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  • 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.

  • Embracing change in the status quo
    Property technology

    Embracing change in the status quo

    “Just two years ago I was stumbling around rooftops, often without adequate safety systems and at night, taking infrared images to find areas of trapped moisture underneath the waterproof membrane. Nowadays, I rarely have to leave the safety of the ground at all, day or night.”

    Intrigued? You should be.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How can disruption positively impact your work?
    Property technology

    How can disruption positively impact your work?

    Innovative enhancements in technology and changing customer demands are impacting the way businesses operate. There are as many opportunities for real estate professionals as there are threats but as a traditionally slow moving industry, a degree of patience is needed as businesses move forward to meet new demands.

  • Introducing data standards – the link between RICS standards and PropTech
    Property technology

    Introducing data standards – the link between RICS standards and PropTech

    We're committed to developing a suite of data standards to help the digital world interact with data that represents information created by its professionals. We need your help.

  • MIPIM 2017 coverage: the future of professionalism
    Facilities management

    MIPIM 2017 coverage: the future of professionalism

    MIPIM 2017 (14–16 March) was crucial for us to spead our message to and engage with the most influential professionals from all sectors of the international property industry.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Real estate companies should be paying attention
    Property technology

    Real estate companies should be paying attention

    "2017 saw the PropTech space come into its own as a space to be reckoned with and invested in. The space is suddenly overflowing with disruptive start-ups competing for attention."

  • Using technology to leapfrog traditional approaches
    Geomatics

    Using technology to leapfrog traditional approaches

    It is estimated that by 2050, there will be 50 billion people living on the planet and 50 mega cities; movement of people, pollution and resources will become a massive challenge. No company, government or individual can solve these problems alone; geography, mapping and Geographic Information Systems have never been so important.

  • Data & technology: A new way of managing property
    Property technology

    Data & technology: A new way of managing property

    Technology moves fast – but the property industry does not. This is the essential paradox at the heart of PropTech. While technology has proved a disruptive force in other industries from music making to taxi hailing, the property industry’s insistence on long leases is not what occupiers want.

  • Opportunity driven by technology
    Property technology

    Opportunity driven by technology

    “Technology and the availability of data is changing property investment.” This was the unanimous view of a panel made up of thought leaders on our stand at MIPIM.

  • WBEF day one: Creating liveable cities in uncertain times
    Infrastructure

    WBEF day one: Creating liveable cities in uncertain times

    Is the world on the brink of a new economic era, prompted by historically high levels of populism and wealth disparity? Is the global economy locked into low growth, while carrying risks from a strong dollar, rising interest rates and currency volatility? And how will we cope as productivity fails to keep pace with a shrinking working age population in the developed economies? These were just some of the globally significant challenges put to 700 participants on the first day of the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum in Shanghai.

  • 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…

  • 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.