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04 Dec 2017
Much attention has been paid to the benefits of cycling for society and cyclists, but what are the asset management advantages of providing better cycle parking facilities in office buildings?
Statistics show that crimes such as fly-tipping, metal theft and squatting are on the rise, with vacant properties far more vulnerable. Gideon Reichental outlines some of the risks and explains how these can be mitigated.
Stephanie Bentley, 04 Dec 2017
Valuation plays an important role in an increasingly sophisticated UAE property market. With stakeholders such as master developers, asset owners, banks and auditors all demanding the highest of reporting standards for the multi-billion dollar valuations they rely upon. We spoke to Declan King, Managing Director & Group Head Real Estate, Valustrat and RICS Tech Affiliate, to hear his views on how technology is impacting the role of a valuer.
Alan Muse FRICS, 04 Dec 2017
Our professionals now have access to a new technical resource to help them work with and use the recently launched International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS).
Professionals can contribute to the consultation as part of RICS’ review of its professional indemnity insurance (PII) run-off policy in the UK.
Stephanie Bentley, 30 Nov 2017
Key decisions at all stages in the property life cycle – from financing, constructing and buying, to leasing and occupying assets – rely on the availability, accessibility and reliance of robust verifiable data. However, key challenges in relation to better data capturing and management have given rise to discussions around the potential of blockchain for a wide range of industries, business models and operating processes.
John Hughes FRICS, 28 Nov 2017
When more than 40 trillion litres of water fell on Houston, Texas, in August 2017, the impact was catastrophic. The floods provided yet more evidence for the growing list of extreme weather events affecting our planet.
27 Nov 2017
Professionals and regulated firms are encouraged to have procedures in place to deal with conflicts of interest by 1 January, write William Glassey and James Morris.
The annual CPD Foundation Harris Debate, instigated in 2013 through a suggestion and financial contribution made by RICS Past President Jonathan Harris CBE, is an annual seminar on an engaging and highly topical theme, attended by an invited audience and broadcast live online.
Dan Hughes, 27 Nov 2017
Digital technology and the increasing availability of data is changing the nature of work for valuers and investors. For example, increased strategic investment in technology is re-defining the way that property valuations are carried out and new business models like Air BnB are impacting traditional investor markets.
Stephanie Bentley, 23 Nov 2017
With ultra-fast broadband being listed as almost as important to home buyers as water and electricity, it should be of no surprise that digital connectivity is creating and enabling change in the built environment. We explored the challenges and opportunities posed by the increasing pressure to create a fully digitally connected economy at our recent Telecoms Conference.
Gail Hunter, 23 Nov 2017
Firms recognised as 'Regulated by RICS' already guarantee compliance with new Code of Practice for letting agents.
Alan Muse FRICS, 22 Nov 2017
According to the latest NBS industry BIM survey, most respondents (51%) think that the government is on the right track with BIM, awareness is near-universal and adoption is up (62% of practices use BIM on some projects - up 8% year on year). Indeed, the year just gone has seen the most rapid BIM growth since 2014. 78% see BIM as the future of project information.
Dan Hughes, 17 Nov 2017
Data and technology is transforming the property industry which is something that valuation professionals should embrace. This was the overriding message from the recent Aviva Investors’ Annual Property Conference made up over 200 valuation and legal professionals. Below is a snapshot of what was said:
Neil Shah, 14 Nov 2017
I’m pleased to announce the appointment of 3 new members to the Americas board. These eminent members will contribute to the development and growth of RICS in their respective regions and will work to enhance local member engagement.
14 Nov 2017
Tender prices for civil engineering work are expected to rise by an annual 4% over the next three years*, by 5% in 2021 and then by 7% in 2022 as site rates rise sharply to reflect the difficulty in obtaining labour. This is against a background of historically high new infrastructure output. (*five-year forecast from 2nd quarter 2017 to 2nd quarter 2021).
Stephanie Bentley, 13 Nov 2017
Increasing urbanisation, climate change and pressure on public sector budgets are just some of the issues facing our cities today. How can data and technology help? We supported the recent Smart Cities and Communities conference to share insight from industry leaders. Here’s what we learned:
09 Nov 2017
The UK housing market continued to stutter in October with both demand from buyers and agreed sales declining once more, while price trends are now flat. With most UK regions showing a flat or negative trend in newly agreed sales, momentum in the market is likely to remain subdued in the near term, according to the October 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey.
08 Nov 2017
To meaningfully support the global climate agenda, the real estate and construction sector must develop a more systematic, coherent and aligned approach to data management.
John Hughes FRICS, 08 Nov 2017
I’m honoured to take on the RICS Presidency as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2018.
Dan Hughes, 08 Nov 2017
Technology and changing expectations of employees is re-imagining the workplace. Although it was once predicted that remote working would entirely negate the need for offices, in fact we are seeing a greater variety of non-traditional workspaces appear, to support the wellbeing and productivity of all those utilising the space.
07 Nov 2017
17 UK-based members of the profession are today elected to sit on RICS’ Transitionary Governing Council after a vote held amongst the UK membership of RICS.
James Kavanagh MRICS, 06 Nov 2017
As climate change exerts even more of malignant influence on rural livelihoods in the developing world, it really is time to consider how many of these affected nations will deal with what are essentially ‘internally displaced’ climate refugees. What measures can be used to alleviate some of the pressures on land and rapidly growing but unplanned urban environments?
06 Nov 2017
A formal Strategic Alliance (Alliance) has been agreed between the Australian Property Institute (API) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
02 Nov 2017
Advances in technology mean that the term “land surveyor” no longer properly describes the capabilities of today’s professional, argues Brian Coutts, Senior Lecturer in the School of Surveying, University of Otago
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