For the first afternoon at University we had fun providing creative designs for our Solar Decathlon Project designing environmentally friendly houses for Brighton and Hungary. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the students surpassed our own expectations and great team spirit was in abundance.
Lecturers from our school, Della Madgwick, Dr Ruoyo Jin and Dr Mahmood Alam, travelled to Debrecen, Eastern Hungary in September to meet with Dr Kalmar Ferenc and his colleagues at our Partner University to discuss plans for our Solar decathlon project. Read More →
Della Madgwick, Principal Lecturer in the Built Environment, has been awarded with the RICS Best Real Estate Paper Award for her paper written with ex-Building Surveying Student David Ball entitled
‘Improving Opportunities through self/ custom build to provide home ownership in the South East.’
She was presented the award by Stephen Pryke Professor of Supply
Chain and Project Networks, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL. The conference was attended by delegates from a global network and the papers were judged on quality, clarity and impact.
Final year Building Surveying students have undertaken a survey of Frognal Farmhouse a grade II listed building. The survey was cancelled earlier on in the year due to snow and this time we had the most glorious weather.
Students are providing a professional survey to point out the presence and significance of any defects. They will receive feedback from a professional listed building Surveyor to ensure their work meets a professional standard.
First Year Built Environment Students are at Bridgewater and Taunton College for the Construction Live Programme. They have taken part in bricklaying, carpentry, drainage, water supply works and steel fixing.
The students had the opportunity to drive plant, to fix a beam and block floor and to build brick walls with lime mortars.
This challenging programme enables them to apply some of their theoretical skills into practice.
Students studying Principles of Sustainable Construction took their lecture room outside today with a visit to Shoreham Port.
Tony Parker the Director of Engineering took students on a tour of the facility telling them how renewable energy powers the pump room and about the innovative way the port is moving towards zero carbon. As well as looking at and listening to the wind turbines, they were able to view the pump room where water levels are maintained in the canal. Students also saw how the raw products used in construction such as timber, steel and construction start their on-shore journey in the UK.
The final year Building Surveying students have spent 3 days learning about listed building surveys with Dr Duncan Phillips of Listed Building Surveys
They spent one day in the classroom learning about heritage and conservation and then one day at a grade II* listed farmhouse in Kent carrying out a survey as if they had been appointed by the client.
In the field they were supported by a large number of consultants including a ‘rot’ sniffing dog who gave their time voluntarily to assist the students in developing skills in this real life experience.
The third day was spent learning about Professional Report writing.
Building Surveying students have an excellent opportunity to carry out a surevey of this delightful listed building as part of their studies in February. Senior Lecturer Della Madgwick has been for an early visit to carry out all the risk assessments etc.
Final year students carried out a survey of St Bartholomew’s Church today in Brighton. In addition to traditional methods of surveying, a drone was used to capture data about the condition of the timbers high in the church roof.
Senior Lecturers Ms Della Madgwick and Dr Hannah Wood presented their research papers at COBRA in Toronto Canada before a global audience of Surveyors Project Managers and Construction experts from both academic institutions and Industry.
COBRA is the world leading conference in Construction, Building and Real Estate research held annually by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Three papers were presented: An exploratory Study of the Impact of Visual Representation on Perception of Energy Consumption in UK households– described how thermal imaging may contribute to energy savings Embedding Emerging Technology in Built Environment Educations – considered how the latest techniques such as laser scanning, drones and augmented technologies can be integrated into undergraduate programmes The Impact of Service Charges to Free-holders on New Estates– considered how a changing platform of tenure in new developments requires some thorough research to fully understand the implications to new home owners.
The papers were well received by delegates and as a result of round table discussions a group of academics from a number of Universities propose to make a bid to the RICS Research Trust for funding to develop the ideas discussed and write Best Practice Guidance.
There was much discussion about the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its increasing impact on projects. In addition delegates were able to visit the George Brown College and tour the Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management to view how Building Information is Modelling (BIM) is taught in their specialist BIM lab.