Seminar Sessions

DAY 1 – Wednesday 20 March 2019

Seminar Sessions

Session 1: 10.30 – 11.15 

Session Title: Comprehensive multi-technology non-destructive testing and imaging of concrete structures.

– Overview of technologies for concrete inspection and imaging
– Operating principle and detection capabilities of each technology
– Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of the technologies
– Complementarity of the technologies, showcased with examples
– Recent technology advances, showcased with examples
– Real-world non-destructive testing of infrastructure at scale and on a budget.

 Speaker: Karolina Rzepiejewska-Małyska – Product Manager, Proceq

Karolina Rzepiejewska-Małyska, Product Manager at Proceq, holds MSc. Eng. and PhD from Warsaw University of Technology and MBA from Strathclyde Business School. Background in Mechatronics (instrumentation) and Nanotechnology (nanostructured ceramic composite materials).
Experienced in Non-destructive Testing area in developing, launching and managing variety of solutions for both industrial as well as academic applications. Focused on delivering to the customers business viable, impactful and smart technical products


Session 2: 11.30 – 12.15

Session Title: Unlocking concrete batch plant potential. The benefits of a process led approach.

Many concrete batch plants in operation throughout the UK aren’t performing to their full potential. Identifying what improvements will make the greatest impact is critical to driving better overall operational efficiency. Our seminar will show why changing perspective and taking a process led view of the plant helps inform pro-active decision making on plant investment and maintenance issues.
Developed through our experience within the industry, James Bullock will showcase ‘Make it better’, a simple, structured approach to analysing plant problems and eradicating process bottlenecks. The presentation will include best practice examples showing how solving relatively minor production process problems not only delivers better plant efficiency, but also impacts on safety, product quality, environmental compliance and staff welfare.

Speaker: James Bullock – Managing Director, Concrete Technology Specialist ConSpare

James Bullock is the Managing Director of concrete technology specialist ConSpare Ltd. Having joined the business in 1984, James has over 30 years’ experience in the UK concrete industry, specialising in the supply of equipment and services that help transform the concrete production process. James is also an Executive Committee Member of the Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA).


Session 3: 12.45 – 13.30

Session Title: The Use of Software in Concrete Production and Delivery – Chaired by Steven Callaghan 

Chair: Steven Callaghan – The UK CONCRETE Show

Show Director of The UK CONCRETE Show and Editor of the Concrete Times, Steven has spent a lifetime in the concrete business. He has been involved in product design, demonstration, installation and manufacture worldwide and has specialist knowledge of decorative concrete, industrial flooring and direct fixing.

Speaker: Rebeka Balassa – Optimix – Director, OptiMixt Ltd

Rebeka demonstrates the Optimixt system to readymix producers as well as being responsible for all PR and publications.
She joined OptiMixt in 2017 and was personally trained on the system by the main technologist responsible for the ongoing 20 year development of OptiMixt.

Speaker: David Taylor – Command Alkon – UK Area Sales Manager

David is currently the UK Area Sales Manager for Command Alkon and has been employed by the company for 11 years. As a field service engineer for Command Alkon, he installed batch systems around the world, and this product and industry knowledge has helped David excel in his current sales position.


Session 4: 13.45 – 14.30

Session Title: Evolving Decorative Concrete – Flair, Care and Compliance

The varied nature of decorative concrete installations has never been so great, from polished concrete floors and walls, to creative cement based carvable renders. The use of decorative concrete in motorway bridges, zoos, drive thrus and driveways shows how versatile concrete can be in the hands of the artist & craftsman. This session will inform and excite anyone who loves concrete as a medium for anything other than fifty shades of grey.

 Speaker: John Grant – Sales and Marketing Manager, Pattern Imprinted Concrete Supplies

John Grant began his 35 year career in the concrete industry as a shipper and technical sales representative on the South Coast with the RMC Group in 1981, and then has spent the last 25 years helping develop Pattern Imprinted Concrete Supplies into the leading manufacturing, supply and decorative concrete design business within the UK. John’s enthusiasm and industry knowledge has seen him help take imprinted concrete into areas of construction far and wide over the last quarter of a century.


Session 5: 14.45 – 15.30

Session Title: Green Concrete For a More Sustainable Environment and Future

This presentation will put forth some of the innovative and proposed solutions being used and developed to reduce CO2 emissions, recycle a variety of materials for use in concrete mix designs, and develop new and innovative products that could provide a more sustainable and cleaner environment for our future.

 Speaker: Mark Muratore – President, Concrete Results Inc.

Mark Muratore has been in the cement and concrete industry since 1976. He began serving from then until 1987 with Lone Star Industries when he was made Vice President Operations through 1991. After Lone Star, Mr. Muratore was a member of the executive management team for Alamo Cement / Buzzi Unicem in San Antonio. Mr. Muratore also served as a Vice President for Pavestone Company in Dallas from 1997 through April 2007. In concurrent positions he also assisted in the formation of Veneerstone Company, a division of Pavestone and served as its President. Served on the Board of Directors for the Manufactured Stone Veneer Association, is a member of ASTM, and served on the Board of Directors for the American Concrete Institute in Texas.
Mark  has operated over 40 precast, paver, and wetcast operations; designed stone veneer, wetcast, and concrete paver plants; and has assisted business owners and plant managers in elevating their performance and increasing profitability.


Session 6: 15.45 – 16.30

Session Title: Temporary works Explained

What are temporary works? Roles and responsibilities within BS5975? What the HSE expect

 Speaker: Simon Goldsmith – Chief Executive Officer at SJG Group

A Bsc graduate from the University of Teeside, Simon spent 2 years designing structural racking systems for Storplan Systems before moving to Keller Ground Engineering in the position of Senior Engineer, where he spent 8 years. He then spent almost 6 years with Shepherd Construction as Temporary Works Manager, before becoming Chief Executive Officer at SJG Group. He has also established himself within the industry as a well-recognised Temporary Works training course and awareness CPD facilitator, training over 5000 industry professionals and has been requested to deliver temporary works training at ‘working well together’ groups for the HSE.


DAY 2 – Thursday 21st March 2019

Seminar Sessions

Session 1: 10.30 – 11.15 

Session Title: BIM overcomes concrete challenges

The presentation will showcase how BIM works to overcome challenges of detailing ground slabs, fixing shop drawing standards and more.
BIM helps to achieve flawless collaboration amongst stakeholders, reducing errors and improving building performance. The presentation will focus on how BIM streamlines project information management processes, such as document control, resolution of design problems by RFI management, to provide effective project solutions and collaborations.

 Speaker: David Brown (RIBA) – Regional Director, Pinnacle Infotech


Session 2: 11.30 – 12.15

Session Title: High Density Concrete in Construction

This presentation will focus on the characteristics of MagnaDense and its properties within concrete, followed by three of the most recent applications including; The Crossrail project and the development of the first High Density Floating Track Slab (FTS); the use of dense concrete in nuclear new builds and the development of concrete waste encapsulation boxes; the development of a high density dolphin mooring quay in the Port of Tyne.

  Speaker: Richard Hunt – Sales Manager Magnetite.

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in the building and construction industry, focussing more recently on specialist sales into civil engineering. Richard has a particular focus on hydrostatic pressure applications, particularly in tunnels and in the development of counterweights for bridges and other applications.


Session 3: 12.30 – 13.15

Session Title: Specifying Sustainable Concrete

     Speaker: Robin Styles – Technical Development Manager Hanson

Robin is Technical Development Manager for Hanson Cement for the south of the UK. Over 30 years of experience in the cement and concrete industry in the UK, Europe and Middle East. Prior to moving back to the UK in 2017, Robin was involved with promoting and increasing the use of sustainable cementitious materials in the Gulf region.


Session 4: 13.30 – 14.15

 Session Title: Game Changer: Realtime slump measurement during transport

Introduction of a ‘game changer’ within the concrete industry. A real-time measurement of concrete slump during the transport of the concrete.
Both the driver, the customer and the concrete plant will gain insight into, among other things, the slump, volume and temperature of the concrete from loading to unloading at work. Unprecedented benefits for logistics, quality and production can be implemented.

Speaker: Rob Piosik  – Business Development Manager, Command Alkon

Rob Piosik, Business Development Manager for Command Alkon, has been working in the industry for over 30 years. His global experience in the Heavy Buildings Materials Industry combined with his extensive knowledge of business and automation solutions is the foundation for helping customers strive for excellence.

Session 5: 14.30 – 15.15

Session Title: Methods for waste water pH adjustment

Outline: Water that comes into contact with freshly exposed or poured concrete has a strongly alkaline pH (circa 13). We discuss the legal and financial implications of this and the treatment options available

 Speaker: Tom Whitesmith – Regional Technical Sales Engineer, Siltbuster

Tom Whitesmith. Tom is Siltbuster’s regional technical sales engineer for Wales and Northern Ireland based in the company’s headquarters in Monmouth. He is a Physics graduate who studied Sedimentation Analysis prior to starting with Siltbuster on their graduate programme two years ago. He is a fluent Welsh speaker and an Army Reservist.