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Pioneering initiatives to locate and map buried services - It is estimated that up to four million holes are cut into the UK road network each year to install or repair buried service pipes and cables. Failure to identify accurately the location of existing buried assets results in numerous practical problems, costs and dangers for utility owners, contractors and road/rail users. Existing utilities in the UK vary in depth, soil type and size, are made of differing materials, and have varied access. Often the problem is exacerbated in dense urban cities where lack of space introduces the problem of multiple services being found in a single trench. Ageing Victorian services such as water pipes may be found next to newer broadband and other optic fibre cables, with the latter being significantly smaller and a lot more difficult to locate with traditional non-invasive service locating technologies.

Active and Passive Approaches to the Damping of Vibration Report - Modern office floors extend across spans almost twice as wide as were applied a few decades ago, and open-plan layouts tend to make these floors flexible and susceptible to dynamic loading. Floor vibration generally makes people uncomfortable and is usually considered to be undesirable because it affects peoples' sense of well-being and their ability to carry out tasks. This report, produced with the help with University of Sheffield, WSP Group and Virginia Tech looks at some of the recent active and passive technologies that are being applied to the reduction of unwanted floor vibration in large-span floors.

Human Factor Workshop Summary - The nature of the workplace is changing radically, with impact having a greater impact on people and people having a greater impact on technology than ever before. A workshop was held on 29th November 2008 to identify the main issues, knowledge gaps and required future actions, and the results of this workshop are summarised in this report.

Work Tech 08 Masterclass Report - Planning Your Future Workplace – Masterclass led by MBE KTN: This Masterclass was designed as part of the 'offices' team's Concept Office programme, using the combined intelligence of some 60 conference delegates, divided into 'themed' groups to address nine separate areas in 3 distinct areas of operation with the objective of identifying current and future issues, gaps in knowledge, and possible methods of addressing them.

The Impact of Churn – Managing Workplace Assets - This reports looks at the implications of churn (the number of office moves during the year) for the modern organisation.

The impact of office design on business performance - Published by CABE/BCO. A study into the connection between office design and business performance which provides a route map for those facing the challenges and opportunities of addressing their business's accommodation needs.

3D Adaptable Building Skin:An Invention for Freedom in Shape of Façades - Written by A.B. Suma, Eindhoven University of Technology. This paper sets out to develop a principle on which a façade element can be deformed in shape. By using a flexible structure with cables, small bars and inflatable tubes, which together form a woven pattern, a 3D freedom of deformability results.

Tiresias web site - for inclusive technologies and design. The RNIB Scientific Research Unit's website, Tiresias, offers knowledge and tools for researchers and designers of information and communication technology (ICT) systems, on designing accessible ICT and how it will benefit the general public, such that it is also accessible by those with sight problems and other disabilities.