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  • Quantity surveying & construction

    Information technology (IT) for strategy formulation in Irish quantity surveying firms: a literature review

    The purpose of this study is to provide a critical review of existing studies on strategy to demonstrate the influence of information technology on strategy formulation in quantity surveying practices in Ireland. The paper focuses on the influence of IT on the strategic planning and decision-making process of QS practices in Ireland.

  • Project management

    Social contagion and knowledge acquisition in construction professional service firms

    As global construction markets evolve, knowledge intensive construction professional service firms (CPSF) are required to formulate and implement a strategy in pursuit of competitive advantage. This research examines two latent social contagion processes inherent in the acquisition of knowledge in CPSFs: response to new knowledge from an industry knowledge leader (referred to as “Egonetwork” in social networks terminology) and the knowledge diffusion process whereby individual firms eventually become clustered and almost non-differentiated in knowledge terms (henceforth termed “contagion”).

  • Quantity surveying & construction

    Quantity surveying professional apprenticeships: a paragon for the supply of talent in the Irish construction industry

    The construction industry in Ireland has undergone considerable change in the last decade, the effect of which has resulted in a legacy malfunction in the construction labour market. This paper examines the significant shortage of professionals and analyses the options available to the sector in response to the problem. Moreover, consideration is given to the implications to the industry and the drivers and barriers to recruitment. Given the nature of the situation which the industry finds itself in, this paper pursues a possible solution aimed at satisfying all stakeholders while preserving quality and confidence in the industry.

  • Quantity surveying & construction

    BIM-based model for extracting the elemental graph data model (EGDM)

    This paper presents a model that extracts topological relationships and geometrical properties of building elements from an existing fully designed Building Information Model (BIM Model), and maps this information into a directed acyclic Elemental Graph Data Model (EGDM). The model incorporates BIM-based search algorithms for automatic deduction of geometrical data and topological relationships for each building element type.

  • Project management

    Factors influencing subcontractor and main contractor relationships in Melbourne construction industry

    The Construction Industry in Australia is plagued by mistrust and deception and the biggest feeder to this environment is the volatile relationship between the projects’ main contractor and its subcontractors. This research investigates the importance of subcontractors to industry and the influencing factors that promote the lack of collaboration and distrust.

  • Affordable housing

    Barriers in the tiny home movement

    The tiny home movement is a growing trend in real estate where people are choosing to downsize the space in which they live and live more simply. Pursuing the tiny home lifestyle comes with many barriers and challenges. This research seeks to first identify the existing barriers to the tiny home movement then identify possible ways to overcome these barriers. This research study is beneficial because it seeks to provide in-depth information regarding barriers in the tiny home movement, in particular to planning and zoning restrictions and financing for tiny home construction and/or purchasing of existing tiny homes.

  • Project management

    Unmanned construction machinery: legal implications where death and injury result

    The world is currently experiencing a proliferation of automated technologies in all areas of modern life. The general press widely reports on the rising use of ‘drones ‘and the emergence of automated cars on our roads. Similarly, sensational stories associated with drones and automated cars regularly make the news.

  • Investments

    Monitoring, managing and mitigating property ‘market’ risk

    This paper examines portfolio risk management techniques and tools, commonly used in equity and bond portfolios to: measure, manage and mitigate property market risk / “beta”. The techniques used to measure and manage property market risk uses annual historical capital value returns of UK indices (Peter Scott’s data from 1920 and MSCI-IPD data from 1972).

  • Project management

    Financial management practices of general contractors (GCS)

    Financial management (FM) of general contractors (GCs) occurs at both project and organisation level. This study was conducted among GCs to: investigate the financial practices of GCs; determine what causes poor profitability, cash flow problems, difficulty in securing work, insolvency, and financial failure.

  • Planning & development

    Operationalising the bellagio stamp using selected neighbourhood sustainability assessment frameworks

    This paper operationalises the Bellagio STAMP using the BREEAM Communities; LEED ND V4; PCRS; and the Green Star Communities. This is with the aim of arguing for a consensus approach to Sustainability Assessment at the neighbourhood level. Coupled with this, is to critically review if these selected assessment frameworks could lead to more sustainable neighbourhoods as envisaged.

  • Quantity surveying & construction

    Advising on flood risk – opportunities and challenges across international commercial property markets

    There is an increasing body of research which identifies the need for flood risk mitigation advice and the potential for building professionals such as surveyors to be involved. This research explored the potential for surveyors to play a greater role in advising on at-risk commercial properties to better manage risk within the
    commercial property sector.

  • Project management

    Social network analysis of international construction joint venture project: a case study in Thailand

    International Construction Joint Ventures (ICJVs) have become of significant interest as the global construction market continues to be integrated into the more competitive business environment. The aim of this paper is to uncover the knowledge transfer practices in an ICJV using Social Network Analysis (SNA). The case presented here is the pilot study.

  • The roles of employers in the motivation of the quantity surveyors: the Malaysian construction industry

    This research investigates the roles of employers in the quantity surveyors’ motivation towards improvement of job performance in Malaysian construction industry. The subject of employees’ motivation is important as it is the key to high performance, especially in the construction industry, since the industry is related to human management.

  • Project management

    An evaluation of trust: the importance of trust to project success when using in-house capabilities

    This research considers the importance of trust between different project actors and the chances of project success within a single large public sector client organisation. The nature and role of both trust and project success through a review of management and project management literature, focusing on projects in the construction industry, is investigated.

  • Quantity surveying & construction

    Main contractor management under changing procurement regimes in the Second World War

    The market demands from the UK Government on the construction sector increased during rearmament and the early years of the Second World War. The main contractors diversified into this market, then diversified their workload in the market and through geographical coverage across the regions.

  • Building control

    BIM-enabled health and safety coordination in the UK construction industry: role of the principal designer

    The coordination of Health and Safety (H&S) during the design/pre-construction phase is often perceived as significantly important because of the ability to influence a reduction in the possibility of accidents and injuries. In the UK construction industry, the construction design and management (CDM) regulations are best placed to achieve this vision. Most importantly, the role of the Principal Designer (PD) is crucial, given their pre-construction phase responsibilities. This study critically evaluates the duties placed on PDs and examine the extent to which implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM)-enabled H&S coordination enhances the discharge of duties performed by PDs.

  • Business continuity of international construction for top contractors

    International construction projects are important for contractors. Especially large contractors have expanded their businesses into global markets to seek new opportunities. Based on characteristics of projects, business continuity is essential for contractors’ long-term development strategy. This study builds a new method to measure the business continuity of international construction in order to analyse the continuity level of different contractors in different regional markets.

  • Planning & development

    Housing adaptations for ageing in Great Britain: legislation, policy and practice

    This paper investigates the effectiveness of local budget planning and management for the provision of adaptations. It examines the extent to which local authorities have sought to implement the ambitions of national policies and strategies in this regard.

  • Residential property

    The challenges affecting the installation of district heating in residential buildings

    District Heating is highly prominent in its potential to provide low carbon heating supply to UK residential buildings. This has provided the impetus to further investigate the practicalities of implementing District Heating on UK residential schemes. This research sought to review industry opinion and identify the prevalent challenges affecting the implementation of District Heating and how these can be overcome.

  • Project management

    Urban construction management: the role of ICT and emerging technologies in external stakeholder management

    Urban construction projects are renowned for their dynamic complexities, which can adversely affect the external stakeholders surrounding the project. Complex collaboration and communication amongst stakeholders has resulted in the fast development of ICT in the construction industry, which tends to lag behind other industries considering technological advancements. Therefore, this paper aims to identify and document methods of ICT and emerging technologies used in the management and engagement of external stakeholders on urban construction projects.

  • Construction management

    Supply chain management and subcontractor firms' competitiveness in the UK construction industry

    Greater understanding and implementation of Supply Chain Management (SCM) practices may help construction firms to survive and remain competitive. However, there is little evidence that SCM practices are utilised in construction firms, particularly subcontractors. This research study examines the SCM practices implemented by UK construction subcontractors and tests the proposition that firms with higher SCM maturity levels experience superior firm performance.

  • Planning & development

    A hybrid local government approach towards planning and development

    Postmasburg is a rural small mining town in South Africa that has seen recent expansion in its population. To plan and provide services for these expanding mining operations, a tripartite entity was formed between the local government (municipality) and two mining companies. This paper assesses the success of the tripartite entity against the background of a hybrid approach of governance.

  • Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES): Impact on UK property management and valuation
    Environment

    Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES): Impact on UK property management and valuation

    This insight paper provides an introduction to MEES and the potential impact of the regulations on UK property management and valuation.

  • Sharing construction cost data – benefits, challenges and opportunities
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Sharing construction cost data – benefits, challenges and opportunities

    This insight paper summarises the key challenges and opportunities of sharing construction cost data as well as outlining the main points for further debate. This paper will be widely distributed to elicit more comprehensive and representative views from the industry and its clients.

  • Regenerative landscapes
    Rural

    Regenerative landscapes

    Ecosystem damage over the last 50 years of the twentieth century was greater than in any comparable period of human history, with estimates that the demands of contemporary global society effectively consume 1.5 ‘Planet Earths’. There is a pressing need to use landscapes and other ecosystems in more sustainable and integrated ways.

    This regenerative landscapes report highlights the need and the means for rebuilding carrying capacity across rural, urban and other cultural landscapes, with a significant emphasis on water.