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31 Aug 2017
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.
25 Aug 2017
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.
Tamara Hooper, 05 Sep 2017
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.
Hew Edgar, 01 Sep 2017
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.
06 Sep 2017
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.
24 Aug 2017
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.
04 Jul 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.
04 Aug 2017
So, who’s taking the lead with augmented reality, drones, BIM and blockchain? Here’s your answer…
Alan Cripps FRICS, 01 Aug 2017
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.
Hew Edgar, 14 Aug 2017
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?
Sean Ellison, 21 Aug 2017
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.
Hew Edgar, 20 Jul 2017
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.
25 Jul 2017
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.
05 Jul 2017
Urbanisation is placing increasing demands on our most precious commodity: water. What can we do to staunch the flow before it runs out?
Kim Bailey, 04 Jul 2017
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.
20 Jul 2017
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).
Kim Bailey, 18 Jul 2017
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.
Fiona Mannix, 08 Aug 2017
Launched in June 2016, the Land Partnerships Service (provided by Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre) helps connect land owners and land entrepreneurs.
22 Aug 2017
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 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?
New transport links increase the value of the areas they serve. Shouldn’t they get something in return?
Luay Al-Khatib, 17 Jul 2017
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.
18 Aug 2017
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.
Stephanie Bentley, 14 Jul 2017
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.
27 Jul 2017
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.
© RICS 2017
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