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Ask and you shall receive

by mel starrs on August 22, 2007

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In a follow up to this post, I went on to the BSJ site and in the feedback form asked for RSS feeds.  Unbeknownst to me, they had already sneaked them in without my noticing!  The feed can be found here. (edit 13 Feb 2009: the BSJ archives are now available on the BSD website, […]

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OJEU by RSS

by mel starrs on May 3, 2007

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No longer do you need to rely on a central marketing department to scan the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) for you – you can have it delivered to your inbox via RSS .  Tenders Electronic Daily (or TED) is available in 23 languages.  Feeds include Construction and Real Estate. If you haven’t […]

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BEEP, BEEP…

by mel starrs on May 1, 2007

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A new one on me – BEEP stands for BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (and BOMA stands for Building Owners and Managers Association). Not content with all these acronyms, they also have a scheme called the GREEN (Green Resource Energy and Environment Network). Stateside FM focussed, there could be some useful resources here come the advent […]

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Skills shortage

by mel starrs on April 18, 2007

in The Profession

I’ve had many a conversation over the past few months lamenting the lack of engineers available for hire at senior and associate level. These figures from 2004 show that we’re not imagining this shortfall – look at the massive gap in age bracket 40-44: General concensus is that in the early 90’s when the industry […]

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Mystic Mel…

by mel starrs on March 20, 2007

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Some cosmic vibes must have been passing my way when I posted this (8 March).  An email landed in the inbox this week to let me know that on the 7 March: SummitSkills completed Stage 1 of its Sector Skills Agreement ‘Horizon’ project last week with a prestigious and creative conference that informed delegates of progress […]

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Pareto principle at work in design

by mel starrs on March 1, 2007

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I came across this article (10 pages, pdf) from 1996 via RICS (Royal Institiute of Chartered Surveyors). The article is “Improving the quality of conceptual structural design: A neural network approach“, which no doubt sounds very dull to most readers.  Glutton for punishment, I forged ahead and found some nuggets in there (I’m actually looking […]

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Vilnus Vesma (who I mentioned previously here) has some great resources on his website including the Reditorial, which as long as you credit him, you can recycle the information from into newsletters. He also has some cartoons, penned by himself including the one at the top of this post. And finally, a news page which […]

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Spotted on the CIBSE events pages: The Association for Project Management (APM) is the UK Member body of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and through them CIBSE is offering a Professional Project Management qualification that is recognised worldwide. The IPMA set standards offering an international terminology for project managers in a wide variety of […]

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Waiting for the energy review

by mel starrs on July 8, 2006

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image ©copyright 2004 UKAgriculture.com The government’s energy review will be published next week. The Independent has the following comment on the proposed proportions of renewable energy sources: They (Adas, analysts from Wolverhampton) have calculated that 3 per cent of all land in Britain, almost 7,000 sq km, will have to be filled with wind farms, […]

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Hope for existing housing stock

by mel starrs on June 27, 2006

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Hot on the back of the launch of EcoHomesXB, is the news that a major project by the BRE is to look at Victorian dwellings and how they can be improved to meet today’s environmental standards. Britain has the oldest housing stock in the developed world and much of this is represented by the Victorian […]

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