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Sustainable development of the AEC Industry in the UK

How can the AEC Industry collaborate to achieve emissions targets?

The construction industry has a monumental task ahead of it, if it is to play a pivotal role in helping governments around the world to meet their net-zero emission standards.

Just look at the industry’s carbon footprint. Buildings and their construction account for 36% of global energy use and generate almost 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually. In addition, global building stock is set to double in area by 2060. This is the equivalent of creating an entire New York City every month for 40 years.

How can the AEC Industry collaborate to achieve emissions targets?

There is no question that the construction industry needs to make immediate and significant changes to meet zero-net-carbon standards. With the UN’s Climate Change Conference, COP26 being hosted in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021, the AEC industry – along with other energy intensive industries – will be under ever increasing scrutiny as policymakers, industry and various other groups try to accelerate efforts towards achieving local and global emissions goals.

But with such a complex issue, how best can the different parts of the UK construction industry work together to make a meaningful contribution to this all-important goal?

Emissions targets

The UK government has set one of the world’s most ambitious climate change targets into law as of April 2021. The goal is to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared to levels in 1990) – a steppingstone towards the government’s goal of Zero Emissions by 2050.

Complicated puzzle

Stephen Holmes, Cadventure’s Professional Services Director, explained the scale and complexity of the challenge facing the industry: “It’s a real juggling act. When you select a material, for example, you have to consider everything from emission in use, construction, and sourcing. You can have a material with a low emission number – but if you have to fly it a thousand miles to get it on site, does it negate the number? The same goes for manufacturing, and even the material’s lifespan. Maybe it has a higher carbon value but won’t need to be replaced for 50 years.”

There are other, equally significant issues that should be considered, Stephen added. “There’s also the impact of the site itself. You can build in a field, but what impact does that have on transport infrastructure?” said Stephen. “It’s great building a net zero, super eco-friendly building – but if it’s in the middle of nowhere, and 200 people are driving cars there every day, the operational impact can outweigh the benefits of the construction decisions. It’s an incredibly complicated jigsaw!”

In Stephen’s view, every single aspect of creating the most optimum design needs to be taken into account. ”The more we can do to help the industry with good sources of information, the better. The industry needs to be able to make informed decisions, that’s where the solution begins – with data.”

Guidance and education

The construction industry, of course, relies on guidance and standards to steer these crucial decisions. Following the government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review in 2013, it was identified that infrastructure is responsible for more than 50% of the UK’s carbon emissions – and therefore PAS 2080 was designed specifically to address the management of carbon in infrastructure.

It looks at the whole life cycle of the carbon used on projects and promotes reduced carbon, reduced cost infrastructure delivery and a culture of challenge in the infrastructure value chain where innovation can be fostered.

“London Policy Guide also has a more plain language guidance,” Stephen said. “This can help with consideration of a building’s entire life cycle when looking at emissions – and that needs to be a part of the design and construction process in all buildings and infrastructure moving forward if we’ve any hope of achieving the government’s emissions targets.”

So how do we embed these important considerations throughout the industry? In Stephen’s view education is a huge factor.

He said: “We’re working with ‘Class of Your Own’ – the UK-based creator and provider of the award-winning ‘Design Engineer Construct®’ (‘DEC’) Learning Programme for secondary school students across the UK and internationally. We have developed and now deliver software skills training to DEC teachers to inspire young people to explore and access career pathways within the AEC industry, supporting teaching on the sustainability message. Our goal is to gives students a thorough understanding of the modern construction industry with hands-on experience of the latest cutting-edge software for building and infrastructure design.”

Optimising technology

BIM’s ability to capture and predict energy performance is a real game changer, according to Stephen. A key strength is that from inception to design to construction, BIM can accurately calculate long-term energy costs, building performance, and operational energy performance. It can also evaluate the impact of decommissioning the building.

“It’s a really smart way to see the tangible long-term impact each design will make – providing the data is accurate. Again, this whole thing starts with good data.” added Stephen.

Where does the buck stop?

One of the most important questions facing the industry is identifying who takes responsibility for the emission reduction.

“In short, we are all responsible. But we must also acknowledge that this is all a big learning curve for the entire industry. How we measure emissions, how we plan, design, and build in a sustainable way – what does ‘good’ look like? There’s work continuously happening to try and come up with some of these answers – and that needs to continue at pace if we’ve any hope of reaching Net Zero by 2050.”

ContextCapture Webinar – 10th June 2021

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10th June 2021, 11.00am to noon
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In this webinar, you will learn how  to create reality models from photogrammetry, and gain an understanding into accuracy, capture techniques, as well as the basics of working with the resulting reality models. Rounding off the session, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to quiz the experts.
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Synchro 4D Webinar – 20th May 2021

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20th May 2021, 11.00am to noon

SYNCHRO was born from a passion to bring improvement to the construction industry. 

It offers a portfolio of integrated software and services for digital construction management. Together, they enable construction firms to win projects and deliver them efficiently, improving the use of data to optimise decision-making, resourcing, and profitability.

Whether you are an existing SYNCHRO user, or new to Bentley Systems, join us to explore the concept of 4D Digital Construction Management, and learn why 4D Planning is essential for construction management.

In this webinar, you will explore Digital Twin for construction, see how SYNCHRO Control, Modeler, Pro, and Field can enhance your working practices – and discover the future developments of the SYNCHRO portfolio. Rounding off the session, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to quiz the experts.

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Discover Bluebeam Revu webinar – 27th May 2021

Explore Bluebeam Revu – increase efficiency, save time, go paperless

Register for our free webinar : 27th May 2021, 11.00 am to 12 noon

Bluebeam Revu delivers award-winning PDF creation, editing, markup and collaboration technology designed for AEC workflows.

Whether you are an existing Revu user looking for tips and tricks, or new to Bluebeam, join us to learn how you can streamline project workflows with Revu’s Tool Chest, Markups, and Markup Lists, as well as how to use Bluebeam Studio Projects and Studio Sessions for live collaboration with Clients, Consultants, and Contractors.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of the software interface and customised profiles
  • File upload and management
  • Explanation of PDF Markup Tools and Tool Chests usage
  • Introduce Markup lists – to track issues and assign to individuals or companies to resolve
  • Overview of measurements and how they can help with estimating and take-offs
  • Overlaying documents and comparing multiple revisions of drawings
  • How to use Bluebeam Studio Projects and Studio Sessions to aid in project collaboration
  • Q&A session
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Vectorworks – Buy More Save More

For a limited time only, Vectorworks Service Select customers with an up-to-date contract can save up to 50% on purchases of Vectorworks 2021.
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Cadventure to deliver teacher training for ‘Class of your Own’

Educating the next generation of industry professionals

Cadventure is proud to announce its collaboration with ‘Class Of Your Own’, the UK-based creator and provider of the award-winning ‘Design Engineer Construct®’ (‘DEC’) Learning Programme for secondary school students.

Our role is to develop and deliver Bentley Systems software skills training to DEC teachers in schools across the UK and internationally. As a Built Environment focused STEAM curriculum, Design Engineer Construct!  inspires children and young people to explore and access career pathways within the AEC industry.

Class Of Your Own delivers relevant and in-demand knowledge and skills to the industry professionals of the future, giving them real-world practical and digital experience and skills. It gives students a thorough understanding of the modern construction industry with hands-on experience of the latest cutting-edge software for building and infrastructure design.

Students undertaking DEC can also access an entire suite of recognised qualifications, offering a unique stepping-stone for those wishing to access further and higher education, either full-time or part-time via the traditional university route or an apprenticeship scheme.

Elaine Lewis, Cadventure Manging Director says “We are delighted to have this opportunity to partner with Class Of Your Own, working with teachers who will fire the imagination of the next generation of AEC industry professionals.

Alison Watson, MBE and Class Of Your Own Chief Executive confirms: “Our partnership with Bentley Systems enables us to open up the world of infrastructure and access major projects all around the world. We are therefore delighted to be working with the friendly team at Cadventure who have a first-class reputation in developing and delivering hands-on Bentley software skills training, infused with their knowledge of how these solutions are used in practice.

By empowering our teachers, we are giving DEC students the tools they need to access some great career opportunities and reach their full potential. We want to open up horizons and deliver on their aspirations. This exciting partnership massively supports our aim to educate the Future of Construction.”

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Solibri 9.12.15 release highlights

Solibri 9.12.5 Release Highlights: Easy distribution of customised rules and views

Solibri version 9.12.5 enables sharing of customised rules, views and information via company extensions. This makes it easier for organisations to manage their project requirements.

Solibri Developer Platform (SDP) provides various ways to customise Solibri and access model information. SDP and its API’s can be used for creating customised rules, views, settings, and information for Solibri Office. It is beneficial for organisations with specific BIM quality or model requirements that are harder to meet with the default rules and information that comes with Solibri. Starting from this release, it is possible to bundle the customised rulesets and views and share them via company extensions.

This means the customised resources can be more easily distributed within the company via Solibri Solution Center (SSC).

SDP consists of Solibri API landscape, documentation package and dedicated discussion forum for developers to customise Solibri. The SDP itself can be utilised by users with advanced Solibri knowledge, as well as development capabilities, or 3rd party development companies in the AEC area.

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Cadventure Training

Cadventure’s online training offers both open-enrolment delivery of our regular courses alongside bespoke packages tailored and scheduled to your business needs. Our training team will help you set a path for success through on-going skills development.

So whether you need for one-to-one or group training sessions, we have a solution to match your every training need.

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Vectorworks – Make the Switch

If you haven’t yet made the switch to Vectorworks 2021, now is a great time. We are offering  30% off Vectorworks licenses and Vectorworks Service Select when bought together.

Save 30% on Vectorworks 2021 – and get improved day-to-day design experience with greater performance and faster response times.

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Three steps to sustainability

Did you know that 13% of building site materials go directly to landfill? Or that  the global economy could save £350 billion in energy per year, simply by using sustainable technologies?

With green building, digitalisation and waste management you can save money and time on your next green project.

Bluebeam’s ‘Building a Sustainable Future’ free downloadable report shows how you can build with social impact in mind and explains how, as an industry, we can reduce waste output and increase profit margins in the process.

We create buildings and cities to last lifetimes – let’s make them sustainable for the future.

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If you would like more information about Bluebeam Revu 20 or any of your other software and training requirements, call us on 0207 436 9004, or email us.

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Watch the Cadventure webinar ‘From Concept to Completion’

Solving software interoperability issues with a streamlined technology stack

With effective communication and collaboration being at the heart of any successful business, we posed the question – ‘are you making the most of your technology to streamline your Design to Construction workflows?’

In our 90-minute workshop we demonstrated how to deliver complete, seamless design-to-construction workflows that work on a single open file format, while conforming to international data standards compliance.

Focussing on Bentley Systems solutions, we covered a range of topics from site analysis and master planning to design delivery and handover.

If you missed the webinar, you have not missed out – you can watch a recording of the session:
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If you would like more information about Bentley Sytems, or to discuss any of your other software and training requirements, please call us on 0207 436 9004, or email us.


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