Presidents Blog

Discovering the engineers of tomorrow

One of the many challenges the BCIA is faced with is to find ways to increase the talent pool in the building controls industry. I have said it before and I will say it again: the raw talent is out there, we just need to attract it. It could be argued the earlier we begin […]

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Managing buildings during and after lockdown

When the Government imposed a shutdown on all non-essential workplaces midway through March, many of us had to adapt to new work schedules. The number of meetings held virtually through communication platforms like Skype and Zoom increased dramatically and networks would have felt the pressure as the country strived to carry on as normal as […]

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Drawing a blank

With the introduction of electronic drawing portals and online repositories it has become easy to ‘share’ files. BMS companies are frequently sent enquiries typically with `Dropbox` type emails, which contain literally hundreds of ‘zipped’ site drawings and no meaningful specification. The vast majority of these drawings have no significant content for the BMS companies, they […]

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Keep talking, keep training

Coming into an industry like ours can be tough for any young engineer, and anyone who has begun an apprenticeship and booked themselves on to training courses in the past year will have had the start of their careers interrupted. Whether you’re a school leaver just starting out or someone seeking a mid-life career change, […]

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BCIA Awards: Raising a glass to this year’s finalists

It won’t have escaped the attention of many of you that today was our originally planned date for this year’s BCIA Awards. The biggest and best awards ceremony in the controls and BEMS industry is always a spectacular event and I was particularly looking forward to delivering my first speech as BCIA President (I guess […]

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Mental health in our industry

The lockdown period during the Coronavirus outbreak has put tremendous strain on a number of industries, including the building sector. Whether you’re an engineer for a large contractor or you are self-employed, the uncertainty over whether you have enough income to support yourself and your family will make this a very stressful time. Financial difficulties […]

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Good news in difficult times

It is a real honour to write my first President’s blog. I never imagined, however, that I would be taking on this role in such challenging times. I am writing this ‘under lockdown’ due to the coronavirus outbreak and it is sad but obviously unavoidable that we have had to postpone the BCIA Awards. We […]

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Judgement Day

The BCIA Awards have become the gold standard for showcasing game changing examples of innovation and with external factors such as climate change, wellbeing and building performance all increasingly important metrics for our success, this year promises to see our growing pool of brilliant engineers step up yet again to show that we can help […]

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