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2015 CIBSE Guide D Launch

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CIBSE Guide D is recognized as the de facto, go-to book for vertical-transportation systems.

Highgate House Hotel proves an elegant and ideal setting to present chapters and discuss latest edition.

The fifth edition of the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE) Guide D, Transportation Systems in Buildings, was formally launched on September 22 at Highgate House Hotel in Northampton, U.K. The venue was also the setting for the annual Lift Symposium (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2015) held for two days afterward.

Organizers were pleased to have two special guests in Nick Mead, president of CIBSE, and Peter Day, former chief engineer of Land Securities, whose brainchild Guide D was back in the 1990s.

Mead presented Day with a CIBSE Honorary Fellowship, a most fitting and appropriate award. Your author personally remembers Day with great fondness, as Day was very active in the CIBSE Lifts Group when your author was a young engineer coming up through the ranks. Mead went on to talk about the importance of CIBSE and congratulated the members of the Lifts Group on their success in making the group one of the most vibrant and active that falls under the CIBSE banner.

Highgate House never disappoints. It is a magnificent conference center with very comfortable accommodations and superb food. The idea to hold the event at this center was a good one as it is also easily accessible from around the country, given its proximity to the M1 motorway and Northampton railway station.

Authors presented their various sections including chapters:

  • 17: Dr. Gina Barney, “European Directive, Legislation, Standards & Codes of Practice”
  • 18: Barney, “CDM Regulations 2015”
  • 2: Dr. Richard Peters, “Fundamental Traffic Planning”
  • 14: Lutfi Al-Sharif, “Lift Emergency Alarms, Data Logging, Monitoring & Traffic Surveys”
  • 4: Peters, “Advanced Planning Techniques & Computer Programs”
  • 9: Peters, “Lift Traffic Control”
  • 8: Lionel Hutt, “Lift Drives & Controls”
  • 13: Barney, “Energy Consumption of Lifts, Escalators & Moving Walks”
  • 6: Nick Mellor, “Firefighting Lifts & Evacuation Lifts for People with Disabilities”
  • After a hearty lunch and a group photograph, attendees continued on into the afternoon session with chapters:
  • 16: Adam Scott, “Upgrading of Safety, Performance & Equipment of Existing Lifts”
  • 12: Mellor, “Electrical Systems & Environmental Conditions”
  • 15: David Cooper, “Commissioning, Preventative Maintenance, Thorough Examination and Testing”
  • 5: Barney, “Types of Transportation Systems”
  • 7: Derek Smith, “Lift Components & Installation”
  • 10: Cooper, “Escalators & Moving Walks”
  • 11: Barney, “Transportation Systems for People with Disabilities”

In the evening, delegates staying on for the annual symposium, which started the next morning, attended a lecture presented by Mellor in Newton Hall at the University of Northampton in celebration of his being made an honorary visiting fellow of the university. Attendees then retired back to Highgate House for a dinner in the splendid surroundings of the Baronial Hall. Copies of CIBSE Guide D are available from Elevator World at www.elevatorbooks.com or the CIBSE website, www.cibse.org. It is recognized as the de facto, go-to book for vertical-transportation systems. The CIBSE Lifts Group is free to join at www.cibseliftsgroup.org.

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