The ONS have released their Construction Output in Great Britain: March 2017 and January to March 2017 figures, showing that construction grew for the 5th consecutive period on a 3 month on 3 month basis, rising by 0.2% for Q1 2017. Supporting this positive view the Glenigan Index April 2017 shows the value of work starting on […]

AR and wearable tech to improve construction site safety Augmented reality is being used by Skanska in their training. By using 1:1 scale virtual reality for onsite training they are able to simulate dangerous scenarios that would not be possible at a real physical training grounds. In California, start-up Lightform has developed a new type of […]

Writing for PBC Today Buildoffsite argues that, to fix our broken housing market, we need to challenge our use of traditional construction methods and materials. Buildoffsite say “The only viable way to get substantially increased capacity out of a supply chain that is under real strain is to challenge traditional methods of construction and also […]

Traditionally the construction industry has been slow to change, yet recently a series of initiatives are influencing the way construction design decisions are made. Initiatives that are pushing for changes in construction methods and innovation in the construction supply chain. These changes will influence the construction decision making unit; Client, Architect, Engineer, Main Contractor, Specialist Contractor, […]

Traditionally, product innovation in the construction sector has been driven by changes in regulations, requiring manufacturers to add new performance characteristics to their products. Today we are at a critical point requiring significant changes in behaviour, driven by reducing skills availability, increasing costs, greater focus on building outcomes and digital technology as an enabler. Competitive […]

Over the last few months we have provided guidance on construction personas, looking at the Client, Architect and Main Contractor. Creating construction personas helps understand the motivation behind buyer decisions, giving an understanding of the challenges and goals faced by the decision maker. Providing valuable insight into why construction professionals are specifying your product, or why they […]

BIM adoption and the standardisation of product data Results of a survey, by Construction Manager and BIM+ have revealed that a high proportion of public sector clients are failing to adopt BIM on their projects and that 1 in 4 said they did not ask for BIM adoption on their projects. They surveyed clients, contractors […]

In response to the recently launched Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard by the government, The CPA has produced new procurement guidance tool. Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, said “The CPA tool will signpost procurers to the established set of international and European standards, Publicly Available Specifications (PAS’s) and certifications schemes […]

Offsite construction continues to grab the headlines, with the CITB publishing a report on Building Skills for Offsite Construction and announcing training courses for those working in the sector. No doubt these will be needed, as another modular homes factory has been announced, this time by AECOM who plan to use it to provide 3000 […]

In construction a contract acts as a binding agreement between the party commissioning the building project and the party responsible for carrying out the construction work. The Main Contractor oversees and manages the construction of a building project. The work is delivered under a contractual agreement. There are a number of forms of contract and it […]