7 December 202209:00 - 10:00 GMT
Structural and fire safety has been brought into sharp focus in recent years, particularly following the collapse of Champlain Towers in Miami in 2021 and the London Grenfell fire tragedy in 2017.
CROSS (Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures) is the confidential system that shares lessons learned from voluntarily submitted reports regarding incidents, near-misses and occurrences during a structure’s design, construction, operation, and ultimate demolition. The system, originally for structural safety reporting, has been expanded to cover fire safety, following a recommendation by Dame Judith Hackitt in her post-Grenfell review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
The panel will explore CROSS's origins, expansion and future, and it will discuss example safety reports.
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Appreciate the value of safety reporting and sharing lessons learned
Understand the difference between mandatory and voluntary occurrence reporting under the Building Safety Act
Recognise the importance of fire safety and its relevance to structural safety
This briefing will be relevant to all structural and fire engineers working in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings, structures and bridges.
CROSS is a community of professionals who share safety information and learn from each other’s experiences.
By creating a non-judgmental community, CROSS encourages as many professionals as possible to submit safety reports to enable positive change and improved safety.
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Alastair is a founding member of CROSS where he is now a Consultant and member of the CROSS Technical Board.
Alastair was the Director of CROSS and then Structural-Safety from 2005 to 2021 and is a founding member of CROSS. In 2021 he became a Consultant and a member of the CROSS Technical Board. Responsible for introducing CROSS in Australasia, and the USA.
Julie has over 20 years' experience in delivering safety, quality and productivity in the built environment. In her work, she has supported the most innovative construction projects in the UK and abroad. She is a professor and director at TEDI London, an engineering higher-education provider for future engineers, founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney.
She is a member of SCOSS, co-chair of the ICE's Community Advisory Board on Engineering Fundamentals and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Neil was lead officer for fire protection within the UK Chief Fire Officers Association (now NFCC) from 2007 to 2013, chairing the group that managed the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Since moving on from the fire and rescue service, Neil has been President and CEO of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
He was chair of a national working group set up to improve product safety recalls, appointed by the then BEIS Minister Margot James. He supported the post Grenfell industry led work, as a member of the Competency Steering Group and secretary of the fire engineers group, as well as assisting Structural-Safety with the expansion of CROSS to incorporate fire safety.
Paul is a chartered structural engineer with 30 years’ experience as a consultant engineer and project manager within the building sector. He is responsible for the overall management of CROSS and works closely with the various stakeholders and expert panels; he shares their passion to ensure that knowledge is shared, best practice is adopted, and lessons are learned to promote safety across the industry.
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