Atkins Underground Digital Twin

Nov#3 Update: Underground Digital Twin, London Crane Survey, Electric Chargers in Homes, Construction Events & Webinars

Atkins to deliver UK digital map of underground utilities

The Government has commissioned Atkins to create The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR), a digital twin of underground assets such as pipes and cables with the purpose of avoiding underground utility damage ‘utility strikes’ due to holes dug in the wrong place costing around £2.4bn each year. A total of 4 million holes are dug in the UK each year, NUAR is expected to save around £350m a year by “avoiding accidental asset strikes, improving the efficiency of works and better data sharing.” Atkins will work with map agency Ordnance Survey and 1Spatial and start in the North Easy, London and Wales.

Internet Connectivity for New, Temporary and Challenging locations…

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Deloitte Crane Survey Says London Recovering

London Crane Survey Credit Alexander Sinn via unsplash

Work on more new London buildings has increased despite the preference to work from home says The London Office Crane Survey by Deloitte. Apparently in September 65% of workers are back according to underground stats.

There are some pretty cool visualisations presented, see more here.

New Legislation Electric Chargers in All Homes

Electric Car Chargers in All Homes Credit Committee on Climate Change

All new homes will have EV charging points installed by law from next year, the Government has announced. This amounts to 145k new charging points per year. Petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2030 but currently London & the South East have more electric charging points than the rest of England and Wales combined. In total Britain has 25k charging points but needs 10 times more before 2030. Cars and taxis create 16% of UK emissions. Builders are annoyed because they are to bankroll the new chargers by funding substations costing >£50k for a handful of homes.

Construction News Summit 2021

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This hybrid event running over 2 days: Virtual on Wednesday 24 November; and in-person 1 December at Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge will feature 45 speakers, 200 attendees including 20 industry clients including 8 top framework clients, & 6 hours of networking. Attendees can expect to get access key public and private sector clients including National Highways, Homes England, Crown Commercial Services, Department of Health, Hammerson, Stanhope as they share investment and development opportunities now and in the future, gain an understanding about how to capitalise on framework agreements and the long-term opportunity they present, meet 6 CEO’s of UK’s largest Tier 1 Contractors representing Amey, Galliford Try, Mace, Skanska, Wates and Willmott Dixon, lively panel debates and join roundtables tackling key sector growth opportunities and key industry challenges such as meeting Net Zero Carbon targets and improving diversity in the industry. Looks a fabulous agenda & we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Disrupting Construction Webinar This Week

Disrupting Construction webinar this week Credit evgeniy surzhan via unsplash

Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 10am: Legislation, costs, scarce skills / materials and technology looks set to transform the construction sector. So, how is disruption reshaping the world’s largest ecosystem? Find out more in this free webinar with Deltek. Sign up here.

It’s TODAY: Digital Construction Week 2021

Digital Construction Week

Digital Construction Week is 24-25 at ExCel London and has announced its speaker lineup. DCW is Europe’s leading innovation and technology event for the built environment. In partnership with UK BIM Alliance the Show will host a BIM village with BIM workshops, CPD learning hours qualified presentations. Register free. Geo Business, the Geospatial technology show, is running next door for anyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivery of geospatial information. Register free. The two shows will present packed agendas and it will be a great day to connect with people in the industry and take in all things Digital Construction and Geospatial. See you there!

beable presenting at Digital Construction Week!

  • When: 3.30-4pm Wednesday 24 November, ExCel London 👏
  • Where: BIM Village, ExCel London
  • Title: “North London Heath & Power Project - Implementing site technology needs vision, leadership, and lots of groundwork"
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