Building Surveying Journal March-April 2016

Barney Hatt

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

The theme of this issue is technology – a subject with which the profession is becoming increasingly comfortable as it gains traction and grows in relevance and importance.

In his chairman’s column, Alex Charlesworth champions the role of technology in helping surveyors carry out daily tasks, but says it must stand the business case test: that is, does it work, and how does the cost compare with the return?

Meanwhile, Ian Sutton outlines the progress of building information modelling (BIM) in the UK, Craig Lippett explains the rules, regulations and training needed to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, and Craig MacDonald points out that although tablets are becoming ubiquitous in data capture, they are not always the right approach to use.

Elsewhere, as International Property Measurement Standards become mandatory, Tom Pugh gives a ground-level view of how these will affect professional practice. RICS President Martin Brühl explains why the organisation is taking the initiative on sustainability and risk management, and Milton Silverman draws attention to the hidden impact of EU regulations on consumers’ rights to cancel contracts.

Kirsty Gould looks at research on the performance of RICS membership assessments, and Dipen Vanmali, winner of RICS Matrics Young Building Surveyor of the Year Award 2015, discusses the benefits of RICS membership and some of the projects on which he’s worked.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas, so please do get in touch with me at

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