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Regional heats decide representatives for Student Challenge 2012

All smiles from Glasgow Caledonian students (below) who fought a close contest to win their regional heat

News in Brief

Meet the president As part of its 50th Anniversary Celebrations the CIOB in Scotland is offering members the opportunity to meet the president of CIOB, Alan

Crane FCIOB. This is a unique opportunity to hear more about Alan and his experience of construction and the CIOB in general. There will also be time to chat and discuss topical issues with him. The event is free, but places are limited so you will need to reserve your place in advance. To book please contact

The London winning team in full flow (left) and (above) the winners from University of Wolverhampton

JCT draws a crowd An Essex Centre event on JCT attracted a record number of attendees in January at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. Ron Plascow, of Mills & Reeve, delivered the seminar, highlighting the significant changes to the JCT form of contract in 2011, to 79 members and guests of the Essex Centre. The JCT form is still the primary

Regional heats of the Student Challenge competition have been taking place up and down the country to decide which teams will battle it out in the national finals at Englemere on 14 March. The London Branch held its heats in February

at Greenwich University. Seven teams worked on challenges based on the £80m Clapham One project, set by Tony Martin, Sarah Packham and Vicky Turner from United House. First place went to Greenwich University (Team D): Jack Hawes, Lauren Milton, Lloyd Worsley and Ryan Boshel. The West Midlands Branch held its heats at

Wolverhampton University where students were asked to provide technical and design solutions for a new building and atrium at the University.

The judges, George Marsh, director of Bullock Construction, and Geoff Minshull CIOB, West Midlands past chair, chose a team from the University of Wolverhampton as the winner. Mark Baron, Dan Franklin, Joe Rebic and Rose Cheadle will head to Ascot for the final. Meanwhile, in Scotland, teams from Glasgow Caledonian University, Heriot-Watt University, University of Highlands and Islands and Edinburgh Napier University fought a close contest, with Glasgow Caledonian University securing the finalist place. The event was sponsored by Interserve, Mansell, Muirfield Contracts and Seddon Construction and judges were Jane Arneil, Ian Gracie and Mike Middlemiss.

Get familiar with BIM at Leeds event

The Leeds & West Yorkshire Centre is hosting a Think BIM event on 20 March in Leeds. The event will offer CIOB members a

pragmatic understanding of the initial government demands for Building Information Modelling (BIM) and how to take the incremental steps required to reach Level 2 BIM by 2016.

Think BIM will also give an insight into the significant quality improvements and cost savings that can be made through the adoption of BIM on projects. It will demonstrate how BIM

is about technology, people and processes and aims to give a better understanding of some of the barriers to adoption and how best to overcome such challenges. For members in the South West, a lunchtime

presentation on BIM by will be given by Steve Brunning of Rapid 5D on 14 March at the Plymouth Guildhall.

To register for the Think BIM in Leeds contact Fiona Evans at For the Plymouth event contact Julie Culver at

choice for traditional building contract procurement and now includes partnering/ collaboration clauses to keep up or even surpass other forms such as the NEC contract. JCT can be used on all projects where building is the central feature, however the form should be avoided on engineering works, infrastructure, equipment supplies, energy supply, highways and other road works or utility supplies.

During the presentation Plascow

talked about pre-construction service agreements, project bank accounts, incorporation of the new Construction Act and sustainable provisions which are all included in the latest JCT form.

Essex EPA double In January two Certificates of Distinction were awarded to Ed Lewis at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. Lewis received the awards for his high achievements in both of the Construction Technology and Health, Safety & the Environment papers he sat in June 2011 for the Experienced Practitioner Assessed (EPA) programme. He was congratulated by the Essex Chairman, Dawn Gillett, along with the rest of the Essex Centre committee and the 70+ members and guests in attendance.

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