Welcome to the final 2019 issue of Construction Journal where we look to the future!
Of course, for the UK with Brexit pending, 2020 is shaping up to be another challenging year. By looking forward however, we have chosen to avoid speculating on the unknown and instead focus on what we do know: the quantity surveying and project management professions and how they contribute to the future.
With that in mind, Anil Sawhney talks about the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) and how the freshly launched second edition of ICMS (ICMS 2) has extended the scope of the standard to include life-cycle costs for constructed assets.
ICMS 2 marks the start of an exciting period for RICS, as Alan Muse notes in his leader article. RICS will be both refreshing and publishing new standards and guidance to incorporate the principles of ICMS 2, all of which we will be covering in the journal.
One such standard is the new Cost prediction professional statement. RICS is currently inviting comments on the professional statement – make sure you have your say here.
Looking ahead in terms of emerging and developing technologies – and following RICS' recently published insight paper Drones: applications and compliance for surveyors – the author Peter Kinghan discusses the potential of the drone industry, with a particular focus on the use of drones in construction.
Though not quite as novel, HMRC's new Making Tax Digital scheme is another technological advancement affecting the construction industry. With a deluge of guidance to choose from, we've tried to pull together all you need to know in one article.
Data is, of course, key to technology, and Anne-Marie Friel discusses what your business needs to consider when developing a data strategy, while David Cohen details the principal requirements of the RICS Data management competency.
Moving on from the future of the industry, we look at the future of your career. Sarah Coleman and Prof. Mike Bourne talk about their research report Project leadership: skills, behaviours, knowledge and values and the requisite capability differences between project managers and project leaders.
And what about attracting a more diverse workforce to the industry? Steven Thompson gives an update on the new T Levels, which are designed to do just that, while Philippa Stratford discusses how considering the language we use can have a big impact on encouraging new entrants into the profession.
The future of the profession is looking good outside the UK too. Simon Saliger discusses his experiences of working as a quantity surveyor in the USA, and how the country is starting to utilise and value the quantity surveying role.
Collaboration plays a major part in the success of the profession, and Peter Hinton tells us how best to collaborate with archaeologists on building projects. In doing so, he also reminds us that the future very much depends on the decisions we make.
With that in mind, I encourage you all to vote in the elections for the RICS Governing Council's 15 geographic market seats, which are now under way. Make sure you vote by 23:59 GMT on 21 November to have your say on the future of our profession.
All that's left is to say a big thank you to our readers, authors and editorial advisory group. It's been a pleasure working with you in 2019 and I look forward to what 2020 holds for the Construction Journal. If you've got any thoughts, let me know.
Steph edits the Construction Journal and conservation-related material for the Built Environment Journal. What she enjoys most is the skills exchange involved in editing the journals – combining the technical knowledge of the authors with her understanding of writing, language and the publishing process. Her previous experience includes work on newspapers, magazines and medical journals.