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You can transfer the data from the digital level via USB or Bluetooth on to Leica’s Infinity software, where you can create easy-to-understand displays of complex levelling data. For example, you can combine tables with graphics, or cross-check project data in one window for an overall view of level lines, line calculations or adjustments.

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LEVELLING THE FIELD

CABLE CALM LS15 has Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly transfer data collected on site to your own systems

The increasingly complex nature of infrastructure projects means the highest degree of accuracy is required when setting out and defining reference heights. Collecting this kind of data can be demanding, but Leica’s LS15 Digital Level should make the task a lot less stressful. The automated level uses an electronic bubble to set up the instruments, and tilt checks are made automatically before each measurement at the push of one button. An integrated autofocus finds measurement targets fast, and improves accuracy by maximising the contrast of the staff.

BCIS Guide to Estimating for Small Works 2016 Still the must-have book for estimating and pricing domestic-sized extensions and loft conversions up to around £60,000. £66

PRICE from £6,000 (inc VAT, prices vary) leica-geosystems.com/ls15_ls10

Also this month

››Online collaboration platform TenderSpace helps property and construction professionals connect and work smarter. Its “toolbox” function can help you analyse and better manage the complex processes involved in construction-related projects. thetenderspace.com ››Nonflict: The Art of Everyday Peacemaking, by Amir Kfir and Stephen Hecht, provides practical information and easy-to-follow exercises to help resolve issues of conflict. Price: £9.99 through Amazon. ››Watch futurist Parag Khanna deliver a fascinating TED talk on how megacities, supply chains and connective technologies are moving the world away from states and borders. bit.ly/TED_Khanna

A Practical Approach to Planning Law Provides a step-by-step guide to planning law and practice. £54.99

BIM for Construction Clients With the government deadline for BIM Level 2 upon us, there is a need for everyone in the built environment to embrace the advantages of BIMenabled working. £40

“I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT” ANNA THOMPSON MRICS

Aconex It is: an online electronic document management system (EDMS) that can help international teams

connect and collaborate on large projects. It enables construction professionals to work together securely and efficiently, in the cloud, on construction, infrastructure, energy and resources projects. How does it work? BIM’s revolutionary potential is underpinned

by technology, and one of the key catalysts is an EDMS. I use it every day, because it is essential for successful BIM project delivery. It gives everyone working on a project real-time access to all relevant information, where they can read progress updates and comment

on activity, eliminating the need for lengthy email chains. It is especially useful on global projects that involve multiple teams working across different time zones. ANNA THOMPSON MRICS is an associate director at Turner & Townsend JUNE 2016_MODUS

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