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Tom Kaneko Design & Architecture: Sketch, Design / Build in Practice

Tom Kaneko is an architectural designer and SketchUp ninja specializing in bespoke residential retrofits and extensions in the United Kingdom. In this conversation, we delve into his workflow and how he uses SketchUp to deliver value to his clients within the constraints of a tight budget.  "SketchUp makes the means...
Hewlett Packard

HP PageWide XL and DesignJet Printers Win Coveted Red Dot Design Awards

HP Inc. announce that the HP PageWide XL Printer series and the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer have been honored with prestigious 2016 Red Dot Awards. The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio was awarded the highest distinction, the Red Dot: Best of the Best Design Award, for its outstanding and...
BLP Insurance

Build to Rent

Build to Rent is going mainstream. The industry is shaking off previous misconceptions about the sector and is starting to embrace it as a key way of rapidly increasing much needed high quality housing capacity. Momentum for Build to Rent has been driven not only by this shift in perception...
IApply

The Housing and Planning Act 2016: The Facts

In the UK on the 12 May 2016, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent and passed into the law of the land. Across a broad spectrum of subjects, the act deals with several aspects, including housing, estate agents, rent charges, planning and compulsory purchases. Many of...
Clearbox

BIM or GIS? It’s BIM + GIS that’s an enabler for true digital construction

We are regularly caught in the discussion about whether a project should be BIM or GIS and I have to admit, I remain confused by the question.  It is a bit like a discussion around which authoring tools to use and whether the user should use one brand or...
Cyber security vs the regulator: do you know where you stand?

Cyber Security in Construction

BeCyberSure discuss cyber security in the construction industry... In the UK, we are currently living through one of the most uncertain and transformative periods experienced in recent times and businesses are faced with increasingly challenging issues. The construction industry is as at risk as any other and management must ensure...
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A Euro Vision: What Brexit could mean for planning and building projects

Remain or Brexit? With the European Union (EU) Referendum looming, the potential implications and debates surrounding the two choices – whether to stay or go – are becoming increasing visible to the British population. A departure from the EU will result in the UK making its own amendments to laws...
Hewlett Packard

Connect4 Becomes First United Arab Emirates Printing Company to Install HP Pagewide Technology

Connect4 broke new ground today with the installation of an HP Pagewide XL 8000, the first HP Pagewide printer to be installed in the United Arab Emirates. Connect 4 anticpates that the printer’s high speed, print quality and production efficiency will put them one step ahead of local competitors. Reduced...
Hewlett Packard

Installation of HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer Allows Sadiq to Target New Business Opportunities

HP announced that UAE-based print service provider, Sadiq, has installed an HP PageWide XL 8000, the company’s first HP printer Sadiq provides print services and office supplies to 72 technical consulting offices working on construction projects. As the operation is small in size, it is vital that its print solution...
accessibility consultant

Can-do attitude is key to supporting disabled employees

Ian Streets discusses support for disabled employees Adaptability is essential in business, and for employers that obviously extends to how they accommodate and support their staff. People change, and so does their ability to contribute to the success of a business. The aim of most employers is to develop their workers, teach...
IApply

Building Control – The way we build for tomorrow

Keeping up to speed is part of the role of Building Control in an era where building homes is high on the Government’s agenda. The Department for Communities and Local Government objectives for 2015 to 2020 is to deliver one million new homes over the next five years. However, there...
About access

Accessible environments – Right first time

Right first time will keep costs down in accessible environments We see enough examples every day to tell us that where there are steps it may also be helpful to have a ramp and where there are toilets then nearby there should be one that is accessible. But what does...
IApply

Can technology save the planning and building control process?

Technology has been proven to help save time and money across many industries, helping companies reach maximum efficiency and service for their customers.  However, it has been recorded that local authorities have been wasting two million man hours every year due to the ineffective ways the services are being...
About access

Peer review process ensures quality of access consultants

Whatever your trade or profession, credibility counts. You wouldn’t place an important legal matter in the hands of a bar room barrister any more than you would ask a learner driver to park your Bentley. That’s why, in 1999, the government of the day launched the National Register of Access Consultants...
OKI Systems

A Good Time to Re-Consider Print

Despite the fast approaching deadline, the industry is still debating whether the government’s mandate that all centrally-funded work should use building information modelling (BIM) at least to Level 2 by 2016 is achievable. But where the mandate is succeeding is in making firms of all sizes – from small architectural...
About access

Awareness is key to accessibility issues

Some people really need to get out more. It’s good for them, it’s good for businesses and it’s essentially why we set up About Access in the first place. Consider the advances made in the last 20 years or so with equipment designed to give disabled people the same quality...
OKI Systems

Building Momentum with OKI

UK housebuilders have had a good year so far, according to a recent report in the Financial Times (September 25th 2015).  Three of the largest - Barrett Developments, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon - are now among the top ten of construction companies by revenue, for the first time since...
Saint-Gobain

How Passive House Is Boosting Construction Industry

The drive for low and zero carbon buildings and the supporting legislative changes are resulting in the need to improve the knowledge and technical capabilities of the construction industry as a whole. Stacey Temprell, Residential Sector Director for Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, explains how the industry can build itself...
About access

Access awareness brings bottom-line benefits

Awareness is the key to opening up buildings and facilities to disabled people. If you know what sort of needs disabled people have, and how those needs can be met – and denied – then you have a better chance of ensuring your organisation is inclusive. At About Access we...
Uni of Westminster

London and SE BIM Regions events

London and SE BIM Regions in association with the University of Westminster We need your help and in doing so we will help you. We need your help in making your colleagues aware of the forthcoming London and SE BIM Regions series of events on Implementing BIM.  The first event is on Wednesday...
OKI Systems

From the Design Office to Building Site…

OKI’s multi-tasking printers will save time and money across the entire project lifecycle says Andrew Hall, Oki Systems UK Choosing printers can be a big decision, especially now that devices have become far more sophisticated and multifunctional. However, it’s a particularly difficult task for organisations involved in the planning and...
About access

How convenient are your public conveniences?

On the face of it the most accessible loos would appear to be a design disaster. All that space but with all the facilities crammed into a corner? But in terms of usability it’s perfect, and also perfectly obvious. Many disabled people need the extra space to accommodate their mobility...
OKI Systems

How Smart Printing Saves Costs and Drives Efficiencies in Government

By Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK Ltd Central and local government are continuing to feel the squeeze of austerity with the Conservative administration planning additional savings of £20bn from departmental budget cuts, which will be set out in the autumn spending review. So how can departments make further spending reductions...
OKI Systems

How Smart Printing Saves Costs and Drives Efficiencies in Government

By Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK Ltd Central and local government are continuing to feel the squeeze of austerity with the Conservative administration planning additional savings of £20bn from departmental budget cuts, which will be set out in the autumn spending review. So how can departments make further spending reductions...

Ordnance Survey: Connecting the lives of everyone in Britain

We are Britain's mapping agency. We make the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the country. But we're also a digital business, and we use our content to help governments, companies and individuals be more effective both here and around the world. What we do In fifteen short years, we’ve changed...
OKI Systems

The Advantages of ‘Paper-Light’

By Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI Systems UK Ltd Despite moves to make businesses ‘digital by default’ and targets to ‘go paperless’; it is quite likely that most companies need to progress through various hybrid states before reaching the ultimate goal.  For some it may be impossible to eliminate the use...

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