The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry.
3rd PCA International Structural Waterproofing Conference
Since its launch in 2016, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, offering a broad and comprehensive programme of interest to those in structural waterproofing.
The content is also relevant to a wider audience including construction professionals, surveyors, lawyers, public authorities and academics.
Developed around a three-session format, topics addressed include an investigation into the effects of adjacent properties by basement construction and an overview into liabilities and responsibilities in waterproofing.
Academic papers relating to structural waterproofing are also being presented, and the sessions conclude with an assessment of the techniques and skills in demand into the next decade, water management in tunnels, gas control and the considerations of building basements under existing properties.
The day finishes with an interactive panel debate on whether it is time to see a revision to BS 8102.
Delegates can claim CPD points.
Discussing the latest edition of the event, James Berry, technical manager of the PCA - the trade body for the structural waterproofing sector with a membership that includes manufacturers, consultants and contractors, said:
We continue to build on the success of the previous years’ events and the recognition of the conference’s value means we are at the forefront of sharing insight and thought-provoking content with our audience.
As basement popularity continues to rise it has become one of the construction industry’s hot topics, receiving more media attention than ever before.
The conference will gather together the expertise and knowledge required to create meaningful discussion and debate.
As a trade association we are able to run the conference under a not-for-profit arrangement, which means we attract industry-leading speakers whilst at the same time offering delegates exceptional value for money.
The annual structural waterproofing conference is part of an active programme from PCA overall to ensure technical competence in the industry.
The organisation's other initiatives include a searchable register of Waterproofing Design Specialists, and a range of free technical documents including codes of practice and best practice guidance.
The PCA also offers a renowned training and qualification programme recognised across the construction sector, including the surveyor in structural waterproofing training course which was introduced to drive forward standards, support best practice and raise technical competency across the structural waterproofing industry and introduces attendees to different aspects of structural waterproofing (including standard BS 8102:2009 Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground) and the different types of waterproofing. It is developed for those with existing experience in the field and can also be used as a foundation to go on to take the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) industry-leading qualification.
More details and booking information for the event - which is priced at £100 plus VAT for PCA members and £150 plus VAT for non-members - can be found at www.property-care.org/conferences
PCA has also produced two videos covering structural waterproofing, one explaining training and qualifications and the other highlighting the key issues, available at https://www.youtube.com/PCANews