Small Practitioners Conference 2017

Master the fundamentals of running a small structural engineering practice 

This conference was Ideal for owners, directors, managers and employees working in small practices or as sole practitioners. The conference provided advice and tools on a range of essential topics.

We gathered expert speakers on everything from managing contracts, CDM requirements and client relationships to working collaboratively with BIM.

Programme

Conference Chairman: Norman Train, Train and Kemp 
 

09:30   

 Registration and refreshments
 

10:00

 Welcome - Norman Train, Conference Chairman

10:10  
 Institution "scene setting" - Martin Powell
 
10:35  
 Keynote address | Small Practices: much more than structural engineering expertise - Ingrid Chauvet, RISE Structural  Engineers
 
11:05  
 Discussion
 

11:15

 Session 1: BIM – collaboration and communication 

11:15  
 BIM for small practitioners: getting started with BIM and collaborating with partners - Jason Stordy, HA Consulting  Engineers
 
11:35  
 Discussion
 
11:45  
 Break

 

12:00

 Session 2: Contracts, client relationships and requirements

12:00  
 Appropriateness of contracts: introduction to law and understanding contracts and risk management - Kevin  Corbett, Galliford Try Plc
 
12:20  
 When things go wrong: an overview - Kristy MacDonald, Institution Disciplinary Manager
 
12:40  
 CDM statutory requirements and what this means to small practitioners - Philip Baker, Institution Health and Safety  Panel Chair
 
13:00  
 Discussion
 
13:20  
 Lunch and networking

 
14:30  
 Regulatory control (England and Wales): navigating your way through building requirements and understanding  common issues that delay applications - Anthony Oloyede, Building Control Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon  and Pete Hackley, Senior Structural Engineer, London Borough of Hillingdon
 
14:50
 Regulatory control: understanding how the Scottish system works - Robert Jopling, SER
 
15:15
 Discussion
 
15:30
 Break
 

15:45

 Session 3: Insurance

15:45  
 Professional indemnity insurance - Stephen Hargreaves, Griffiths and Armour
 
16:05  
 Discussion
 
16:15  
 Open forum to discuss any further questions and issues arising from the conference that affect small  practitioners

 
16:45  
 Summary - Norman Train, Conference Chairman

 
17:00  
 Close
 

 
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