This April we completed our 12th annual course on post-tensioning design and construction. Over the years, the course has taken on its own legendary status and has become a highly sought after event by UK and international delegates. Consistently, engineers calling from over 10 countries participate in the course to learn about the basics of post-tensioning and sharpen their design skills. Many of the larger design offices have also made it standard practice to send new hires to the course. As lecturers, we have been very pleased with the logistical support we receive from the Center for Professional Development. Imperial College has proven to be a great venue and creates a collegial atmosphere among the delegates. One of the highlights of the course has become a dinner we invite delegates to between the first and second days of lectures. This social event has turned into a great networking opportunity and forum for practitioners from different parts of the world to share ideas and forge new friendships. Dr. Bijan, the course Director, and I have also had the chance to meet many interesting individuals and maintain ongoing contact with quite a few of them.
Each year we strive to provide up-to-date course content and deliver relevant information to the attendees. The optional hands-on software workshop that is offered on the third day gives delegates the opportunity to learn new structural design software skills. It has been a real pleasure for us to be part of this CPD program and look forward to many more years of giving the course. The next course is in 23- 25 April 2018, so make sure you keep an eye out on the CPD website for details. www.imperial.ac.uk/cpd
Florian Aalami – Course Lecturer