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AEC Mechanical BIM Design Hardware Collaboration
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Jobs for the old boys?
Feature | February 2022
Where is the next generation of skilled construction professionals going to come from? The Access Group has some suggestions
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Left behind?
Comment | February 2022
I 'm afraid I have to apologise for pandering to stereotypes by giving a friend a birthday card recently which featured a Private Eye cartoon depicting a bar...
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Futurebuild 2022: leading the way to net zero
Exhibitions | February 2022
Futurebuild, the event that's championed a sustainable built environment for the past 16 years, will take place from March 1 to 3. Futurebuild 2022 will...
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Bangladesh hospital wins top RIBA prize
News | February 2022
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Friendship Hospital in Bangladesh designed by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA...
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Counting the cost of biodiversity
News | February 2022
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is urging that AI should be harnessed to work out biodiversity net gain for sites of 50 homes or less.
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Earthcam 4D brings ditigal twins to life
News | February 2022
Built on the Bentley iTwin platform, EarthCam 4D from EarthCam enables virtual design and construction (VDC) teams to overlay and synch live imagery...
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4D Planning
Software Review | February 2022
4D planning is the process of applying time plans to 3D models, while the output is a visual simulation of a construction project, writes David Chadwick
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Making the most of a CDE
Software Review | February 2022
Nassim Saoud, Director EMEA at Trimble Consulting explains why common data environments help construction teams increase collaboration...
Harnessing The Atom
Hardware Review | February 2022
XYZ Reality launches a transformational Augmented Reality headset - The Atom

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Skill and Labour shortages.

We've gone in pretty hard on the time bomb sitting under the construction industry – the shortage of people entering the profession to replace those who are nearing retirement age. Together with the Access Group, featured in this edition of the Newsletter, we have published the numbers highlighting the trend – and suggested ways in which the problem can be ameliorated, handled within the industry, and otherwise addressed. I include the Comment from this months Construction Computing which, perhaps, puts the issues in more basic terms.

You don't need a degree in maths to face the stark truth that in ten years, or so, the problem that we are pussy-footing about today is going to hit the industry hard. We may talk about a construction industry coming back to life and profitability after 2 years of Covid, but our ability to step up a gear, as we will need to, to meet growing infrastructure demands, will be totally wrecked.

Here might be a solution. We are one of the sponsors for Futurebuild this year, and they have kindly submitted an outline on what you can expect at the show, and which covers all of the latest technologies, trends, solutions and ideas that you can expect to find there. The exhibition is open to all, so 'Take a friend!'. Approach your local school or college and ask if they have any students who might benefit from accompanying you or your representatives to Excel. Whether they have expressed an interest in the industry prior to this is immaterial. They would certainly have much to talk about with their pals when they return. The phrase 'little acorns' and 'oak trees' applies.

David Chadwick

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