advantage of the trust and honour of many good quality building contractors and putting them and their workforce at risk. […]
Reuters Reports Phase Change in UK Home Building Disclosing that the prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain’s homebuilding industry. Esha Vaish reports that Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing are among the many leading housebuilders who have told Reuters they are either planning new developments of prefabricated […]
Tougher Sentencing Guidelines Start to Bite As prosecutions hit companies across the board, Helen Devery of risk lawyers BLM has warned the industry needs to become more aware of the new HSE sentencing guidelines. Fines for construction companies have hit more than £12.6m since February 2016. Turnover Related Fines As noted by CIOB Construction Manager, […]