Evolving Concrete 2015 Exhibition and seminars

Introducing a full day conference and exhibition featuring thought provoking and inspiring educational presentations embracing the theme of PERFORMANCE, SPECIFICATION AND PRACTICE.

Drawing upon The Society’s position as a centre for independent technical knowledge for the past 50 years, Evolving Concrete 2016 is delighted to have attracted an authoritative line-up of industry professionals to present at this full day conference.

With distinguished keynote speakers Stephen Hodder MBE, Immediate Past President of RIBA, and Alan Crossman, current President of the Institution of Structural Engineers opening the seminar sessions, the day offers a chance to network with like-minded individuals, discuss products and techniques with the exhibitors and learn something new during our CPD seminar programme.

An optional evening dinner with guest celebrity speaker marking 50 years of The Concrete Society will complete the day’s proceedings.
8:00am Doors open
Registration - Breakfast refreshments included on arrival
9:50am Welcome from The Concrete Society  
10:00am Opening keynote address
Celebrating Concrete; unlimited opportunities –an architect’s view
Much of contemporary architecture could not be realised without the imaginative and innovative use of concrete. Stephen will discuss why concrete is the material of choice for many architects, and trace the development of the technology which has enabled the synthesis of some of today’s most seminal buildings and structures.
Stephen Hodder MBE
Immediate Past President of RIBA
10:20am Performance-based durability design and specification for concrete
Standards for specifying durability are based on prescriptive “deemed to satisfy” rules, and there is a drive within CEN to develop performance-based durability design for concrete structures. An introduction to this performance-based concept will discuss accountable design for durability of structurally-critical assets.
Jon Knights
Jon Knights Materials
10:50am Geopolymers – the cement of the future
Geopolymer cements are a new family of binders that have recently been developed for use in construction. In addition to increased durability properties over Portland cement-based systems, geopolymer cement offers a 75-80% reduction in carbon emissions during manufacture and is an exciting and realistic product for a sustainable future.
Andrew McIntosh
banah UK
11:30am Tea/Coffee break  
11:50am Fabric formwork; practical application and future possibilities
StructureMode is a company of design led structural engineers with a passion for experimentation and making concept into reality. The exciting potential of fabric formwork with reinforced concrete has been demonstrated by their Bomnong L´Or Project, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, which highlights the versatility and beauty of this structural form.
Geoff Morrow
12:20pm Mineral coating and design effects for concrete
Painting concrete has often been viewed as an unnecessary design criteria or simply a problem solving technique. Mineral paints provide a varied and appropriate solution utilising the inherent compatibility between minerals in the paint and concrete substrate. The presentation will look at the technical aspects, application and project examples.
Anton Boekhoudt
1:00pm Lunch  
2:00pm Afternoon Keynote address
The Evolving Future. Personal viewpoints from an IStructE President
The Evolving Future - where should we be looking to go from here? In summary Alan will discuss the rise of off-site manufacture and construction, durability, and increased multi-disciplinary collaboration as well as giving a brief retrospective of the principal Society Awards winning entries between 2012 and 15.
Alan Crossman
President, The Institution of Structural Engineers
2:20pm The evolution of digital engineering
The reliance on digital information exchange is more important than ever. The future developments in built environment practice, ranging from BIM to behaviour change, Smart Cities to Big Data, will be addressed.
Tim Broyd
UCL Institute for Digital Engineering in the Built Environment
2:40pm Brexit: MPA economic and market outlook
The MPA continue to assess the mineral products market and will summarise the impact of the vote to leave the EU on the UK macro-economy, with reference to aggregates and ready-mixed concrete.
Aurelie Delannoy
Mineral Products Association (MPA)
3:10pm Tea/Coffee break  
3:30pm Award winning project: Lyme Regis Phase IV Sea Wall & Walkway
This 2015 Concrete Society Award winning project for the Lyme Regis sea defence preserves the historic Jurassic coastline and links Lyme Regis to the coastal footpaths. The presentation will outline the constraints, logistics and mammoth undertaking of this project.
Mark Taylor
Carney Construction
4:00pm Real time quality control system for steel fibre-reinforced concrete
Steel fibre concrete is a composite material which provides post crack strength to concrete. The fib Model Code 2010 has advanced rules for the design of SFRC. Ensuring the performance and quality of the construction material is critical. This presentation will present results from field tests and give advice on how procedures should be implemented to ensure confidence.
Hendrik Thooft
4:40pm Closing from The Concrete Society  
5:00pm Doors close  

Optional Evening dinner
Pre-dinner drinks reception for ticket holders

Seated till late
3 Course Dinner including wine plus guest speaker
Jason Mohammad
TV, Radio & Sports presenter