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How does a civil engineer meet the challenges of managing expectations at the National Theatre to help stage a successful production?
Steve Douglas was National Theatre’s Building and Conservation Manager and used his engineering skills to bring new technology to the 1960s building and its shows.
His years at the National Theatre inspired him to examine Iconic concrete buildings and pioneer innovative ways of structural conservation
Limited refreshments are available from 18.00 and the talk will start at 18.30.
The National Theatre was purpose built and incorporates some interesting theatrical engineering concepts that give the designers a lot of scope and allows the audience to experience a wide range of effects. New ways of performing can also be trialled before being sent out to other theatres throughout the world.
The implementation of new technologies and legislative requirements into a building designed in the 1960s makes the day to day work both interesting and challenging. The technical requirements of a show use many engineering skills, some of which are often unnoticed by the audience.
Currently employed with the Environment Agency as MEICA manager Steve has a wealth of broad engineering expertise. Experienced in Municipal and Highways Engineering, Buildings Maintenance and Project management. He is a confident proficient speaker. His years at the National Theatre inspired him to examine Iconic concrete buildings and pioneer innovative ways of structural conservation, which he has shared through written papers, lectures and webinars.
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