The lift industry experts meet at annual international event at The University of Northampton


75 delegates representing the lift industry from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas gathered at The University of Northampton’s Sunley Conference Centre, Park Campus on 27th September 2012 for the 2nd Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies. The event was organised jointly by the Lift Engineering section, Department of Engineering and Technology of The University of Northampton, and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lift Group. It was supported by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The conference was an opportunity for international lift professionals and research students to present papers on their research projects, sharing knowledge within the multi-billion sector. The Lift Engineering programme offered at The University of Northampton includes postgraduate courses at MSc/MPhil/PhD levels that involve a study of the advanced principles and philosophy underlying lift and escalator technologies for students employed in lift making and allied industries.

The Symposium featured lectures and presentations on topics such as lift system design, safety, vibration and ride quality, green lift technologies, energy models and lift traffic analysis. Invited speakers included Dr Bruce Powell of The Bruce Powell Company, USA; Adrian Shiner, Consulting Engineer, UK; Dr Richard Peters from Peters Research Ltd, UK; Dr Albert So from The Asian Institute of Built Environment, Hong Kong and Derek Smith, formerly Technical Director of LEIA, UK. 

Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk, Chair of the Postgraduate Field of Lift Engineering , Department of Engineering and Technology, School of Science and Technology, The University of Northampton, commented:

“For modern office and residential buildings the design, installation and maintenance of safe and cost effective means of vertical transportation are critical issues. Safety, efficiency and technical reliability are key issues which were reflected in the technical papers presented at this conference.”

Dr Richard Peters of The CIBSE Lifts Group and Managing Director of Peters Research Ltd commented:

“The CIBSE Lifts Group are delighted to be associated of this Symposium, and encouraged by the positive feedback from both delegates and presenters.  People are already talking about what they plan to present next year, so it looks like we will have to move to a two day event and larger venue. See you in 2013!”

The papers and extended abstracts presented at the Symposium are available via the event web site Dates for the 3rd Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies in 2013 will be announced shortly.