This section features the latest news, comments and press releases from our offices around the world, covering all aspects of surveying practice and also current developments within RICS.
The items you can see are based on your geographic location. The list may be refined by topic or professional group by checking the side-bar options, or you can search for keywords using the search facility.
Showing 1 - 25 of 414 results
05 Dec 2016
The origins of artificial intelligence (AI) can be traced back to ancient Greeks and their efforts to model human thinking. Since that time, AI as a concept has snowballed to become one of the world's hottest topics. Science and technology journalist Mark Harris provides a potted history.
Former Technology Editor for the Guardian Charles Arthur thinks that a new paradigm has taken place. When someone tells you that the future lies with artificial intelligence, pause before you roll your eyes.
Paul Bagust, 02 Dec 2016
It's increasingly recognised that facilities management (FM) has a strategic role to play in the experience of the end user of buildings and facilities, and ultimately plays an integral role in social, environment and economic-wellbeing.
Amanda Clack FRICS, 01 Dec 2016
We can be certain of future disruptive changes in the technologies that affect our everyday lives, bringing an exponential pace of change. In this respect, Stanford University’s recent report 'Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030' raises deep questions for society and our profession.
Simon Rubinsohn, 29 Nov 2016
Markets are beginning to fret once again about the strains both within the single currency and the EU itself. This is most visible in the spread between the yield on German government bonds, which are seen as the safest asset in Europe, and the yield on debt issued by other government in Europe. The chart below shows how this gap has widened in recent weeks in the case of both France and Italy.
29 Nov 2016
Technology often makes things in daily life more efficient and easier to undertake; the mundane and monotonous become manageable. Our smartphone has become the alternative remote control to our life, work and home. In estate agency the impact of technology has not gone unnoticed.
Laura Lindberg, 29 Nov 2016
During the month of November, media outlets paid particular attention to the commercial property analysis provided by our professionals across most European markets, with the release of the RICS Commercial Property Monitors in Europe during the third quarter of the year.
28 Nov 2016
We are inundated day in day out with news stories on scandals, ethical breaches, fraud, corruption – all driven by hypercompetition and a “need” for perpetual growth. This year’s Harris Debate, titled Ethics, Competition and Growth: Where are we now?, focussed on ethical business and the role individuals, business and professions play in its conduct.
27 Nov 2016
We will begin 2017 with a new Managing Director for Oceania following the recent appointment of Stephen Albin to the role.
Sean Ellison, 22 Nov 2016
An increase in leverage among Chinese developers via an opaque financing structure has increased the risk of a downturn in the residential property market. The Chinese government's annual Central Economic Work Conference held in December will likely offer an indication of whether authorities begin to reign in leverage.
21 Nov 2016
The past few months have been a whirlwind in Southern California since I assumed the role of Chapter Chair in July and I am surprised to find Thanksgiving already upon us and the imminent inauguration of a new President in the very near future.
Today is the launch of the public consultation for the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS), which seeks to improve consistency and reduce risk in the global construction industry.
20 Nov 2016
With this message, I want to take the opportunity to look back and reflect on what went well in 2015/16 and where we'll focus our efforts in the year ahead.
I am excited to announce that we have added two new members to the Chapter Board, Rob Wilson and Steve Hadden.
As the Prairies Region chair, it is my role to ensure that the goals of RICS are advanced in a professional, inclusive manner.
Sean Ellison, 17 Nov 2016
Earlier this year, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) became the latest central bank to experiment with Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP). They followed this up in September with even further unconventional monetary policy, which they have called "Qualitative and Quantitative Easing with Yield Curve Control.”
Dan Hughes, 16 Nov 2016
If there is one thing we can learn from recent global political events, it is that financial markets and economies more generally, do not respond well to uncertainty. Manager at KPMG Joshua Southern argues that in order for construction projects to be successful, they must also provide certainty and confidence to both investors and client sponsors.
16 Nov 2016
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Australian Property Institute (API) are aware that certain Lender-Clients of Valuer Members have introduced or intend to introduce terms to Valuation Panel Service Agreements which deal with the issue of ownership of the intellectual property (IP) of those Valuers.
14 Nov 2016
The Apple watch is up to 125,000 times more powerful than the Apollo Lander. How can we use such rapid advances in technology to reduce inequalities, limit our impact on the environment and create real opportunities for people?
10 Nov 2016
Associate Director at Faithful+Gould Hannah Davis and apprentices from the The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust explained what they look for in an employer at our 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Having been in the industry for the past 13 years, Hannah spoke of how Faithful+Gould has helped nurture her throughout her career and how colleagues have always been supportive.
Sean Tompkins, 09 Nov 2016
Recently, we took a bold step when we publically pledged to champion gender diversity across our sector.
Dan Hughes, 07 Nov 2016
“The Built Environment sector does not seem to be making much progress when it comes to innovation and our ambition to invest in research and development that should help margins.” Mike Stephens from CDS UK provides his views and offers some reflections and direction.
Graham Ellis MRICS, 07 Nov 2016
With the cold weather now upon us (for those of us in the northern hemisphere!), RICS is advising homeowners to check their properties to help stop the predicted harsh weather from taking its toll on their property, heating and maintenance bills.
07 Nov 2016
Our Bookshop Manager at Parliament Square Paulo Ferreira shares his recommendations for the seven books you must read for measurement, which can all be ordered from the RICS Bookshop.
RICS is continuing to push for the built environment sector to lead in achieving its global climate change commitments as the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) gets underway in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016.
© RICS 2016
© RICS 2016