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  • 'Valuation 2020' becomes even more high-powered
    Valuation

    'Valuation 2020' becomes even more high-powered

    The 'Valuation firms 2020: Convergence, integration or fragmentation?' workshop at our Summit of the Americas 2017 on May 2 asks a panel of industry leaders what the future of valuation companies will be; and with the recent addition of Cushman & Wakefield, the panel just became even more high-powered.

  • How to save the taxpayer money
    Infrastructure

    How to save the taxpayer money

    Collaboration, progressive procurement, and early contractor engagement can save the taxpayer millions of pounds across the lifecycle of an infrastructure project, and the commercial manager is perfectly placed to help make it happen, writes Stephen Blakey FRICS, Commercial Projects Director, Network Rail.

  • Common standards, common good

    Common standards, common good

    To operate successfully, multinational companies are no longer just about profits; society demands they are transparent, ethical and, above all, responsible. Sustainability is a key consideration for many of these companies, not just because of their corporate responsibility remit, but also because making buildings more efficient makes for better business.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Improving the quality of cost data in construction
    Infrastructure

    Improving the quality of cost data in construction

    Construction might be a global industry, but the way costs are reported varies enormously. Roger Flanagan FRICS, Professor of construction management at the University of Reading and Tolis Chatzisymeon CEO of cost-estimating software developer Nomitech, answer our questions about how international standards will address many problems facing the profession.

  • Crossrail revisited: Whitechapel
    Infrastructure

    Crossrail revisited: Whitechapel

    Treading in the footsteps of past-President Louise Brooke-Smith, I recently visited Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, at the Whitechapel station site. My visit really brought home the value of infrastructure investment and the contribution of our professionals.

  • Additional requirement for firm regulation
    Valuation

    Additional requirement for firm regulation

    As of 31 March 2017, firms wishing to be regulated by us will need to ensure that at least one of their principals is a qualified professional (MRICS, FRICS and AssocRICS). The current requirement allows for firms to be regulated if the principal is any class of member.

  • Increased consistency in RICS Valuer Registration eligibility requirements
    Valuation

    Increased consistency in RICS Valuer Registration eligibility requirements

    Our independent Regulatory Board recently approved a change to the rules regarding entry to the Valuer Registration scheme.

  • Reliable data: Making progress in property possible
    Property technology

    Reliable data: Making progress in property possible

    Property is finally catching up with its peers and embracing technology for business success — this is the view of Founder and CEO of REalyse Gavriel Merkado. Below he explains how and why this market is ripe for new opportunities.

  • Brexit: One step forward to exit
    Finance & taxation

    Brexit: One step forward to exit

    After nearly half a century of matrimony, the UK has made it official — so long EU, hello world. Seeking to be a free agent unencumbered by the need to compromise or "harmonise" the Government has acted decisively to pursue the will of its people.

  • Industry must take responsibility for making Brexit work
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Industry must take responsibility for making Brexit work

    The triggering of Article 50 has today set Britain on a course to exit the European Union. It is essential now that Government and industry work together to get the best deal possible and ensure our country’s future growth and prosperity — it is everyone’s responsibility to make Brexit work.

  • Tim Neal FRICS elected as RICS Senior Vice President

    Tim Neal FRICS elected as RICS Senior Vice President

    Congratulations to Tim Neal FRICS upon his election to RICS Senior Vice President; he takes up the position in November 2017 in succession to Chris Brooke FRICS who becomes President-Elect.

  • WBEF day two: From resilient cities to Chinese investment
    Commercial property

    WBEF day two: From resilient cities to Chinese investment

    Day two of the World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit in Shanghai saw the focus shift from geopolitics and macro trends towards cities that are resilient and smart, as well as the market dynamics driving investment into China and the factors drawing Chinese capital abroad.

  • Technology: No longer an added bonus
    Property technology

    Technology: No longer an added bonus

    The workplace in industries such as surveying and the built environment sector is becoming increasingly fast-paced and complex, meaning companies must invest in ways to keep their processes up to date and the most efficient they can be.

  • One Belt One Road to drive inclusive growth
    Infrastructure

    One Belt One Road to drive inclusive growth

    Mr. Vincent Lo, Chairman of Shui On Group and the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council delivered a compelling closing address at the RICS World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit in Shanghai. Mr. Lo described the opportunities presented by One Belt One Road and how it is set to drive global growth.

  • RICS Economist’s response to Dr Zhu Min's address to the World Built Environment Forum
    Finance & taxation

    RICS Economist’s response to Dr Zhu Min's address to the World Built Environment Forum

    Dr Zhu Min issued a stark warning of substantial near-term volatility at the World Built Environment Forum. We take an in-depth look at some of Dr Zhu’s arguments and what they mean for professionals.

  • Wanted - a new breed of professional
    Project management

    Wanted - a new breed of professional

    How do you make your city resilient? Start by appointing a Chief Resilience Officer and then engage with as many stakeholders as possible from the public, government and the private sector.

  • 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.

  • One Belt One Road driving economic growth and inclusion in the 21st Century
    Infrastructure

    One Belt One Road driving economic growth and inclusion in the 21st Century

    The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is essential to propelling the next stage of not only China’s but global economic growth.

  • Dr Zhu Min on populism and "Trumpnomics"
    Finance & taxation

    Dr Zhu Min on populism and "Trumpnomics"

    Dr Zhu Min, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) highlighted at the rise of populism and the ambiguities of “Trumpnomics” as important factors contributing to global economic uncertainty.

  • PropTech: Don’t get caught up on the buzz word
    Property technology

    PropTech: Don’t get caught up on the buzz word

    Technology, in some shape or form, will impact on the built environment and the surveying profession. Here at RICS, we use the word ‘PropTech’ in the broadest sense of the word referring to all aspects of innovation in the built environment and are providing the forum for discussions on how data and technology is impacting the market.

  • Knowing your assets: How we're using IPMS
    Measurement

    Knowing your assets: How we're using IPMS

    Being a founding member of the IPMS Coalition and since the publication of the IPMS Offices Standard, we've begun the task of measuring all our buildings, locally and internationally, against the Standard, starting with our UK headquarters in London.

  • 2017 RICS Americas Summit features former Chicago Federal Reserve CEO
    Commercial property

    2017 RICS Americas Summit features former Chicago Federal Reserve CEO

    Other highlights include Thomson Reuters innovation expert, RICS President Amanda Clack – and the Cubs.

  • 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.