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Stephanie Bentley, 25 May 2017
It is estimated that by 2050, there will be 50 billion people living on the planet and 50 mega cities; movement of people, pollution and resources will become a massive challenge. No company, government or individual can solve these problems alone; geography, mapping and Geographic Information Systems have never been so important.
23 May 2017
We asked three senior executives from Heathrow, RIBA and the Valuation Office Agency how they went about making diversity and inclusion a strategic priority in their firms and what positive outcomes they have seen since doing so. Here's what they had to say.
The landmark collaboration between the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is, for the first time, offering a combined suite of credentials and professional qualifications for facility management (FM).
22 May 2017
Those in the building community who are delivering smarter, more creative and sustainable buildings, utilising the latest BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology are being given more time to gain industry recognition for their talent and expertise, following the deadline extension for the 2017 RICS BIM4SME Awards, which are free to enter.
Amanda Clack FRICS, 19 May 2017
"The price of greatness is responsibility," Sir Winston Churchill once said. Sigmund Freud, meanwhile, asserted: "Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility." As surveyors, we are free to operate without statutory regulation because we consistently demonstrate responsible professionalism. We are equipped to deal with the dilemmas that can bring.
Stephanie Bentley, 18 May 2017
Innovative enhancements in technology and changing customer demands are impacting the way businesses operate. There are as many opportunities for real estate professionals as there are threats but as a traditionally slow moving industry, a degree of patience is needed as businesses move forward to meet new demands.
17 May 2017
Infrastructure programmes are extraordinarily complex: they can take many years, have many stakeholders and often have to be executed while connected infrastructure is still in public use. For this reason, being a commercial manager is perhaps as much about controlling risk as it is about controlling cost.
Ken Creighton, 16 May 2017
The built environment will change dramatically in the coming years due to the influence of technology and as the rate of change gets faster and faster, technology is increasingly becoming an essential part of a professional’s workflow.
16 May 2017
The recent cyber attacks caused disruption in 150 countries. In the UK, computers in NHS hospitals, pharmacies and GP surgeries were perhaps hit the hardest by ransomware. Cyber Product Leader at CFC Underwriting James Burns tells us about the rise of cyber crime and provides tips to protect your business.
Last year we had the novel idea of asking what the White House would be worth if it was ever sold on the open market. The idea was to figure out what an asset — with significant historical and political value — could be worth when we use the principles of asset valuation.
Once a year the global facility management (FM) industry unites to recognise the important role of professionals in the sector. As part of World FM Day (17 May), this week we celebrate the contributions FM makes as a profession that lies at the very heart of any organisation's corporate real estate strategy.
Dan Hughes, 11 May 2017
The industry has so far been underserved by technology, but this is beginning to change.
Martin Burns, 10 May 2017
People who act as expert witnesses perform a crucial role in judicial proceedings in the UK. Judges and other tribunals depend on their opinions to understand technical evidence before them, and thus make informed decisions. However, in recent years the role of expert witness has become more onerous and the demands of instructing parties have increased.
08 May 2017
Labour availability is a growing problem that will affect both construction growth and prices. This is illustrated by the reported problems that Bovis encountered in trying to accelerate the numbers of homes that they delivered in 2016. Bovis blamed availability of sufficiently skilled labour for delayed delivery and faulty workmanship and they have lowered their delivery target for this year as a result.
Sean Ellison, 08 May 2017
Results from our Q1 Global Commercial Property Monitor indicate that the dispersion in sentiment across Asia Pacific markets increased in the first quarter. The majority of markets continue to respond to domestic supply and demand conditions, rather than a broad regional trend.
04 May 2017
Construction has justifiably earned a reputation as one of the most conflict and dispute ridden of all industries. And despite the efforts to promote a less adversarial culture on our building sites, evidence suggests that disputes are becoming more protracted.
Average kitchen and bathroom costs rose by approximately 2% in the year to 1st quarter 2017 after a significant fluctuation in labour rates owing to wage increases and skills shortages within the industry as well as an upturn in materials costs.
Will Myles, 04 May 2017
In today’s increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world, social, technological and sustainability issues bring new dimensions to risk and have a major impact on the development and competitiveness of our urban centres.
Gillian Charlesworth, 03 May 2017
At the second of its new format annual strategy meetings, Governing Council agreed further steps in ensuring the future of RICS as a global professional body, fit for the 21st century and able to equip future generations of professionals. This report sets out the meeting highlights, priorities and actions agreed by Council.
03 May 2017
James King warns of the dangers of underinsurance of commercial buildings and provides advice for keeping cover accurate and up to date.
Alexander Aronsohn FRICS, 01 May 2017
Property measurement is evolving especially as the industry and transactions become more international. A new standard that responds to this trend is now open for consultation. We’re urging RICS professionals to help shape this new standard: RICS Property Measurement 2nd Edition Professional Statement.
01 May 2017
RICS professionals are urged to help shape a new standard that will inform the way property measurement is undertaken.
28 Apr 2017
There has been a huge transformation in where the industry is at over the last 12 months. Data and technology is starting to play a much bigger role in the work of a professional and there has been a move towards more data driven approaches.
Alessandra De Lisio, 26 Apr 2017
The length, costs and uncertainty of litigation is leading to an increased use of mediation to settle disputes out of court. How does it work in practice?
Martin Burns, 24 Apr 2017
In this time of changing economic and political direction, it is important that chartered surveyors acting as sole practitioners evolve and adapt their services and skills to enable their businesses to survive and thrive.
© RICS 2017
© RICS 2017