Conference 2012

Past Caring? BIM and the refurbishment of older buildings

7 November 2012 at BRE Watford, sponsored by BRE Trust, College of Estate Management and IHBC

Presentations are available — click on the Presentations link from the 2012 conference link on the left

We thank the speakers for the stimulating presentations and the sponsors for their generous support for the conference.

The conference programme

Session 1
Continuing use of the stock Chair John Taylor MBE
09.45 Opening Remarks
Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Chief Executive of the BRE Group
10.00 Building Information Modelling in relation to conservation needs
David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office
10.30 Building Information and Facilities Management in Historic Buildings
Annette McGill, Charity Facities Management

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee

Session 2
Challenges, gains and experiences Chair Henry Russell OBE
11.15 The challenge of installing building services in historic buildngs
Geraldine O’Farrell, Vice-chair of CIBSE Heritage Group
11.45 Lessons to be learnt from the Bath experience
George Allan, Maintain our Heritage
12.15 Lessons to be Learnt from Monumentenwacht
Jacques Akerboom, Director Monumentenwacht Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Included in your conference fee is the opportunity to tour one of two fascinating demonstration projects at the BRE during the lunch break. Click for details of the Victorian Terrace and The Prince’s Natural Materials House. Select your option on the booking form.

Session 3
Information Gathering Chair Richard Davies
14.00 The Purpose of creating the English Housing Survey
Simon Nicol, Building Research Establishment
14.30 The Scottish House Condition Survey and maintenance needs
Jamie Robertson, Assistant Statistician, Scottish House Condition Survey

15.00 – 15.15 Tea

Session 4
Tools for the Future Chair Ingval Maxwell OBE
15.15 Digital documentation and the historic environment - Why ?
Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland
15.45 EU-CHIC results of the FP7 project: European Union - Cultural Heritage Identity Card
Professor Roko Žarnic, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
16.30 Discussion and Conference Resolution

17.00 Close

This conference will focus on whole-life initiatives that can be achieved through interdisciplinary working. It will be useful to a wide variety of owners, practitioners, trainers and policy makers. On attendance, delegates will gain valuable experience and a broad understanding of the benefits of having relevant data and the different techniques that are available, and being developed, to help ensure the future well being of the countries’ traditional building stock.

Building upon the success of the COTAC 2011 conference Improving Thermal Performance of Traditional Buildings, the 2012 international event will address the issue of how the UK's traditionally constructed 6 million properties can effectively survive in continuing use into the future. With pending initiatives such as the Green Deal, and the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirements, the underlying challenge is to ensure that such properties fundamentally can achieve, and remain in, a fit state of health.

There is an agreed desire to ensure that our buildings have a sustainable future. Central to achieving this is how to ensure that associated actions and developments are equally sustainable in practice.

In considering the range of topics that have to be reflected upon, the conference will look at how existing information on the physical condition can be put to best advantage in determining an integrated way forward. Building upon European experience, such as the success of the Monumentenwacht scheme, and the recently concluded EU-Cultural Heritage Identity Card FP7 research project involving a consortium of 12 partners from 11 countries, the conference will also consider how data from the National House Condition Surveys can assist in determining a cohesive approach to the issues involved.

COTAC reserves the right to vary or change the programme in the light of unforeseen circumstances

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