Winning the CIOB Global Student Challenge Competition

The construction industry needs to attract new talent to thrive in the years to come. This is part of the inspiration for the Chartered Institute of Building’s annual competition, the COIB Global Student Challenge, which sees students from around the world run a virtual construction company for a few weeks, with tasks and job performance being scored by an expert panel of judges.

What is Estimating in Construction?

Working out how much a construction project is going to cost is the foundation of any scheme and is the responsibility of the estimator or quantity surveyor. Getting it right means contractors and developers can make a decent margin, while the owner gets a fit-for-purpose building. Get it wrong and all bets are off.

Rising Construction Prices: When Will Building Materials Go Down in the UK?

Thanks to Brexit and the covid pandemic-related supply chain issues the cost of building materials – everything from bricks to timber and steel – soared during 2020 and 2021. Just as this situation began to ease, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine piled yet more cost pressures on a number of key products. How can the industry mitigate these and meet the demand for new homes, infrastructure schemes and other projects?

The Sand Shortage 2021: Is The World Running Out of Sand?

A two-year-old United Nations report warned that the world needed to act to maintain its reserves of sand, with supplies already under pressure from extensive building programs. As construction activity continues after COVID-19, is the industry likely to see a shortage of one of the most essential building materials?