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LCE MD Darren Jones presenting at ICED Conference 2023 in Bordeaux

The 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED) will be held in Bordeaux, France on 24-28th July 2023 and it is set to bring innovators together to shape the future of design and engineering. ICED is a global platform where researchers, practitioners and thought leaders gather to exchange ideas, share insights, and collaborate on advancing the field of engineering and design.

This year the theme of the conference is “Design in a complex world” which looks to be particularly exciting with its strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental change.

The conference will feature a podium presentation by Darren Jones, our Managing Director. During his session Darren will be presenting a paper, ‘Barriers leading to Building Services Overdesign’ which provides a useful insight into the many barriers leading to building services overdesign, within the context of NHS hospitals.

The abstract of this paper is as follows, “The issue of overdesign in building services is a systemic problem, whereby numerous contributing factors manifest into an issue that inevitably leads to poor system performance and excess costs. A key factor leading to oversizing is the excessive and uncoordinated application of design margins across the various stages of a building services project. Poor communication between project stakeholders is another significant barrier that inhibits the distribution of information between design groups; unknown requirements, system redundancy and poor system specifications further add to the problem. There are many complex interrelationships associated with the building service design process in hospitals, with external stakeholders adding to the complexity. This points to the importance of effective communication between stakeholders and clear contractual terms between NHS Trusts and external private sector organisations. Many of the barriers identified within this paper are by no means limited to building service systems but also impact on a range of other engineering disciplines.”

Taking place in the beautiful city of Bordeaux, France, ICED 2023 will inspire design professionals to create innovative solutions that minimize environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future. By fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and interdisciplinary discussions, the conference will play a crucial role in shaping the future of design towards a more sustainable and resilient world. Design enthusiasts and professionals should seize the opportunity to be part of this transformative event in Bordeaux and contribute to a greener and more sustainable tomorrow.

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