BIM, food waste and facilities management top dealer agenda


CEDA has announced the seminar programme for its forthcoming annual conference at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.

The Conference Business Day on Friday 4 April will feature a series of interactive seminars from industry experts that address the following hot topics: BIM, food waste and trends in the facilities management sector.

Each seminar will last for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of interactive questions and answers.

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The programme is as follows:

BIM — All you wanted to know about BIM, but didn’t know what to ask

Mark Stodgell, technical director of the BIM Academy, will host a session covering key questions about Building Information Modelling (BIM) using his knowledge as a lead advocate of the Government’s BIM strategy.

Mark acts as a chairman of BIM4REAL, a multidisciplinary group focusing on the delivery of the Level 2 mandate in the real word and has been a core member of BIM4SME, a group set up by the Cabinet office to help SMEs in their understanding and engagement of the BIM process.

Future trends and innovation in the facilities management sector

Steve Gladwin, non-executive director of BIFM, will explore the structure of the facilities management market and the trends offering business opportunities.

Currently managing director of Nodus Solutions, a UK-based facilities management company, Steve is also past chairman of the Facilities Management Association, Australia and Global FM, a worldwide federation of national and international facilities management associations representing 70,000 facility managers around the world.

Food Waste — The big issue

Matthew Merritt-Harrison, managing partner of the Merritt Harrison Food Consultancy, tackles the issue of food waste and considers why it now is more important than ever in food service. He will discuss the need for those involved in designing, planning, recommending and installing catering equipment to be aware of all the current issues from new food waste systems to legislation.

Matthew recently completed the MSc in International Hospitality Design and Management Consultancy and undertook empirical research into food waste, both as part of the course and for the Scottish Government.

Registration for the CEDA Conference can be done online here.

As well as the seminars, the conference will see keynote speeches from England rugby union legend Will Greenwood and Ellis Watson, former boss of Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment joint venture with Sony.

Watson has a reputation as a witty, entertaining and provocative speaker and will no doubt give delegates his views on what makes a ‘Winning Edge’, the theme of the CEDA 2014 Conference.

His past took from a young marketing director at The Sun newspaper to senior executive reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch and onto being the managing director of the Mirror Group.

Ellis also got the fortunes of the iconic Greyhound bus company back on track by refocusing on service, safety and reliability before coming back to Britain to take on his current role with Dundee-based publisher and newspaper group DC Thompson.

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