2020 construction conferences you won’t want to miss

MCKENZIE GREGORY | October 24, 2019

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As we approach the end of 2019, it’s officially time to determine what your professional development will look like in 2020. Attending conferences is one of the best ways to stay up to date on the latest tools, tech, and best practices shaping our industry, and thankfully, next year’s calendar is jam-packed with excellent options for construction professionals.

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Deerns

Deerns is an independent engineering firm specialised in providing technical consulting and engineering solutions with almost 600 staff members in offices around the globe. Deerns provides a broad range of high-quality services to its local, national, and international clients. Deerns has done very successful project work for many Airports, Health Care organisations, Data Centres, Laboratory and Cleanroom users and Commercial Real Estate developers.

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ENGINEERING TECH

How can we design better for Buildability?

Article | July 28, 2021

The use of highly sophisticated building models – as a result of BIM – has transformed how we design the built environment. However, although the digital models used by architects and engineers during design enable impressive visualization and documentation of the designer’s intent, the data and considerations required to construct it are often considered separately. We typically use the design model to communicate the final state of the project – not how it is constructed, even though such considerations result in a more accurate estimate on both project time and cost. Of course, different flavors of BIM tools exist that do consider such topics during manufacturing and construction, but how often do we truly consider the impact of the construction process as part of making the right initial design decisions?

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ENGINEERING TECH

Infrastructure Policy Watch: cost of climate change to UK finances, public views on New Zealand infrastructure

Article | July 13, 2021

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in its latest Fiscal Risks Report has forecast the cost to the UK public finances from climate change (physical risks) and the transition to net-zero (transition risks) across a range of different scenarios. Describing the challenge, the OBR states: There are many other policy challenges to overcome, so the path to net zero can be expected to involve many policy levers on top of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes, including bans and other regulations, and public subsidies and investment. These will all have economic and fiscal implications of one sort or another – either directly (via taxes and spending) or indirectly (via wider economic outcomes). Taking early action to achieve net zero would add 21% of GDP to public sector net debt by 2050, a smaller amount than that added by the Covid-19 pandemic. This amount comes from increased spending on net-zero investment, the loss of tax revenues (such as fuel duty), revenues from tax on carbon and other costs such as increased debt interest payments.

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Trimble’s SiteVision Turns Your Phone Into an Augmented Reality BIM Coordination Machine

Article | April 23, 2020

There are a handful of pretty cool accessories for your smartphone that can be very useful to those of us in the construction industry, like thermal imaging cameras, in-wall imagers, and inspection cameras. None of those, however, help with BIM coordination, unlike a system that I just found from construction software giant, Trimble. Many different systems have been created in recent years to harness the power of augmented reality on the jobsite, with BIM the core focus of many of those solutions, but this system from Trimble is a bit different than all of them. Using an AR enabled smartphone, Trimble SiteVision combines hardware and software to virtually project BIM models onto the jobsite you’re standing in.

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CONSTRUCTION

Infrastructure Policy Watch: EU climate deal proposed, while UK financing and planning steps forward

Article | May 4, 2021

In this fortnightly blog, ICE's Director of Policy Chris Richards looks at developing policy landscape for infrastructure, what decisions mean, and their implications, so that infrastructure professionals can play their part in shaping the discussion.

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Deerns

Deerns is an independent engineering firm specialised in providing technical consulting and engineering solutions with almost 600 staff members in offices around the globe. Deerns provides a broad range of high-quality services to its local, national, and international clients. Deerns has done very successful project work for many Airports, Health Care organisations, Data Centres, Laboratory and Cleanroom users and Commercial Real Estate developers.

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