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Positive future for UK construction jobs, report suggests

November 24th, 2009 2 comments
jobsA positive outlook has been forecast for construction recruitment in the UK.

Global Construction Perspectives has published a study, entitled Global Construction 2020, which predicts that the UK’s construction industry will become one of the strongest in Western Europe.

According to the report, over the next decade the UK will secure its place in the top ten list of the world’s most successful construction markets.

Company spokesman Mike Betts says  “The UK’s construction market has suffered during the recession but will recover stronger than many of its Western European neighbours from 2011.”

Researchers predicted that Britain will have to continue to face the brunt of the economic downturn until year-on-year growth returns in 2011.

However, the UK construction industry will recover from the recession and will return as a stronger market than the likes of Italy and Spain, according to the study.

The report analysed construction markets for 35 different countries, which accounts for 85 per cent of world GDP.

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Turkey to spend billions on infrastructure!

October 8th, 2009 Comments off

notesLooks like we construction workers and companies should be heading over to Turkey asap, if the UK Government is to be believed.

The UK government encourages firms to apply for construction opportunities in the country

Turkey is to spend billions of pounds on major infrastructure and regeneration projects, which could provide work for UK firms. The UK government is encouraging British construction companies to look at “multi-billion pound construction opportunities” in Turkey including plans to build 600,000 housing units, a high speed rail link between Istanbul and Ankara and a 500ha regeneration project in Istanbul.

Sir Andrew Cahn, chief executive of UK Trade and Investment, the arm of government that helps British firms work overseas, said: “Turkey is a tremendously exciting market. Quality infrastructure is a key component to a successful economy and the Turkish government is committed to spend billions of pounds on major infrastructure and regeneration projects. UK companies have the expertise and capabilities to deliver on these initiatives.”

UKTI has produced a report on Turkey, which highlights the following upcoming projects:

Major infrastructure projects

  • Nabucco Project – 3,300km pipeline which will bring gas from Asia to Central Europe. Cost approximately £8bn, to commence work in 2010.
  • Bosphorus Crossings – upgrading two road bridges, new rail tunnel
  • Istanbul – Ankara high speed rail project
  • Izmit Bay Crossing
  • New motorway proposals including 2,250km on new road (more than double current motorway network)

Regeneration

  • projects

  • Kartel Waterfront Project
  • 500ha regeneration project in Istanbul – to include a port, marina, luxury hotels, recreational areas and residential and office blocks
  • Masterplan for 2km continuous ecological corridor won by Llewelyn Davies Yeang

The report’s author David Howell from DMH Consultancy said that despite the global slowdown, Turkey’s economy is expected to grow by up to 3% in 2010 and it’s predicted it will be Europe’s third largest economy by 2050.

He said: “As well as major infrastructure projects like the Nabucco pipeline, the Turkish government is also planning several major regeneration initiatives. In Istanbul for example, it’s planning to transform 500 hectares of wasteland into a waterfront port and marina with luxury hotels, recreational areas and residential and office blocks.

“As the world’s ninth most popular tourist spot, with over 20 million visitors each year, there are also plenty of opportunities for British business stemming from the tourism sector. Additionally, 600,000 housing units are required per year to meet the demands of Turkey’s population growth.

“I encourage UK companies to take a serious look at this exciting market.”

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New Olympic Stadium Construction Jobs to be created in London

May 29th, 2009 2 comments

Structural engineering jobs are helping the construction of London’s Olympic Stadium to progress.

The latest phase which began exactly one year ago, involves the internal fit-out of hundreds of rooms at the stadium. 700 rooms are being created in the area below the venue’s podium, which includes eight changing rooms and an 82-metre indoor warm-up track in the West Stand.  Tessa Jowell, the Olympics minister, said a new skyline was “starting to appear across east London” as a result of the construction work.

“One year after the start of construction on the Olympic Park and we are on-track to deliver a spectacular Olympic Games whilst bringing much-needed jobs and skills to the East End,” she commented.

The Olympic Stadium site is currently supporting 400 people in construction jobs, although this is set to increase to approximately 600 as the internal fit-out work requires more electricians, bricklayers and plumbers.

Earlier this month, the government announced that it planned to invest £324 million of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s budget in the Olympic Village.

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A New Opportunity for Construction Tradesmen!

May 26th, 2009 6 comments

FOR ALL BUILDERS & CONSTRUCTION WORKERS OUT THERE! WHY NOT DIVERSIFY?

Steve was like a lot of people working a trade in the Construction Industry, due to the economic climate he was out of work more than in it. One day he saw an advertisement for Sitemaster Software, this piqued his interest as it was something allied to building that he knew and as he already carried out his own surveys for estimating purposes he thought that the added bonus of being able to draw up accurate floor plans would give him another opportunity to earn a living doing something he already had an interest in and which could help in his normal job when things picked up. Sort of kills two birds with one stone!

So what did he have to loose, he sent off for more information and agreed to a FREE NO obligation demonstration.  What Steve witnessed  was professionally-finished building floor plans, area estimates and inspection drawings using a Bluetooth handheld laser talking directly to the software held on a UPMC (Ultra Mobile PC) tablet, he saw that there was no longer any need to take measurements using tape measures, no need to write any notes or draw pencil sketches anymore, the dimensions are instantly inserted into the drawing programme and it draws the lines in real time – On Site!


Steve stated at the time
“I have experienced first-hand the immediate gains that
Sitemaster Building software can provide to construction and building information mangers in terms of accuracy, speed and cost-savings”


He was told of how this software had been instrumental in saving time and costs on many projects around the world,  “On a recent service project, I was contracted to verify a commercial lessee’s office square metreage and was able to determine irrefutably that they were being overcharged by more than 25 square meters on their contract”. Quite a rental saving over a period of a few  years.
It is obvious  that where commercial office space commands a premium, the cost-savings to the lessee will be significant over time and positively impact their cash flow each month”  Just one of the ways this software can be used effectively.


Building Talk recently commented  “
Sitemaster Building is an amazing application, and is generating a lot of interest in the marketplace”.


Steve was so impressed by what he was shown, that he
decided to buy there and then and take up the optional  offer of a days training. This was carried out in due course and Steve immediately put this software/ kit to good practice. In fact he was in touch with some old clients who gave him work from time to time, construction work, but they had none available just now, so he offered his services as a surveyor and offered to draw up floor plans of some of their property portfolio, he knew through the grapevine that they needed this due to recent changes in legislation, the two negotiated a price and off Steve went to start his first proper floor plan survey. The first building he worked on took him some time, he was after all learning as he went along, but by the time he started the second project he had ironed out all the queries and problems he was having and with the help of the training he had received and the telephone support from the company, he was well on his way.


He was now starting to produce finished floor plans much quicker and  700 – 800 square meters per day were not uncommon. He knew through experience that most surveyors/architects will hand sketch and measure maybe 500 – 700 square meters per day, and then spend at least another day back at the office drawing the floor plans up. Yet Steve on only his second project was walking off site at the end of the day with circa 700 square meters surveyed, measured and drawn and of course
FINISHED!
It quickly dawned on him that there was a real opportunity here to offer this as a full time service and make some good money along the way. What started off as an attempt to try and earn a bit more money due to lack of construction work, had now turned into a possible future gold mine offering his services of providing finished, accurate floor plans quickly and efficiently both for his own clients and for others. He had now in effect gone from a pretty ordinary builder to a much sought after professional member of the construction industry, more or less overnight, he now charges his clients on a per square metre basis for most projects as he has now got to  a point where he can produce nearly 1000 sq metres per day on a large project.


Of course producing accurate floor plans is one thing, but the
Sitemaster Software is so good it also works out area, volume and perimeter calculations of rooms, it also automatically and in the background builds up door and window schedules, lists of radiators, plug points,  and in fact anything else you  collect along the way, the data collection feature of this programme is ideal for Asset and Facilities Managers.


Along with the floor plans, Steve now finds he can charge for providing door and window schedules, that for most traditional surveyors/architects can take hours or even days to produce, takes Steve seconds with the push of a button. The programme does this all automatically for him, his earnings are now rising exponentially as he finds more ways and new markets to put this programme to work for him.

Steve has since shown this to some of his fellow workmates on the construction site and comments:

“Once people see
Sitemaster in action and witness the finished results, they can’t believe they have been using a tape measure and paper for so long”.

“Architects, designers – anyone wanting to create as-built drawings can now complete the task in record time without leaving the clients site.  Better yet, there is no need to send two people to a site and finished drawings can be generated up to 10 times faster than traditional measuring-tape and paper methods.”


Profiled in a recent Microsoft white paper,
Sitemaster is claimed to be the first system of its kind to automate the creation of wireless, laser-generated as-built floor plans, area estimates and building inspections for architects, appraisers, contractors, engineers, estimators, facilities managers, floor-planners, estate agents  and other professionals involved in the design, construction and management of buildings.


Using a
Leica Disto A6 handheld laser, Sitemaster facilitates instant on-site creation of detailed, AutoCAD-compatible drawings on a Bluetooth wireless Pocket PC, Tablet PC or laptop computer running Microsoft’s Windows mobility operating systems.

“Sitemaster provides the missing link for thousands of potential clients”.


Now it is time for you Construction Tradesmen who are maybe looking for other ways of earning a living, to
try this for yourselves
, why not? What have you got to loose? It worked for Steve, why shouldn’t it work for you?

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