Small Practitioners Conference 2017

Master the fundamentals of running a small structural engineering practice 

Ideal for owners, directors, managers and employees working in small practices or as sole practitioners, this one day conference will provide you with advice and tools on a range of essential topics as well as the opportunity to network with your contemporaries.

We’ve gathered expert speakers on everything from managing contracts, CDM requirements and client relationships to working collaboratively with BIM, so you only need to take one day out of the office to update yourself with the essentials.
 
Date 14 June 2017
Time 09:30 - 17:00
Cost Members: £82 + VAT
Non-members: £210 + VAT
Students: £50 + VAT
Location  The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, UK


The conference is now fully booked. Please contact the Events Team if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
 

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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