36 posts categorised "Engineering and construction"

30 June 2018

Avoiding risks in Construction isn’t about luck – but about asking the right questions

By Chris Scudamore The other day I was discussing today’s risk landscape with the Executive Team of a sizeable Engineering & Construction client. The conversation turned into a debate about the geographies and types of projects they’re currently avoiding, in order to minimise their risks and maximise the chances of...

01 June 2018

Drones revolution could lift construction and manufacturing sector to new heights

By Rob Walker, Engineering and Construction leader in the UK While drones are already providing cheap and efficient ways to map a number of construction sites, tracking the process against schedule and original design, new research from PwC predicts their use could rapidly rise across both the construction and manufacturing...

03 May 2018

Industry looks to modular homes to solve housing crisis

by Lee Wilkinson, director and housing specialist in our engineering and construction sector team You stand in Sherburn-in-Elmet and gaze across the road and see the behemoth that is the L&G housing factory. The business, L&G Homes, will soon commence operations, at the 550,000 sq ft warehouse in the town,...

16 March 2018

As the UK construction industry looks to reshape workforces for a post-Brexit world, can automation help to fill the gap?

By Julia Onslow-Cole I recently attended a fascinating dinner with senior executives from several leading UK construction firms. Amid the lively buzz of conversation around the table, one topic came consistently to the fore; the potential impact of Brexit on the industry’s workforce. It isn’t hard to see why my...

12 March 2018

How a strategic and capabilities-focused approach to cost can get Industrial Manufacturing & Services companies fit for growth

By Ross Elliott In my conversations with sectors within the Industrial Manufacturing & Services (IM&S) industry, cost reduction invariably emerges as a key focus. This is hardly surprising, given the constant cost pressures facing the sector and the need to drive efficiency and competitiveness to ever higher levels. In most...

13 December 2017

Overseas construction projects: why involving the head office is vital

By Elisa Sofocli, UK global mobility lead - engineering & construction For UK engineering & construction (E&C) companies, big overseas projects are a major prize to go for. But when these opportunities come up, winning the contract is one thing: making sure it’s profitable enough and also compliant for areas...

25 July 2017

Will meeting the government's house building target help the affordability crisis?

Will meeting the government's house building target help the affordability crisis? Read the latest housing market analysis from our UK Economic Outlook team: >> Building 250,000 homes a year may only knock £5,000 off the average house price >> House prices remain below pre-recession levels across a quarter of the...

14 June 2017

Internet of Things in Capital Projects

Eoin O'Murchu The world is becoming ever more digitally enabled. Since leaving university in 2010 the changes I have experienced have been nothing short of dramatic. I still remember a time when Transport for London (TfL) had a 24 hour manned phone number for directions in London (which was as...

26 May 2017

Building smart secure walls - the real estate cyber security challenge

Gareth Lewis Cyber security is at the top of the UK CEO agenda. In our 20th CEO survey, UK CEOs rated cyber security as the second biggest threat to their business. It is also clear from our recent Global State of Information Security survey 2017 that companies are investing in...

23 May 2017

Digital transformation in the construction and engineering industry – part two

In my previous blog, I discussed how the fourth industrial revolution promises to transform the construction and engineering industries, focusing on new technologies and ubiquitous connectivity. In this second part, I’m exploring the impact of the development of ‘digital twins’ and advanced simulations using analytics, as well as new business...

Digital transformation in the construction and engineering industry – part one

There is no doubt that the fourth industrial revolution has the ability to transform businesses and even whole industries. According to research carried out by Virgin Media Business with Oxford Economics in March 2016 (The UK’s £92Bn Digital Opportunity), the construction industry ranks as the third industry most likely to...

14 February 2017

How to keep control of an R&D megaproject

By Andrew Kidd I have been following the progress of the Hyperloop project with interest and, to be honest, a little excitement. It is a bold, ambitious project, driven by an inspired vision, which promises to deliver on-demand intercity transport: airline speeds at bus fare prices via capsules zipping through...

08 February 2017

Innovation: the curiosity project

By Andrew Kidd Very early in my working life, I saw the following notice pinned to my manager’s desk. “The ambition of any civil engineer is to retire without being blamed for a major disaster.” I can still remember the sinking feeling I had because of what this said to...

06 February 2017

Not on your payroll, not your problem? New public sector tax rules mean you need to think again

By Paula Letorey From 6 April 2017, new provisions come into force relating to payments made to off-payroll workers via Personal Service Companies (PSCs), that might be used in the delivery of public sector projects (this includes all bodies covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000). As PSCs are...

31 January 2017

A new view of project data

By Alan Lavery The words ‘data’ and ‘analytics’ have been hot topics across industry for some time now. Financial services, retail, advertising and healthcare businesses (to name a few) are all massively improving the way they function; benefiting from the data we have produced for decades, now predicting our daily...

17 January 2017

The UK housing market – the affordability challenge

By Richard McCole and Robert Walker It is widely accepted that there is a significant demand / supply imbalance in the UK housing market, with strong demand for home ownership but low build rates by historical standards. By some estimates, we are currently building around 60% of the houses required...

16 January 2017

Housing: Out with 2016 and in with 2017

By Lee Wilkinson It has been a somewhat uncertain few months for UK house prices – but the good news is that according to Nationwide, property value growth in 2016 has been “stable”, at a rise of 4.5% over. Though 2017 is looking slightly lower with both Nationwide and Halifax...

09 December 2016

Building for the future - trends the real estate sector should be watching closely

By Gareth Lewis We recently launched our Emerging Trends in Real Estate®: Europe 2017 report in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute, which gathers the views of almost 800 senior real estate leaders from across the sector. In the survey interviews this year this, this particular quote hit home for...

27 October 2016

Beyond the mandate: Unlocking the value of BIM by linking your “information islands”

By Andrew Walker With the passing of the UK Government’s second BIM milestone of 2016, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the overall impact of the Level 2 mandate. The Government’s aims in introducing these new regulations has been to increase the efficiency and reduce the monetary and carbon...

07 October 2016

Multi-partner programme delivery – a new human-centred approach for success

By Mark Jamieson and Patrick Heslin There’s no doubt that delivering large capital programmes is hugely challenging. That’s always been the case. But as the size and complexity of programmes increases, the challenges have grown with them. Pressure to deliver multiple programmes that are ‘right first time’ whilst reducing costs...