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2011/03/29 11:50:52 (permalink)
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Dissertation ideas for construction industry

Just wondered if any of you lot had any topic areas to contribute to assist with this research proposal I have to write haha 
 
Pretty much any aspect of the construction industry, just looking for ideas see if you can add to my list. 
 
Anything would be appreciated. 
 
Heres a few I currently have:
 
  • The utilization of sustainable construction methods within the construction industry.
  • An examination of UK Governmental policy on Brownfield regeneration.
  • How effective are compulsory purchase orders in the regeneration of towns and cities in England. 
  • Investigation into success of retail led town centre regeneration in the UK. 
 
Any contributions would be amazing.
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    Wheels
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 14:07:12 (permalink)
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    What kind of degree is this for?  Those look more like town planning topics than construction ones.

      




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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 14:12:52 (permalink)
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    I did mine on the Site Managers perspective of Quality Assurance Systems - missed out on a 1st by 2 marks! I work for a main contractor and interviewed our Site Managers.
     
    I suggest you pick a general topic,  something which has shed load of journals, literature etc and then work out a more specific avenue from there. I was pretty lucky as my Dissertation supervisor was very good.
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 15:31:06 (permalink)
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    Topics rather than specific but:

    - Something health and safety related.
    - New building mehods and their impact on traditional trades/skills
    - Look at something specific around "new" technology such as sustainable energy options and their long term benefits
    or not.
    - Look at something IT related and its impact on the industry.

    Ulimately though your going to be doing a lot of work for a good few months so it should be something that interests you.
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 16:54:49 (permalink)
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    if it were me, i would make it on the costs and impact that the governments drive towards zero carbon homes is having, and how that combined with increasing %'s of 'affordable housing' is affecting house builders, how the industy is adapting and switching construction methods, ie the change to offsite manufacturing.  And also examine wether the balance is correct, given the existing housing stock compared to the number of houses built each year, and wether the tiny % will have any real impact on carbon emissions.
    post edited by dazc - 2011/03/29 16:56:41
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:13:54 (permalink)
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    As Wheels said, those you mentioned do seem Planning based (I'm studying for my Masters in TP).
     
    @Daz, funny you should say that. I've actually just started writing a policy review arguing the case for [some] local authorities to lower, or completely negate affordable housing targets (specifically focusing on the North-west).
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:19:02 (permalink)
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    These are some good replies!! I do Building Surveying.
     
    Its only a proposal for a Research and Information module, going to form the basis of my dissertation but does by no means have to be what I end up doing it on.
     
    I like Dazc's idea i'll have a research around and see what I can get the most information for with ease.
     
    Thanks a million for your replies! Helped me out a lot there!
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:27:45 (permalink)
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    No.13

    As Wheels said, those you mentioned do seem Planning based (I'm studying for my Masters in TP).

    @Daz, funny you should say that. I've actually just started writing a policy review arguing the case for [some] local authorities to lower, or completely negate affordable housing targets (specifically focusing on the North-west).

     
    sounds interesting mate!  honestly, i dont think its right that the industry is made to build houses and sell them below market value.  a much better way would be to release more land for building, which would IMO have a much more positive effect as a whole. 
     
    add into that the fact that they have increased the number of affordale housing thereby decreased the % of properties sold at a profit to pay for that, and then to ask them all to be built zero carbon, with on site renewables, SUDS, etc, including the low cost housing, and it all starts to look very out of proportion indeed, and it will massively increase the cost and selling prices of new homes.  which will limit the number sold and therefore the number built (though some house builders are moving into build to let now).  knock on effect is housing shortage, increased market prices, and increased inflation.
     
    but then, i probably dont need to tell you that.... lol
     
    grrrr, pisses me right off!

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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:30:24 (permalink)
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    "Jenga - Can you take away a middle and end block without it collapsing? A Randomised Control Trial"
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:40:37 (permalink)
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    LA planning officers seem to be a bit of a problem. Was talking with a lecturer the other day (planning module), he was telling me about many instances whereby common sense just goes straight out of the window. The main example I can remember is:
     
    In this certain area they do not want extensions to be built with a flat roof.

    Person A applies for planning permission for an extension to his house, with a flat roof.
     
    Person A's existing property already has a flat roof and is therefore not going to build a new extension with a pitched roof as not keeping with aesthetic appeal.

    Planning officer rejected the proposal stating that "We do not accept flat roof extensions"
     
    He had failed to even look at the original plans which showed the proposed extension was perfectly in keeping with the property.
     
    Person A then had to appeal this decision on the basis of lunacy!
     
    Id imagine there are many instances like this.
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:46:39 (permalink)
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    Daz, in a nutshell, I believe the whole approach to Affordable Housing Provision is in the ****ter basically. There are so many elements which can argue for/against the need but in a poor economic climate, the abolition of RSS housing targets and housing shortages, local authorities should AT THE VERY LEAST take a spatially aware approach to affordable housing, i.e. why should targets in poor areas in the NW be the same as those in London?
     
    And then theres the New Homes Bonus policy which is set to provide an incentive to LA's to build houses, I say shut up and get on with it! Then there's this whole localism bill that complicates matters further...
     
    I believe if housebuilders are left to get on with it, negate A.H provision then (hopefully) the quality of developments should improve (so long as developers dont get greedy) as they aren't as constrained financially by these targets, resulting in a reduction of appeals from the local community and vwola! Better designed, better quality housing!
     
    Anyway, sorry for hijacking the thread JWR.
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 17:49:31 (permalink)
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    JWR, I've been worked part-time recently in a LA planning department. Unfortunately, I believe the majority of the stereotype is true. Fortunately though, I'm not working in Development Control but in a specialist Regeneration Team so don't have to come across such ridiculous decisions all too often!
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 18:04:55 (permalink)
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    That sounds like pretty interesting works to be honest No13.
     
    I don't know what I want to do really after uni, since starting surveying I have discovered that I don't actually want to be a surveyor haha.

    Going to try a grad scheme with siemens in the low carbon technology field I think.
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 18:12:12 (permalink)
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    Haha, I'm not entirely sure I want to be Planner! On the flip side, I kind of wish I'd studied Quantity Surveying. I've got a few family friends who are QS's and PM's and would have been able to walk into a job by now 
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    Re:Dissertation ideas for construction industry 2011/03/29 18:15:53 (permalink)
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    Ditto!!

    One of my mates changed to QS and is now sorted.
     
    Me on the other hand am not !! Another mate of mine has just started with siemens as a blade engineer for offshore/onshore wind farms, £200 a day!!
     
    So even if i have to go back a bit in my education I don't really care, quite fancy their grad scheme though.
     
    See what he can sort me out with when I have graduated.
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