Professionalism and Communication

CBSD Award Presentation Achieving Competence in the Construction Industry

After the tragedies at Grenfell Tower, Lakanal House and other major fires in residential Buildings, the Hackitt Report gave some clear directions of change that are required in the construction industry. One of Hackitt’s key messages was about competence in the construction industry. For professional engineers, it was suggested that additional competences would be required to work on high risk residential buildings (HRRBs). What does this mean? Another key theme in the Hackitt report is learning from other industries: There is a need for business leaders in construction and the service sectors which support it to reach out to other sectors and to learn from the experience of how they have managed issues such as asset integrity. ” A missing link: Quality Assurance and Quality Systems. Hackitt said “This industry sector stands out from every other I have looked at in its slow adoption of traceability and quality assurance techniques. ” This talk will pull together these themes and suggest how professional engineers can work towards the achievement of suitable competence for working on high rise residential buildings. The talk will be given by Dr Brian Cox C.Eng., FIMechE who has been awarded the IMechE Construction and Building Services Prize 2020. This broadcast will also include the presentation of the Division’s annual prize to Dr Cox, as well as an update from the Chair on CBSD’s activities.

Changing building material choices: responding to Grenfell

Polymer use in construction will be discussed, both in terms of the circular economy and long term health implications. The regulatory process will be discussed and examples of successes and failures will be presented, as well as an overview of emerging evidence on the long term health impacts of materials. Discover more about our webinars and events at

Net Zero Hospitals

The UK has committed to a future economy based on lowered carbon targets, reaching a target of 100% total carbon reduction by 2050, i.e. across all carbon production including energy usage in buildings, including hospitals. All buildings including hospitals must therefore become "Net Zero" and even positive contributors toward the current UK carbon targets. This means not only new hospitals – which already have to be net zero to meet Building Regulations and the NHS Encode target in HTM 07 – but also existing hospitals which may currently have very high emissions. This webinar will give an introduction to the implications of these new targets and will go into the research that has gone into appropriate strategies to meet them. It will give an overview of what needs to be done to meet the targets and how to carry this out. Research has shown that massive reductions are possible and that with the appropriate strategies there can be cost benefits which would help to ease the financial pressures on the NHS. This webinar will cover this research and show how by embracing low carbon energy as a resource and a value to the community, hospitals could start to see an income stream from their waste and also improve health in their community, whilst achieving the Net Zero target.

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Birmingham Young Members How 3D Structured Light is Used in the Aerospace Industry

A bit of a company pitch, but very clear explanation of the principles

Ask the Industry Forum Trends and Developments in the Aerospace Industry 2020

Excellent Panel discussion with an informed senior panel

The 'Techonomics' of Additive Manufacturing

Excellent basic presentation followed by more detailed Q&A


Integration of the Engine into Aircraft Wings

A specific class of design problem

Caterham Group's advice to Engineering students

Mike Gascoyne, longstanding designer of Formula One cars and the Chief Technical Officer of the Caterham Group, gives his advice to graduates looking to make it in F1.

DIY Engineering and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Stephen McEvoy, founder of Furness 3D Printing, discusses how he adopted a new hobby and started a new business in response to COVID-19. He'll be discussing the benefits of additive manufacturing, the technical aspects of manufacturing safety visors, the ethics of producing safety equipment with minimal testing, and future opportunities for engineers to help in a national crisis. Speaker Bio: Stephen McEvoy is a Systems Engineer at Sellafield Ltd. who, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, adopted a new hobby and began to put it to use in the production of safety visors for frontline workers.

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