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Terms of reference


The Construction Materials Group was set up to provide a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge and state-of-the-art industrial practice on all aspects of Construction Materials.


The group will focus on all technical, educational and professional issues relating to Construction Materials.  These issues are relevant to institute members linked in to many of the disciplines currently contained within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), and will cover all aspects relating to production, design, fitness-for-purpose, applications, cost, recycling/end-use etc.


The group will focus on activities both within the Institute and linking in with external bodies:

  • Internally, the group will provide the focus in the Institute for providing information and dealing with policy issues concerning Construction Materials.  The Group will influence the formulation and implementation of the Institute’s policies to meet the needs of members in this sector.  It will also promote the subject area of Construction Materials at Institute supported events.
  • Externally, the group will act as the Construction Materials face of the Institute to link in with industry, trade associations, Government, the UK innovation and learning infrastructure, media and conference organisations and other relevant national and international bodies. It will aim to promote professional activities relevant to the career development and job needs of workers in the industry, and provide the opportunity for them to enter into membership of IOM3.


The Construction Materials Group will:

  1. Raise the profile of the institute within the construction sector by working across and within the existing Institute divisions as well as with other learned bodies and external initiatives e.g. the Knowledge Transfer Networks.
  2. Establish links with and work together with all appropriate sub-groups of the current Divisions of the Institute (including regional groups) which have an interest in Construction Materials, putting on appropriate meetings in order to draw together and give identity to this community, whilst also providing opportunities for cross-fertilisation within these different groups.
  3. Encourage training and professional development and put in place new provisions to meet future training needs.
  4. Develop links with all sectors of the Construction Materials industry, and also with areas of academia involved with research and learning programmes in this field.
  5. Develop and maintain a webpage as part of the main IOM3 website, with the aim of using this to inform members of new developments and the further activities of the Construction Materials Group.
  6. Provide a Construction Materials response on behalf of the Institute either to government requests for feedback on current issues, or as part of new government initiatives.
  7. Develop and maintain relationships with related groups set up by other professional bodies in the UK, the EC (and internationally), with the two-fold objective of:
    1. receiving informed input from organisations with specialist knowledge in areas of Construction Materials not adequately covered by the present group;
    2. providing up-to-date information on contemporary materials developments to other groups working in this field (including government bodies), to further the use of new and improved materials and technologies by all sectors of the Construction industry.

This document follows up the draft document submitted to the Industry and Technology Policy Board in September 2007, and was finalised in the first half of 2008.