CPD TRAINING SESSIONS

Epicuro founder and respected civil engineering consultant, Professor Denis Chamberlain FICE, delivers a series of CPD sessions for individuals working in the construction industry.

In addition to his distinguished academic career, Professor Chamberlain has been instrumental in the development of novel inspection techniques and in the introduction of construction materials which are safer for workers and the natural environment.

In these CPD sessions, Professor Chamberlain draws on both his extensive knowledge of material science and his practical experience gained through involvement in numerous structure and building restoration contracts in the UK and abroad.

CPD sessions are run over periods of two to four hours.

Please call 020 7125 0071 to find out more about our CPD offering.


CPD SESSION - A

CORRECTING MOISTURE AND WATER INGRESS IN BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

Target Participants
Architects and Engineers

Benefit for Attendees
Participants will have increased knowledge of achieving reliable outcomes in moisture and water ingress correction work.

Feedback Method 
Multiple choice Q & A test.

 

Content Outline

This seminar commences with an account of the causes and effects of moisture and water ingress in buildings and structures, both above and below ground. Corrective measures are then presented with reference to generic materials and their corresponding installation methods. Attendees will gain an understanding of the part that both traditional and modern materials can play in solving these sometimes difficult engineering problems. Insight will be gained into how different material systems work, including those exploiting nano-technology, and how the onsite engineer can influence the quality of outcomes in corrective works.

Case studies are used to give a practical interpretation, including the restoration of masonry vaults at London Bridge Station.


 
CPD SESSION - B

CLEANING AND PROTECTION OF BUILDING FACADES, STRUCTURES AND PAVEMENTS

Target Participants: 
Architects and Building Restoration Specialists

Benefit for Attendees
Increased understanding of the how better outcomes can be achieved in building facade rehabilitation and maintenance.

Feedback Method 
Multiple choice Q & A test.

 

Content Outline

This seminar commences with an explanation of how and why the various material elements of building exteriors aesthetically and mechanically deteriorate, by both natural and human agencies.

This is used to define appropriate preventative and corrective measures in terms of methods and generic material types. The effectiveness of different approaches to address common problems is examined, including efflorescence, mosses and lichen, pollution soiling, fuel staining, oxidisation, graffiti and concrete carbonation.

Case studies are used to demonstrate solution to practical, onsite problems. These include aspects of the 2012 London Olympics premises.


 

CPD SESSION - C

SPECIFICATION AND ONSITE MANAGEMENT FOR BRIDGE DECK WATERPROOFING

Target Participants: 
Bridge Engineers and Contractors

Benefit for Attendees
Increased understanding of the how better outcomes can be achieved in bridge deck waterproofing measures.

Feedback Method 
Multiple choice Q & A test.

 

Content Outline

This seminar commences with a review of current standards relating to bridge deck repair, preparation and waterproofing. This is followed by an account of how the quality of repair and preparation influence the longevity of the waterproofing provision.

Different types of waterproofing systems are examined and the effects of moisture content and climatic condition on their installation and performance. The reliability of current and developing methods of inspection are then examined in a bid to support quality management. Achieving increased value for money in waterproofing is also reviewed on the basis of what is achievable using modern materials rather than just performing to current standards. Environmental issues are presented, exposing some myths in material safety.

Case studies are drawn for a portfolio of several hundred highway and rail bridge restoration projects.


 
CPD SESSION - D

BUILDING FAÇADE AND RESTORATION PROTECTION

Target Participants: 
Architects and Property Managers

Benefit for Attendees
Participants will have increased knowledge of achieving better outcomes in building façade restoration and protection projects.

Feedback Method 
Multiple choice Q & A test.

 

Content Outline

The seminar commences with an account of the nature and causes of building façade deterioration, referring to both the structural and aesthetic material elements. This includes a review of the outcomes of employing damaging materials and processes, especially in past cleaning and protection works.

Restoration measures are then presented with reference to generic materials and their corresponding installation methods. This considers the properties of different natural stone and other façade materials and their response to applied materials and processes.

Case studies are used to give a practical interpretation of this, giving insight into how different restoration materials work, including those exploiting nano-technology. The influence of quality management is examined and some myths separated from fact.

Sustainability

Our approach to the environment

At Epicuro we pride ourselves on operating at the leading edge of producing green building materials which are both superior in performance and environmentally safer than others. We offer a range of protective, waterproofing and cleaning products that contain little or no solvents and are non-toxic. This ensures there is as little an impact on the environment as possible.

At Epicuro we:

  • Comply with, and generally exceed, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice relating to sustainability
  • Develop and manufacture products that are more effective, longer-lasting and less demanding of the world’s precious natural resources
  • Actively encourage architects, designers, engineers and builders to promote the adoption of alternative greener materials over conventional building products
  • Provide on-site product application training to ensure that our products are correctly applied, which helps to maximise product performance and prevents failures, waste and losses
  • Strive to manufacture and distribute our products as effectively as possible to reduce waste, delivery journeys and pollution
  • Recycle containers, storage boxes and production materials wherever possible

 
CPD SESSION - E

IMPROVEMENT AND PROTECTION OF
WATER AFFECTED MASONRY AND OTHER POROUS SURFACES

Speaker: 
Professor Denis A. Chamberlain FICE is the Technical Director of material manufacturer and supplier, Epicuro Ltd. He is an active researcher in building materials and the former MD of a structural coatings contractor. He provides consultancy services in water ingress remediation, regularly authors technical papers and articles on construction materials, and holds Patents registrations for materials and other inventions.

Suggested Participants
Architects, Designers, Engineers and Facility Managers working in building restoration and refurbishment, including underground structures.

Intended benefits for attendees:
Increased understanding of how water affected masonry, concrete and other susceptible building materials can be improved and protected from further deterioration, including the ‘moisture blocking method.’ Also, an appreciation of sustainability issues in surface repair and improvement.

 

Content Outline

Introudction

A summary account is given of Epicuro, the products it manufactures and associated services. This is followed by snap shots of Epicuro’s joint PhD research programmes with Brunel University, these addressing (i) heat island effects in cities, (ii) reinforced soil buildings, (iii) water ingress control and (iv) structural concrete protection.

Main Presentation

The presentation continues in two parts

(i) correction of water ingress and damp conditions in concrete and masonry referenced to underground structures and

(ii) assessment of sustainability in remediation and improvement of water and damp affected materials and surfaces.

Most relevant to London, with its hundreds of lost rivers, an explanation of water ingress and its deteriorating effects is presented. The various approaches to remediation are then reviewed as traditional and innovative alternatives. In particular, the ‘moisture blocking’ method is explained, which works to preserve the aesthetic contribution of heritage masonry and other materials. This avoids the use of canopies that can serve to hide progressive structural deterioration of masonry. A case study for London Bridge Station masonry vaults is used to illustrate this.

Sustainability of remedial measures and surface improvement is then examined on an energy basis. Here we see that durability and longevity of remediation and improvement measures are extremely influential. Worked examples are given to illustrate this.

Assessment:

Ten multiple choice questions relating to key content. Time allowed at conclusion of presentation.