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  • 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.

  • The great debate: Youth or experience?
    Building surveying

    The great debate: Youth or experience?

    We recently met with two professionals to discuss the potential skills shortage which the industry is facing. To stimulate debate, we posed the following statement - never mind millennials, we should recognise the ability of experienced surveyors to learn and adapt. Discuss.

  • The new power brokers
    Planning & development

    The new power brokers

    Yesterday, the Chancellor convened the first meeting of the Government and the three Northern Metro Mayors to discuss regional growth, housing, and infrastructure. While employment in the North may be at a record high, Ministers believe that more can be done and will ask the region to continue to build upon its £102 billion economy.

  • The RICS Scottish Housing Commission: Still influencing three years on
    Residential property

    The RICS Scottish Housing Commission: Still influencing three years on

    The Scottish Conservatives have announced a number of measures to tackle the housing crisis in Scotland, referencing the RICS Scottish Housing Commission, published in July 2014.

  • Former High Court Judge appointed Chair of RICS Conduct and Appeal Committee
    Commercial property

    Former High Court Judge appointed Chair of RICS Conduct and Appeal Committee

    Sir Michael Burton, a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales from 1998–2016, and the President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, has been appointed Chair of the RICS Conduct and Appeal Committee.

  • More clarity needed for rural markets post-Brexit
    Rural

    More clarity needed for rural markets post-Brexit

    Subdued demand for farmland, coupled with falling land prices and a lack of new supply across the rural sector, sees calls for more post-Brexit clarity from respondents to the RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey H1 2017.

  • 5 things we learned at the Agroforestry Conference 2017
    Environment

    5 things we learned at the Agroforestry Conference 2017

    Farming and traditional agriculture have rarely faced so much uncertainty. With inevitable changes to agricultural support on the near horizon, as well as environmental issues — flooding, soil erosion, nitrogen leaching — and challenges from pests and diseases, there is a real need to work more closely with nature to protect our critical land assets and maintain, if not improve, agricultural productivity.

  • 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…

  • Connecting buildings with nature
    Commercial property

    Connecting buildings with nature

    Introducing the world's first biophilic design research project at BRE Watford, using an existing 650m2, 1980’s office block to connect buildings with nature.

  • 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?

  • Chinese residential property developer debt at critical levels
    Residential property

    Chinese residential property developer debt at critical levels

    Corporate debt in China has expanded at an unprecedented rate since the onset of the global financial crisis, to now surpass that of Japan in the late 1980s. Although concerns of a major credit event have subsided of late, the threat of one continues to loom large over the Chinese economy.

  • Compulsory Purchase in Scotland: Plotting reform
    Planning & development

    Compulsory Purchase in Scotland: Plotting reform

    With the Scottish Planning Review nearing completion, we believe that the provisions of Scotland’s compulsory purchase order (CPO) legislation is, in many places, antiquated and fragmented, and is in need of significant reform, if not a full-scale overhaul.

  • Could you be an RICS Awards judge?
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Could you be an RICS Awards judge?

    We’re looking for new judges to join regional judging panels for the RICS Awards 2018. Adrian Stenning FRICS of Stenning & Co has been a member of the national judging panel for five years. He tells us what being a judge means and what he enjoys most.

  • Dry season
    Environment

    Dry season

    Urbanisation is placing increasing demands on our most precious commodity: water. What can we do to staunch the flow before it runs out?

  • From Dusk to Dawn: Surveyor takes on flight challenge
    Planning & development

    From Dusk to Dawn: Surveyor takes on flight challenge

    A chartered surveyor, and keen private pilot, recently took part in a tough charity flying challenge to highlight the role the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has played in air-sea rescue and pay tribute to all those who save lives at sea.

  • Get ready for the General Data Protection Regulations
    Commercial property

    Get ready for the General Data Protection Regulations

    The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were published by the EU in May 2016, and were the conclusion of a lengthy process to improve the protection of data held about individuals in the EU. They are accompanied by a further directive, the Network and Information Security Directive 2016 (NISD).

  • Protecting the Lake District as it gains World Heritage site status
    Environment

    Protecting the Lake District as it gains World Heritage site status

    The Lake District national park has been listed as a world heritage site, joining the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in achieving one of the highest accolades on the planet.

  • Matchmaking land and business
    Rural

    Matchmaking land and business

    Launched in June 2016, the Land Partnerships Service (provided by Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre) helps connect land owners and land entrepreneurs.

  • Making the surveying grade
    Matrics

    Making the surveying grade

    Whenever exam results are announced, young people inevitably think about their future and options, but how many are looking at a future in surveying?

  • 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?

  • Payback time
    Infrastructure

    Payback time

    New transport links increase the value of the areas they serve. Shouldn’t they get something in return?

  • RICS disciplinary process demystified
    Building surveying

    RICS disciplinary process demystified

    The Chartered Surveying profession is in the privileged position of having the authority, under the royal charter, to self-regulate. This is a good thing for many reasons and not least for the profession itself, which benefits from having a “one stop” professional body.

  • Surveying the sea: The man who values ships of all sizes
    Valuation

    Surveying the sea: The man who values ships of all sizes

    The world of valuation extends far beyond the land we walk and live on, in fact, it extends right out to sea. Meet Captain Ed Geary FRICS, chartered surveyor, maritime enthusiast and valuer of some of the world’s most elaborate ships, both above and below the sea.

  • 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.

  • Top 20: Mandatory behaviours for compulsory purchase surveyors
    Planning & development

    Top 20: Mandatory behaviours for compulsory purchase surveyors

    The majority of countries recognise the right to private property, so the infringement of that right requires the highest level of justification. However, compulsory purchase powers are essential in providing much-needed infrastructure, such as HS2 and Heathrow. Here are 20 behaviours, highlighted from our professional statement, that are required of surveyors advising on a compulsory purchase.