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September 22, 2020

Benefits of digital assets in the built environment

Potential applications of digital twins Demand for high-quality housing and public infrastructure is continuing to rise in the UK. While the construction industry wants to deliver new buildings quickly, it must also take measures to construct new and retrofit existing buildings effectively and sustainably. Embracing digital technology is one way

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Caddick Construction Completes £1.42million development in Leeds

Yorkshire-based Caddick Construction has completed the fifth industrial building at Cross Green Industrial Estate in Leeds on behalf of Towngate. A speculative development of a 16,500 sq ft detached double portal framed building along with infrastructure works and services, the Caddick team started work at the start of the year.

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Let’s see the detail on new sprinkler systems, says AEI Cables

Specialist manufacturer AEI Cables is calling for the release of details as soon as possible covering new measures which will make sprinkler systems mandatory in all new high-rise blocks over 11 metres. Stuart Dover, general manager of AEI Cables, said: “The detail in the new guidance is critical so it

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Highways England Engage Winvic Construction for A5 Works at Hinckley

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects has been appointed by Highways England (HE) to undertake widening and roundabout construction works on the A5 highway, as part of a S278 agreement. The £3.4 million scheme that

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Airport Terminal Plans to Be Discussed

Airport Terminal Plans to Be Discussed

Later this week, the plans for a replacement terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport are set to be discussed by councillors. The airport submitted an application earlier this year for the construction of a three floor, 365,000 sq ft replacement terminal on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary. This

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SD Launches Recruitment Drive

SD Launches Recruitment Drive

SD, the UK’s leading sealant and cosmetic repair company, is looking to expand its workforce across England and Wales with 50 new employees. The company, which provides sealant application and cosmetic repairs for homeowners, housebuilders and commercial businesses, saw continuous growth prior to the covid-19 pandemic and is now looking

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CiscoCCNA Certification: 3 Steps to Success

CiscoCCNA is widely known as the most popular and most commonly used analytic software. A huge number of businesses across the world apply itto measure and improve their marketing strategies so that they can maximize their investments. To equip the professionals with the knowledge and skills required for work with

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September 22, 2020

Benefits of digital assets in the built environment

Potential applications of digital twins Demand for high-quality housing and public infrastructure is continuing to rise in the UK. While the construction industry wants to deliver new buildings quickly, it must also take measures to construct new and retrofit existing buildings effectively and sustainably. Embracing digital technology is one way to make these improvements. Here Peter Barker, managing director at BIM academy and contributor to built environment event Futurebuild, explores some potential applications of digital twins in construction. Many design and construction companies now use digital tools to find a more accurate, cost-efficient and sustainable way of working. Building Information Modelling (BIM), for example, has played a vital role in digitising the built environment and has changed the way that the sector interacts with data. Now, project managers are exploring how digital twins can further improve the design, operation and evaluation of buildings. Planning Traditionally, architects have used 2D models to collaborate on designs and communicate them to stakeholders. However, it can be difficult to clearly visualise the final building in 2D format and misunderstandings and design errors may result, increasing the time and budget required to complete the project. BIM is now widely used by architects to create 3D geometric models of buildings during the design phase, with embedded data on the building’s properties and performance. Architects can use this model to communicate their interpretation of a brief to a client. At a glance, clients can see the entire configuration of the space, as well as factors such as material quality, estimated performance and anticipated budget. While BIM creates the digital information required to create the model, architects can now build digital twins to dynamically link their designs to physical assets. Using the two concepts allows architects to rapidly and reliably test designs to ensure that all parties are happy with the design and fix any errors before construction begins, reducing waste and costs. Creating a digital twin can also be useful during retrofit projects to test simulations of new ideas and find the optimal materials and processes before investing further into the renovation project. Prediction Digital construction technologies can also improve how occupants use and maintain buildings. Effective preventative maintenance in larger buildings, such as office blocks, hospitals or other public buildings, relies on early involvement of an informed and engaged building management team that knows what information they need from architects and contractors about assets and systems. Instead of relying entirely on traditional information such as manuals, sharing BIM and digital twin data with the client gives operators the information they need at their fingertips so that they can be more proactive. They can collect and analyse real-time data about assets and measure their performance. So, when parts of the building are nearing the end of their intended lifespan, building management teams can plan effectively for repair or replacement work. Performance Architects will often determine target performance requirements of a building right at the beginning of a project. Before BIM and digital twins, it was difficult to measure actual performance against predictions. Evaluating asset performance and occupancy often required anecdotal information from clients, which can be subjective and less accurate. Now, digital tools can help us to understand much more about buildings once they’re complete. Embedding sensors into a building and connecting them to the digital twin can help clients and the industry gather unbiased and key performance data about the building. Sensors can gather data such as environmental conditions, energy usage, how well products perform, how clients use the space and even the wellbeing of the occupants. For example, sensors may detect that some rooms in a large building are only used for ten per cent of the day — so building management may want to change the function of that space to use it more effectively. A 2019 report from the Committee on Climate Change identified that UK buildings are not fit for the future. We must build and retrofit millions of homes and buildings to improve their quality while also reducing emissions. The more data we collect about our buildings with BIM and digital twins, the better we can evaluate their performance and make improvements. Futurebuild’s Digital Impact spotlight offers a platform for existing and emerging digital technologies in the built environment. If you’ve developed a disruptive and innovative technology, we want to showcase it. Register your interest to exhibit here.

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Caddick Construction Completes £1.42million development in Leeds

Yorkshire-based Caddick Construction has completed the fifth industrial building at Cross Green Industrial Estate in Leeds on behalf of Towngate. A speculative development of a 16,500 sq ft detached double portal framed building along with infrastructure works and services, the Caddick team started work at the start of the year.   Cross Green Industrial Estate is prominently located close to the M1/M621 motorway network and is home to many manufacturing, distribution and warehousing operations, including John Lewis and Amazon. Approximately 3,000 people work at the site. Towngate Plc has a portfolio of more than 230,000 sq ft of space at the site which is known as Towngate Link.     Caddick Construction delivered the first three units at the site with all snapped up as pre-lets. Wine merchant, London City Bond, expanded into the 55,000 sq ft detached warehouse and Beerhawk took the second 62,500 sq ft warehouse. The third 57,500 sq ft unit was recently let to Van-Line Ltd. Together the three previous units and this latest development can accommodate up to 300 new jobs. Robert Smith from Towngate said: “Caddick has yet again delivered a fantastic product which will add to the success of Cross Green. We continue to see a lot of market interest and we are undertaking a number of socially distanced site visits to prospective occupiers in the coming weeks so they can see first-hand the quality of this development.” Chris Allott, Senior Contracts Manager from Caddick Construction, said: “The team has successfully completed four developments for Towngate at Cross Green. With a wide range of unit sizes, this latest warehouse provides an ideal size to meet the need for small to medium sized businesses, for which there is a great deal of demand.”

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Let’s see the detail on new sprinkler systems, says AEI Cables

Specialist manufacturer AEI Cables is calling for the release of details as soon as possible covering new measures which will make sprinkler systems mandatory in all new high-rise blocks over 11 metres. Stuart Dover, general manager of AEI Cables, said: “The detail in the new guidance is critical so it would be helpful all round for the manufacturers and installers of the products for these systems to see how it is going to work in practice. “We would want to see sprinkler systems currently being specified being covered by the new detail so they can be installed in the knowledge that all best practice has been followed in the interests of safety for all concerned. “The fire performance industry is welcoming the amendment and the sooner the practical guidance can be rolled out then the sooner we can start to familiarise ourselves with it.” In April, the government announced an amendment to the statutory guidance to building safety regulations, known as Approved Document B, reducing the requirement for sprinkler systems from the current 30 metres to 11 metres. The Fire Safety Bill, which was introduced to Parliament in April, will also empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they do not comply with the law. The tried and tested generation of AEI Cables’ fire performance cabling ensure critical fire-safety circuits can continue to operate in the event of a fire from 30 minutes up to 120 minutes and often support systems which provide intelligence for the fire and rescue services. AEI Cables’ Firetec Enhanced cabling is the only cable to be independently approved and certified by LPCB to BS8519 (Annex B) Category 3 Control for firefighting systems including sprinkler pumps, fire suppression water mist systems, water spray systems, wet riser pumps, wet riser valve and equipment monitoring under the Code of Practice. All AEI Cables’ products are supplied with approvals from independent bodies including BASEC and LPCB. It also holds approvals from organisations including Lloyds, the MoD, Network Rail and LUL and works to international standards around the world.

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Highways England Engage Winvic Construction for A5 Works at Hinckley

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects has been appointed by Highways England (HE) to undertake widening and roundabout construction works on the A5 highway, as part of a S278 agreement. The £3.4 million scheme that will facilitate access to the new 18-acre industrial and manufacturing site, Hinckley Park, is located circa 1km east of Junction 1 of the M69. The Winvic team started on-site in July and the scheme will be completed and open for use in January 2021. The programme of works not only includes the construction of a new 50m diameter* roundabout, but also comprises resurfacing works where the trunk road will be widened on the south side. The broadening of the A5 will generate space for the creation a new pedestrian footway on the north side of the road. Additionally, an access off the A5 – 650m east of M69 J1 – will be constructed, which will be for the sole use of a new sub-station. Winvic is currently undertaking initial earthworks – engineering existing ground levels to correlate with the new works – has begun the drainage programme and is due to start the lane kerb works. The majority of the existing highway drainage will be amended to suit the new road configuration while up-to-date signage and white lining will be realised prior to the scheme’s handover to HE. The majority of the work to construct the roundabout will take place offline to reduce the impact on the road network, with short periods of overnight traffic signals and closures being effected to deliver the carriageway widening and final surfacing works.   Rob Cook, Winvic’s Director of Civils and Infrastructure, commented: “Winvic has worked extremely effectively with Highways England on numerous complex schemes, so liaison with the authority throughout the design process and construction works to date has been straightforward and efficient. Ensuring A5 road users are not inconvenienced whilst keeping our workforce safe on a live highway has naturally been one of our top priorities, and I’m delighted to say the scheme is progressing at pace, and on track for completion in January 2021. This project is a great step forward for Winvic to demonstrate that we can work with Highways England on its national frameworks by delivering schemes like this across the highways sector, now and in the future.”  For more information on Winvic, the company’s latest project news and job vacancies please visit www.winvic.co.uk. Join Winvic on social media – visit Twitter @WinvicLtd – and LinkedIn.  

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Revealed: how long it takes to break even when starting a trade business

 Joinery businesses are the cheapest trade to set up, costing around £6,600 Self-employed plumbers recover their start-up costs the quickest – under six weeks Joinery businesses are among the cheapest trade companies to set up in the UK, averaging nearly £2,500 less than other sectors, new research has revealed. With over 40% of construction firms expected to make redundancies due to the virus[1], tradespeople may be considering going self-employed. IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, has identified the cheapest industries in which to do so. The study added up the typical costs people pay when entering the UK’s four most popular trades[2] (joinery, building, electrical, plumbing), with everything from insurance to marketing. Joiners pay the least, with the average set-up fee totalling £6,642. With the typical daily rate for joiners around £150[3], these initial costs could be repaid within nine, five-day weeks. Despite being the most expensive businesses to set up, plumbers can expect to earn back their investment quickest, as they are able to charge the highest daily rates. Averaging nearly £350 a day[4], the £9,124 start-up cost could be repaid within six working weeks. The trade businesses which are the cheapest to set up in the UK are: 1)     Joinery – £6,642 (repaid in nine weeks, £150 a day) 2)     Building – £6,791 (nine weeks, £160 a day[5]) 3)     Electrical – £6,873 (six weeks, £245 a day[6]) 4)     Plumbing – £9,124 (six weeks, £347.50 a day) One of the most significant outgoings is accreditation. New plumbing companies pay the most in this department, with organisations like HETAS and OFTEC charging substantial sums for membership. Such credentials, combined with the cost of other important courses, like First Aid at Work, the Gas Safe Register and Asbestos Awareness, can set you back over £3,000, which is significantly more than other trades. Some expenses, however, are necessary across all sectors, such as insurance, marketing, company registration and van hire. A new trade business can expect to pay over £600 a year to completely cover themselves with insurance. Contractors All Risk insurance is one of the most costly forms of protection, starting at £298 a year, but includes cover against both property damage and third-party injury, so is worth the investment. Marketing is another significant outlay, but an important one nonetheless. Paying out for business cards, flyers, logo design and a new website usually costs at least £600 pounds. However, such costs will pay for themselves if they lead to a surge in new clients. Finally, there’s the crucial cost of equipment. A tradesperson may have accumulated tools during their career, but if they are new to the industry, there are tools they will need before taking on work. Joiners pay the most here, with key equipment adding up to £600. Circular and table saws are the biggest outlays, so it could be worth looking for second-hand retailers, whilst ensuring the products are high quality, as income will depend on their performance. The full breakdown of costs per trade is as follows: Type of Cost Joiner Builder Electrician Plumber Accreditation £1,005.00 £1,041.00 £1,005.00 £3,481.00 Trade Association £117.00 £472.80 £585.00 £231.00 Marketing £610.54 £610.54 £610.54 £610.54 Insurance £638.21 £638.21 £638.21 £638.21 Equipment £599.38 £355.97 £361.87 £490.98 Other (storage, van hire, business registration) £3,672.00 £3,672.00 £3,672.00 £3,672.00 Total £6,642 £6,791 £6,873 £9,124 Andy Porter, a self-employed carpenter from Southampton, has given his three top tips for people looking to set up their own trade business: 1)     Look at local adverts and see what similar trades are doing (e.g. services, pricing) 2)     Get quote and invoice terms and conditions in place early and make sure they are watertight 3)     Make sure you have plenty of money saved up as cash flow is incredibly important Marco Verdonkschot, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, said: “Many tradespeople will aim to run their own businesses one day, so it’s useful to get an idea of how much it would cost to do so. While these sums can appear quite daunting, most of the expenses will directly improve your service or help you win more work, so are worth the investment in the long run. “Owning your own business can be incredibly satisfying, so to help those who are considering going it alone, we’ve compiled a list of tips on how to do so effectively.” For eight pieces of advice from tradespeople who have set up their own business, visit: https://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/blog/eight-top-tips-for-setting-up-your-own-trades-business

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Airport Terminal Plans to Be Discussed

Airport Terminal Plans to Be Discussed

Later this week, the plans for a replacement terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport are set to be discussed by councillors. The airport submitted an application earlier this year for the construction of a three floor, 365,000 sq ft replacement terminal on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary. This would replace the existing building, built in 1965. The fact that this building has three Airport Floors is showing how the sector is rising upwards… The proposal aims to dramatically improve passenger experience, create one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings, and support the region’s economic prosperity. It would support a potential increase in LBA’s passenger numbers to seven million by 2032, form the current level of about four million. The airport has estimated that, as a result of the development, it will support 12,650 permanent jobs across the Leeds City Region, as well as creating 850 construction related jobs over the period of the build. LBA has also committed to a £4m Sustainable Travel Fund, which would be used to fund a range of sustainable travel measures and public transport improvements, particularly the new rail link off Scotland Road. A new dedicated bus terminal would be created at the front of the main entrance. The new proposal was first revealed in January 2020 and replaces a previously consented scheme. The project will be privately funded by LBA’s owner AMP Capital. A position statement on the plans will be considered by Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel on 25 September. Members will be asked for their views on the project in areas including climate change, traffic and public transport, noise, air quality, health, design, landscaping, ecology and economic benefits. The council has received 1891 objections to the application, with concerns including the impact on the environment as well as issues surrounding highways, health and noise. MPs Alex Sobel, Hilary Benn, Richard Burgon, Fabian Hamilton and Rachel Reeves have also objected. “It would be totally wrong to allow the airport to double its greenhouse gas emissions in the middle of the climate emergency. In fact, expansion would mean that from 2030, the airport would pump out more greenhouse gas emissions than are allowed in the carbon budget for the whole of the rest of Leeds. And there’s no prospect of carbon free aircraft for decades,” said Chris Foren, chair of the Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA). There have also been 1274 support letters, including backing from the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and airline KLM.

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SD Launches Recruitment Drive

SD Launches Recruitment Drive

SD, the UK’s leading sealant and cosmetic repair company, is looking to expand its workforce across England and Wales with 50 new employees. The company, which provides sealant application and cosmetic repairs for homeowners, housebuilders and commercial businesses, saw continuous growth prior to the covid-19 pandemic and is now looking to expand its workforce after successfully weathering the storm for the past six months. The recruitment drive aims to bring in up to 50 new recruits, from experienced/ skilled workers to those starting out in the trade, who will join the company as it begins to relaunch its full range of services, from marine and cruise repairs to providing the finish for new build developments. “This has been a really tough time for everybody in our industry, between construction projects halting and many workers being furloughed or having lost jobs over the past six months. We’ve been very lucky to have seen through the pandemic unscathed and being in such a fortunate position, we want to offer as many hard-working, skilled people as possible the chance to get back to work,” said Nick Jones, Managing Director at SD. “We pride ourselves on having the best team in the business and our door is always open for talented new recruits. I’m thrilled that we’re in a position to be able to grow our team again, especially in such difficult times, and we really look forward to welcoming some new faces this year who can help us as we start back on our trajectory of growth.” The SD team have been involved in a number of significant construction projects in the UK, including five of the emergency NHS hospitals that were erected in response to the rise in Coronavirus cases this year. They have also seen particular growth in the North of England, with recent projects including Liverpool FC’s training ground, Lincoln Cathedral and the Dewsbury and District Hospital, Yorkshire. In the financial year 2019-20, SD turned over more than £1million in what was a record-breaking 12 months for the firm. This August, the company marked its return to full steam with the launch of SD Claims, an insurance service for claims made on household and commercial damage that needs repair. Launched in 1973, SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply and application of sealant. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the UK’s largest sealant companies, with eight offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

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CiscoCCNA Certification: 3 Steps to Success

CiscoCCNA is widely known as the most popular and most commonly used analytic software. A huge number of businesses across the world apply itto measure and improve their marketing strategies so that they can maximize their investments. To equip the professionals with the knowledge and skills required for work with the service,Cisco offers the practitioners to go through its certification process. http://www.exam-labs.com/certification/CCIE-Enterprise CiscoCCNA can be used by anyone, including those who do not possess the associated certification. However, getting certified can be very advantageous as it puts you ahead of your peers and gives you an opportunity to greatly advance your career. What hinders many people from obtaining this IT credentialis that there is one exam, known as CiscoCCNAIndividual Qualification (GAIQ), that must be cleared. In this post, we will list the main steps that you need to take to ace this test and get the badge. http://www.exam-labs.com/vendor/Cisco Step #1: Visit theSkill shop platform Skillshop is a special online training center created by Cisco instead of the previous Academy for Ads. It contains effective study materials and resources for various Cisco products, including CiscoCCNA. Before attempting the GAIQ exam, you need to create a personal account on the Skillshop platform to get access to this certification test. http://www.exam-labs.com/certification/DevNet-Associate Step #2: Prepare for the GAIQexam with practice tests If you are not already an expert in CiscoCCNA, it is recommended that you do some studying before attempting the prerequisite exam. You should take your time to learn the basics of this test, including its question formats, time limit, and so on. You will find two official training courses for both beginners and advanced specialists on the GAIQ webpage onSkillshop. These will help you get a better understanding of how CiscoCCNA functions and what to expect in the certification exam. Thecourses are optional, but the candidates are recommended to complete them to prepare for the main test. We also advise that you use other reliable resources such as exam dumps and practice tests to get ready for your GAIQ. You will find these tools on numerous online platforms. https://www.exam-labs.com/certification/DevNet-Professional Step #3: Pass theGAIQ exam with ease After signing up for CiscoSkillshop and finishing your study, you can proceed with the most important part – taking the certification exam. The test is available free of charge. It comprises of 70 true/false and multiple-choice questions. Each student has 60 minutes to complete the exam. The passing grade is 80%. You can retake your testan infinite number of times and there’s no penalty for failing. http://www.exam-labs.com/certification/CCNA The CiscoCCNA credential is valid for 12 months. After that, you will need to pass the certification test again to maintain your status. Conclusion CiscoCCNA is the basis of search engine marketing, SEO, and social media marketing, and so on. Therefore, obtaining the certification can open up broad opportunities for employment in the field of digital marketing. http://www.exam-labs.com/certification/CCNP-Enterprise  The credential validates that Cisco acknowledges you as an expert in CCNA, which gives you an upper hand against other applicants. Get certified now and become a top-notch professional in this field!

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