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Top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in October

2 November 2015

1. CDM 2015 six months on: HSE inspector says PD role is 'a journey'

Six months after the shake-up of CDM 2015 and with the transitional arrangements ending on 6 October, the HSE’s chief inspector of construction has told CM that the revised regulations are “bedding in well” and designers are “on a journey” to fulfilling their new responsibilities. Read more…

2. Interview: Foster + Partners' Stephen Holmes

Stephen Holmes, partner and practice BIM manager at Foster + partners, on taking the BIM eco-system worldwide at the UK’s largest and highest-earning practice. Read more…

3. BIM mandate to include data validation by October 2016

The BIM Task Group provided further details on the implementation of the government BIM mandate, including a “stretch target” that will require government departments to electronically validate BIM data from suppliers by October 2016. Read more…

4. CSCS seeks greater scrutiny of CITB test centres after Newsnight fraud exposé

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is to independently review the anti-fraud measures put in place at test centres run by CITB and other exam authorities after a Newsnight/BBC London uncovered “cash for qualifications” scams. Read more…

5. Case study: M4 flyover strengthening

Designer Atkins utilised BIM to develop a strengthening and management strategy on the £24m project, which was awarded to contractor Osborne, working through the Connect Plus PFI consortium. Read more…

6. Interview: Freeform's James Bowles

James Bowles, founder and director of 4D modelling consultancy Freeform, on why main contractors need help with 4D, “reverse engineering” project programmes to help determine legal disputes, and how we’re close to developing urban ‘sandbox’ BIM models of entire cities. Read more…

7. Skanska's 'flying factories' take off in Slough

Supply chain issues with offsite manufacture have often eroded the advantages for Tier 1 contractors. But Skanka is trialling its own “flying factories” – launched from a trading estate in Slough. Read more…

8. Edinburgh council quizzed as hotel plans threaten World Heritage status

Inspectors from the UK body that advises Unesco’s world heritage committee visited Edinburgh earlier this month to investigate its custodianship of Unesco World Heritage Site status. Read more...

9. Lend Lease's Dennis Wilson named Construction Manager of the Year 2015

Dennis Wilson MICOB, operations director at Lend Lease, was crowned as Construction Manager of the Year 2015, winning the coveted award that has represented the peak of professionalism in the construction industry for the past 30 years. Read more…

10. Ten ideas to tackle London's housing shortage revealed

The 10 winners of an ideas contest, run by the mayor of London and New London to find innovative ideas to solve London’s housing crisis, have been revealed. Read more…

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More global disputes head for arbitration - in Singapore and Hong Kong

Michael Turrini, partner at global law firm White & Case, on why its recent survey shows a sharp huge increase in international arbitration in the construction industry – and a shift to the East. Read more…

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Meet the members: the BIM pioneer, the self-starter consultant and the SME director

What links a keytar-playing BIM pioneer, a go-it-alone consultant and the driven director of a family firm? Construction Manager spoke to three members of the CIOB. Read more…

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Is it time to answer those awkward questions on CHP and district heating?

Bill Watts of Max Fordham says that CHP and district heating are a short-term fix that isn't even working. And while London 'mandates' them, other solutions are overlooked. Read more…

Top in International

China to help Bill Gates develop nuclear reactor

TerraPower, an American nuclear technology company founded by Bill Gates, has signed a memorandum of understanding with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to develop the world's first “travelling wave” reactor (TWR). Read more…

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