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‘Grenfell has put pressure on HAs to improve their information management’

BIM4HAs’ main goal is to encourage better information management in housing associations. Specifically, we aim to help housing associations implement BIM processes and principles to improve how they procure and manage building information, as well as bridge the gap between construction industry BIM practices and the needs of housing association asset managers. Source link

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HSE begins investigation of Reading fire at McAlpine site

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation into the fire at a high-rise under construction in Reading on Thursday. More than 50 firefighters and aerial equipment were needed to extinguish the fire at the Sir Robert McAlpine site. Two workers were taken to hospital after being rescued from the burning building by

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Bodycams keep track of flammable cladding remediation

Insurance giant Axa UK is providing body cameras to contractors to keep a record of remediation work being carried out on buildings that contain flammable cladding and insulation. The recordings from the body cameras will provide detailed information about materials used, together with evidence of working practices and site management for the areas being refurbished.

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World’s first pothole fixer robot set for UK market

A UK startup is about to commercialise what it claims is the world’s first autonomous robot able to locate and fix potholes. Robotiz3d has combined artificial intelligence (AI) with advanced robotics to automate road maintenance based on patented research developed at the University of Liverpool. The autonomous vehicle uses advanced detection and repair technologies incorporated into the

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Scientists create almost carbon-neutral bricks

A company has produced its first low-carbon brick prototype following 18 months of research. The brick uses a magnesium carbonate binder produced via Seratech’s proprietary carbon capture, mineralisation and utilisation process, which allows CO2 emissions from industry flues to be permanently stored within the built environment. Conventional clay bricks require firing at over 1,200 deg

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National Underground Asset Register expanded across England and Wales

The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) is now available across the whole of England and Wales. The Geospatial Commission launched the first phase of the digital map of underground infrastructure in the spring in London, the North East and Wales. The minimum viable product (MVP) of NUAR is now live in the South East, South

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Construction deaths highest across industries, HSE data shows

“It’s not all bad news for construction, however, and it’s encouraging to see reported instances of work-related ill health are lower than the average across all industries. As a sector, a great amount of work has gone into improving worker wellbeing, and while there is always more that can be done, some of that work

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