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Construction and tech experts wanted to create radical fire safety solutions

08/05/2019 - 03:36PM

Developers, engineers, building owners, tech start-ups and coders are needed to join a central London Hackathon that will bring built enviironment and digital experts together to develop new, commercially viable solutions that will radically change the face of fire safety within UK buildings and worldwide.
The event has been organised by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Hack_Construct and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) who are also hosting the free-to-attend, two-day Hackathon at the IET London: Savoy Place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May 2019. This event will build on an initial concept day, held last November.
Bobby Chakravarthy on behalf of the APS, said: “Our collaboration is looking for solutions to fire safety that can be developed commercially. The IET, the APS and Hack_Construct believe that together we can speed up the pace of change to deliver radically safer buildings.  We want to harness a powerful combination of gaming and new technology with the traditional engineering and safety skills in the construction. Our aim is to find new tools to ensure fire safety is built in right from the design and development stage.”
Rick Hartwig, Built Environment Lead at the IET, said: “Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, and subsequent recommendations by Dame Judith Hackitt in her 'Building a Safer Future' report, the construction industry is now looking to offer potential solutions to improve fire safety design and regulations.
“Tech skills, new technology and traditional engineering know-how are set to revolutionise the traditional world of fire safety within buildings by tapping into new technology. We want to bring all these industry experts together to come up with new proposals which can be taken forward for further development to radically improve fire safety which could save lives.”
Ryan Tennyson of Hack_Construct, said: “In aerospace, aviation and automobile industries unattended high-risk safety issues or unsafe working practices are relatively unheard of. Digital design, fabrication and manufacturing processes combined with sensor-based technologies are integral to this. The Hackitt report identifies the baseline problems within the current construction and asset management industries. This Hackathon offers a unique environment to utilise cross-industry best practice knowledge, skills and technology to help develop digital solutions to these problems, rather than just evolve traditional regulatory pro-forma.”
Registration will close on 20 May 2019.
Notes to Editor
The two-day event will be held at IET, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
About the Association for Project Safety
The Association for Project Safety [APS] is a professional body dedicated to eliminating deaths, reducing injury and tackling ill-health associated with construction. APS aims to improve, and promote excellence in, professional practice in design and construction health and safety risk management, helping everyone manage risk and implement building regulations effectively and proportionately. The association contributes to the national debate on building and infrastructure safety, regulation and legislation, providing training, education and support and member networking opportunities. APS works with other bodies and partners to improve – through good design and throughout the life-cycle of projects and buildings – health and safety for everyone involved in construction and use.’
About the IET
  • We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. 
  • We are a diverse home for engineering and technology intelligence throughout the world. This breadth and depth means we are uniquely placed to help the sector progress society. 
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and technology to change outdated perceptions and tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • Interview opportunities are available with our spokespeople from a range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and diversity in engineering.
  • For more information, visit www.theiet.org
  • Follow the IET on Twitter.
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Rosalind Grozier
Marketing & Communications Manager
T: +44 (0)131 442 6608

Source: APS