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Information Links

Below are a selection of links to other websites which I have found useful. More specific links will be found within text and other articles on this website. I expect this list to grow in time.

Useful Links

  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
    One of the professional bodies. .
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    One of the professional bodies.
  • RICS APC Requirements and Competencies Guide
    Professional Requirements and Competencies Guide of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Railway Study Association
    A railway learning body.
  • Network Rail
    The corporate website of Network Rail.
  • Transport for London
    The corporate website of Transport for London, with links to London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and London Overground, among others.
  • RGS Online
    RGS online is the website providing free access to all current (and many withdrawn) Railway Group Standards, Rail Industry Approved Codes of Practice (RACOPs), Guidance Notes (GNs) and Rail Industry Standards (RISs).
  • BCIS
    RICS Building Cost Information Service.
    Books, guides, online data, rates and indexes.
  • Unipart Rail - was National Rail Supplies (NRS)
    The Unipart Rail Infrastructure catalogue is the biggest catalogue of materials available to the industry. Containing over 12,000 listings of products  and information charts.
    Unipart Group Ltd (UGL), a unit of UGC Ltd, acquired the remaining interest in National Railways Supplies Ltd (NRS), Crewe-based railway equipment and services company from National Railway Supplies(Holdings)Ltd. [May 2001].
  • Clive's Pages - Railway
    A site with a vast amount of useful railway information.
  • Signalbox
    A good site to learn some basic signalling.
    Although colour-light signalling covers most British main lines today, there are still many pockets of semaphore signalling to be found. Includes; stop and distant signals, subsidiary signals, shunting signals, combined home and distant signals, junction signals.
    Also includes;
    Block system and Principles of Block Working.
    SECTION C; Recent and forthcoming signalling alterations.
    TRACK LAYOUT DIAGRAMS
    LEVER FRAMES
    SIGNAL LINKS; Other signalling web sites.
  • Department for Transport - Rail
    The Department for Transport is responsible for specifying and letting contracts to train operating companies to run franchised passenger services in England and inter-city services to and from Scotland and Wales. The Department also works with local and regional bodies, the rail industry and passenger transport executives.
  • Passenger Focus
    Passenger Focus is the independent passenger watchdog, who's mission is to get the best deal for the passengers.
  • UK Statistics Authority
    UK Statistics Authority which oversees Office for National Statistics (ONS).
  • Office for National Statistics
    Curabitur Source of a huge amount of UK government data, including inflation indices.
  • Office of Government Commerce (OGC)
    OGC is now part of the new Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office
    This link is to the Archived content.
  • OGC - Procurement
    OGC had a lot of useful information about procurement.
  • OGC - Programmes and Projects
    A step by step (with stepping stones) guide to the procurement and execution of Programmes and Projects.
  • Cabinet Office
    Government Efficiency - overview
    Replacement for OGC?
  • Constructing Excellence
    Constructing Excellence is the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction. We exist to improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment. We are a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member led organisation operating for the good of industry and its stakeholders.
  • Constructing Excellence BIS BIM Strategy
    A strategy paper regarding Building Information Modelling.
  • What is Cost Estimating?
    An article about Cost Estimating from the USA's National Institute of Building Sciences | An Authoritative Source of Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment
    About the WBDG
    The WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective.
  • Department for Business Innovation & Skills - BIM
    The government department driving the BIM agenda.
  • NEC Users' Group
    A user forum for the NEC form of Engineering Contracts.
  • High Speed 2
    Details of the proposed UK High Speed rail link from London to Birmingham and the North.
  • Rail Technology Magazine
    An online rail magazine.