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Building Surveying Conference - Scotland


Upskill your technical knowledge to remain at the forefront of the profession

2017 conference has now taken please. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the new conference date and programme have been confirmed.

The annual RICS Building Surveying Conference in Scotland returned in 2017 to keep attendees up-to-date with the latest technical information, legal guidance and economic forecast. A key theme of the event is examining the trends that will impact the sector and the challenges and opportunities they will present, including: modern methods of construction and technology.

The breakout sessions allowed attendees to create and choose their own agenda for the day to ensure they take away practical guidance that was tailored to their business development needs. The choices included building pathology, technology, legal updates, and compliance.

Delegated benefitted from the knowledge of our expert speakers, ensuring they remain at the forefront of their rofession and are equipped to provide the best advice to their clients in common areas of practice.

Here’s a sample of what delegated learnt on the day

24 months on from the publication of CDM 2015, this session reviewed the guidance and assessed improved approaches to health and safety in the construction industry. It also covered the importance of air testing in new buildings and how they fit within Building Regulations.

Technology is already an essential part of every surveyors day-to-day practice, and the use of technology will continue to grow over the coming years. This session provided an overview of the different types of technology surveyors will need to get to grips with not only to enhance their own practice but provide a better quality of service to clients.

Focusing on common building pathology issues surveyors may face, attendees examined flat roof refurbishment repair, what defects they could encounter and when and how to refurbish the property. The seccions helped understand how to identify types of asbestos through case studies and examples.

In an ever-changing world of legal case law its essential to know the changes that will impact your clients and practice. Delegates heard a legal roundup that covered the essential issues for surveyors, including professional negligence, repairs and dilapidations. They also benefitted from a talk covering the changes to the NEC4 and JCT construction contracts and a session that explored the employment issues relevant for small business owners.

It’s about more than just a building surveying conference

Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind, the conference gives you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers.

On top of that, attending the event also gives you 5.5 hours of formal CPD to tick off against your annual 20-hour requirement.

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2017 Conference Programme

08:45 Registration and refreshments

Opening plenary

09:30 Chair’s opening comments

09:40 Economic update

  • Market and economic outlook
  • Future risks and trends

Gordon Nelson, Director, Federation of Master Builders

10:10 Off-site construction

  • Definition of off-site construction. How is it being used?
  • How will off-site construction impact on house building?

    Calum Murray, Director, CCG  

10:45 Building Conservation

Rob Adams, Director, Adams Napier Partnership

11:00 Networking refreshments

11:30 - 13:00 Break-out session 1: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 1A: Compliance

11:45 CDM Regulations

24 months on from the publication of CDM 2015, this session will review the guidance and assess improved approaches to health and safety in the construction industry.

George Inglis, Project Director, Currie & Brown

12:25 Air testing and compliance

  • Building regulations: what you must be adhering to
  • How are new build properties different?

Steven Streets, Technical Manager, Muir Homes

Breakout 1B: Technology

11:45 Technology

  • How to use technology to gather data for assisting with reports

Alan Bryant, Sales Director, Multivista

12:15 Drones

  • Understand how to use drones for maximum impact
  • Meeting safety and legal requirements

13:00 Networking lunch

14:00-15:30 Break-out session 2: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 2A: Building Pathology

14:00 Roofing defects

  • Identifying methods used and common defects
  • How to report your findings

Tony Doyle, Northern UK Business Development Manager, Alumasc Exterior Building Products 
Craig Begg, Technical Manager, Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd

14:45 Asbestos

  • Different types of survey, how far should this include asbestos?
  • Identification of the types of asbestos
  • Asbestos surveys and management plans
  • Case studies and examples

John Toms, Director of Asbestos Services, EDP 

Break-out 2B: Legal Update

14:00 NEC4 and JCT construction contracts

  • Payment provisions and compensation events/implications
  • Timelines for implementation
  • What are the proposed changes expected to look like?

Sandra Cassels, Partner, BTO Solicitors  

14:30 Employment Law

  • Essentials for small business owners

David Hoey, Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP 

15:00 Case law update

  • Relevant case law surveyors need to know

Alan McMillan, Partner, Burness Paull LLP  

15:30 Networking refreshments

Closing plenary

15:45 Disruptive Technology

  • Future of the industry
  • Driverless cars and supporting infrastructure

16:15 Keynote

  • How environmental issues impact building surveying
  • Technical due diligence
  • Anne Johnstone, Partner, Malcolm Hollis

    16:45 Chair's closing remarks

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