Christmas 2014

The Customer Centre will be closed from 12.30 on Wednesday 24 December 2014 until 9.00 on Monday 5 January 2015. During this period we are unable to provide telephone support.

In the meantime you can access a wealth of online CPD at www.ribacpd.com and you can book a place on a CPD Roadshow by visiting www.architecture.com/whatson

We wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Showcase featured CPD

The following CPD materials have all been assessed and approved by the RIBA.
Guldmann UK - Ceiling Track Hoists and Technical Solutions Designed for the Eye
Ceiling Track Hoists and Technical Solutions Designed for the Eye
Seminar, by Guldmann UK
This CPD seminar provides an overview of ceiling track hoists, and includes information on new legislation, installation, and the pros and cons of different solutions. Service and maintenance are also covered.

In this specialist field, experience really counts. Guldmann has perfected a comprehensive, modular range of overhead ceiling track hoist solutions, supplying assistive technology products designed to help people live their lives to the full. Their discreet, modern design blends into any style of architecture, interior or décor, either in new structures or as a retrofit.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: 45 minutes.
Fineline Aluminium Ltd - Glass as a Material in Construction
Glass as a Material in Construction
This presentation investigates the varied uses of glass within construction, including design. It considers the origins of glass and briefly examines its development from initial uses to modern applications, culminating in modern reactive glass and its applications for the future.

Fineline Aluminium is a UK manufacturer of bespoke ultra-slim aluminium glazing systems. From initial design to installation its in-house team of design specialists, CAD technicians and on-site support technicians offers solutions to most aspects of design and construction. Complemented by a nationwide team of installers and project managers, Fineline offers the complete glazing solution.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: 40-45 minutes.
dlinexsign - Innovations in Architectural Signs
Innovations in Architectural Signs
Seminar, by dlinexsign
This CPD presentation looks at the different types of sign used in the architectural environment, with special emphasis on wayfinding and modular signs. There is a degree of complexity to the management of sign information – including text content, graphical format and the use of different materials – but this can in turn give the designer greater freedom of expression. This seminar therefore also looks at the task of putting together sign packages and scheduling complex text and wayfinding information, and discusses accessibility issues in relation to the Equalities Act and Part M.

From wayfinding analysis and schematics to specialist product design and in-house manufacture, dlinexsign delivers a unique offering as an architect-lead UK sign company with global experience of best practice.

Founded in 1999 as an adjunct to a Danish ironmongery company, dlinexsign has always manufactured only in the UK, while exporting to over 40 countries. Having its own in-house design, manufacturing and installation crews facilitates faster response times and helps dlinexsign in its quest to be a true turnkey partner.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: 45 minutes.
Cutting Technologies Ltd - Laser Cutting and Engraving: An Introduction
Laser Cutting and Engraving: An Introduction
Laser cut and engraved items are commonly used in architectural applications. Find out how laser cutting and engraving works, how to specify laser cutting for balconies, dividers, artworks, interior or exterior screens, and about using standard and bespoke designs. This seminar also explains what materials can be used, and offers a price guide (typical price per square metre) based on different pattern and material combinations.

Cutting Technologies is the laser expert. It can cut a full range of metals, plastics and wood, as well as engrave on a large scale. The company is no stranger to the high-profile project, and produces everything from Juliette balconies on flats to decorative screens on cruise ships. It can also offer a solution to suit your scheme, whether its interior or exterior, and requires a standard or high-end finish.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: one hour.
Artisans of Devizes - The Art of Specifying Natural Stone
The Art of Specifying Natural Stone
This CPD seminar aims to provide a working knowledge of natural stone for all interior applications and exterior paving. This includes basic geology and mineral make-up of the stone varieties most commonly used in architecture and design, information on which varieties of stone are most suited to various applications, what to look out for (and what questions to ask) when specifying natural stone, and how to troubleshoot the various issues that can occur with stone.

Artisans of Devizes is a British company with 25 years’ experience sourcing and supplying natural stone and tile. Its headquarters and showroom is in Devizes, Wiltshire and it has a sales office in London.

Artisans has a passion for natural stone and a culture of integrity, offering expert knowledge on natural stone selection, worldwide direct stone sourcing, bespoke stone creation, site surveys and installation. It holds an extensive UK inventory. Artisans’ longstanding relationships with quarries worldwide gives it real buying power for viable, competitive pricing.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: one hour.