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General Topics for Surveyors and Engineers - Basingstoke


The course scheduled for 22nd April 2020 has now been rescheduled to 4th November 2020. All bookings will be carried over to this date. If you have booked a place and are not now able to attend - please email and we will sort out this out for you.

This course will be of interest to Surveyors, Engineers, Architects and other property professionals. It will be a one day course and will consist of four papers of mixed topics, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.



9.00am: Tea & Coffee

9.30am: Welcome and Introduction.
             JJ Heath-Caldwell.

9.40am: Paper 1- Is Surveyor Training maintaining standards?
Presenter - Jestyn Coke BA FRICS 

Jestyn Coke

This paper examines the general scope of education provided to those seeking to qualify as chartered surveyors fifty years ago in a period when the construction of buildings was fast changing and compares it with the education currently provided to students in a similar period of change in the construction industry. It also examines whether the limitations imposed on those drafting reports by legislation and those arranging PI insurance have reduced significantly the service provided to clients

11.00am Tea & Coffee

11.10am: Paper 2- Structural Fixings – A Building’s Weakest Link
Presenter - Chris Shaw CEng FICE FIStructE FIET MCMI​

Chris Shaw

Fixings are the smallest structural components of a building, yet they are as important as the major components, such as the foundations.  This fact is often overlooked, and they can be incorrectly specified, or, sometimes, not specified at all by the designer.   This can result in the wrong fixings being used.  When this happens the building is, at best, not constructed correctly.  As a result, major maintenance and/or repair may be required, and in the worst case scenario, a part or parts of the building may collapse or may have to be demolished.  The presentation is directed towards the inspection of existing buildings, which may be of any age or type.  It should also be useful to people who design new buildings, extensions, alterations, and the refurbishment of buildings.  

12:25pm: Buffet Lunch

1.30pm: Paper 3- Construction Industry Declares a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
Presenter - Elisa Engel ARB and Richard Hadley ARB

Elisa Engle

We are facing a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, to which the construction industry has been a major contributing factor: buildings and construction account for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally. These figures point towards the enormous impact that everyone involved in the Construction Industry has. How do we move from contributing to the problem to becoming part of the solution? ‘Construction Declares a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’ is a movement that brings together different disciplines from within the industry to collaboratively implement the necessary radical change.

2.45pm: Tea & Coffee

3.05pm: Paper 4- Why Buildings Collapse – Learning From The Mistakes Of Others
Presenter - Roger Westbrook BSc, CEng, FIStructE

Roger Westbrook

This presentation runs through a selection of classical collapses of steel and concrete buildings over the past 50 years. The whole point of the presentation is to bring to the attention of Engineers both young and experienced the reasons for failure and then the possible ways of ensuring that no such failures occur again. Countries covered include the UK, South Africa, the USA, South Korea, France and Singapore. The presentation is expected to be interactive with an occasional attempt at humour bearing in mind the seriousness of the subject.

4.20pm: Finish.

Course Date
Wednesday, 4 November, 2020
Course Venue
Apollo Hotel
Aldermaston Roundabout
RG24 9NU Basingstoke

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