The fair issue

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

As business deals become more complex, and more challenged by the variety of cultural norms we are exposed to in the global marketplace, how can you be sure you are behaving ethically?

What’s the difference between knowing the rules and responding to them in the real world?

To tackle the thorny subject of ethics, in our cover feature for this issue we present a selection of complex, fictional scenarios to a panel of experts for their consideration. What will they suggest is the best way for an RICS member to proceed?

Also this month, we ask why the industry is dragging its heels over gender inequality; take a look at the potential of BIM as a forensic tool in construction dispute resolution; and discover how you build a Disneyland in China.

Comments (1)

  1. Has the RICS woken up yet to the use of drones in the commercial market. It is the fastest growing technical industry world wide and will soon become the tool of almost all surveying practices. Yet the RICS has not yet sorted out a discipline into which the use of drones can sit comfortably. Perhaps it will need its own discipline, Drone Surveying. The number of uses of drones grows daily and currently encompasses land surveying, agriculture, construction and many more. It is not about taking fantastic photographs and videos, it is so much more. Drones can make extremely accurate land surveys (+-5mm) using LIDAR, and produce fully detailed and accurate three D landscape modelling, they can produce 3D modelling of existing buildings, streets and landscapes, which can be imported directly into AutoCad. They can take detailed agricultural snap shots of the quality of crops growing using spectrometer based equipment, so determining water requirements, spraying for fungal attack or additional nutrient requirements. Using infra red cameras detailed heat losses in buildings can been identified, Failures in high powered electrical cables can be identified, the list goes on and on, increasing at an imaginable rate. This will be the biggest game changer in the world of surveying since the introduction of the computer. The RICS must be up and running ready to take this on board before somebody else does. However I have read and seen almost nothing but a cursory mention. As a qualified drone pilot, and MRICS I would like to see the RICS promote the use of drones in surveying in all its guises, and be the leading light, which all others will follow.

    Robert Fisher Robert Fisher, 28 June 2016 28 at 16:28PM

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