DAY 1 – Wednesday 21 March 2018

Seminar Sessions


Session 1: 10.00 – 10.45

Session Title: Specifying Sustainable Concrete.

GGBS is a cement addition with a well established history. Over the last decade one of its qualities has gone from the bottom of the agenda to the top-that is embodied CO2.Hanson Cement has decided that it’s time to revive awareness of GGBS and in particular the contribution it can make towards improving concrete’s sustainability credentials.

 Speaker: Paul Rounce Technical Development Manager at Hanson Cement

Paul, has held a variety of technical roles, starting as a laboratory technician with the Appleby Group in 2003 and progressing through to Technical Development Manager within Hanson Cement


Session 2: 11.00 – 11.45

Session Title: Challenging the Status Quo of the Concrete Industry.

During our seminar we will look at some established and startup businesses who have enhanced the overall ‘customer experience’ by challenging the norm, changing the landscape and in turn, the market in general. We will discuss how these companies are representing themselves and gained a huge competitive advantage by embracing modern technology. Keeping in mind their best practices; we address our Concrete Industry and discover how technology can support your business.

Speakers: David Taylor, UK Area Sales Manager, Command Alkon
Guest Speakers: Dave Phillips (Director UK) and Michael Hoagland (EMEA Sales Manager)

David Taylor UK Area Sales Manager for Command Alkon and has been employed by the company for 11 years. He worked for them as a field service engineer installing batch systems around the world, and this product and industry knowledge has helped David excel in his current Sales position


Session 3: 12.00pm – 12.45pm

Session Title: Precast Concrete Manufacture and Technology – what does the future hold?

Join Richard as he briefly reflects on his company’s transition from traditional 2D ways of working to becoming an established BIM process company. O’Reilly utilise many of the often advertised benefits of a BIM ‘way of working’, including greater detailing efficiency, data accuracy and engaging their clients with 3D information.

Speaker: Richard Kowalski Technical Director at O’Reilly Concrete

Richard Kowalski has been at the forefront of driving technological change into O’Reilly Concrete and he is passionate about how the benefits technology and BIM transform precast concrete production.

Richard and Ismail will share their vision for the future as O’Reilly further leverage the benefits of BIM through innovative new technologies like Trimble headsets, augmented reality, point cloud mapping and taking BIM to site.

Speaker: Ismail Makda Business Development Manager Precast and Concrete Trimble Solutions UK Ltd

Ismail has been in the Concrete Construction industry for over 20 years and started at Trimble in Sept 2013 where he heads up the UK Concrete and Contractor Division. He engages clients on BIM solutions and how to make their lives easier in the world of digital information.
Previously working at Lafarge Aggregates from 1997 and working with contractors dealing with everything from landfill, recycled, concrete, asphalt and everything in between! He graduated from Hertfordshire Uni with a 2:1 in Business Studies.
Ismail loves his cricket (started playing when he was 16) and also has a few broken fingers to prove he took some great catches over the years!


Session 4: 13.00pm – 13.45pm

Session Title: Structural Waterproofing Design Strategies to BS 8102:2009.

Summary: This seminar focuses on the different forms of structural waterproofing systems on the market and how to waterproof to achieve the environment grade required within British Standard 8102:2009, including:

A focus on how combination waterproofing systems are specified for below ground environments on both new-build and existing structures.

Examples of failed waterproofing projects which haven’t used a properly trained waterproofing design specialist – we explain the reasons why they have failed.

And the costs of remedial works and how to design a robust waterproofing solution.


Speaker: Richard Crossley, Technical Director, Newton Waterproofing Systems

Richard joined Newton Waterproofing in January 2014, and carries with him over 25 years of experience in the design, manufacture and supply industry. Whilst the first 10 years were spent in Aerospace, he moved into construction at the turn of the millennium and has held various positions in the Structural Waterproofing market with companies including Ruberoid and Saint Gobain Weber, and most notably was the National Technical Manager at Cetco for several years before joining the Newton team.


Session 5: 14.00pm 14.45pm

Session Title: Wetcast Concrete Manufacturing: Keys to Plant Design, Operational Excellence, and Improved Profitability.

This presentation is designed to put forward both introductory and advanced information to those considering entering the wet cast industry as well as those currently producing and supplying wet cast slabs, landscape products, and stone veneer. The presentation will help attendees to expand their knowledge of practical and readily available technologies that can greatly enhance their new plant layout, product quality control and help reduce manufacturing costs.


Speaker: Mark Muratore- President of 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.
Mr. Muratore 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. [email protected]


Session 6: 15.00pm 15.45pm

Session Title:Can Concrete Be Sustainable? Taking on the CO2 challenge.

This presentation will discuss the scale of the CO2 challenge and the initiatives currently being adopted by the concrete industry to reduce CO2, but focuses on a product innovation that utilises existing concrete industry infrastructure to drastically reduce the embodied carbon of concrete by eliminating the need for Ordinary Portland Cement.
We will show real life case studies within the presentation, where Cemfree has been used to help reduce the carbon emissions on projects with innovative industry partners.


Speaker: Enda Gorman, Cemfree, part of the DB Group

Enda has been working for David Ball Group in commercial and technical management roles since 2013. In 2018 he took on the role as Cemfree Commercial Manager, helping to launch this new low-carbon concrete products. With several years of international sales experience different industries and a Master’s degree in Business & Management, Enda remains customer focused and determined to make Cemfree the product of choice for sustainable construction.


DAY 2 – Thursday 22nd March 2018

Seminar Sessions


Session 1: 11.00 11.45

Session Title: Looking into concrete with stepped-frequency continuous-wave ground penetrating radar

  • The key trade-off of traditional, impulse ground penetrating radar.
  • Stepped-frequency continuous-wave ground penetrating radar
  • Experimental setup and validation.
  • Real-world examples.
  • Observations and conclusions.


Speaker: Isaak Tsalicoglou, Head of Product Management Proceq

Head of Product Management at Proceq, Dipl. Mechanical Engineer ETH Zurich and IMD MBA. Experienced in the development, launch and management of differentiated technical product systems, services and business models using Lean and agile approaches. Early adopter of Machine Learning in research and development, and avid believer in the importance of making clever use of technology to make old trade-offs obsolete and delight customers.


Session 2: 12.00pm – 12.45pm

Session Title: The use of heavyweight concrete to minimise noise and vibration in Crossrail’s Floating Track Slab

In 2016 and 2017, ATC jv (Alstom Transport, TSO and Costain) placed approximately 4,000 cubic metres of heavyweight concrete into Crossrail’s Floating Track Slab beneath central London. The concrete, supplied by London Concrete, was produced using a high density aggregate supplied by LKAB Minerals. It was pumped, by Camfaud Concrete Pumps, up to 1,000 metres into the tunnel, a world record for pumping high density concrete. In this seminar representatives from LKAB Minerals, London Concrete and Camfaud Concrete Pumps will describe how this was achieved.

  • The design of the track slab.
  • The design of the heavyweight concrete.
  • The concrete pumping trials.
  • Pumping the concrete into the Crossrail tunnels.
  • Heavyweight aggregates and their uses.


Speaker: Andrew Turner – Area Manager – Camfaud concrete Pumps Ltd

Andrew started his career working in the ready-mixed concrete industry for Pioneer Concrete Ltd. After five years, he moved to the concrete pumping sector, working initially for the German concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister and, for the past 15 years, for Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd.Andrew has been responsible for many of Camfaud’s Special Products including high rise contracts at the Shard and Centre Point and tunnel contracts such as Crossrail, Lee Tunnel, Thames Tideway and London Underground’s Deep Tube track renewals.

Speaker: Jack Sindhu – Technical Manager – London Concrete

Jack is the Technical Manager for London Concrete, a part of Aggregate Industries Ltd which is a subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim. Jack has been in the ready-mix industry since 1987 having worked for Pioneer Concrete Ltd, Rugby Cement and London Concrete for the past 16 years. He has been involved with numerous prestigious contracts including the 2012 Olympics which included supply of concrete to the Olympic stadium, the Velodrome and the Aquatics Centre. Jack was also involved in supplying concrete to The Shard, Europe’s tallest building, with 5600m3 of concrete supplied in around 36 hours.Jack has been actively promoting the use of ready-mixed concrete and is involved with various prestigious contracts, involving the latest construction techniques and requiring bespoke and cutting edge technical solutions.

Speaker: Denise Roberts – Regional Business Manager, Magnetite – LKAB Minerals

Denise joined LKAB Minerals 26 years ago and is responsible for managing Magnetite business in the UK and Ireland. Denise has an MBA & background in concrete technology. She has extensive knowledge in the use of heavyweight aggregates and their properties along with their use in concrete and as a loose ballast.


Session 3: 13.00pm – 13.45pm

Session Title: Methods for waste water pH adjustment

Speaker: Tristan Hughes, Technical Sales Engineer at Siltbuster Ltd

With a BSc in Environmental Science from Plymouth University, Tristan has 14 years industry experience. He joined Siltbuster in 2014 as Technical Sales Engineer for the Midlands region. Before, he was a geo-environmental consultant managing projects ranging up to £50k in the UK Midlands.


Session 4: 14.00pm– 14.45pm

Session Title: Silo Safety – A Time for Change.

The risks posed by silo over-pressurisation continue to be a threat throughout the concrete industry. Within the last few years there have been several incidences of pressure build-ups blowing filter units off the top of silos, leading to injuries and at least one fatality.

Speaker: David Wadsworth UK Sales Manager, level measurement and silo safety experts Hycontrol.

David Wadsworth is the UK Sales Manager for Worcestershire-based level measurement and silo safety experts Hycontrol. He joined the company in 2002 and has since worked with many leading concrete suppliers to improve their silo safety.