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Live online seminars

Seminars presented via digital interactive platforms such as Zoom, GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams are now a commonplace alternative to face-to-face meetings, while video seminars are a quick and easy way to brush up on a subject. Here, we include a selection of both.
An Introduction to the Process of Designing Guardrails and Handrails
Online Learning, by HDI Railing Systems
Focuses on the design principles relevant to balustrades and handrails. Includes guidance on: the basics of architectural railing design; various material strengths and options; balustrade infill options and fixing solutions; material costs and lifecycle analysis; and, current British standards and Building Regulations approved documents.

HDI Railings Systems is a British-owned company with operations worldwide. Its impressive portfolio of balustrade systems features products that are designed with unique characteristics yet share interchangeable components. All HDI systems are available with LED lighting and a variety of colour, light intensity and beam spread options.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A
Designing Security: An Introduction to Residential Door Entry Solutions
Seminar, by Vimar SpA
Explores the various technologies with which building communications can be managed, including the evolution and requirements of a modern building communication system, managing investor and home-owner expectations, and how to select, plan and scale the most appropriate equipment.

Vimar has been constantly innovating and refining its product offering since 1945. Today, its door entry solutions are used around the world.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
Guide to Different Types of Screed
Online Learning, by Cemfloor Liquid Screeds
Examines the different types of screed used in the construction industry. Includes information on advantages and disadvantages of each type, methods of installation, the drying process and factors effecting drying time.

Cemfloor is a specially formulated screed binder used to create self-levelling cementitious floor screeds. By adding Cemfloor a screeds performance is improved significantly. It can be applied to a wide range of floors. Cemfloor binder is simply mixed with cement, water and a suitable sand to create a high-performance screed that complies with EN 13813. It can accept foot traffic within 24-48 hours and dries within 28 days with minimal shrinkage (<0.05%), which reduces cracking and curling. Cemfloor is compatible with all types of subsequent floor finishes, including cement-based tile adhesives. Cemfloor is installed by fully approved and trained applicators ensuring that quality is never compromised.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Modern Rendering Using Monocouche Through Coloured Renders
Seminar, by Saint-Gobain Weber
Provides a complete overview of the properties of one-coat through coloured cementitious render, their benefits, technical criteria and application techniques, together with specification information.

As a recognised manufacturer and innovator of easy-to-apply products in the façades, tile fixing, technical mortars and flooring systems markets, Weber is a leading player in the construction products industry. The natural synergy between these specialist activities enables Weber to provide integrated solutions for a wide range of projects, from building renovation and refurbishment to new building developments and major civil engineering schemes. Weber doesn’t just sell products, but rather complete solutions, including the services that go with them, such as technical support and training. Based on its superior knowledge and experience, Weber training programmes meet the needs of its customers. Weber provides specifiers, developers and contractors across the board with substantial technical support, both before, during and after contract periods.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Principles of Surface Protection
Explores interior surface materials using the ‘servant and served’ principle. Topics covered include what the ‘servant and served’ principle is, the need for an effective surface materials strategy, antimicrobial and hygienic surface materials, installation techniques and seamless jointing, and sustainability.

Be-plas is one of the UK's leading suppliers of interior surface solutions for hygienic applications. With an extensive range of internal wall and ceiling lining systems and ancillary products, the company offers complete hygienic environments. Whatever the industry – from healthcare, education, food and drink manufacture to hospitality and retail, Be-plas has a solution to meet every requirement. All Be-plas products are available on either a supply-only basis or fully installed by its network of approved installers. Be-plas supplies hygienic cladding to clients around the world. It can help throughout the construction process, from initial concept through to completion, with its skilled and experienced staff able to offer guidance every step of the way.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A