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  • Did Labourers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Did Labourers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Throughout human history, advances in technology have often had a faceted impact: for every positive improvement it brings, someone, somewhere is (or feels) negatively affected.

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  • Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction Layout: Then and Now

    If you’ve worked in construction layout — especially in the MEP disciplines — for more than a decade or so, you’ve seen some incredible changes in the standard operating procedure. Some of the...

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  • 3 Ways to Take BIM to the Building Site

    3 Ways to Take BIM to the Building Site

    New technological developments offer unprecedented possibilities to innovate the construction workflow - especially when combined with BIM. But how can you connect BIM to the building site?

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  • IR35 and UK Tax Reform

    IR35 and UK Tax Reform

    IR35. If you’ve never seen this code, it probably looks as meaningless as it does harmless. But don’t be misled. If you’re an MEP professional and you’re used to subcontracting for a large company to

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  • 3D Laser Scanning Can Preserve Your Old Building

    3D Laser Scanning Can Preserve Your Old Building

    Understanding building science is more important than ever when working with an old building, and when it comes to renovations, there is no better technology to get the job done than 3D laser scanning

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  • What Is a Point Cloud?

    What Is a Point Cloud?

    If you're taking a 3D laser scan of your site’s as-is condition and turning that information into a 3D CAD model to estimate, detail, or make renovations to MEP projects, you might wonder what a...

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  • Large vs Small Asset Tracking In Construction Asset Management

    Large vs Small Asset Tracking In Construction Asset Management

    Construction asset management is crucial for almost every business, and keeping track of tools and equipment of all shapes and sizes on construction sites can be tricky. However, knowing the...

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  • 5 Key Benefits of Scanning Retrofits [INFOGRAPHIC]

    5 Key Benefits of Scanning Retrofits [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Sometimes you need to renovate an area, but you may not know exactly what you’re getting into until you arrive onsite. Someone needs to be there to verify existing conditions before the crew...

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  • Digital setting out: A workable solution for the UK?

    Digital setting out: A workable solution for the UK?

    What is Digital Setting out? Sam Evans, Trimble Business Development Manager, asks why are UK MEP engineers and contractors slower to embrace digital setting out than their American counterparts?

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  • 3 Key Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning

    3 Key Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning

    If you’re a contractor looking to step up your tech game in the highly-competitive construction industry, 3D laser scanning could be the next logical step towards making your jobs more...

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  • A Look Back at Lasers

    A Look Back at Lasers

    In the past, 3D Laser Scanning was an idea only made possible by our imaginations. The outrageous concept of scanning objects to create point clouds and working in a virtual design environment...

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  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know About 3D Printing and Scanning

    8 Things You Didn’t Know About 3D Printing and Scanning

    3D printing and 3D scanning are becoming more and more common in the construction industry. Read this article to discover 8 things you might not know about 3D printing and scanning.

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  • 5 Surprising Areas Where Prefabrication Is Thriving

    5 Surprising Areas Where Prefabrication Is Thriving

    In recent years, prefabrication has come back into fashion after several decades of being very much out of style. It was originally used back in the 1950s to help combat a lack of housing after...

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  • Lay of the Land

    Lay of the Land

    Today’s leading manufacturers of layout tools and software have products for contractors of nearly every size and requirement. We share the types of products available and which best suit your needs.

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  • How digital technology is revolutionising our industry

    How digital technology is revolutionising our industry

    Russell Stilwell, Founder & MD at RSE Technologies, is an advocate for emerging construction technology. Here, he shares his thoughts on what this means for the MEP sector and those working within it.

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  • Immigration and Construction

    Immigration and Construction

    Free movement of labour is beneficial to business and to some degree this has followed on from globalisation. Here we look at the benefits immigration has on the construction industry.

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  • The BIM Phrasebook

    The BIM Phrasebook

    A handy pocket guide containing a brief glossary of some of the most commonly used, but easily misunderstood, terms used in the BIM sector. Perfect for those encountering BIM for the first time.

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  • Trimble Connects Magazine - Issue Two

    Trimble Connects Magazine - Issue Two

    In issue two of Connects we take a look at corporate social responsibility, occupational health and how you can build a healthy bank balance by making marketing and branding work for your business.

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  • Creating a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud

    Creating a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud

    Aric Stott, Instructor of CAD & Field Solutions for Trimble MEP, give us a high level overview of how to create a 3D Model using a point cloud from a 3D Laser Scanner.

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  • Sustainability: Finally at Home in Construction

    Sustainability: Finally at Home in Construction

    Builders can harness technology, innovation and building information modelling (BIM) to offer more sustainable houses, create better value for their clients and at the same time improve profitability.

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