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CPD: landscape and exterior products

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This is the second in the new AJ Focus CPD series, a listing of CPD relevant to one of our themes that is available from members of the RIBA CPD Providers Network. This month's listing covers manufacturers of products that can be used in landscaping and exteriors

ACPO

SEMINAR

An introduction to Secured by Design Contact Clive Knowles, development officer, tel: 0207 227 3423, fax: 0207 227 3400

BAGGERIDGE BRICK

SEMINARS

Several dozen on brickwork Contact Alison Fox, marketing services manager, tel: 01902 880555, fax: 01902 880432; email:marketing@baggeridge. co. uk

BAGGERIDGE BRICK

SEMINAR

Contact Wind effects on the built environment Deborah Beith, marketing coordinator, tel: 020 8614 4260, fax: 020 8943 4434, email: cpd@bmtfm. com

DESIGN PLAN LIGHTING

SEMINAR

Vandal-resistant lighting

FACTORY TOUR

At the factory in Sutton, Surrey Contact David Proctor, sales director, tel: 020 8254 2020, fax: 020 8644 4253, email: dsp@designplan. co. uk

FORMPAVE

SEMINAR

Permeable paving as a stormwater source-control system Contact Katherine Hart, projects manager, tel: 01594 836999, fax: 01594 810577, email: sales@formpave. co. uk

HANSON BRICK

SEMINARS

Various seminars on brickwork Contact Brian Garratt, marketing manager, tel: 08705 258258, fax: 01234 762040, email: info@hansonbrick. com

HOLOPHANE LIGHTING

SEMINARS

Amenity lighting Architectural fl oodlighting Contact David Barnwell, marketing manager, tel: 01908 363628, fax: 01908 270006, email: dbarnwell. holophane. co. uk

LAFARGE AGGREGATES

SEMINAR

Decorative concrete solutions Contact Adrian Reading, Bomanite product manager, tel: 01909 537923, fax: 01909 537931, email: adrian. reading@lafarge. com

LANDMARK

SEMINARS

Ordnance Survey mapping Environmental data on the desktop Contact Gillian Lomax, tel: 01491 413 030, fax: 01491 413 031, email: sales@promap. co. uk

MARSHALLS

SEMINARS

Several dozen on paving, landscaping, drainage, surfacing, water control, etc Contact Jaz Vilkhu, specifications operations manager, tel: 01422 306000, fax: 01422 330185, email: jaz. vilkhu@marshalls. co. uk

OUTDOOR DECK COMPANY

SEMINAR

Specification, design and construction of residential and commercial timber-deck structures Contact Mike Wilderink, managing director, tel: 020 8876 8464, fax: 020 8878 8687, email: sales@outdoordeck. co. uk LM

SCOFIELD

SEMINAR

Colour and texture: a concrete alternative Contact Gwyn Gapper, tel: 01226 732222, fax: 01226 733344

NORAL

SEMINARS

Design concepts for exterior lighting The importance of lighting design Contact Rob Jerams, director, tel: 01908 561818 fax: 01908 569785, email: lighting@noral-gb. co. uk

URBIS LIGHTING

SEMINARS

Architectural illumination Lighting the urban landscape Contact Samantha Jenkins, sales coordinator, tel: 01256 354446, fax: 01256 841314, email: samanthaj@urbislighting. com

MACEMAIN + AMSTAD

Seminar

Vandal-resistant shelters Contact Vicki Rudkin, marketing and sales manager, tel: 01536 401331, fax: 01536 401298, email: sales@macemainamstad. com

Study tips

While much of CPD involves attending short presentations or seminars, longer courses of study can also be included. Many people undertaking such courses find them valuable, but with formal study perhaps some time behind them, and the need to juggle study with work and personal commitments, they may struggle. Barry Walker, a senior security adviser with TPS Consult, offers his study tips:

. Firstly, you will need to use an area conducive to studying. If you are constantly being interrupted or are easily distracted your productivity will decrease signifi cantly;

. Decide beforehand what your objectives are. By knowing what you want to achieve you will be able to measure how effectively you are studying. Setting yourself goals and targets gives structure to your study and allows you to remain motivated;

. Keep notes organised and clear. Headings and subheadings will mean that you won't waste precious time deciphering meaningless scrawl;

. Be prepared. Before a seminar read as much as you can on the subject: it will allow you to distinguish what information is essential to you;

. When writing an essay there are many Internet sites which can help with style and content. An essay is a formal piece of writing;

it needs to have appropriate register and be well planned and structured. Furthermore, your lecturer will tolerate neither waffl ing nor plagiarism so it should always remain concise and relevant to the question asked, with appropriate references and footnotes;

. At the beginning of the course you are given a list of the subject matter to be covered. At examination time these can be used as a study checklist and will allow you to understand what you need further study in. By preparing your notes according to those titles and using these in conjunction with the reading lists supplied, you should be well prepared for the exam;

. When the exam is announced, make sure you know, as specifi cally as possible, what it will cover. Make a list, starting with your least enjoyed topic, and allow yourself plenty of time to cover and understand the fundamental points of this subject;

. Be realistic in your expectations to avoid getting stressed, and try to prioritise your work so you can feel you have achieved something when you have finished each section.

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