Seminars 2017

The Offsite construction show is delighted to host a Programme of Seminars and Masterclasses at The Offsite Construction Show 2017. Featuring many expert speakers drawn from across the industry, there is no pre-booking – sessions and they are free to attend, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.

During the coming weeks, we will update this page with details of the Speakers & date and time of the programme.


Day 1 – Wednesday 11 October 2017

Seminar Sessions


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Session 1: 10.00 – 10.45

Session Title: Use of Calcium Nitrate in precast – quicker turnaround, lower costs, and faster ggbs setting.

Calcium Nitrate is well known as a set accelerator and for many years has been used to speed up set in cold weather concreting. Now its use for Precast; particularly to speed up turnaround and to help with ggbs setting times is becoming better known and this brief overview will focus on this and new uses for the future such as corrosion inhibition.


      Speaker: Adam Reid, Business Manager NitCal at Yara (UK) Ltd

Adam has been working for Yara for over 19 years first with Yara Nutriox -the septicity prevention chemical- and now Yara NitCal – the multifunctional admixture. Outside of work he follows Brighton football and Sussex cricket and likes nothing more than a nice pint and a good conversation’


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Session 2: 11.00 – 11.45

Session Title: Office Academy – Details to be confirmed.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Session 3: 12.00pm – 12.45pm

Session Title: BIM, Structures & DfMA; Technology and Process in perfect alignment.

Here at Trimble Solutions we welcomed the publication of the RIBA DPoW with DfMA overlay in 2016. As a software vendor to the structural market we have long been supporters of offsite manufacturing, in many cases with customers who were doing this before the term was even prevalent.

In this presentation Duncan Reed will show how Tekla customers have benefitted from offsite manufacturing techniques as well as showing how the RIBA DfMA Overlay is so well suited to BIM processes. It really is a case that DfMA and BIM are a greater sum than the two parts.


     Speaker: Duncan Reed, Digital Construction Process Manager at Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd

As Digital Construction Process Manager with Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd, a software vendor providing design and construction management systems, is primarily to support our customers with the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within their businesses and on the projects they are delivering.

In addition to this he works with industry bodies such as the BIM Task Group, BuildingSMART, Buildoffsite, COMit, British Precast, the BCSA and Constructing Excellence to share knowledge and disseminate best practice in the UK and abroad.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Session 4: 13.00pm – 13.45pm

Session Title: Architectural precast cladding solutions.

Techcrete -Details to be confirmed.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Session 5: 14.00pm – 14.45pm

British Precast: -Details to be confirmed.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Session 6: 15.00pm – 15.45pm

Session Title: Modern Methods of Construction – A ‘best practice’ presentation demonstrating load bearing Light Gauge Steel.


     Speaker: David Ellison, Business Development Manager at SIGMAT Light Gauge Steel Framing

With over 13 years in the modular/volumetric industry and over 4 years in the load bearing LIGHT GAUGE STEEL industry, David is well placed to voice opinion and experience with offsite manufacturing and how it can contribute to the construction industry and more specifically, to the Residential, Retirement Living/Care, Student Accommodation, Hotel & Education sectors.

David joined the SIGMAT Light Gauge Steel Framing/PAW Structures team in August 2014.


DAY 2 – Thursday 12 October 2017

Seminar Sessions

Thursday 12 October 2017

Session 1: 10.00am – 10.45am

Session Title: How to Specify Factory-built Bathrooms to Drive Construction Efficiency.

Working with factory-built bathrooms. It looks at:-

  • Different pods types – concrete, steel, GRP and hybrid pod solutions
  • Why use bathroom pods?
  • The types of buildings that suit bathroom pods
  • Options for refurbishment projects
  • How pods are installed
  • Specification considerations – such as loadings, access, achieving economies of scale and integration with building services
  • Procurement considerations – what guarantees to expect and how to ensure customer service excellence
  • What to look for when selecting a bathroom pod manufacturer.


      Speaker:  Roly Ward, Specification Manager, Offsite Solutions


Roly Ward is Specification Manager for Offsite Solutions – the UK’s longest established bathroom pod manufacturer.

 With wide-ranging experience in the construction industry which has included water management systems, underfloor heating solutions, and interior surfaces, Roly has worked extensively with architects and contractors


Thursday 12 October 2017

Session 2: 11.00am – 11.45am

Session Title: Office Academy – Details to be confirmed.


Thursday 12 October 2017

Session 3: 12.00am – 12.45am

Session Title: Modular Development: How to undertake a successful modular project.

The presentation will review how to design and procure a modular development to gain the commercial benefits from this system design. We will review first principles brief creation, outline the main design criteria which should inform the process and review the main failings in the procurement process. The five main design criteria for good modular design will be reviewed with a case study using CitizenM Tower of London on the success and failures in the design process, with suggested remedies. Procurement of a modular scheme will be reviewed with a design approach maintaining traditional construction as a commercial benchmark. Risk mitigation measures to limit the exposure to the modular supplier and construction method will be outlined.

   Speaker: James Walsh – Studio ANYO


Thursday 12 October 2017

Session 4: 13.00am – 13.45am

Session Title: Hinkley Point Accommodation campus.

The offsite manufacture and build of the largest hotel style accommodation in Europe for over 25 years.

         Speaker: Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer at Caledonian Group.

Paul Lang (CEO) has been in offsite manufacturing for over 17 years in senior management roles.


Thursday 12 October 2017

Session 5: 14.00am – 14.45am

British Precast: -Details to be confirmed.


Thursday 12 October 2017

Session 6: 15.00am – 154.45am

Session Title: Offsite Timber Frame Solutions for a Changing World.

Timber Frame solutions are proven, reliable & fast becoming the offsite system of choice. Against the background of a changing world, Stewart will present why this is the case, how timber frame can respond to current challenges and to look forward into future solutions, like lean site assembly, digitisation and industrialisation.

   Speaker: Stewart Dalgarno, Director of Product Development- Stewart Milne Group.

Stewart is a past chairman and director of UKTFA (UK Timber Frame Association). He is a member of the HBF National Technical & Sustainability group, member of Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group, and was steering group member of the DCLG/ZCH Design versus As Built performance project. More recently Stewart was a participant on the reconvened Sullivan Expert Panel in Scotland & been a member of the Innovations work group, within the Construction Leadership Council. He has a master’s degree in project management, lives in Oxfordshire and is a keen golfer.