Next Event: Testing Times - Materials Testing for the Built Environment

Date: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Venue: VINCI Technology Centre, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4QH (Download Directions)

If you are involved with building maintenance, this event will be an inspiring and fascinating insight into how to keep buildings safe. The event includes a tour of the VINCI Technology Centre where you can see the testing facilities.

Places are limited to 40, so to secure your place, please book now.

VINCI Technology Centre

The Programme

6pm Registration, Networking & Refreshments

6:30pm Steve Shanahan, Business Development Director, VINCI Technology Centre

Steve will be talking to us about the Cathodic Protection on early 20th Century heritage steel framed buildings. Cathodic protection is an electrochemical process to control corrosion of a metal surface.

Steve is the Business Development Director at VINCI Technology Centre where the company test materials used in the built environment.

6:50pm James Morphett, Co-founder, Flightkam Ltd

James will be talking about UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) surveys and has recently been working with the VINCI technology centre surveying some buildings in London.

James is one of the co-founders of Flightkam Ltd. The company inspects structures that are difficult to access. To gain access, Flightkam uses unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with hi-definition camera and sensors. These allow engineers to assess damage using a live data feed.

7:05pm Michael Thorne, Principle Engineer, VINCI Test Centre

Michael will be speaking to us about building pathology, the study of building defects.

Michael has been involved with building pathology and testing for more than 12 years. He is a principal engineer, working within the building pathology department, at the VINCI Technology Centre. He is involved in a wide range of on-site investigations from full structural condition surveys of buildings and visual inspections to managing life-care plans for multi-storey car parks.

7:15pm Tour of the VINCI Technology Centre

For everyone who is interested in how building materials and products are tested, join us for a tour of the fascinating testing facilities.

If you have any queries, please call Karen Munson on 01296 737823 or email

Future FMCentral Events

Make sure you don’t miss out on future FMCentral events by putting these dates in your diary:

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Date: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Adapt UK, Milton Keynes, MK10 0DE

If you have any queries about FMCentral, please call Karen Munson on 01296 737823 or email