These Fresh Concrete events focus on innovative methods of construction using concrete - 3D printed concrete and a new structural system, designed to be simply ‘deconstructed’ and re-used or re-configured.
Speaker 1 - De & Re-constructable modular concrete structures
Glen Rust, R&D Engineering Leader, Laing O’Rourke
Laing O’Rourke has developed a new, patented structural system that can be built up to 4 times faster and saves up to 70% of embodied CO2 when compared to a traditional structural system. A key feature of this ‘D-Frame’ system is the connection development and testing which was completed following a systems engineering methodology with the Imperial College Civil Engineering department. Glen will explain the principle and benefits of this structure which can be simply ‘deconstructed’ and re-used or re-configured supporting the principles of the circular carbon economy.
Speaker 2 – Low carbon 3D printed concrete
Natalie Wadley, Director, ChangeMaker3D
Globally 3D Construction Printing is gaining momentum, demonstrating sustainability benefits underpinned by carbon reduction, less waste and enhanced safety. The technology is digitally driven by design software that converts design files into a 3D printing code, which enables the 3D robot to extrude quick drying mortar to structures at pace. Natalie will describe the technology, opportunities and benefits of this innovative method of construction using concrete, and some of ChangeMaker3D’s recent projects with infrastructure clients in the UK including HS2 and United Utilities.