Here is the seminar programme for 2022. Seminar programme for London 2023 will be going live next year.
11.00am - 11.30am
Circular Economy for Mineral-based Construction Materials
This presentation will introduce the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials (ICEC-MCM), a 4-year, £4.5m collaboration between academia, industry and policy makers aimed a facilitating the transition to a circular economy.
Mineral-based construction materials are the UK’s largest resource flow and are of strategic importance for construction, the UK’s third largest economic sector. 177 million tonnes of virgin aggregates, 15 million tonnes of cement and 2 billion bricks are used annually in the UK.
With increasing construction activity and the upcoming plan to invest £600 billion in new infrastructure over the next decade, we need to investigate how we move from a make-take-break linear model to a circular economy, reducing costs to industry, reducing waste and pollution, and benefiting the natural environment on which we depend.
Prof Leon Black will present the ICEC-MCM, a cross-disciplinary collaboration between 26 world-class researchers and more than 60 national and international partners from all sectors of the construction industry, local and national government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other academics to move to a circular built environment.
Professor Leon Black, Professor of Infrastructure Materials, University of Leeds
Leon is Professor of Infrastructure Materials at the University of Leeds and co-director of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials.
He has over 25 years’ experience researching the durability of various construction materials, with the past 15 years focussing on the durability of low-carbon concrete. In particular, his work has looked at how the use of industrial wastes and by-products can be used in concrete. Leon is Editor of the ICE Publication Advances in Cement Research.
He is PI for the National Centre for Infrastructure Materials in Leeds, a multi-million-pound centre to investigate the weathering and long-term performance of a range of construction materials.
11:30am - 12:00pm
REAL Repurposed Excavated Arising Loop: Transformation of London clay into construction resources - Supplementary cementitious material and lightweight aggregate
The session will run through the resource efficiency, waste management, decarbonisation & overall sustainability challenge in the construction industry the REAL project is seeking to address. Results of the testing of the London Clay raw material for its suitability to produce supplementary cementitious material (SCM) & Light Weight Aggregates (LWA) therefrom, as well as progress so far on concrete mix designs containing the calcined London Clay cement replacement will be presented and discussed.
An understanding of the potential and limitations for London Clay, a relatively abundant resource in the London Basin, to be transformed into useful construction materials, particularly cement replacement, via a circular economy process.
Athina Papakosta, Sustainability and Whole Life Carbon Manager, SCS Railways
Athina is a Sustainability and Whole Life Carbon consultant for the built environment, currently leading on sustainability for the Main Works Civils Contract for HS2 London Tunnels. Her remit mainly involves driving best practice and meeting ambitious targets with regards to carbon emissions minimisation, resource efficiency & circular economy and input to the strategic sustainability planning. Athina trained as a civil engineer with a keen interest in the environmental performance of built projects since early on. Specialised in LCA for construction, she has 10 years of hands-on experience in measurement and management of carbon emissions over the life cycle of projects as well as a strong track record in developing, pitching and coordinating delivery of carbon mitigation solutions.
Dr Fragkoulis Kanavaris, Leading Concrete Materials Specialist, ARUP
Dr Fragkoulis Kanavaris is Arup’s concrete and cementitious materials expert with experience in materials specification, low carbon concrete, simulating, testing, designing and monitoring concrete structures and with contributions in more than 250 projects worldwide. He is chairing and is a contributing member several RILEM and fib committees on concrete performance and low carbon concrete alternatives.
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Steel Circularity - From Consumption to Regeneration
An understanding of the Linear Economic process, the impacts, contradictions and unintended consequences, followed by how we transition innovation strategy through Collaborative Circular Steel Solutions to deliver prosperity for future generations.
Eoin Bailey, UK Innovation Manager, Celsa Steel UK
13:00pm - 13:45pm
Steer your precast company through an uncertain market
In just one year, we have experienced a worldwide epidemic and the current war in Ukraine, affecting our spending in procurement, in production and in the supply of items. How do we prepare in the best possible way, what requirements do we have to make for the individual departments and not least, what demands do we make on our internal systems and processes that ensure that we are best prepared for the unknown?
Kenneth Boysen, Constructing Architect, Betsy
Kenneth Boysen is a trained Constructing Architect, while he has started a postgraduate degree as a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. Kenneth has worked for the past 9 years implementing IT systems, calculations, data analysis, time studies and much more, exclusively for precast companies.
14:00pm - 14:45pm
From Data to Outcomes - How technology can improve business efficiency
This session will look at two issues facing business today, Asset Location and Data Compatibility and demonstrate that by deploying a Technological Solution business can become more efficient, reduce risk and increase profitability.
Craig Allan, Director of Global Partnerships, Abax UK
Craig is an establish Sales and Marketing professional who has spent many years building Ecosystems to allow new and innovative ideas to grow and flourish. He is passionate about educating businesses about new and emerging ideas and solutions that can allow them to grow. He is also always willing to listen and learn – as that is how he believes the next ‘big thing’ will be discovered.