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Engineers – a protected species?

by mel starrs on February 22, 2007

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Move over pollsters, it’s the turn of the engineers.  This is doing the rounds: Astronautics engineer Jon Jennings has this week leapt on the online petition bandwagon to call for the title of “engineer” to be a protected title. Jennings has joined an escalating list of people using 10 Downing Street’s online petition trial to […]

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ASC launch skills gap study

by mel starrs on February 20, 2007

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ASC (Academy for Sustainable Communities) have: “launched a major study to provide comprehensive information on current and projected labour shortages and generic skills gaps in the core sustainable communities occupations. We’re urging individuals and organisations involved in creating or maintaining sustainable communities to complete an online survey.” The survey, which runs until Friday 16th March, […]

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Passionate for your work or your company?

by mel starrs on February 7, 2007

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Kathy Sierra is one of my regular reads on management and productivity.  She has a blinder of a post here which everyone should read.  I agree with virtually everything she says.  In particular I like her two opposing lists.  I think we’ve all met a few of these characters in our time (the overkeen career engineers): […]

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Has anyone else seen this very silly Eric Prydz video promoting guerilla energy saving campaign by kids on an estate? They begin by rallying round and picking up bricks. Rather than chucking them through windows they put them in freezers and cisterns and then change lightbulbs for CFL’s and turn the telly off at the […]

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CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) have published the results (pdf) of a survey of 1400 construction professionals. From their press release: The World Bank has estimated the cost of corruption to the global economy at US$1.5 trillion a year. More specifically corruption in the Great British construction industry could cost anywhere up to £3 billion […]

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Top 150 Global Design Firms

by mel starrs on July 31, 2006

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ENR (Engineering News Record) have issued the top 150 global design firms on 24 July 2006. Companies are ranked according to total revenue for design services performed in their home country and abroad during 2004 in $ millions. Note the 2 new contenders in the top 50 are from (no surprise), China. Whilst the full […]

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Spotted in BSEE, White Young Green are now marketing themselves as “consultants to the built, natural and social environment”.  Further investigation on WYG’s website finds that the full explanation is: “White Young Green is an international multi-discipline consultant to the built, natural, social and economic environment.” Without mentioning the world ‘sustainability’ they have managed to […]

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I almost fell off the sofa last week when I saw this ad on TV. According to the Construction Skills website: ‘The new advertising campaign ‘Make Your Mark’ features iconic buildings, which come to life in a specially animated style, evoking the sense of dreams becoming reality. For the first time this year we will […]

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Women in Property

by mel starrs on May 9, 2006

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Last Friday I attended a networking lunch organised by the Yorkshire branch of WiP. I’ve been a member for some time, but this is the first event I managed to make it to.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’m not keen on emphasising gender as a ‘club’ to belong to and I’m against perpetuating […]

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