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Conference Programme – Wednesday 26th April


09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40

Introduction from Conference Chairman

09:40 - 10:00

3D printing applications for the AEC market

Interactive 3D printed models are fast becoming common tools for the construction and architectural industry to help better describe their projects at design stage or to win competitions. In this interactive class we will pass around live 3D printed models and explain which technologies were used and how to ensure files are ready for 3D print. We will also touch Continue Reading »

10:00 - 10:20

Ductal, high performance cement composite material with Duncan MacKellar, Armourcoat Surface Finishes

The result of nearly 20 years of research and development, Ductal®, the product showcased in this seminar, is a revolutionary ultra-high performance cement composite material with outstanding characteristics that are unique in the world of mineral building materials. Ductal® is ideally suited to the manufacture of lightweight decorative building façades. It can be cast in large thin panels with an outstanding level Continue Reading »

10:20 - 10:40

Use of fabric formwork for reinforced concrete

Geoff Morrow will present a project StructureMode have completed in Cambodia that involved the use of fabric to cast reinforced concrete beams and columns of two 2-storey buildings in only eight weeks. The method deskilled the formwork installation process on site and allowed prefabrication of the fabric by local tailors, which made the site construction process faster. Geoff will also outline Continue Reading »

10:40 - 11:00
Armourcoat, The Concrete Centre, StructureMode

Concrete Panel Debate

What’s new in concrete? Concrete in a variety of forms has been used successfully in construction for thousands of years. The way in which concrete is made and used has evolved and innovated to meet contemporary building needs. This seminar explores some of the more recent developments in the composition, properties and performance of concrete and how it is evolving. Continue Reading »

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:40

The future of cavity wall construction with Paul Forrester, Recticel Insulation

Is the future of cavity wall construction already here? After considering the historical context of cavity wall construction, understanding the common existing solutions and why we build them, this presentation looks at design considerations and how innovation in cavity wall insulation addresses them. It also asks what the future holds, and whether that future might actually be here already…

11:40 - 12:00

A material world with George Adams, SPIE

12:00 - 12:20

Insulation Panel Debate

  • Rob Warren Technical Committee Chair / Head of Technical - BRUFMA / Celotex
  • George Adams Director of Energy & Engineering - SPIE UK
  • Paul Forrester Technical Services Manager - Recticel Insulation
12:20 - 12:40

British stone paving – More variety and production capacity

Michael Heap will review the British materials now available for paving, with special attention to the new materials now being produced. Since the installation of the Geological path at the British Geological Survey in 2012 which showcased many stones that were unfamiliar to most, there has been a growing interest in the use of British stone for paving. York stone Continue Reading »

12:40 - 13:00

Innovation in Stone with Bruno Miglio, FMDC

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and a digitised approach to the material lifecycle

Lifecycle modelling, Asset Information Models, Totex, Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Big Data are all seen as future consumers of the Information element associated with Materials from within BIM. However, the AEC industry presently struggles to move from paper deliverables to the needs of delivering structured information in the form of Construction Operation Building information exchange (COBie). Whilst a Continue Reading »

14:20 - 14:40

Materials Review with Biomimetic Case Study

There are a vast range of simple and smart materials available for use in architecture. A brief review of these will be given and a case study using a moths eye inspired surface material will be described.

14:40 - 15:00

Bio-based materials – how renewable materials are smarter, Rachel Bevan Architects

Renewable, plant based, construction materials are often chosen for their environmental and health characteristics but they also can out-perform conventional materials. Insulation materials from wood fibre, wool, cellulose and hemp can improve air quality, reduce risks of damp and mould, and provide better energy efficiency through thermal storage. Prejudice against natural materials ignores the sophistication of modern manufacturing and the Continue Reading »

15:00 - 15:20
Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University, Rachel Bevan Architects

Smart Materials Panel Debate

15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:20

Low carbon materials for a healthier world

Interest in the use of traditional construction and natural materials, such as earth and crop based materials, has grown significantly in recent years as alternatives to energy intensive technologies are sought. Though there have been successes market development of these technologies have remained niche despite over 20 years recent promotion and development. The presentation presents a summary of recent developments, Continue Reading »

  • Professor Pete Walker Director - BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University of Bath
16:20 - 16:40

The chicken or the egg? Materials and Technology

This concluding talk for Materials 2017 is a cry to arms to encourage the specifiers , Architects and Designers, to be less risk adverse and actively specify new materials within their new projects in the same way they almost daily adopt new technology to support their personal and commercial lives. Using a few materials, Annabelle will illustrate what potential game Continue Reading »

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