Designing for Performance – IES Free CPD Seminar

Designing and managing buildings for more efficient performance is a concept that is continuously being reviewed and improved globally. In light of this, designers and stakeholders are keen on the evolution and inclusion of the virtual world in construction processes. This CPD seminar held at the University of Brighton was delivered by Dr Naghman Khan (Business Development Manager for IES). The session provided a detailed overview of the performance gap, the UK Government’s BIM strategy and the intelligent use of data throughout a buildings lifecycle to enable performance driven design. Real life case study examples were demonstrated to enhance the understanding of the audience.

The event was facilitated by University of Brighton’s Dr Poorang Piroozfar (Principal Lecturer & Subject Lead for the Built Environment), Yahya Ibraheem (PhD candidate) and Smita Ravishankar (Final year Architectural Technology student).

 

CDM in Demolition CPD

This CIOB Continuous Professional Development (CPD) event was organised by Briony Milton (Member Services and Events Coordinator – Dorking) on 24 October 2017 in the Cockcroft Building. Dr Terry Quarmby gave a fascinating presentation on the often misunderstood construction sector of demolition. The event was facilitated on behalf of the university by Dr Hannah Wood. The presentation was well-attended and enjoyed by industry practitioners, academics and students.

“CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations don’t just apply to the building of structures – they also apply to their demolition. So if you’re working on a project that involves demolition works, you not only need to understand the usual CDM requirements, but also those specific to demolition or dismantling.” – CIOB

Dr Terry Quarmby giving a presentation on CDM and demolition at the University of Brighton

Clay’s Lake Dam site visit

Our first year civil engineering students enjoyed a site visit to Clay’s Lake Dam and Flood Detention Reservoir on Wednesday last week.  The visit was organised in partnership with J T Mackley & Co Ltd, who are carrying out the flood prevention work at Clay’s Lake as part of Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Here is a bird’s-eye view of the site

 

My placement at UCBuild

Sami Farhat
BSc (Hons) Project Management for Construction

“The year-out placement was a great decision! Taking on the role of Trainee Construction Manager with UC Build, I have improved my skills and already moved a step up in the construction industry. I have been a member of the UC Build Project Construction Management Team and really learned how to communicate with others regarding the job and increased my knowledge greatly. Working on different projects, including Waitrose in Haywards Heath and Capital Space Office Blocks in Kent, has been invaluable. I highly recommend every student not to miss the opportunity of a sandwich-year placement and to update their CV with such an unforgettable experience in life.”

My placement at Transport for London

David Roddy
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

“Taking a year out on placement is the best decision I have ever made in my path towards becoming an engineer. Working with Transport for London (TFL), not only have I gained valuable experience and training, but have been able to make significant progress into my professional development, signing off a quarter of the attributes required to become a Chartered Engineer and producing evidence for attaining EngTech status at the end of my placement year. I’d say my main take away from this experience is to trust my ability to handle responsibility. When I first started I was nervous about having ownership of a project; now I have managed, or am currently managing, 7 projects with long term impacts and deliverables.”

Environmental Award winner

Recent university graduate Elliot Batty was one of the joint winners of the university’s Environmental Award for his final year project.

Elliot, who studied for an MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering, along with Hannah Parker, who is based at the Hastings campus and studied a BSc Biology (as part of the university’s Joint Honours Programme), were joint winners of the 2017 Summer Award. Both students received a £200 cash prize, and a certificate which were presented at their respective graduation ceremonies in July.

Now in its third year, the Environmental Award aims to promote sustainability in the curriculum by recognising innovative and inspiring environmental projects that can be put into practice.

For his final year project Elliot ‘led an investigation into the design of large woody debris dams and their effect on channel flow’. This looked at how implementing different large woody debris dams could reduce flooding.

Elliot said: “I chose to study at Brighton as it offered a combination of civil with environmental engineering, so my focus at university has always had this emphasis. This award, therefore, has a particularly special meaning as I have poured four years of my life into creating a career in sustainable engineering.

I have always had particular interests in climate change which drove my final year project on large woody debris dams. The laboratory experiments took one month of constant making and testing of the dams, so to be recognised for this hard work is a great honour!”

 

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Clearing 2017

Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow!

If your exams have gone differently from the way you expected, or you have had a change of heart about the course you want to do then Clearing can be a great way to start that journey.

Our Clearing hotline will be open on Thursday from 7am
Call us on 01273 644000

Full advice about Clearing can be found on the University of Brighton website:
www.brighton.ac.uk/clearing

Get to know us better and visit us at a Clearing information day.
You’ll meet academics from your subject, take a tour of your campus and facilities and get advice about student finance, university life and accommodation.
Find out more about Clearing information days.

A warm welcome at our open day

Sunshine, blue skies, our brilliant ambassadors and friendly staff welcomed visitors to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June.

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and campus where you will be studying. You’ll also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.

If you are thinking about beginning your studies in 2018 and missed this one, find out more about upcoming events on our website.