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  • 18th Edition: 20 things you need to know

    18th Edition: 20 things you need to know

    18th Edition is coming! To help you get ready, we have reviewed the DPC for the 18th Edition and have identified 20 changes you need to be aware of and how they'll affect you!

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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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  • Mental Health In Construction

    Mental Health In Construction

    When you think about jobsite hazards, physical risks probably top the list — an unprotected fall, an unmarked restricted zone, etc. But what about the dangers you can’t see? Anxiety,...

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  • Energy Efficiency In the 18th Edition, Explained

    Energy Efficiency In the 18th Edition, Explained

    With the 18th Edition wiring regulations (BS7671,18th) approaching, and energy efficiency included, it has become one truly hot topic. This blog discusses what electricians in the UK need to know abou

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  • 18th Edition Intro: What Electrical Designers and Electricians Need to Know

    18th Edition Intro: What Electrical Designers and Electricians Need to Know

    Details of the 18th Edition are subject to change up to the final publication of the regulations, but here we present some of the changes and what we know about the so far.

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  • Real or Fake Poll/Quiz

    Real or Fake Poll/Quiz

    Real or Fake? Test Your MEP Industry Knowledge. Find out how well you know the MEP industry.

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  • 5 Lessons from Failure: The Do's and Don’ts of MEP Content

    5 Lessons from Failure: The Do's and Don’ts of MEP Content

    Multiple failures can lead to success in an industry, like the MEP industry. In this article, Jim Reis journeys through five lessons learned from working with millions of components

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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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  • Five Famous People Who Used to be Plumbers

    Five Famous People Who Used to be Plumbers

    There's an astonishing number of household names that were skilled labourers before they went on to success in their respective fields. Here are some of the most notable former plumbers.

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  • Five Famous People Who Used to be Electricians

    Five Famous People Who Used to be Electricians

    Many individuals who've gone on to be famous in other fields began their working life by apprenticing as an electrician. Here are five famous people who used to be electricians.

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  • Mixed Reality for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

    Mixed Reality for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

    What is Microsoft HoloLens? Microsoft HoloLens is a wearable, self-contained holographic computer. The device features a see-through, holographic display and advanced sensors that map the...

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  • Time for MEP Pros to Start Prefabricating

    Time for MEP Pros to Start Prefabricating

    This time of economic uncertainty emphasises the need to maximise your profits, and prefabrication is one proven technique construction firms can use to accomplish this. Although larger...

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  • Electrical Design Buying Guide

    Electrical Design Buying Guide

    Take a look at our exclusive buying guide for electrical design professionals to find out the top five things you need to know when choosing your electrical design software.

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  • How to Estimate Electrical Work

    How to Estimate Electrical Work

    Knowing how to estimate electrical work so you do not short change yourself takes a little preparation. If you incorrectly estimate a job, it can either cost you the job or it can be more...

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  • Estimating 101: How to Manage Change Orders and Make a Profit

    Estimating 101: How to Manage Change Orders and Make a Profit

    As cliche as it may be, the age old saying “the only constant is change” rings true all too often for contractors in the building construction industry. Change is an inevitable part of the...

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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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  • Highly charged: It’s 3D electrical design!

    Highly charged: It’s 3D electrical design!

    This latest improvement to ProDesign really is a breakthrough for electrical design in the UK. ProDesign users can now produce electrical designs directly in a 3D Revit MEP application.

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  • Are you ready to take on a Challenge for a Cause in 2018?

    Are you ready to take on a Challenge for a Cause in 2018?

    The Electrical Industries Charity is looking for brave individuals to join their second Challenge for a Cause campaign - Arctic Adventure - to help create a brighter future for the Dickinson family.

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  • Teaming up with tech

    Teaming up with tech

    The time has come for electrical contractors to gear up for BIM. We look at how BIM can be combined with scanning and field positioning technologies in refurbishment and new build projects.

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  • Quiz: Women In Engineering

    Quiz: Women In Engineering

    If you've read the blog, you should know the facts. Test your knowledge with our quick quiz on the alarming stats and facts that illustrate the width of the industry gender gap.

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