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Free online guide to BIM compliance

Anew guide to BIM, created by Designing Buildings Wiki and PCSG, takes users step-by-step through the Level 2 workflows, from the basics of storing project information to preparing employer's information requirements

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Energy efficient R&D in Scotland

A research and development project worth £900,000 has been launched in Scotland to develop breakthrough technology in the energy efficiency market

New Magicad for Revit and AutoCAD

Progman Oy has released a new version of the MEP design software MagiCAD for Revit and AutoCAD

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Fancy building for Boaty McBoatface?

A unique opportunity to partner with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to deliver a construction programme to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities has been announced in the Official Journal of the European Union

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Case Studies

A Zero Sum Game?

Stormwater management using Vectorworks site analysis tools was the focus of a fascinating presentation at the recent Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago

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Top marks

3D PDF markups, multi-plane cuts and the Tool Chest in Bluebeam Revu gives architects the ability to communicate design ideas across CAD platforms quickly and more effectively

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BIM, only better

The main focus of Graphisoft's ARCHICAD 20 is to improve the architect's BIM experience

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Case Study

Making an entrance

SketchUp was used to design and present a new entrance to Bradford University's Sport and Fitness Centre - just one of the projects featured in new SketchUp guidebooks from RS Research

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Software News

Sticky digits

Newforma's LeanPlanner replaces site office sticky notes with a virtual collaborative task board

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Technology Focus

Going 'off-piste' without COBie

Is COBie keeping up with software trends? Neil Marshall of BIM.Technologies looks at the benefits of keeping potential adventurers to the nursery slopes

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Industry Comment

Are free BIM viewers worth the price?

By Michael McCullen, Chairman, Sitedesk

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Brexit – the FUD Factor.
It’s probably fair to say that the construction industry has been hit harder than most after the Brexit Referendum. Shares in construction companies – especially those involved in the housing market, have dropped considerably, and house prices have dropped, as well. A 10% drop is quoted for average house prices in London, with the top 25% of the market faring worse.

At this stage in the game, most of this can be put down to the FUD factor (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt). Coming after a Treasury prediction of an 18% fall in the value of Sterling (Don't like those statistics? I have others), the banks will tighten up, mortgages will become harder to get, jobs will be on the line, companies will move abroad, energy costs will rise, construction will be more expensive, investors will be reluctant to invest, clients will be pulling out of deals and transaction volumes will decrease.

On the other hand, Foreign buyers (US and Asian) with wads of dollars and a reasonable amount of patience will seize the opportunity to grab bargains following the falls in Prices and Sterling. Sharks, of course, always home in on wounded creatures with the prospect of making a killing.

We are in the Phony Brexit war at the moment. Most people have not yet been affected – unless they have booked a holiday abroad – and the FUD factor is generating more in the way of headlines than facts. Will it all be over by Christmas? I don’t think much will change until we see which direction we will be taking , although the rapid election of a new Prime Minister appears to be stabilizing the market already, and we shall be roasting chestnuts by Christmas.

David Chadwick

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