Whether it’s a resource or a threat, water runs through this issue in articles from around the world.
Northumbrian Water’s chief information officer explains how the utility company has been using digital twins to model climate change risk mitigation works, while a project in Rotterdam has made a positive of its environment by housing a small herd of cows sustainably in a solar-powered floating farm.
Water is also being recycled for use at the Jones Food Company’s innovative warehouse in Scunthorpe, where the company is building on techniques from Japan to make vertical hydroponic farming a commercial success, and planning to expand at home and abroad.
Back on dry land, there is an update on ash dieback: if you or your clients are responsible for trees, we can direct you toward advice and information on what you should be doing. We also look at what’s happening in rural development and the impact of the NPPF in particular, with a rural planning expert detailing the challenges that the sector faces.
Recently published RICS guidance and research can help you keep up to date whichever discipline you work in. With change afoot in the telecommunications sector, make sure you know what’s happening by reading our coverage of the first guidance note for the sector. There’s also a new insight paper on blockchain, and we interview the author to find out how and when the technology will affect surveyors. And RICS research on returns made by developers, vital to the appraisal process, points valuers working in this area back to the Valuation of development property guidance note.
As ever there are articles on a range of other topics, so do have a look through the journal. We always welcome your feedback, and if you’re involved in any interesting projects that you would like us to cover, please drop me a line.
Journals & Content Editor
Sian edits the Land Journal. She previously worked at RICS on various isurv channels including Planning, APC and Residential as well as professional standards and guidance.