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Recommended Read: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

  • March 12, 2019

Anyone with children or who wants to try and understand the enormity of climate issues in a globally, interconnected world must read this book. It does a great job of explaining how environmental degradation and climate issues are a classic “tragedy of the commons” situation. If you think being vegan and driving a…

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Smart Buildings or just Creepy?

  • March 8, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 185). What are you willing to give up to live or work in a smart building?  IMHO, there are two possible futures, one cool (maybe) and the other dystopian. Which one are we moving towards? A smart building is the convergence of…

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Everyone is in Sales

  • March 1, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 184). You have a technical degree plus five years training and a professional engineering license or certification, are you a skilled professional or are you in sales?  IMHO you are both, everyone is in sales!  Sometimes I see Engineers and Technologist basking…

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IST or no IST, that is the question!

  • February 22, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 183). Why is building integrated systems testing (IST) not explicitly specified in specifications? Owners assume their building systems have been tested as an integrated whole i.e all systems cause & effects, including their software and hardware interfaces work as designed. This assumption…

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The Canary is Dead!

  • February 15, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 182). Canaries were taken into Victorian coal mines as an early warning for gas leaks. If the canary died you had to run like hell and get out. I am calling it, the Australian property market canary has died ( https://voiceofthemarkets.blogspot.com/2019/02/australia-real-estate-its-economy-is.html )…

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How are you Paid?

  • February 1, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 180). Property is a capital intensive business and cashflow is a perennial problem for most firms. How you and your firm are paid impacts ultimate success or failure.  Over the last 38 years I have seen firms go bust even when they…

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Building IOT and Cyber Security – The Next Frontier?

  • January 25, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 179).    Is the built environment plus “IOT” an opportunity for cyber security firms such as Palo Alto Networks?  Current State of Play Big players such as Siemens, Honeywell and Johnsons dominate building automation. They are increasingly providing one stop, integrated solutions…

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New Year Purge

  • January 18, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 178).    Each year I have a “purge” in an attempt to optimize. I ask myself: How can I have more fun? How can I simplify? How can I delegate more? This is my way to mentally and physically “lighten the load”…

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