WELCOME to the December edition of UK Construction Excellence. It has been a busy year for construction, from a turbulent economic and political backdrop, the industry has started to steady itself, with the latestfigures from IHS/Markit PMI providing an optimistic end to 2017.
In this month’s edition we look to the future and investigate the digitisation of construction; from virtual reality technology to robot bricklayers, and their applications in the industry. By using new technologies, the construction industry can increase productivity and quality while reducing energy consumption, lowering costs and saving time through creating strong links between designing and making. We take a more in depth look on page 22.
The skills shortage is a major concern for the industry, will technology help to address this? Or will sites become human-free? We also take a look at how to keep your site safe; from employee safety and public safety through drug testing, to CDM regulations and fire risks on site.
And, as always, we catch up with the latest contract news, industry movers and our guest contributors, inside.