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UK Construction Jobs Boost
29/01/2014
UK Construction Jobs Boost

Reports issued today and reported by the BBC, say that the UK construction industry expects to create an impressive 180,000 jobs in the next five years. Roughly 30,000 of these jobs will be created in Scotland and almost 18,000 of them in Wales, by 2018. With the construction sector having shown encouraging growth, especially in the latter pa..

Weather Brings Challenges and Opportunities for Construction Com
09/01/2014
Weather Brings Challenges and Opportunities for Construction Com

Well, there's no doubt the winter weather has brought more than its usual amount of mayhem so far this season, with record waves and storms in the UK, astonishing low temperatures in the US and Canada and a rash of unusually extreme weather events around the world. Naturally, this brings its share of challenges, with construction necessarily hal..

UK Construction Growth Continues
04/12/2013
UK Construction Growth Continues

U.K. construction continued to expand in November, as housebuilding surged. Expansion was at the fastest rate for more than six years. The index of construction activity, issued by Markit Economics rose to 62.6 from 59.4 in October, itself a surprisingly high level, as we reported here. Novembers rise again caught economists by surprise, with th..

US Construction Continues its Upward Trend
21/11/2013
US Construction Continues its Upward Trend

Construction in the US continued its strong upward trend in October, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. New industrial building was strongest, with ground being broken on several major projects across the country, while domestic housebuilding resumed an upward trajectory after pausing in September. Overal..

Now Irish Construction Recovers Too
12/11/2013
Now Irish Construction Recovers Too

Following the improving results in the construction industries of the UK, the US and Australia, the Irish construction industry has also reported a sgnificant improvement in October. With the index supplied by the Ulster Bank, the Purchasing Managers' Index, jumping to 59.4 from 55.7, construction is at its highest level for eight years. Remembe..

Australian Construction Leads the Way
10/11/2013
Australian Construction Leads the Way

While the construction industries in the US and UK showed encouraging signs in recent months, helping to lead their countries' economies towards recovery, the Australian industry has shown an even more spectacular improvement. In October, the Australian Performance of Constrion Index rose an impressive 6.8 points to 54.4, taking above the 50-poi..

UK Construction in Surprise Growth Shock
08/11/2013
UK Construction in Surprise Growth Shock

UK construction surprised the experts in October by increasing its rate of growth when a slight slowdown was expected. Instead of a decline in the index to 58.7 as expected, the index rose to 59.4. September's index was 58.9.  For information, and index of 50 represents zero growth, while one below 50 means a decline. Construction growth..

US Construction Adds 20,000 Jobs
01/11/2013
US Construction Adds 20,000 Jobs

The US construction industry created 20,000 new jobs in September, and the industry’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest for six years. The recovery was also reflected in construction spending, which increased for the fifth consecutive month in August, according to an analysis of new government data. This period doesn't include any p..

Is Construction the Most Multi-Disciplinary Industry There Is?
10/10/2013
Is Construction the Most Multi-Disciplinary Industry There Is?

There's a good case for claiming that the construction industry employs more different trades and skills than any other industry in the world. An average member of the public gets some idea of this fact when they watch a programme like "DIY SOS", where up to forty different trades might be on site at any one time. A professional in the construct..

Building Estimates "It's Never Good News"
07/10/2013
Building Estimates "It's Never Good News"

"One day someone will explain why it is that just about every building project ends up costing more than the estimate, even when the estimate includes a contingency fund." One of the big drawbacks of competitive tendering (is there any other kind?) in construction is that it encourages optimism about prices, timescales and overruns, even with th..

Our Role in Raising Standards
05/10/2013
Our Role in Raising Standards

Construction Materials Testing Has a Vital Role to Play in Raising Standards Worldwide By 'our' I mean to include you, the construction professional, the builder, the architect, the surveyor or the building standards inspector. While building regulations in most of the western world are rigorous (and rigorously enforced), this isn't always tr..

Amazing Building Collapse
06/08/2013
Amazing Building Collapse

Watch this amazing video of an apartment block collapsing. Not the first or last time we've seen something like this: Luckily, no one was killed or even injured. With hindsight, it looks like a disaster that was waiting to happen.   ..

Recovery in the Construction Industry is Good News All Round
24/07/2013
Recovery in the Construction Industry is Good News All Round

Now that the Highways Agency has been saved from the chop, and with government spending allocated to road building, the industry has a more certain future than had seemed likely for some time. In an austerity environment no spending can be secure, but the general slight upturn, and some signs of a new government intention to at least some primin..

Contact Novanna Testing
27/06/2013
Contact Novanna Testing

How to Contact Novanna Testing - Your Number One Source of Concrete and Construction Testing Equipment There are lots of ways you can get in touch with us here at Novanna Testing, including email, phone, enquiry forms, our contact form and even our brochure order form. That's before we even get to social media - we're active on Facebook and Twit..

Concrete Testing and Construction
12/03/2013
Concrete Testing and Construction

Accurate, scientific testing of concrete and other construction materials has enabled massive advances in civil engineering in recent decades. Far from being just a low-tech solution for small-scale projects and domestic builders, concrete features in some of the most exciting architectural projects around the world. All this is due to our a..

About TESTING Bluhm and Feuerherdt
21/02/2013
About TESTING Bluhm and Feuerherdt

Here's how TESTING Bluhm & Feuerherdt describe themselves: 'We have been producing testing equipment for building materials for more than 30 years and have been operating very successfully in Germany and in the international markets. '"Made in Germany" symbolises the outstanding quality of our products. We have been DIN EN ISO 9001-c..