Universities around the UK are facing many challenges

9 Apr, 2018

David Cotton, Business Development Director, discusses how they can address these issues and what BAM is doing to help them.

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Today’s modular housing may not be as new as you think

Stephanie Whittaker - 15 Mar, 2018

In 1908, Sears Roebuck in the USA launched their “catalog homes”, selling over 100,000 of these kit homes before they were withdrawn from sale in 1942. It may seem odd to reference Sears Roebuck in a blog on modular housing but there are many similarities between their homes and today’s modern pre-fabricated products.

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What’s next for digital in 2018 and how will it impact the construction industry?

Andrew Pryke - 15 Jan, 2018

The past twelve months have been interesting for digital technologies. As we enter 2018 what is next for tech and how will it impact the construction industry?

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Should we see data as a commodity like oil?

Andrew Pryke - 25 Oct, 2017

In 2016, Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich stated that “data is the new oil” because of its growing value, but is this merely hype or the new reality?

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‘BAM FM gave me the break I needed after leaving the Armed Forces’

Stuart Venables - 19 Sep, 2017

Stuart Venables, Premises Manager at BAM FM, tells us how BAM FM gave him the break he needed when he left the Armed Forces.

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A view from the top

Charlotte Owen - 6 Sep, 2017

Charlotte Owen, Senior Site Manager, reflects on the special moments that can come along as a project progresses

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Creating buildings with brains

Andrew Pryke - 5 Jul, 2017

Artificial Intelligence may have its detractors but its use within the built environment could transform the way we operate and maintain buildings.

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An office building opens. Nothing unusual about that except…

Michael Donegan - 6 Apr, 2017

On Wednesday 22 March I attended a health and safety meeting at our refurbishment of the Southbank. These buildings - adjacent to the Royal Festival Hall - contain the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery plus back-of house areas.

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Are students aware of their options?

Anna Jennings - 9 Mar, 2017

On 1 May 2017, the Government will introduce the apprenticeship levy, an employer led strategy to encourage businesses to take on more apprentices and create new apprenticeship qualifications. In addition to this, the Government also has set a target to create three million apprenticeships by 2020. It’s therefore imperative that students are aware of what is on offer to them.

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Will Brexit be a big deal for the University Sector?

Adrian Padley - 3 Feb, 2017

I attended the ‘AUDE Big Conservation’ recently where university speakers were joined by financiers, consultants and contractors to discuss Brexit and other challenges ahead for universities.

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Do we need to fear the fourth industrial revolution?

Stephanie Whittaker - 26 Jan, 2017

Often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, the current rapid growth in technologies and approaches such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, smart cities and the internet of things (IoT), are changing the way we live, work and play.

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Smart cities will evolve through citizen engagement

Andrew Pryke - 11 Jan, 2017

In 2015 I visited the World Smart City Congress in Barcelona. When I attended the event in November 2016, I was struck by how the agenda had developed considerably in the space of a year. There are some clear trends emerging.

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What can cities gain from the latest Pokemon Go craze?

Stephanie Whittaker - 22 Jul, 2016

Since its arrival at the beginning of July, Pokemon Go has become a phenomenon with people around the world searching for Pokemon using their smartphones, however, there is a lot more to this craze than meets the eye.

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Citizens it’s time to collaborate!

Stephanie Whittaker - 23 Jun, 2016

In my last blog post I talked about the importance of collaboration in driving the smart city agenda forward, but how can you make certain that collaborations deliver results?

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Building and campus-wide energy use need not be a headache!

Andrew Pryke - 1 Jun, 2016

Energy and carbon remain at the top of the agenda for many estate managers, as universities seek to improve their sustainability credentials and increase operational efficiency.

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The University of the Future will be shaped by data

Andrew Pryke - 4 Apr, 2016

The Higher Education Commission’s report ‘From bricks to clicks’ states that: “Having timely up to date and accurate knowledge is essential to shaping the successful university of the future”. However, for many universities this presents a huge challenge.

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Learn while you earn

Jed Taylor - 17 Mar, 2016

Apprenticeships have given me the opportunity to get into the work environment straight out of school and to earn money while I continue to learn.

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How a Bricklaying Apprenticeship helped me get where I am today

Claire Brittain - 15 Mar, 2016

From the age of 15 when my parents were getting an extension built, I became fascinated with construction and the way everything came together.

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The fourth industrial revolution

Andrew Pryke - 9 Feb, 2016

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (Jan 20 – 23), participants discussed the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, where we will see the barriers between man and machine dissolve. Just like the Industrial Revolution transformed people’s lives, the fourth revolution has the potential to impact the way we live and work. As technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics take over tasks that had previously been done by humans – what will this mean for the construction industry?

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Get ready for collaboration 2.0

Stephanie Whittaker - 2 Feb, 2016

Over the last few years the concept of collaboration has been discussed extensively in the construction industry, encouraged by the wider adoption of BIM, which has enabled greater stakeholder input. Recently I attended the Smart City Expo - World Congress in Barcelona, where we began to explore ideas that push collaboration to a whole new level.

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