Engineering Club: ETFE - Back to the Future

Ben Morris, Vector Foiltec
Ian Liddell, Cambridge University and Buro Happold
Daniel Ptacek, Kinnickinnic (Chair)

ETFE is arguably the most important new material for buildings since it was first used nearly 30 years ago to clad the Burgher’s Zoo, Arnhem, Netherlands.

This talk looks at recent advances in ETFE technology. Ben Morris will discuss variable light transmission, controlling solar gain and ultraviolet rays, speciality coatings and printing, specialist lighting effects, colouring and patterning, full pixelated LED graphic display, enhanced plant growth (including the first grass in enclosed stadia) and cloud formation in the Media-TIC building in Barcelona. Ian Liddell will discuss the use of ETFE as a single skinned membrane.

Ben Morris is director and joint partner of Vector Foiltec. He has been responsible for many of the key designs and technical innovations in ETFE technology.

Ian Liddell is a structural engineer and the designer of London's Millennium Dome. He was one of the founding partners of Buro Happold and is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Cambridge University School of Engineering.

Daniel Ptacek is a business development professional who has a strong track record in introducing low carbon and Cleantech technologies to new markets. Daniel’s work in this area of ETFE began on the Eden Project where he worked on the construction business case as part of the funding applications. He is, however, probably better known for his work in Tension Membrane Structures on projects like the O2 Arena (aka Millennium Dome), Saga Group HQ and the Dynamic Earth.

Free to attend.

Followed by a drinks reception. CPD certificates available.
Registration will begin at 6pm.