The world is awash with modern technology, but engineers and designers aren’t averse to referring to the natural world for inspiration, using biomimicry to make construction and other sectors more efficient and sustainable
Homes have been created underground since prehistoric times, but with the climate emergency getting worse and the issue of land availability becoming more pressing, could we see the construction of more subterranean homes?
In this second in a short series of articles we look at some examples of how Bluebeam helped public sector organisations make the review process more efficient, saving time and money and speeding up the delivery schedule.
Anyone embracing a construction project needs to keep track of its progress. For many companies, the use of key performance indicators is an essential part of monitoring progress of on-site activities to ensure a scheme is delivered on schedule and within budget.
Construction lags other industries when it comes to using new technologies. Might more use of offsite manufacturing techniques to create better quality and faster-delivered elements of a building be the answer?
From speed of approval to being able to free up storage space for other purposes, going digital can help public sector organisations process building activity more quickly and efficiently than working on physical paper plans ever could.
Bluebeam recently sponsored a roundtable discussion on the topic of software and how the construction industry can benefit from using software systems as it works to deliver projects of all shapes and sizes.
Greenwashing—the act of claiming environmental credentials for a product or project that are unjustified or outright untrue—has no place in the construction sector. Creating sustainable developments through investment in people, materials and delivery practices, plus supporting evidence to corroborate such claims, is the way forward.
The UK’s construction industry acknowledges that there is a skills crisis, one exacerbated by the departure of many EU-born workers in the wake of the Brexit referendum. A renewed enthusiasm for apprenticeships offers a way to attract fresh blood into the sector and address diversity issues.
People with disabilities make up a fifth of the UK population, but only 9% of the country’s construction workforce. According to industry experts, the sector is missing out when it comes to employing people with disabilities. Is the built environment heading in the right direction on this sensitive issue?
The UK’s planning rules, which grants permission for developments, particularly housing, have been described by all sides as not fit for purpose. What is wrong with the system, and what does the government propose to do to speed up delivery of the homes the country desperately needs?
The built environment contributes a significant amount of the world’s carbon emissions. A life cycle assessment is increasingly seen as the best method of monitoring a structure’s carbon and offers the industry a route to minimising its effect on the rest of us.