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  • 10 things facilities managers should know about BIM
    Property technology

    10 things facilities managers should know about BIM

    Kath Fontana FRICS, Managing Director of BAM FM, talks about the drivers for BIM adoption and how facilities managers should respond.

  • Ahead of the game
    Property technology

    Ahead of the game

    So, who’s taking the lead with augmented reality, drones, BIM and blockchain? Here’s your answer…

  • Artificial Intelligence – friend or foe in FM?
    Facilities management

    Artificial Intelligence – friend or foe in FM?

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to have a huge impact on the facilities management (FM) landscape. Who will benefit from the opportunities AI offers, and who will fall foul of the challenges it presents?

  • The changing face of residential surveying
    Property technology

    The changing face of residential surveying

    Residential surveying has experienced a rapid turnaround in the way that surveyors "at the coalface" are undertaking valuation instructions. This is the view of Ali Junkison of Landmark Valuation Services, who explains how the use of technology is changing from mobile technology to automated valuation models (AVMs).

  • BIM: Better information management
    Property technology

    BIM: Better information management

    With questions still being asked around whether Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 is necessary for businesses success, it’s clear that there is still some way to go before there is sufficient understanding of how BIM will help businesses achieve digital transformation. This was the view of Director of BIM Strategy and Development at Atkins and Chair of the UK BIM Alliance Anne Kemp at our recent BIM Conference.

  • Could superfast broadband aid planning in Scotland?
    Planning & development

    Could superfast broadband aid planning in Scotland?

    The Scottish Government has pledged to ensure that 100 per cent of Scotland has access to superfast broadband by 2021. But is there a way to maximise this pledge in conjunction with the planning system?

  • Blockchain platforms: Speeding up the money & assets transfer process
    Property technology

    Blockchain platforms: Speeding up the money & assets transfer process

    In the same way that the internet makes it quick and easy to transfer information in the form of words and images, blockchain platforms allow for the quick and easy transfer of money and assets. This means that utilising blockchain technology when making real estate transactions can offer real advantages.

  • Evolutionary change vs revolutionary change
    Property technology

    Evolutionary change vs revolutionary change

    The industry has so far been underserved by technology, but this is beginning to change.

  • FM: It’s not only about assets, it’s about people
    Property technology

    FM: It’s not only about assets, it’s about people

    As the rate of technological change increases, it is up to all professionals to demonstrate their value. Facilities management (FM) professionals are of no exception. At our recent Strategic FM Conference, we heard from industry leaders on some of the latest technology and how FM professionals can remain relevant.

  • From gamer to surveyor
    Matrics

    From gamer to surveyor

    With the use of technology in surveying growing and research showing that children aged 12 to 15 are spending an average of 13 hours a week gaming, could playing Minecraft or having a gaming background be new criteria on your graduate or apprenticeship applications?

  • How can asset data be turned into intelligence?
    Property technology

    How can asset data be turned into intelligence?

    There has been a huge transformation in where the industry is at over the last 12 months. Data and technology is starting to play a much bigger role in the work of a professional and there has been a move towards more data driven approaches.

  • Improving productivity with mobile technology
    Facilities management

    Improving productivity with mobile technology

    Mark Kirkham, Director of Service Works Group, discusses how facilities management (FM) can use mobile devices and real-time data to improve productivity and create competitive advantage.

  • Laying the foundations for future success
    Property technology

    Laying the foundations for future success

    In the property industry, we understand better than anyone the importance of laying down strong foundations to guarantee the longevity of our assets. We cannot limit that to steel and concrete, but must understand how the digital foundations that we lay will be paramount to the future success of our properties.

  • Meet the surveyor of the future
    Property technology

    Meet the surveyor of the future

    Meet the drone-flying, BIM-using, forward-thinking, user-experiencing, dog-walking, AR-dwelling, blockchaining, continually thinking, scenario-designing, wax jacket-wearing, value-adding, data-wrangling, change-embracing surveyor of the future. Recognise yourself in there?

  • PropTech: Progress update and have your say
    Property technology

    PropTech: Progress update and have your say

    It's been well documented that technology is changing the nature of the real estate industry. It's leading to a much greater focus on flexibility over long leases, service over product and transparency over inefficiency. With this in mind, we're working with the profession to identify and address the risks and opportunities that technology presents. Stay updated with this work and get involved in the direction we take.

  • PropTech: Don't be lulled into inaction
    Property technology

    PropTech: Don't be lulled into inaction

    The property sector and, in particular, the commercial property sector, will become increasingly Darwinian over the next ten years and only service providers that are willing and able to adapt will survive. That is the view of Managing Director at Fixflo Rajeev Nayyar. Below he provides his thoughts on the changing role of technology in the property sector over the next two to ten years.

  • PropTech: Improving responsible investment
    Property technology

    PropTech: Improving responsible investment

    For some time, the use of data and technology has allowed the assessment and understanding of building sustainability performance to be refined and used to deliver greater value in property development and operation. For example, advanced modelling of thermal performance at the design stage creates more efficient buildings during operation.

  • PropTech: Why should you care?
    Property technology

    PropTech: Why should you care?

    Recent years have seen advances in technology that are impacting on all areas of the economy and the real estate industry is of no exception. Whilst it is true that some technology is being developed simply for technology’s sake, others are adding real value to the work of a professional.

  • Recording history in double-quick time
    Geomatics

    Recording history in double-quick time

    Scans of heritage buildings that used to take weeks can now be done in hours thanks to mobile-mapping technology. Senior Project Manager for Oxford Archaeology Jamie Quartermaine relates his experience of scanning three such buildings in Israel in just two days.

  • Leading technology companies converge at RICS London
    Property technology

    Leading technology companies converge at RICS London

    Last Wednesday, we hosted the first event as part of the Tech Affiliate Program (TAP). Industry leaders from both large and small technology companies serving the built environment came together to help increase awareness of the impact of technology on the industry.

  • Stretching the concept of buildings
    Facilities management

    Stretching the concept of buildings

    “The way we interact with the built environment is changing”, claims Phillip Ross, CEO UnGroup.

  • The changing face of geomatics
    Geomatics

    The changing face of geomatics

    It’s estimated that there are 2.4 million pieces of Facebook content and 227K tweets shared every minute. This is beginning to have geopolitical consequences, with recent election campaigns perhaps acting as the one of the most pertinent illustrations of this. This huge increase in the availability of data is changing the way we do things, from politics to policy.

  • Real estate companies should be paying attention
    Property technology

    Real estate companies should be paying attention

    We are pleased to announce that our partners, MetaProp NYC, have published the Q2 results of the Global Real Estate Technology Confidence Index 2017.

  • The future will see you now
    Property technology

    The future will see you now

    Technology and the ever-increasing availability of data is changing almost every aspect of the way we live our lives, from the way we travel and communicate to the way we design, construct and respond to the built environment. We caught up with leading thinkers at the UK-based event series Digital Construction Week (DCW). Here's what we learned.

  • The Google effect: how workplace design drives business performance
    Facilities management

    The Google effect: how workplace design drives business performance

    Stephen Shallcroft FRICS, Head of Group Property and Facilities for EC Harris and a Member of the RICS Facilities Management Board, says that facilities management needs to understand not only the needs of a business but also its workforce if it is to provide the most effective workplace.