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Construction companies urged to link up with universities and colleges

A construction expert at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has cited a missed opportunity in the sector, with companies failing to plan for the future during the economic downturn, and is urging innovative action to address the issue.

Rob Leslie, a course leader at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Robert Gordon University (RGU) and a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in Scotland, believes that businesses are now panicking as the industry’s skills shortage starts to bite with a large percentage of the workforce rapidly approaching retirement age and fewer graduates coming through from universities and colleges.

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Building industry to have access to greenest products and designs

Builders and developers will have access to a new, all-purpose commercial innovation centre for energy efficient building designs, products and services launched today.

The CMS Innovation Hub in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire will be a showcase for the latest energy saving products and devices for the building of homes and workplaces, produced by leading construction and supply firms.

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MK Surveys captures latest utility detection and mapping system

MK Surveys, based in Milton Keynes, is the first company in the world to take delivery of an advanced, ground penetrating radar (GPR) system, supporting further expansion of its fast growing utility department. 

The purchase of Opera Duo, the latest innovation for utility location and mapping by market leaders IDS, further strengthens MK Surveys’ capability in this expanding market.

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Sustainable Concrete Solutions by Costas Georgopoulos

The challenges facing humanity in the 21st century include climate change, population growth, overconsumption of resources, overproduction of waste and increasing energy demands. For construction practitioners, responding to these challenges means creating a built environment that provides accommodation and infrastructure with better whole-life performance using lower volumes of primary materials, less non-renewable energy, wasting less and causing fewer disturbances to the natural environment. Concrete is ubiquitous in the built environment. It is therefore essential that it is used in the most sustainable way so practitioners must become aware of the range of sustainable concrete solutions available for construction. While sustainable development has been embedded into engineering curricula, it can be difficult for students and academics to be fully aware of the innovations in sustainable construction that are developed by the industry. 

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Construction, Design and Management 2014 - A recipe for disaster

Recently the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published their proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and issued a consultative document. We believe that the proposed 2014 Regulations, if adopted, will set the building industry back over 30 years in terms of fatalities and serious injuries to those working on construction projects.

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