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Carbon smart construction: carbon reduction with an app and project insights

Event organised by ICE

Date
12 February 2024
Time
18:15 - 19:30 GMT
Location
OG.012 David Keir Building
Queen's University Belfast
Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5AG
United Kingdom

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Overview

This presentation will go beyond the grandstanding and arbitrary goal setting and targets of environmental box ticking to consider how we can really make a difference on the ground and get the credit as design and construction teams for doing so. 

Representatives from Design ID will present a tool developed by their research and development team - EC Communicator - and show how it communicates tangible benefits to environmental performance on some of our projects across the UK & Ireland, including building structures, bridges, marine, civil infrastructure and conservation projects.

Numerous embodied carbon calculators have been developed in recent years. However, a significant challenge remains in effectively communicating options and the environmental benefits of these various complex engineering solutions to decision-makers. 

This communication challenge increases as we as an industry, aim for incremental 10% reductions in the coming years on our path to achieving net-zero emissions. 

This presentation will showcase examples where a clear and user-friendly interactive digital tool enables users to easily interpret large amounts of data and navigate between ‘both above the line’ and ‘below the line’ design options. 

The aim is to simplify the process for users and enhance their understanding of embodied carbon data through the use of digital technologies, supporting our commitment to assisting clients and collaborators to make informed decisions on the collective journey towards net-zero.

Some previous projects have included Cornbrook (Manchester); Vaulted Nest (Hillsborough); Saunders Bridge (Westmeath) and Pottery Lan (Newcastle).

Organised with

Concrete Society

Concrete Society

The Concrete Society is a UK based non-profit company that was founded in 1966 in response to the increasing need for a single organisation embracing all those interested in concrete.

Speakers

Simon Lamont

Simon Lamont

Design ID

director

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Simon Lamont

Simon Lamont, a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

His commitment to advancing engineering education is evident through his role as a guest lecturer for civil engineering at Queens University Belfast since 2014.

Simon actively contributes to the regional Concrete Society (MCS), ICE & IStructE Committees, emphasising sustainable and innovative engineering practices. His involvement in the IStructE Global Council of Engineers from 2014 to 2017 underscores his dedication to driving positive change in the field.

David Madden

David Madden

Design ID

associate r&d team

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David Madden

David Madden, a chartered engineer with over a decade of experience, specialises in the innovation aspect of our multi-disciplinary offering within Design ID.

His expertise spans sports, commercial, cultural, conservation, educational, health, and integrated infrastructure developments.

David's passion for digital innovation, user-focused design, robotics, and machine learning makes him an advocate for cutting-edge research in the field.

With a commitment to reducing the carbon footprint, David is at the forefront of sustainable engineering practices.

Serena Gildea

Serena Gildea

Design ID

associate conservation specialist

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Serena Gildea

Serena Gildea, a chartered engineer and Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings scholar, brings a wealth of experience with a unique focus on seismic design and dynamic loading.

She moved to New Zealand post the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence of 2010-2011. Serena, conducted hundreds of structural assessments, gaining invaluable insights into sustainable construction practices.

Today, she is dedicated to promoting resilient and eco-friendly engineering solutions, contributing significantly to the reduction of embodied carbon.

For more information please contact:

Maeve Currie

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