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ARCHITECT@WORK 2017 - go with the flow

ARCHITECT@WORK, the two-day trade fair aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall for its 2017 edition on 25 and 26 January

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Turning 3D model into interactive AR/VR

WakingApp has released new, innovative add-ins that allow Autodesk Revit & Fusion 360 users to transform their 3D designs into augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences without AR/VR programming skills or experience

An award winning event for Abvent

Abvent has won 3 out of 10 categories at the first annual Digital Transition Plan for Buildings Awards held in Paris, France on November 29

UK missing the mark on housing targets

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the Government's housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources, according to a new joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)


Beating the Brexit Blues at The Hammers XI!

We are still in something of a sea of uncertainty in the UK, with the government still unable to spell out the terms of disengagement with Europe

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Case Studies

Bringing the tropics to Hampshire

Its 3D BIM and advanced modelling tools made Vectorworks the ideal choice for Terence O'Rourke when designing Marwell Zoo's new Tropical House

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Rebar Prefabrication

Midland Steel finds that using Tekla Structures to plan Rebar fabrication leads to considerable savings in all areas of a project

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Industry Focus

Innovating in the Cloud

Bentley Systems and Topcon join forces to advance cloud services for 'constructioneering'

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Are we there yet?

As 2016 draws to a close, Jason Ruddle of Elecosoft muses on the BIM journey so far, and what 2017 might hold for contractors who are continuing to transform around digital construction

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So, what will 2017 be like?
The year 2016 will probably go down as one of the most surreal periods in history. I won’t list all of the things that will make it so, as you will be able to furnish your own list of events that you would have put money on ‘not likely to happen’. But whilst you look on in astonishment at both comedies and tragedies, there is one event you cannot escape – Brexit. Brexit will affect us all.

Brexit is already affecting us, bringing uncertainty and splitting the nation unnecessarily, but it cannot and should not be hurried up. The Government has a difficult and complicated task on its hands, the outcome of which will not satisfy the most extreme voices on either side. In the construction industry, we can either soldier on as normal, or, in the true British Tradition, make the best of a lousy situation.

To give a few example, faced with a possible shortage of skilled workers from abroad, we can beef up our own training programmes, instead of just hosting talkshops on the subject. Let loose from the environmental diktats from Brussels, we can set our own targets that will reflect the needs of this country, and which will probably turn out to be more effective, globally, anyway – and, of course, the financials – a battle between survival and the opportunism of investors. Foreign oligarchs looking to protect their money in a secure environment should contribute more for that privilege.

Arguments for and against, of course, but, hey, Christmas is coming and 2017 is sure to be another event filled year. How will it be for you?

David Chadwick

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