Masterclass Theatre Stand C50, Hall N1, ExCel


DAY 1: Wednesday 12 October 2016


Session 1: 12.00 – 13.00pm

Versatile uses for alkali-activated cementitious materials in precast concrete

Host: Stephen Davis, C-Probe Systems

Graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1991.

After his studies were completed he joined the materials testing firm, Twin City Testing in Minneapolis. He then came back to the UK joined contracting firm Christiani & Neilson in 1993 as a site engineer where he was involved in the concrete repair and ICCP installation of conductive coating systems at the Midlands Link in Birmingham.

Mr. Davis joined C-Probe in 1995 where he was instrumenta in the development of corrosion and protection management systems for use in reinforced concrete and masonry structures to more than 50 structures. These systems are used to power, control and monitor ICCP systems and evaluate the performance of other mitigation options. In 2003 he joined Structural Healthcare Limited (formerly Associates) as an Associate responsible for the constructability of ICCP systems and the design of network management systems for structures


Speaker: Prof Paul Lambert, Mott MacDonald

Paul Lambert is Head of Materials and Corrosion Technology for Mott MacDonald, based in Altrincham near Manchester. He has over 30 years’ experience in the investigation of structural durability and degradation and in the development of novel remedial techniques for many types of structures. His team are internationally recognised for their work on cathodic protection design and service life prediction through numerical modelling.

Paul is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Infrastructure Management at Sheffield Hallam University where he carries out research into novel materials, protective coatings and repair technologies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow and Past President of the Institute of Corrosion, a Chartered Materials Engineer, a Chartered Corrosion Scientist and a Certificated Corrosion Specialist with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.


Session 2: 13.15pm – 14.15pm

The Key to improved Productivity and client value

Speaker: Ali Mafi, Lean Thinking Ltd

Ali Mafi is a director and a lead project management advisor at Lean Thinking Ltd. Ali who was one of the first in the UK construction industry to fully understand how to apply the principles of Lean and continuous flow in construction. This added to 30 years of experience in the industry has allowed Ali to help develop the best and most powerful project management system in the UK Construction industry. This unique system combines Lean Thinking, Constraint Management, Systemic Thinking and Self-managing teams and has been implemented by many major clients, contractors and designers including:

BAA, Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, M&S, Warwickshire County Council, Gleeson Civil Engineering, Halcrow, Highways Agency, Ministry of Justice, Osborne, Wates, M&S, BP, Linden Homes, Morrison and Kier & Interserve.

The UK’s productivity is now at a historic low and the lowest amongst the G8 nations. According to BEIS (The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) the construction industry’s productivity is close to the bottom of UK industries’ productivity list and on a downward trend. In parallel customer value is also on a downward spiral.

The master class will provide the logic and reasoning for the low level of productivity and how to reverse it.

The session will also highlight the biggest opportunity for improving project performance in terms of cost. The opportunity is based on tackling projects’ constant and regular loss of time since time accounts for 70%-80% of project cost. Projects lose time almost every week and this loss is not transparent due to the current production, monitoring and control systems nor is it understood or addressed as generally there is little incentive to measure it or share it.

Session 3: 14.30pm – 15.30pm

Building Services – Cost or Opportunity?

How smarter, sustainable building services are the key

Speaker: Brian Morris, BCM Consulting

Brian is the Managing Director of BCM, UK specialists in designing low carbon building services solutions for both new and refurbished buildings. Brian established BCM in 2002 to provide a design house capable of providing strategic routes to achieving sustainable, renewable energy, low carbon solutions.

With over 40 years experience in the construction industry, Brian has grown BCM into a leading company = which delivers commercially viable low carbon solutions.

This has been recognised in the CIBSE awards where BCM has won Consultancy of the Year for the last three consecutive years.

Brian’s strategic and forward thinking approach allows clients to see the long term benefits of sustainable building services. BCM has engaged in a research project (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with Liverpool John Moores University which is now delivering award winning Life Cycle Cost Analysis of projects. This is currently being used to assist in developing strategic business plans cases resulting in enhanced investments.

Brian is a member of CIBSE and IET and combines his role of consultant with a number of external appointments.

Building regulations in London and across the UK continue to raise the bar on carbon and energy efficiency.

Off-Site Construction provides opportunities to save both cost and time in the construction process.

Smarter building services is the key.

Brian Morris, Managing Director of three-time CIBSE award winner, Beverley Clifton Morris (BCM) gives expert insight into:

  • How improving energy efficiency can reduce capital costs
  • Life cycle costs analysis opens up new sources of funding
  • Where will we be in 2025? Are you ready for the future?

Session 4: 15.45pm – 16.45pm

Comparator Update

Speaker: Bernard Williams, IFPI

Bernard is Managing Director of International Facilities and Property Information Ltd, (IFPI) developers of the CombiCycle Comparator whole-life cost and sustainability prediction program and the Estates Master facilities benchmarking program – both of which are web-enabled.

Bernard remains an active Consultant to Bernard Williams Associates (BWA) a firm of Chartered Surveyors specialising in Building and Facilities Economics which he founded in 1969.

In 2006 he led BWA’s research team tasked by the European Commission to benchmark the efficiency of the EU construction industries; one of the outcomes of this important study was the identification of offsite construction as a major contributor to efficiency.

In 2010 he took up a visiting chair in The Centre for Facilities Management Development in The School of Business Studies at the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University.

Bernard was selected by Building journal in 1984 as one of 4 ‘QS’s at the forefront of a changing profession’ then, in 2009, he was included in BIFM’s list of the ‘Top 20 pioneers of facilities management’

He has lectured extensively on the subject of building and facilities economics in the UK and internationally. Among his many published written reference works are:


  • Facilities Economics ( UK, Australia and EU versions)
  • Property Development Feasibility Tables
  • Whole-life Economics of Building Services (with Ron Hurst and Malcolm Lay)
  • Introduction to Benchmarking Facilities


DAY 2 – Thursday 13 October 2016


Session 1: 10.45am – 11.45am

Design by test and assessment- creating Innovative Solutions

Speaker: Geoff Edgell, Lucideon

Geoff has a Degree in Civil Engineering, PhD in ‘Unsteady flow to Gravity Wells’ and has served as a Visiting Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds where he lectured on the Masters Degree Course – Deterioration of Masonry Structures.

During his thirty-five year career in the construction and building industry, Geoff has become a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an Accredited Expert Witness and is a past President of the British Masonry Society.

Geoff began his profession as a lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds, lecturing on Structural Analysis and Soil Mechanics. Joining Ceram (now Lucideon) in 1976, Geoff created the structural theory department based on his keen interest in research and development. Since then he has been involved in many aspects of masonry research and testing, and has broadened the scope of Lucideon on a wide range of construction materials.

Heavily involved with BSI on both Standards and Codes of Practice work, Geoff chairs the standards committee B/519 – ‘Masonry and Associated Testing’. In CEN, he usually leads the UK delegation to TC125 Masonry and TC250/SC6 (Eurocode 6) and is proud of the fact that under his chairmanship of TC125 Working Group 4, forty seven test methods have been published as European wide standards, none of which failing a formal vote.

Through a dedicated career in construction, Geoff has been the author and presenter of numerous papers relating to masonry.

Session 2: 12.00 – 13.00pm

BIM without the Bull

Speaker: Peter Foster, CoBuilder

Pete Foster is the Director of Manufacturers and Merchants at coBuilder UK and specialises in data solutions, software/process and business improvements and offsite construction and manufacturing. He has been actively involved in BIM since 2013.

Prior to coBuilder Pete worked in the Offsite/Prefab modular building industry for 16 years where he was the Head of Digital Manufacturing Implementation at Premier Modular, dealing with process and business improvements, including BIM.

He has an MSc in BIM Management from Middlesex University and is a member of the BIM4M2 – a UK based (manufacturing and manufacturers) steering group and data-templates group.

This presentation will provide an overview of BIM and the government mandate. It will then provide example of how BIM can benefit businesses who implement it and what internal process improvements it can provide.

Covering the use of structured data and relevant BIM Objects and “create once – use many times” It will detail how the data can be utilised in an offsite construction business, providing real value and reducing risk and waste. It will develop upon how the data can assist various departments within an offsite business, such as Estimating, Design, Commercial, Procurement and Estimating before delivering proven examples of ROI factors that can be benchmarked and measured against.

It will also cover how supply chain interaction can be improved by the use of BIM processes, structured data and BIM Objects and how this can provide real value to all parties, part of which is the upskilling of the supply chain to deliver as required by BIM level 2.

  • Understanding of BIM and the government mandate
  • How BIM can provide internal benefits by streamlining manufacturing and internal solutions with a structured data process.
  • Contractor use of supply chain data to assist with a BIM process


Session 3: 13.15pm – 14.15pm

Demonstration of the Advantages Using Laser Scanning

Speaker: Enzo Labrosciano, Murphy Surveys

Enzo Labrosciano is BIM Manager with Murphy Surveys, and a member of the Survey4BIM group.

He has been involved in the role BIM has had to play in the construction Industry, and how surveying is the first step to ensure strong measuring of the 3D built environment throughout his career.

He has worked on many and varied survey to BIM projects across sectors from Heritage to Retail, Nuclear to Transport Infrastructure. He has more than 10 years experience in AEC fields developing BIM workflows from site to screen, and over 6 years of using and teaching Revit having successfully helped many companies across the UK with BIM implementation, content creation and as-built models.

With over 100 models produced by Murphy Surveys in the last year alone he has great experience in delivering high quality as-built BIM models.

Speaker: Jonathan Butler, Murphy Surveys

Jon Butler is a Project Manager with Murphy Surveys. He has worked in the Surveying field for over 10 years and has strong knowledge from both a technical and practical standing.

He has project managed and field experience on many major surveying projects both in the UK and across the globe. These include large scale heritage works in Whitehall, mainline city railway stations and university campus’.

His diverse experience across these different environments provides a fervent knowledge of laser scanning across the industry, and the understanding for the importance that technology plays in this.

Introduction to Murphy Surveys and scanning.

A short demonstration on data capture

Uses and capabilities of laser scanning in the construction industry

Case Studies and Example Projects.


Session 4: 14.30pm – 15.30pm

Value Misconceptions of Offsite Construction

Speaker: Josh Southern, KPMG

Joshua is a manager in KPMG’s Infrastructure business, where he specialises in advising private and public organisations in Construction innovation and investment. Joshua is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Certified Project Management Associate with 8 years’ experience in the delivery of major infrastructure projects and asset management. Joshua has diverse engineering and management multi-disciplinary experience throughout the asset life cycle in infrastructure and housing.

Observations of our industry’s performance and challenges -Value misconceptions with offsite -opportunities for government -Potential value models to make offsite work in different sectors -Next steps for our industry