02nd October 2018
Hawkins’ hosted its annual drinks and CPD event at the elegant Trinity House, just minutes from our London Office. The evening began with very thorough and captivating presentations from two of our newest forensic engineers. Sarah Hooton (of Hawkins London) is a Chartered Engineer through the Institution of Fire Engineers. Ros Lambert-Porter (of Hawkins Cambridge) joined Hawkins with a background in Acoustics Consulting, with degrees in both Audiology and Acoustics. Presentations on Ms Hooton’s and Ms Lambert-Porter’s respective specialities took place before drinks and canapés.
Sarah Hooton's talk, entitled There’s No Smoke Without Fire: Fire Safety Design, Construction and Management Challenges, focused on a wide range of issues that both modern and historic buildings face. Sarah also spoke about her commitment to fire safety design and fire strategy in buildings, such as the London 2012 Velodrome. The presentation concluded after a provocative quote from Dame Judith Hackitt about how fire engineering in Britain’s buildings, most notably London’s Grenfell Tower, is not fit for purpose. Hawkins is pleased to see engineers like Sarah working to make necessary fire safety improvements during the construction stage, and continuing to uphold building regulations in both challenging times and structures.
Ros Lambert-Porter closed the evening of presentations with her talk entitled: From Noisy Restaurants to Personal Injury - The Cost of Poor Acoustics. Attendees were treated to a fully immersive experience with many audio, as well as visual examples, to portray the exact difference between sound and noise. Ros has used her expertise to catergorise spaces’ unique and individual noise levels both during the design and construction stage, as well as during the sometimes necessary re-construction stage. From never-ending reverberations in curved churches, to harsh splashes in rooftop swimming pools above luxury flats, to the right ambience in restaurants fit for a royal family, Ros has investigated the ‘dark art’ of acoustics engineering to make sure that a structure’s acoustics will not let it down.
Hawkins would like to thank everyone who was able to attend both the presentations as well as the drinks reception. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have engineering consultancy needs in either of these fields.
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