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Conference 2013

Practical Application of Digital Technologies

26 November 2013 at The Gallery at Alan Baxter and Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL sponsored by Alan Baxter Associates, College of Estate Management and IHBC

The conference programme

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This conference will look at how digital building information can be gathered and used in practical and cost-effective ways to care for historic buildings.


The day will include practical case studies showing how organisations are recording buildings and using building data to manage conservation planning.


Key topics

  • How organisations are using new digital technologies for recording buildings and managing conservation
  • Future-proofing: How do you assess which technologies are the best investment for you?
  • How can you assess which technologies and platforms are the best investment for your organisation?
  • What are the key steps for successful implementation?
  • Digital Asset Management in practice: how do you record, structure, store, share and secure building data?
  • How do you use all that digital information for day-to-day conservation management?

Including the following Presentations:

Embracing a Digital Future —the experience and adventures of Historic Scotland amongst the cloud of points
Early adopters of digital documentation, Historic Scotland and its partners continue to push the envelope — this talk will look both backwards and forwards.

Speaker Dr. David Mitchell
Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland


Historic Building Information Modelling — A Low Cost Option
Researchers at the Dublin Institute of Technology have been developing a process called Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM).

  • How HBIM can be used for combining laser scanning with high-end Building Information Modelling software platforms
  • The options for using free or low-cost elements, including Trimble Sketchup and AutoDesk 123d catch and a library of historic building elements
  • Using HBIM in practice
  • Examples of completed projects

Speaker Dr. Maurice Murphy
College of Engineering and Built Environment
Dublin Institute of Technology


How CyArk is Using Data to Inform Conservation
CyArk and CyArk Europe are not-for-profit organisations dedicated to the digital preservation of cultural heritage sites. They are working on "The Scottish Ten", a five-year project which aims to create exceptionally accurate digital models of Scotlandís five UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites (WHS) and five international heritage sites in order to better conserve and manage them.

This presentation will show how Cyark uses laser scanning, digital 3D modelling and other leading-edge technologies to collect, archive, and provide open access to data about sites.

It will focus on how the data can be used to inform conservation activities and also to support web-based site information for virtual access.

Speaker Ruth Parsons
Executive Director, CyArk Europe



Case Study: Developing and Using Digital Information at Freemason's Hall
Freemason's Hall is one of England's finest Art Deco buildings, and is Grade II* listed internally and externally. This presentation will look at:
  • How digitised 3D plans of Freemasons Hall were developed
  • Using the data for on-going maintenance works
  • Sharing data with contractors and consultants
  • Using "the cloud" and Dropbox
  • Outcomes and conclusions

Speaker Roger Carter BSc CEng FCIM
Director of Operations, Freemasons Hall (2004-2013)


Case Study: Digital Information and Conservation Management at St. Michael's Mount
  • A review of work done and the current forward look (10 Year Strategy)
  • Quinquennial Inspections, developing a Maintenance Handbook
  • Preparing a management plan
  • Data management and conclusions with reference to BIM

Speaker Richard Davies
Partner, MRDA Architects



Developing COTACís Online Resources
COTAC is developing its two websites into resources for professional education in conservation. This presentation will report on:
  • key features of the two sites and planned upgrades
  • how the sites integrate with professional accreditation schemes
  • how the sites relate to wider educational and training initiatives

Speaker Ingval Maxwell OBE
Chairman, COTAC


Full details and booking information


FAQ: Useful Information for making your booking

Venue and Travel Information
The conference will be held at the Gallery at Alan Baxter and Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. The building is two minutes from Farringdon tube station which is on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan tube lines.  Farringdon is also a station on the First Capital Connect overground rail network.


What the Fees include
The fee includes attendance, conference materials, lunch & refreshments. COTAC is an educational charity, and we don’t charge VAT.


CPD & Certificates
This conference qualifies for 5.5. hours CPD. Participants will get a certificate for their CPD files.


Booking Terms and Conditions
Submission of a completed booking form constitutes a firm booking and as such the client agrees to COTAC’s terms and conditions herein  COTAC reserves the right to amend or cancel the date or venue of events at any time. If an event is cancelled, the client is entitled to a full refund. COTAC is not responsiblefor any consequential losses.


Cancellations & transfers:
If you need to cancel a booking we need to receive notice in writing from the person who authorised your booking. If you withdraw from a confirmed booking for any reason and do not send a substitute from your organisation, you must pay a cancellation/transfer fee where it applies.The fees are based on how much notice we get before the event date and a percentage of the price.


Cancellation/transfer fees:
Written notice received by COTAC:

  • 15-21 days before conference date - 25%
  • 1-14 days before conference date - 85%
  • On the day of the conference - 100%

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


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