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.
On 9th March 40 students and their lecturers visited Ecobuild. Ecobuild is an event which showcases innovation in sustainable methods of construction, design and production. The visit supplemented knowledge being learnt in students’ studies around developing a more sustainable built environment and enabled hands on experience of some of the most up to date technologies, along with some of those seen to be more environmentally friendly such as straw-bale construction.