Building Surveying Journal July–August 2016

Barney Hatt

Editor, Building Surveying Journal & Building Control Journal (RICS)

This issue’s theme is health and safety, with articles assessing the changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, reviewing new sentencing guidelines for health and safety and corporate manslaughter offences, and previewing the Surveying Safely professional statement.

Building Surveying Journal July–August 2016

Other pieces look at the RICS drive to recruit a new generation of surveyors, how to rethink flooding, the forthcoming BIM for building surveyors guidance note and the need for conversion and adaptation of buildings.

“Not enough young people really know or understand what chartered surveyors do, let alone the role played by building surveyors.” These are the opening words of an important article in this issue by Alex Charlesworth, chairman of the Building Surveying Professional Group Board, who explains why it is vital to recruit a new generation of building surveyors.

He goes on to say that: “While recruitment is essential, promoting an understanding of building surveying is even more important. Get the latter right, and the former will follow – with the added benefit that a greater proportion of the population will understand more about the role we play in real estate.”

This issue also explores health and safety, with two articles assessing the impact of changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Mike Appleby reviews the tougher new sentencing guidelines for health and safety and corporate manslaughter offences, while Anthony Taylor provides an update on the forthcoming RICS Surveying Safely professional statement.

Elsewhere, Richard Coutts explains how in both its absence and abundance – drought and flooding – water will pose one of the most serious challenges to society in the 21st century. He argues for a complete rethink towards flooding, with buildings and cities designed to make space for it rather than trying to keep it out.

Meanwhile, BIM for building surveyors co-author Phil Southgate explains the background to this forthcoming RICS guidance note, and Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith and Dr Paul Greenhalgh argue that conversion and adaptation are essential to keeping pace with a dynamic real estate market.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas, so please do get in touch with me at bhatt@rics.org

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