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11 Aug 2015
This guidance note should be used as a source of reference for quantity surveyors (QS) or cost managers when BIM has been implemented in the life cycle of a project. It offers an awareness of BIM and provides readers with recommendations for good practice when producing measurement outputs.
23 Jan 2018
The bases of value contained with the Code of measuring practice, 6th edition applies to all building classes except offices and residential buildings.
30 Nov 2016
This guidance is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed either by the President of RICS or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute. It is also intended to assist the parties themselves and those acting for them by making them aware of the procedures likely to be followed.
22 Sep 2014
This guidance note highlights international high-level principles around how to implement and use BIM in the design, construction and operation of our built environment.
18 Apr 2016
Focusing on the fundamental question of why projects fail, this guidance outlines some of the most commonly occurring reasons for failure and offers practical solutions in the context of applying the lessons learned.
06 Nov 2014
This guidance note is designed for use by land, engineering and measured building surveyors who are acting in an advisory capacity and by survey knowledgeable clients who specify their own surveys.
27 Jan 2016
This joint guidance from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and RICS provides advice to construction professionals who are RICS members engaged in the practice of project monitoring.
13 Mar 2013
Provides best practice guidance for real estate managers so that clients receive objective advice consistent with internationally recognised standards.
02 Nov 2017
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) has made risk management one of the fundamental functions for real estate investment funds. Given the importance of real estate for Europe’s alternative investment fund industry, RICS Europe has produced this guidance note to provide guidance to AIFMs on risk management for real estate.
25 Jun 2014
Outlines best practice in the planning and deployment of the measures needed to deliver appropriate and effective security.
01 Dec 2014
This is the second edition of the RICS guidance note Selling Personal Property at Auction.
04 Nov 2013
This publication is divided into three parts: a guidance note that focuses on high level FM strategy; a look at management functions; and appendices providing background information.
18 Apr 2018
This guidance note is the result of a collaboration between RICS and IFMA. It sets out a coherent, consistent approach to planning the provision of FM. It also reflects the competences required to pursue the qualification credentials required by both IFMA and RICS.
03 Oct 2013
Encompasses the wide range of physical, social, environmental and economic factors relating to sustainability that can impact on value of which valuers should be aware.
23 Sep 2015
This guidance note is intended for RICS members practising in the infrastructure sector, either providing services to an infrastructure client or working within an infrastructure client organisation.
11 Apr 2018
This guidance note has been prepared with regard to valuation practices in the UK. It is intended to assist the valuer in highlighting the main factors that affect the valuation of commercial renewable energy installations and to outline the valuation process and approaches.
25 May 2011
Including a glossary of relevant terms, this note offers guidance for valuers who are instructed to provide market value, or market rent, for properties used as data centres.
20 May 2015
This guidance note covers the valuation of intellectual property (IP), a subset of intangible assets. Its purpose is to expand on the IVS 2013 and the Red Book in order to clarify the legal, functional and economic characteristics of IP valuers should consider and report on in an IP valuation.
21 Apr 2016
This guidance note is a global revision of the first edition guidance note published in 2011. It identifies additional matters that valuers need to take into account when valuing natural resource wasting assets, such as mineral deposits, landfill and waste disposal sites.
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