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Association News: Regional News

South West & Southern CPD Roadshow

09 December 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Gary - South West Regional Chairman
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It was great to see over 60 delegates attend our CPD roadshow at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. This event was a collaboration between the South West and Southern Regions. So thank you to the Regional Officers from both Regions for making this event so successful. I would also like to thank our host Norman Hibberd for allowing us access to the museum and contextualising the planes and exhibits on display.  


Our event was opened by Michael Wadood the Southern Regional Chairman and former President of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  He described the changes taking place at the CABE including the updating of the Code of Conduct, the importance of demonstrating competence, education, experience and learning outcomes through CPD, and more importantly a targeted CPD commitment. He updated us on the work taking place with the Engineering Council and reiterated what a Building Engineer does through the CABE mantra "building engineers make buildings perform better: more inclusive, safer for all and sustainable overtime" and are competent, professionally qualified and use professional judgement. 


He secondly gave the audience an excellent and powerful presentation updating us on where fire safety in terms of law, legislation, guidance and competence is moving. This included reflecting on incidences that have occurred pre and post Grenfell and anticipating the implementation of the Hackett Review. This left the audience in no doubt that there are major changes to come and that we are still at the start of the process towards producing safer buildings. 


Michael Vernon from Delta Membranes gave us a whistle stop tour through Types A,B and C tanking systems and BS 8102. He explained the importance of understanding site conditions and the level of tanking required. He explained that the fundamental design is important to the success of a project and that a two layer system gives better probability of dry basement and that many warranty providers require this standard to be provided. 


After our break Satnam Kundi from Wolf Systems presented on the design, production and installation of metal web joists. He described the various advantages in length and depth and the advantages of top cord hanging or bottom cord support. He further explained the advantages of not needing to drill for services as the joists have open webs. He also gave examples showing the metal web joists used as beams and rafters. 


Our next speaker was James McAuley from Geobear. He presented on their ground engineering solutions for reinstatement of floor slabs and foundations. This can be as a result of poor ground conditions or as a result of trees impacting shrinkable clays or from leaking drains affecting ground conditions. James provided video clips of the pumped expanding ground in process which reinstates a structure into in original position which closes cracking and levels floors.  This is done through thorough surveys and targeted drilling patterns. 


After lunch John Barfoot, Learning, Education & Academic Director for CABE gave an update on what CABE are doing to assist school leavers, students, new entrants into the construction industry and those undertaking CPD. He informed us of the update of the website and the facility to input CPD against your profile. 


Ian Thick from Visqueen presented next on Ground Gas Protection. He gave an overview of  BS 8485 & CIRIA C735. He explained the importance of selecting the correct membrane for overcoming specific ground contamination and the importance of a robust ground contamination survey and Site Investigation Reports. He explained the common ground contaminants including Radon, Carbon Dioxide, Methane VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are a risk to health. 


Digby Rowsell of Telebeam closed our event by presenting on Telebeam factory made Aluminium telescopic floor beams. These are predominately designed for loft conversion solutions where truss rafters exist and telebeams can be used to support the existing truss cord and provide a clear span floor from wall plate to wall plate. This allows for roof spaces to become watertight quicker, as large areas of roof coverings do not need to be removed and the system minimises or removes the need for steel beams and posts in conversions. Digby explained that the system has third party certification and is demonstrated as meeting the requirements of Part A of the Building Regulations through calculation.  


I would like to thank all of our speakers for excellent presentations and for supporting CABE in putting this event on. It was clear from the outset that the event was well received and that the audience engaged with excellent questions to each speaker. 


After the close of the event the South West Regional officers hot footed it down to Taunton School to attend the Taunton School Business, Law and Apprenticeship fair.  There we had a stand next to the RICS and the CIOB. I would like to thank Carly Anderson at Taunton School for inviting us to this event. The event was well attended by students some of which showed a great interest in what the role of a Chartered Building Engineer was. 


So although we had a long day we managed to communicate the messages that we had received at our Roadshow onto potential CABE members of the future. 


Robert Gary 

South West Regional Chairman