LockCon 2011 schedule

The LockCon 2011 announcement It’s about time

The big question always is: how to pack a four of five day event in just one weekend? The answer lies in the (preliminary) LockCon 2011 schedule:

Friday, October 21 2011

Visitors are advised to arrive before 18:00 (if possible). Toool representatives will be present in the hostel from Thursday on, and be available all day to assist visitors and assign them rooms and explain the (simple) rules of the event.

18:00 – 19:00. Dinner will be served. We hope the kitchen stays open till 19:30/19:45 for latecomers.

Friday 20:30 – 21:30 “Masterkeys for a non-masterkeyed system” by Han Fey

Many keysHan Fey likes to investigate. On the second hand market he found locks from a facility with180 individual locks. These locks were not masterkeyed. Han did however discover a flaw in the system, allowing a relatively small set of try-out keys to open all the locks. In this presentation he goes into detail how he identified the flaw, narrowed down the keyspace and optimized his attack. Fascinating material.

Saturday, October 22 2011

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast.

Saturday 09:00 – 14:00 “5 hours, 50 locks, 500 slides” By Peter Field
(Includes Lunch around 12:00)

As many LockCon attendees know, Peter Field has an extraordinary way of looking at locks. Like a pathologist, he cuts locks in many thin slices and captures the result with high quality photography. This unique methods of creating a cutaway view is world renowned. With it he has set a standard many people tried to copy but only very few can even get close.

Peter Field, Lock Pathologist

We are proud and honored to have Peter over for yet another long presentation about the different elements in high security cylinder lock design. Combining his unique cut-away imagery with illustrations from old patents, he will explain how engineers classify the cylinder elements, modify them, develop new ones, and re-combine them all to invent new products for the constantly evolving security market. You will leave this presentation with an outline and a clear understanding of the design constraints and functions of most of the various elements you may find in any lock cylinder.

About Peter Field: he started locksmithing in 1960, and in 1978 was asked to join Medeco Security Locks, where he is now Director of Research. He has over 15 US Patents pertaining to high security locks, with several more patents pending. Being a employee of Medeco one thing is clear: Mr. Field will not discuss any opening techniques. As he told us in previous years: “I am here to talk about locks. How to open them is up to you ….”.

15:00 – 15:45 “State of the art locks in the Stasi era” by Oliver Diederichsen

StasiOliver Diederichsen managed to get his hands on some unique material: complete Stasi manuals of the department responsible for covert entry operations. Many of the techniques and tools can still be converted to work on modern locks. Oliver will highlight one part of the files that talks about the state of the art in locks around the late eighties, and how far the stasi got in bypassing them.

16:00 – 17:00 “Magnetic locks and how to defeat them” by Datagram

Magnetic decoder pick Datagram is a well known expert in the field of lock forensics, but also does lots of other interesting research. Magnetic locks are still considered amongst the most high-secure locks. And in some cases rightfully so. During his presentation Datagram will show what progress he made on bypassing some of these magnetic locks, and demonstrate his custom made opening and decoding tool.

17:15 – 18:00 “Impressioning Abloy Classic” by Jaakko Fagerlund

Abloy impressioning Jaakko Fagerlund is a big fan of Abloy locks and knows a lot about them. And of course he is interested how to tackle the system/ Together with Jord Knaap they improved on Barry Wels his ‘reduced contact area‘ impressioning technique for disc-locks. They found a way to get better marks and make the process more easy, and share their findings in this workshop.

18:00-19:00 dinner

20:00 – 23:00 Impressioning championships.

Impressioning is the fine art of opening a lock by filing a key from a blank. It is an ancient technique that still works on an amazing number of (high security) locks. The championships speak for themselves: who will be the fastest filing a working key to a lock his year? The impressioning championships will be played by the new rules. Meaning 45 people start with impressioning the same lock, and the first six people to open the lock will move on to the finals. Abus reserved some old stock just for these games and donated the C83 cylinders and blanks again this year. Thank you Abus!

Sunday October 23

08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast.

10:00 – 11:00 “Fichet F3D lock analysis” by Michael Huebler

Fichet F3D The Fichet F3D lock is one of the most intriguing locks that came out in a long time. Not easy to get, quite expensive and contains many, many parts. The innner working of the lock also is quite interesting and unique. Michael will take you trough the lock step by step, and there will be an interesting discussion on how this lock maybe could be bypassed.

11:30 – 15:30 Dutch Open lockpick championships.

championshipsWe are not going to play the one-on-one, and ‘winner takes all” that we did last year. It will be fair and balanced how we do it, and it will allow for many small picking contests against a direct opponent. In these games two people will be playing against each other, and the one with the most locks opened, or the fastest time if the same amount of locks are opened, will go trough to the next round. If the two contestants do not manage to open any of the locks they are both out of the game. In case we have an odd number of contestants, there will be three people competing against each other and the fastest two go trough. The last man standing wins!

There always is question about the selection of locks that will be used in the game. The brands will be kept secret, but we will try to arrange just two types of locks and make sure one of these locks is ‘relatively simple’ to open by an experienced picker. The locks used will be ‘standard’ five or six pin locks (so no dimple locks or special high security locks in the finals).

16:00 honoring the LockCon champs

17:00 Early dinner for those who need to travel

More information on how to register for LockCon2011 can be found here.

Expect this posting to change a little in the days to come.

12 Responses to “LockCon 2011 schedule”

  1. jos weyers says:

    “Information on what locks we are going to use will be released soon.” ??

    That could be interesting.
    (but I’ll still vote for ABUS)

  2. Great schedule, sounds like this year will be (again) a fun trip! πŸ™‚

    So Barry, impression championships just after my/Jords Abloy impressioning presentation? πŸ˜‰ Sounds like a challenge πŸ˜€

    Have to take more photos for the prsentation though, just to cover every possible question. And reherse it well πŸ˜‰

  3. Barry says:

    Jos: just updated the page. Abus was kind enough to donate some old stock of the lock we all know and love so much: the good old C83. Party is on πŸ™‚

  4. jos weyers says:


  5. JackNco says:

    Wow this sounds like it will be a great event, I should be getting in to sneek arounf 12/13:00 so let me know what I can do to help setup & help out over the weekend!

  6. JackNco says:

    Just out of interest is the competition still “open” I didnt notice it on the lockcon website and wasnt sure if that part is also a closed event now as we have a class before hand?

  7. NKT says:

    I’ll have enough stuff with me to do a short presentation on the latest UK lock (euro) cylinders and their anti-snap (and other) protections, if time and space permits.

  8. Han Fey says:

    Hi Nigel,

    I intend to arrive Friday afternoon to arrange the start up and the opening of this event. If intend to make the planning then for the Friday evening on the flip-over as usual. When it is already busy and crowded , you can do your presentation then before or after my presentation.

    Han Fey

  9. Einstein says:

    looking forward to see you all again
    busy with last preperations for the weekend πŸ™‚

    will be there around noon to open registration and room assignment


  10. Alex Zarkos says:

    Looking forward should be a fun event!

  11. Einstein says:

    We are booked out πŸ™‚

    Lockcon2011 can start πŸ™‚

    email to all LockCon people went out πŸ™‚

    AlexZ i don’t have your email please mail me lockcon2011 at hotmail,com so i can send the mail to you too

    if anyone how thinks he/she should be on the list and did not receive an email from me also email me lockcon2011 at hotmail,com so i can check it.

    cu in Sneek

    gifts are welcome πŸ™‚ (handcuffs)

  12. Walter Belgers says:

    Ah, again a great weekend!

    Congratulations to Torsten and Julian for winning the impressioning and lockpicking competitions!

    I myself am disappointed not to have opened the BKS in the final. An opening time of 12 minutes or less would have been enough for a first place but alas, it was not to be. Nevertheless, I’m quite excited with the third place, having a history of scoring badly at the Dutch open. This in contrast to the TOOOL competition, which I’ve now won for the 5th time in a row πŸ™‚

    With impressioning, I became 15th, something I am happy with, having only impressioned about 5 locks in my life. Barry’s hints and tips proved to be very valuable, so I opened in around 25 minutes.