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structural engineering software

SCIA Engineer 21 makes analysis methodology more efficient

Matthew Burton, principal structural engineer at AECOM, shared his thoughts about the latest SCIA Engineer structural engineering software release.
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PBC Today November 2021

Welcome to a packed November edition of PBC Today. As we went to press, leaders from around the globe were heading to Glasgow for COP 26. In this issue, we look at some of the issues and challenges that construction, architecture and engineering will face in order to cut emissions.
Volumetric modular construction

MPBA: Promoting knowledge transfer and training opportunities

Jackie Maginnis, chief executive of the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA), explores how the organisation is playing a key role in supporting the modular building industry.
COINS Grand Challenge

Driving innovation: AI timber design system and self-healing concrete

Winners have been announced for the 2021 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition organised by Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), which aims to drive innovation across the construction industry.
3d digital twin

New 3D digital twin technology: A game-changer for construction

Digital twins are delivering value across the entire built world lifecycle, says Simon Bae, founder and CEO of US-based Cupix.
Energy efficiency offices

NABERS UK: Energy efficiency rating for offices

The Better Building Partnership’s Design for Performance initiative, in partnership with NABERS and the BRE, has launched the NABERS UK energy performance rating scheme for offices. BRE’s Ruby Smith takes a look.
National infrastructure assessment,

What needs to be in the second National Infrastructure Assessment?

With major challenges on the horizon it is essential that we take a long-term approach to infrastructure planning, says Keith Howells FICE, trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Data sharing, construction

How data management can make our industry safer

Placing better information management and data sharing at the forefront of digital transformation will make construction safer – as well as smarter, says Zane Ulhaq, associate director for Atkins.
Timber building

Environmentally and socially sustainable multi-storey buildings

The European project Build-in-Wood aims to make timber the natural choice of material for multi-storey buildings.
Heat & Buildings Strategy

The Heat & Buildings Strategy: Warm welcome or under fire?

The government has published the Heat & Buildings Strategy, its plan to incentivise householders to replace their old gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, such as air source heat pumps. Here, PBC Today rounds up reaction to the strategy.
demand for offices

Decarbonising Construction: Industry must move faster to curb emissions

The UK construction industry needs to move more urgently to cut carbon emissions by adopting challenging targets, applying whole-life carbon assessment to public procurement and updating design and performance standards, according to a new report by the National Engineering Policy Centre.
Timber flood doors

StormMeister Eco sustainable timber flood doors

Homeowners are choosing our wooden flood doors due to their unrivalled traditional aesthetics and highly desirable performance features.
Brownfield development

Has brownfield’s time come?

Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) latest research, Brownfield First, outlines how brownfield is, in fact, key to meeting government ambitions on housing and levelling up.
RIBA Stirling Prize

Stirling Prize 2021: Blurring the boundary between “gown and town”

Kingston University London’s Town House by Grafton Architects has won the 25th annual Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Stirling Prize.
Financial viability planning

Fine margins: Financial viability takes centre stage in planning process

Financial viability of property developments is taking on an increasingly important role in the planning and plan-making process, according to a new report.
Ground floor construction,

Construction focus: Ground floors

Matthew Percy and John Michael Cannon from Advantage Home Construction Insurance weigh up the pros and cons of different ground floor construction methods.
offsite construction, upskilling,

Building skills for offsite timber construction post-Covid

Professor Robert Hairstans, head of the Centre for Offsite Construction & Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University, assesses how further education must adapt to the needs of the industry amid a pandemic.
Carbon products

Counting carbon for a more sustainable future

Andrew Stolworthy of SFS explains why the company is embarking on a journey to start tracking how much carbon is embedded within its products.
Major projects, net zero

Major projects and the net zero challenge

The underwhelming performance of the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme will unfortunately not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the history of major government projects. The underlying issues behind these failures must be addressed if we are to meet net zero ambitions, warns Andrew Baldwin at the Association for Project Management.
Planning consent,

From design to where? Changing quality post-planning consent

A study by Hannah Hickman highlights how housing developments can undergo significant changes between securing planning permission and starting on site.
alternative dispute resolution

Compulsory alternative dispute resolution: A brave new world

Peter Vinden, chief executive of Gateley Vinden, discusses the Civil Justice Council’s report on compulsory alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
site quality,

How to raise the quality of your construction site

Ever wanted to know just how surveyors score sites during their inspections? This short guide will help you understand how your site can achieve the highest levels of quality so that your development can stand out from the competition.
Stephen Pycroft

Pycroft to step down as Mace Group chair

Stephen Pycroft is to step down as chair of global consultancy and construction business Mace Group on 1 January 2022.
Homegrown timber

Transforming the UK’s approach to homegrown timber

The Transforming Timber initiative, led by Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, aims to boost the use of homegrown sustainable timber in construction projects.
Water sector, production line approach,

How a ‘production line’ approach can transform the water sector

The water sector needs to embrace a "production line" approach, Modern Methods of Construction and offsite assembly to futureproof the industry and secure supplies, says Chris Tyerman, managing director for infrastructure at Tilbury Douglas.
Digital twins

How to measure the success of a digital twin

Ali Nicholl from Iotics explores “what good looks like” when it comes to digital twins.

PBC Today November 2021