Only 16% of firms in the building-services sector are fully ready to use BIM (building information modelling) on projects, according to a survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association. With the Government deadline for the mandatory use of BIM Level 2 (managed 3D environment held in separate discipline 'BIM' tools with data attached) in all Whitehall-procured contracts just months away (March 2016), 57% of firms said they were not fully ready and 27% said they were not ready at all (see chart).
The value of new work starting on site in August and September was well above a year earlier, according to the latest Glenigan Index for the period July to September 2015. It was only a weak July that saw the underlying value of new schemes starting on site during the third quarter being 2% earlier than a year earlier. The improvement in August and September was driven by private housing, commercial and industrial project starts.
Education and training is the lifeblood of the industry. MBS brought together a panel of industry experts to examine the issues facing education and training in building services as the sector tackles new ways of working and rising skills shortages. Andrew Brister reports.
Bill Wright of the Electrical Contractors’ Association thinks that the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme should be one of the Government’s more successful energy-saving initiatives and shares his views on why it is a ‘good thing’.
CIBSE’s young engineer of the year for 2015, the twentieth year of this award scheme, is Ryan Rodrigues of Hurleypalmerflatt. He won out against eight other finalists with his presentation on ‘How collaboration and teamwork can enhance my work as an engineer’. As this year’s young engineer of the year, he will be travelling to the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) 2016 winter conference in Orlando, USA.
Steve Harrison of the Building Controls Industry Association explains why data visualisation is the key to helping building managers get the most from the information from their BEMS.
The mass of data that is available from a building-management system is largely wasted. Rachel Cooper of Schneider Electric looks at how it can be put to good use.
At the heart of a range of energy-efficient technologies at the Salmon Lake Centre and Ballecregga Tea Rooms on the Isle of Man is a Mitsubishi Electric City Multi WR2 heat-pump system that uses the salmon lake as a source for heating and to reject heat when cooling. Electricity for the system is provided by a 10 kW turbine in the nearby Laxey river. The project won an award for the best innovation in the private sector of the Isle of Man’s energy awards for 2015.
A replacement Toshiba air-conditioning system installed at Thorpe Park in Leeds is equipped with the new generation of touchscreen Smart Touch controllers (pictured). They give engineers and building managers immediate access to system controls, setpoints and a comprehensive range of diagnostic and analytical tools via a colour high-definition screen.
Rehau has supplied 7 km of its Rauthermex pre-insulated polymer pipework for what the company believes is one of the largest polymer district-heating networks in the UK. Heat is provided by four Guntamatic Pro 249 kW wood-pellet boilers supported by a 3 MW LPG boiler system to serve 45 buildings around the 125-acre Soho Farmhouse estate and members’ club in Great Tew, Oxfordshire.
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- 16 - 18 February, 2016ACR Show
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- 04 May, 2016, 9:30 - 05 May, 2016All-Energy
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