Posts Tagged ‘surveying’

BCIS Location Indices for Northern Ireland

Monday, March 24th, 2014

There is an interesting article in the News section of the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) website, relating to the relatively low location index for Northern Ireland. Find out more by logging into BCIS Online and clicking on News (available on-campus only).

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Estimating Price Books – Now Online!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

We have just acquired BCIS Estimating Price Books online.  The online service offers up-to-date, accurate prices on all aspects of construction and civil engineering. Interactive and searchable, you can build your own schedules for materials, labour and plant costs. The following titles are available:

  • BCIS Alterations & Refurbishment Estimating Prices
  • BCIS Building Maintenance Estimating Prices
  • BCIS Civil Engineering Estimating Prices
  • BCIS Major Works Estimating Prices
  • BCIS Minor Works Estimating Prices
  • BCIS Painting and Decorating Estimating Prices
  • BCIS SMM7 Major Works Estimating Prices
  • BCIS SMM7 Minor Works Estimating Prices
  • RICS Schedule of Basic Plant Charges

The Price Books, formerly known as Wessex Price Books, are available on-campus only and require a username and password. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with  your librarians if you require help with these titles.

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BCIS Online – New Interface and Functionality

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

BCIS have recently moved to a new platform for their online products. Our subscriptions to BCIS Online and BCIS Building Running Costs Online changed to the new interface today. It is quite different from the old interface so you might like to acquaint yourself with the different layout and new features. While many of the core functions remain, some new features have been introduced,  including the ability to rebase different index series to a common base and new graphs showing percentage changes over time. The html download has also been replaced with the more useful PDF format.

Please note that both of these products are available on-campus only.

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NBS Learning Channels Becomes NBS TV

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

NBS TV is the new name for what used to be called NBS Learning Channels. It is an online video resource servicing built environment professionals. NBS TV covers a broad range of programmes, including case studies, technical guidance and interviews with leading industry figures. It covers four main subject areas:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Planning
  • Surveying

To get access to this very useful service, you need to contact your Built Environment Subject Librarians for further information. The service, which used to operate using the Athens Access Authentication System, now has a new way to login.

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RICS Red Book – 7th edition now Available in isurv

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

An advance copy of the 7th edition of the RICS Valuation standards is now available in RICS isurv. This new edition of the Red Book marks its issue for the first time in Global, UK and India volumes, and incorporates a number of changes and updates to enhance its clarity and ease of use.

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NBS Learning Channels – New Videos Added

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A number of videos have been added to the NBS Learning Channels resource in the last month.The videos are accompanied by study notes, quizzes, useful links and full transcriptions, turning them into valuable educational tools. We subscribe to the four channels below. In addition, there are hundreds of other videos which you can access via your Internet Explorer browser.

Surveyors Channel

  • Property Law Update  (27 mins)
  • The HSE Construction Division’s Plan of Work 2010/2011 (18 mins)
  • The Olympic Park: Soil Cleaning (18 mins)

Architects Channel

  • Chapter Arts Centre  (22 mins)
  • Designing for Disability – Autism (24 mins)
  • Fire stopping  (23 mins)
  • Talkback – Massimiliano Fuksas (19 mins)
  • Cancer Care Unit – ORMS (23 mins)

Civil Engineers Channel

  • Code for Sustainable Homes – Management (17 mins)
  • Embodied Carbon Emissions of Construction Products (23 mins)
  • Facade Retention (27 mins)
  • Procure21+ (22 mins)
  • Sourcing Work Abroad (27 mins)

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Latest Videos Added to NBS Learning Channels

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A number of videos have been added to the NBS Learning Channels resource.The videos are accompanied by study notes, quizzes, useful links and full transcriptions, turning them into valuable educational tools. We subscribe to the four channels below. In addition, there are hundreds of other videos which you can access via your Internet Explorer browser.

Surveyors Channel

London Housing Design Guide  (22 mins)

Managing Asbestos  (18 mins)

RICS Valuer Registration Scheme  (25 mins)

TalkBack – Paul Morrell, OBE  (26 mins)

The Comprehensive Spending Review: How it Will Affect You  (24 mins)

The UK Supreme Court – A Legal and Architectural Journey  (28 mins)

NEC3 – Six Levels of Use  (31 mins)

Architects Channel

Cancer Care Unit – ORMS  (23 mins)

London Housing Design Guide  (22 mins)

TalkBack: Kevin McCloud  (17 mins)

Civil Engineers Channel

Ashmolean Museum – Creative Wayfinding  (22 mins) 313171 November 2010

Code for Sustainable Homes – Surface Water Run-off  (23 mins) 313155 November 2010

Mumbai Sea Link Bridge  (18 mins)

Natural Wastewater Treatment  (22 mins)

Remote Sensing: Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning  (17 mins)

State of the Nation – Infrastructure 2010 and Beyond  (22 mins)

The Demise of Ordnance Survey Benchmarks  (18 mins)

The UK Supreme Court – A Legal and Architectural Journey  (28 mins)

Planning Channel

Better Town Centres at Night  (26 mins)

Contamination, the Environment and Sustainability  (20 mins)

The UK Supreme Court – A Legal and Architectural Journey  (28 mins)

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CIB Website for Construction Students

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

The CIB – the International Council for Research and innovation in Building and Construction, publish hundreds of useful papers every year from their conferences. Many of these conference proceedings are available from their website. Although we have a number of their conference proceedings on our Library shelves, most of the more up-to-date publications can be searched for in the CIB Databases section of their website, with links to the full text papers. This resource will prove to be invaluable for the many construction students who are looking for material for their dissertations.

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iLaw Construction Resources

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

There have been some changes made to our subscription to Building Law Reports online.  iLaw, the company who provide this service, have added some extra resources to their construction law service.  As well as a full archive of Building Law Reports, we now have access to:

  • Building Law Monthly (newsletter)
  • Commercial Leases (newsletter)
  • Construction Industry Law Letter (newsletter)
  • International Construction Law Review (journal)
  • Partnering and Collaborative Working (ebook)
  • Delay and Disruption Online (ebook)
  • Construction Law and Management (ebook)
  • Construction Insurance and UK Construction Contracts (ebook)

Please note that the username and password for accessing this is the same as before, but an email address is no longer required. In addition, our licence means that only one person can access this resource at a time. For further information, please contact your subject librarians.

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Construction Information Service – Useful New Documents

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Construction Information ServiceThe Construction Information Service database is a vital resource for all the subjects in the School of the Built Environment. The database, with thousands of documents covering construction, civil and structural engineering, building services, planning, transport and housing amongst others, is updated regularly with new documents. The documents range from British Standards, research reports and text books from hundreds of different publishers, legislation, and articles from the Architect’s Journal. The latest update includes the following useful publications:

  • UK Transport Policy – update (2008-2010) (TRL)
  • Transport information and the Internet – update (2007-2010) (TRL)
  • A short guide to consumer rights in construction contracts (RIBA)
  • Beach management manual (CIRIA)
  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems (BRE)

Sign up for the CIS monthly newsletter to keep up to date with the latest developments.

Construction Information Service is available to all registered University of Ulster users via the Portal.

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