This month's edition of Modus is a smart special, looking at the latest technology and its effect on the built environment.
In our cover feature we take a closer look at the impact that AI and automation is already having on the profession. We find out more about the specific new technologies transforming surveying, how major companies are reacting, and how bold start-ups are leveraging new technology to make inroads into established sectors.
With the UN estimating that 60% of the global infrastructure needed by 2030 is yet to be built, what form should the cities of the future take? We ask whether incorporating the latest technology into their design – such as small-scale, localised renewable energy solutions, decentralised banking and smart healthcare – can these emerging metropolises leapfrog their established counterparts to become the dominant cities of the future?
When even small improvements in people's wellbeing can be hugely significant, the cities of the future will be designed to make their inhabitants healthier. Using data to understand how people use the built environment, and incorporating smart technology into future designs, will we see the emergence of smart cities that can not only manage existing conditions but also prevent negative health outcomes? Also, we celebrate excellence in design, innovation and community impact with the inspirational winners of the UK RICS Awards 2019.
We also take a look at how small businesses can protect their information – and their clients' – by asking five experts for their advice about how best to counter cybercrime.
Editor of Modus
An experienced and award-winning magazine editor, Oliver has worked in the sectors of property, insurance, automotive and technology. At Sunday Publishing, he has edited titles for a variety of high-profile clients, including Miller Homes, British Gas, Allianz and Toyota, as well as RICS.