Avoiding Tile Failures and Slip Resistant Tiling

(a half day double topic seminar)

Tuesday 19 October 2010 at Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast

Light lunch 1.00pm

Seminar 1.30pm – 4.30pm


Avoiding Tile Failure

One of the main concerns for the architect is that of tile failures.  This seminar will cover:

  • Installation of Complete Flooring Systems Designed to Reduce the Risk of Failure.
  • Background and Screed Preparation
  • The Specification of Fixing Adhesives
  • Tiling to Underfloor Heated Screeds
  • Specification of Movement Joints
  • Fast Drying Screeds

Slip Resistant Tiling

In today’s culture of compensation and litigation the installation of floor tiles finishes, which are fit for purpose, is crucial to any specifier.  This seminar will cover the latest research on the issues surrounding slip potential of tiled flooring from one of the UK’s leading authorities in this field.  Topics discussed will include how to manage the risks involved in specifying hard tiling for various applications.


Francesco Stronati graduated as a Civil Engineer and began his career 18 years ago in the Technical Services Department with Mapei S.p.A in Italy.  Over the years he has gained extensive and valuable experience in the use of construction chemicals within the building industry, specializing in the field of ceramic tiles and natural stone.  On countless occasions Francesco has assisted in finding the correct solution to a variety of problems encountered on prestigious construction projects throughout the world.  In 2008 he was promoted to Director of Technical Services for the MAPEI Group.

Brian Newell is a founder member and past chairman of the Tile Association (TTA) Current TTA director.  Technical Expert Member of British Standards Institute B539 Committee since the 1980’s drafting BS5385; Parts 1,2,3,4 & 5 and BS8000.  Member of the UK ‘slip group’ – a highly specialist group of experts working towards developing slip resistant floor surfaces and instruments for measuring their coefficient of friction.  Member of Slip STD Collective Research – a group of experts from all over Europe working towards developing a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) and ‘standard slip resistant calibrated surfaces’.  Member of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE).

Colin Stanyard’s career began in laboratory work following a Diploma in Chemistry in 1983.  He took up a Research & Development position with Building Adhesives Limited.

In 2005, after 16 successful years at BAL, Colin moved to Mapei (UK) Ltd to take up a role in technical services, before progressing to Head of Technical Services.  He was recently promoted to Ceramic Project Manager.  Colin also sits on the Technical Committees of both the TTA (Tile Association) and the Stone Federation of Great Britain.


Course cost £30.00 inc VAT (PSS members £24.00  inc VAT)


For further details contact RSUA