• Mar 29
  • 10.00am - 4.00pm

RIAI CPD Links: Structural Repair of Historic Buildings Masterclass

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Wednesday 29 March 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
5 Structured CPD points

Event Information

This stimulating day of online lectures with one of Britain’s leading authorities in the field of conservation engineering will focus in considerable detail on the best practice repair and structural consolidation of historic buildings. Ian Hume, former Chief Engineer with English Heritage, will explore considered engineering principles that promote the retention of historic fabric and special character, based on correct identification of structural defects and their causes.

Not all defective historic buildings are as hazardous as they seem, requiring careful analysis and alternative approaches to repairs to consolidate apparently unstable structures and their elements. Various permanent repair methodologies which might be applied to historic buildings will be discussed, including debate about the merits of hidden repairs as against more obvious repairs.

Affording 5 Structured CPD points for the near day-long session, including multiple opportunities for Q&A, topics of discussion will include:

  • Conservation philosophy - applying the five basic principles of conservation in a challenging environment.
  • Conservation engineering techniques – choosing tried and tested solutions versus new methods.
  • Structural monitoring - diagnosing problems and identifying correct solutions through different methods of monitoring.
  • Maintenance – learning the rules of regular inspection and works regimes.
  • Role of Conservation Engineer - interacting with owners, occupiers, planning and conservation authorities, and other members of the team, and having the confidence and expertise to do what is right for the building.


Ian Hume is a retired conservation accredited engineer who has been involved in the conservation of historic buildings across the UK for 40 years. He served as Chief Engineer of the Conservation Engineering team of English Heritage from 1988 to 1998, followed by extensive work in private practice and visiting lecturing in West Dean College and UK universities. Major conservation works undertaken under Ian Hume’s instruction have included the Mausoleum at Castle Howard, the Ironbridge and Leigh Court barn in Worcestershire. He lectures frequently on conservation engineering, most recently to the Applied Buildings Repair and Conservation Diploma in Trinity College Dublin.

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