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3D Repo Drives Adoption of BIM by Joining the UK BIM Alliance

3D Repo Drives Adoption of BIM by Joining the UK BIM Alliance

3D Repo is helping to promote the adoption of next generation Building Information Modelling best practice by joining the UK BIM Alliance. Through patronage of the Alliance, 3D Repo will help transform the construction industry as it transitions to a digital era. 3D Repo will also be a key player in the Alliance’s Technology Group; which promotes discussion, agreement and adoption of interoperability and Open BIM standards in the UK and Ireland in conjunction with the Alliance’s Standards Group; which in turn helps to raise and support the Alliance’s drive to digitally transform the Built Environment.
“We are delighted to welcome 3D Repo to the Alliance,” commented Dr Anne Kemp, Chair of the UK BIM Alliance. “As a well-known technology innovator, 3D Repo brings specialist knowledge combined with valuable practical understanding that while 3D BIM is a powerful catalyst for change, there are legacy issues that can potentially frustrate modernisation and digital transformation.”
3D Repo is the multi award-wining company behind the cloud based BIM platform that allows users to access, via the web, the latest 3D models and make real time changes and informed decisions. Often described as an online knowledge base, the 3D Repo platform is different from other collaboration tools as it uses a component-based database – meaning that information is live, useful and accessible throughout the entire project lifecycle.
Dr Jozef Dobos, CEO of 3D Repo, added, “Building Information Modelling represents a major transformation in the way the construction industry works, and the benefits are immense. However we need to work together to accelerate change that is crucial for the evolution of construction. The UK BIM Alliance plays a key role in communicating the benefits of technology to maximise its potential as the industry continues to adopt and adapt.”
The UK BIM Alliance was launched in October 2016 to unite the construction industry around the BIM agenda. In an industry of over 4 million people, where 95 per cent work in SME’s, the UK BIM Alliance leads, facilitates and focuses a broader proposition of a digital formation of the built environment. The UK BIM Alliance, which is also the buildingSMART UK and Ireland chapter, is also building a strong relationship with the Centre for Digital Built Britain around BIM Level 2 and 3 agendas along with the various standards groups such as CEN, BSI.
The Technology Group which 3D Repo joins is a special interest group within the Alliance. The group aims to be the link between the Alliance and technology vendors in the UK, provide a forum for discussion, agreement and adoption of interoperability and Open BIM standards and act as specialist advisor and ‘part of the solution’.


 
Two new representatives elected to the CHSA Council

Two new representatives elected to the CHSA Council

Kimberley-Clark Professional was re-elected and RPC bpi recycled products elected onto the CHSA Council at the AGM held at the House of Commons, resulting in two new representatives joining the Council. Caroline Stanley, UK Marketing Leader, will represent Kimberley-Clark Professional, and Lorcan Mekitarian, Sales Director, will represent RPC bpi recycled products.
Bunzl, Harrison Wipes and Jangro were also re-elected, David Cousins, Stephen Harrison and Jeremy Thorn, respectively, continuing to represent these companies.
“We’re delighted to welcome two new colleagues to the Council,” said Stephen Harrison, Chairman of the CHSA. “The Council has achieved a great deal on behalf of the CHSA. Our Accreditation Schemes sustain standards, we secured Stephen Kerr MP as our voice in Parliament, have invited industry-leading speakers to share their insights and provided valuable information on topics ranging from the GDPR to regulations governing the sale of chemicals.
“It is important we continue to evolve and deliver for our members. With this in mind Caroline and Lorcan will make excellent additions to the Council, bringing a new perspective and fresh ideas. I am delighted to welcome them on board and look forward to their contribution.”
Explaining his passion for the CHSA and its objectives, Lorcan Mekitarian said: “The CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes matter to the industry. Some of our customers are not experts in the products and our membership of the Accreditation Scheme means they don’t have to be. They just need to look for the marque to be certain they are getting the quality product promised on the label. As a member of the CHSA Council I am now in a position to support actively this and other initiatives that will drive forward our industry and provide real commercial benefits to members. I am excited by the potential ahead.”
Caroline’s marketing expertise will be a valuable addition to the CHSA Council. “The CHSA is highly respected in our sector,” she said. “An important focus for the CHSA is the engagement with the end users and procurers of cleaning and hygiene products. My marketing expertise in both the consumer and business-to-business environments will help us make sure our campaigns are successful. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the industry and making a positive contribution.”


 
Building a better-informed future at the Build Show 2018

Building a better-informed future at the Build Show 2018

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the facilities management sector.
That’s why the Build Show, sponsored by Easy-Trim, is aiming to give facilities managers the most well-informed, forward-looking predictions, innovations and insights they need, as part of the construction industry’s largest event UK Construction Week (UKCW) which returns to the NEC from 9 to 11 October this year.
Focusing on UKCW’s theme for 2018, the ‘Future of Construction’, the Build Show will feature the latest advancements in building products, policy and projects, all designed to help facilities managers stay up-to-date and one step ahead of their competitors.
Exhibitors include: Aggregate Industries, Combilift, Concrete Centre, Containex, Easy Trim Roofing and Construction, Finning Cat, Forticrete, G&B North West, Gripple, Hikoki, HP, Karcher, KwikFit, OM Group, Portakabin, Soprema, SPSenvirowall, Styrene Packaging & Insulation, Trade Point, Trimaco, and Xella.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said: “For most people working in the trades, finding the time to keep up to date with the latest products and sourcing the best deals while juggling work commitments feels impossible.
“That’s why the Build Show is always an unmissable event for specialist trades and general builders. It brings the latest products, ideas and manufacturers to one place and is broken down into specific sections to make the search easier. It’s a much-needed opportunity to be inspired and encouraged, to make deals, and to take away lots of new ideas and products to apply straight away.”
Jamie Govier, managing director of Build Show’s major sponsor, Easy-Trim Roofing and Construction Products, said: “This year the Easy-Trim stand will take a glimpse into the future of British manufacturing. We have come a long way yet our journey has just begun. Join us on stand B610 to find out more.”
New for 2018 are four additional sections to the show, with more than 100 exclusive product launches planned in Offsite; Doors, Windows and Glass; Roofing, Cladding and Insulation; and Tools, Health and Safety.
The Offsite Theatre, supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MBPA), will offer sessions on all aspects of premanufacturing, volumetric and other types of offsite construction. With almost every volume housebuilder now actively exploring these methods of construction, it’s essential to understand the new opportunities that this presents.
The most innovative products will be on display throughout the Build Show via the Innovation Trail with the opportunity to talk to manufacturers about the solutions their products can offer. Companies being featured in this year’s Innovation Trail include: Addex Group, Fischer Fixings, Quinn Building Products, Rawlplug, Rockwool, Soudal, Styrene Packaging & Insulation and Velux.
The Regeneration Hub, sponsored by Easy-Trim, will explore the latest developments, trends, innovations and projects that are going to rejuvenate cities and towns across the UK, boost local communities, improve transportation links, and provide office spaces and housing. Experts speaking in the hub will include Jules Pipe, the GLA’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills; Tim Bloxham, director of Urban Splash; and Brian Berry, director of the Federation of Master Builders.
IEMA will also be holding its conference addressing sustainability on 10 October and after hearing from the experts, delegates will be able to meet environmentally-conscious manufacturers such as Kedel, a company that manufactures all its products from recycled plastic.
It will be the third year of the BMF Pavilion which will host the first BMF Young Merchants Conference on 11 October, with guest speaker Olympian Steve Backley OBE. The theme for the conference is ‘Building for the Future’ and fits in perfectly with the overall theme of this year’s UKCW. BMF members exhibiting at the show include: Danosa, Fibo, Intact, Kingspan, Marley Plumbing & Drainage, and Marsh Industries.
This year also sees the launch of the UKCW Role Models Campaign to champion the existing talent in the industry and to inspire the next generation.
Role models are taking part in an outreach programme, going to colleges and schools in the coming months to talk to students and teachers at key stages of their education to explain what inspired them to choose construction as a career and to bust any myths around the image of construction.
37 inspiring men and women have recently been shortlisted for this campaign, and the overall Role Model of the Year will be announced on 10 October.
Debates on major national and international construction issues will take place on the UKCW Stage. Speakers already confirmed include Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow; Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission; Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president; and Ruth Davidson, National Housing Federation executive director.
Other benefits for visitors include an extensive programme of free CPD sessions, the Beer & Ale Festival, sponsored by Velux, with hot food and live entertainment, and a chance to celebrate with the Construction Enquirer Awards.
Last year was UKCW’s most successful yet with more than 30,000 trade visitors. This year is set to be even bigger with a forecast of 35,000 visitors.
90% of visitors to the Build Show say they are there to source new products and suppliers, 79% to network with suppliers and other visitors, and 76% to talk to product experts and exhibitors’ technical staff.
They included 3,771 professionals from architectural and design firms, more than 3,000 contractors and 7,651 housebuilders and developers.


 
British Cleaning Council Welcomes The Business Services Association As New Council Member

British Cleaning Council Welcomes The Business Services Association As New Council Member

The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors has officially welcomed The Business Services Association (BSA) as a new Council Member.
The BSA is the industry body for the UK’s business services sector, supporting enterprise across both the private and public sectors.
With extensive experience in ICT and digital services, business process outsourcing, facilities management, construction and infrastructure services, and managed public services, the BSA has also established a specific Cleaning Committee which provides a forum for its member companies to share industry best practice and engage with stakeholders on important issues.
Lauren Kyle, Head of Cleaning at Sodexo and Chair of the BSA’s Cleaning Committee, said: “The BSA is pleased to join the British Cleaning Council at an important time for the cleaning sector. A collective voice is vital to address the big challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry, from the future workforce to digitalisation.
“We look forward to contributing to the BCC’s work by bringing the voice and expertise of service providers to the table.”
Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council said: “The BSA is very active across a range of issues which impact on cleaning including apprenticeships, working conditions and procurement. Through their Cleaning Committee they have also run highly successful programmes like the Responsible Cleaner Scheme which directly engaged with a significant number of major BSA member companies.

“The synergies we share therefore makes the BSA a natural partner for the British Cleaning Council, and we are looking forward to them playing a full and active role in our work alongside the Council’s other 21 industry members.”


 
PTSG announce acquisition of M & P Fire Protection Limited

PTSG announce acquisition of M & P Fire Protection Limited

PTSG, the niche specialist services provider, is pleased to announce that it has extended its Fire Solutions business through the acquisition M&P Fire Protection Ltd. Based in Maidstone, M&P is a specialist in the installation and maintenance of sprinkler, dry and wet riser systems. It has been acquired for a total consideration of up to £3.5m, comprising an initial cash payment of £1.0m, deferred cash payments of £2.5m payable over five years, subject to the business achieving stretching and escalating milestone profitability targets in each of those periods. The deferred consideration can be paid in cash or shares at the sole option of PTSG.
Unaudited revenue of M&P for the year ended 31 March 2017 was £2.1m, delivering a profit before tax of £0.2m. Unaudited net assets at the same date were £0.2m.
The business will be integrated into PTSG’s Fire Solutions business. Paul Atkins and Michael Thackray of M&P will remain with the Group and work with PTSG’s management team to grow and expand the acquired business.
Paul Teasdale, CEO of PTSG, said: “We are delighted to welcome M&P as our latest addition to the Group. The business is well established and respected in the UK, their addition to the Group extends our service offering in Fire Solutions, particularly in London and the South East and complement our existing extensive offering as the UK’s largest niche specialist service provider. We look forward to working with Paul and Michael and their colleagues to grow the business and expand the Group’s activities in these key areas."


 
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