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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...
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...
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...
About access

Disabled access exemption can pose trip hazard

With most regulations, an offer of exemption can easily encourage temptation. The provision which can allow exemption from certain access requirements within the Equality Act 2010 is one example, but the strings which are attached can still trip you up. The terms of the exemption do not amount to a get-out-of-jail-free...
About Access

A reasonable approach to improving access for disabled people

Ten years after the deadline passed for businesses to make sure their premises and services were accessible, it may be considered surprising to find that many are still vulnerable to claims for discrimination. Then again it may be entirely predictable. There are still many people who do not recognise the...

Asta Development powers up its range with a trio of product launches

Asta Development has officially released the second version of Asta Powerproject BIM and is rolling the product out via its global reseller network for the first time. Asta has also launched the estimation tool Bidcon BIM into the UK and is adding to the capability of the recently released...
Saint Gobain

How To Boost Education Through Building Design

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the sustainable habitat and construction markets, has identified five key elements that contribute to our comfort levels indoors; thermal comfort, audio comfort, visual comfort, indoor air comfort and economic comfort. Stacey Temprell, Residential Sector Director at Saint-Gobain, explains how it is bringing My Comfort,...

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