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NewsWhy we need more robots, not less
Despite popular fears of resulting widespread job losses, the increasing development of robots should not be restricted by the state, says a report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS).
In its report Why Britain Needs More Robots it argues it is unlikely employment will fall as a result of automation, and claims UK has too few robots compared to countries like Germany.
The free-market think tank also argues that taxing robots would not protect jobs, but instead would supress wage and productivity growth and encourage companies to locate elsewhere.
However, the CPS does acknowledge that automation has the potential to increase income inequality. The best way to counter this, it suggests, is better training programmes.
The report’s author, Daniel Mahoney, says: “Historically, concerns about the impact of mechanisation have been unfounded. The creative destruction brought about by new technology has boosted productivity, raised living standards and created new job opportunities.
“This has held true into the 21st century: a recent study by Deloitte found that technology is likely ...READ MORE
PeopleThe BIM conundrum: too much confusion hinders Level 2 progress
Alex Small, BIM and digital platforms manager at Tata Steel, discusses why construction industry professionals feel a lack of direction is hindering the delivery of BIM Level 2.
The effective adoption of BIM throughout the supply chain is proving a challenge. For those companies creating BIM content – predominantly construction product manufacturers – the task is even more confusing and complex.
Bringing the supply chain together, with professionals attending from across the globe, Tata Steel hosted its first #TalkBIM webinar to openly discuss the challenges faced by the construction industry.
The webinar featured a panel of highly regarded industry specialists, including representatives from the University of Liverpool, the Construction Products Association and the BIM4M2. It was attended by nearly 100 BIM professionals ...READ MORE
ManagementThe inefficiency traps that are derailing design success
Autodesk’s Lynn Allen identifies five areas where the construction industry can improve.
The construction industry is in a state of flux. 54% of the world’s population already live in urban areas today, a figure that is set to increase to 66% by 2050, according to a UN report.
To accommodate our growing population, governments and private project owners are challenging the industry to provide housing, schools and health facilities more efficiently, as well as the essential utilities and transport systems.
Add to this the fact that costs for many of the natural resources used in construction, such as ...READ MORE
NewsBudget boost for construction and digital skills, housing and driverless cars
Construction and digital technology looks set to feature in the Autumn Budget with the chancellor Philip Hammond expected to announce £5bn to boost housebuilding to 300,000 a year along wi
PeopleBlockchain and construction: the how, why and when
Geniebelt’s Anastasios Koutsogiannis and Nikolaj Berntsen describe how Blockchain – the technology everyone is talking about – could impact construction. The discussion about
ProjectsCase study: Brent Cross Shopping Centre Counting the cost benefits of BIM
Alinea successfully used BIM for costing and material take-off on the Brent Cross Shopping Centre redevelopment and refurbishment. The project was a winner in the recent BIM4SME awards. Her
TechnologyHarnessing the cloud to win work
Philip Collard describes how a digital collaboration platform can improve efficiency when bidding for work by 20%. The evolution of digital collaboration is happening, right now! &n
ManagementDoes NEC4 have the X Factor to propel BIM use?
David McNeice from Quigg Golden looks at the brave new world of the NEC4 and its X10 option – the information modelling clause. In October this year I had the privilege of chairing the D
EducationDownload your free copy of the popular BIM guide
Our popular Little Book of BIM is a quick reference guide to the standards and some of the key definitions that are commonly used in describing BIM and its related processes. Use it to improve y