April 2017

Conservation of Historic Materials: Intermediate

Status: This course has been cancelled due to lower than expected registration.
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Conservation of Historic Materials - Intermediate
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: John Dam, B.A.SC., M.Sc., P.Eng., MCAHP
Principal, John Dam & Associates
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $419.00 + GST = $439.95 until Mar 23, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $519.00 + GST = $544.95

Non-Member Price: $519.00 + GST = $544.95

Student Member Price: $250.00 + GST = $262.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by March 23, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Following a brief practical and philosophical overview of historic building materials of the western civilization, this course will explore a range of materials in greater depth, building on the concepts presented in the introductory course. Similar material categories will be considered with discussions on the significance of material development and extraction on field performance, a diverse range of deterioration mechanisms and traditional and contemporary conservation techniques and how they relate to philosophical conservation principals. Sample materials will be available for hands on review and case studies will be presented to highlight the various discuss topics.

Course Objective

To familiarize participants with traditional historic building materials, reviewing how the development of material properties and extraction methods can either enhance or depreciate the material performance. It is also to provide an understanding of more complex deterioration mechanisms including associative collateral deterioration and how to address these mechanisms with a broader spectrum of conservation techniques and the philosophical appropriateness of these techniques.

Unique Features

Indigenous materials will be highlighted and case study materials will be available for hands on review.

Target Audience

This course is intended for those who are interested in developing their skills in the conservation of historic buildings that have had previous academic and/or practical experience and are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of both the practise and philosophy.


John Dam, B.A.SC., M.Sc., P.Eng., MCAHP
PrincipalJohn Dam & Associates

John is the principal of his own building conservation practise in Victoria, British Columbia. He has been involved in the conservation of historic buildings across British Columbia and Canada for over 15 years during which time he spent a year completing his M.Sc. in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath, England. Combining building conservation experience with his background in structural and building envelope design, John brings a unique perspective to the field of built heritage conservation.  

His contributions outside of his practise include being an active board member of the Victoria Heritage Advisory Panel and Hallmark Heritage Society and a recent board member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and the Association for Preservation Technology. After acquiring his Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning from the University of Victoria, he has since returned as a sessional lecturer for the Studies of Building Conservation: Materials.

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