Comment on: Industry fears over fixings
I would concur with the comments made in this article but one important aspect that must be considered by the client is on site quality assurance i.e. Employment of a clerk of works or the Supervisor (NEC). Fixings may be in place but how many attempts did it take to drill the hole and avoid the reinforcement; is the bolt perpendicular to the concrete and the plate; does the nut sit flat against the plate.
Having asked these questions of contractors I've seen the blank look on their faces but have the confidence to know that these defects have been rectified.
Interesting article especially as the pedestrians and cyclists are overlooked from the environment where we want to encourage them back. Life is not all about the car.
Comment on: Budget 2016 | Driverless car trials by 2017
The one area that needs a high quality answer to make driverless vehicles a reality and something the public can trust is the in car security against an outside party taking control of the vehicle. Hackers are always ahead of the curve with the security playing catchup.
Comment on: Comment | Industry must wake up to apprentices
Getting the right people into the right jobs i.e. graduates away from CAD and technicians as a strong base to the workforce is something that has been an issue for the industry for too long. There are employers that have been working to change the balance but it takes time and investment.
Kids that don't have the aptitude for university (I was one) need to be directed to alternatives of work and day release so that they can develop their expertise within an excellent career path. This industry of ours gives opportunities to those who want them from the day we start out to the day we retire.
Site experience is key to build ability and build ability is key to health and safety on site. It therefore stands to reason that the designer needs site experience so as to receive an understanding of the fact that what they design can make the difference to a site worker going home at night.