Concrete Placement

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Road , West Ryde NSW 2114


Concrete is an extremely diverse construction material, capable of achieving both structural and architectural objectives. However, a sound understanding of the essentials of concrete placement are essential for avoiding costly mistakes in the future. Our final 2017 technical seminar is designed for all sectors of the concrete construction industry – asset owners, engineers, architects, builders, concrete placers, form workers, steel fixers, PT companies and ready-mix concrete manufacturers.

Three industry leaders will deliver real life case examples, theory and practical steps to ensure concrete is placed correctly, and your project is primed for success from the beginning!

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with a former asset owner (Roads and Maritime Services) and consultants to deliver their insight into this valuable topic.


CIA Members $75.00 CIA Retired & Student Members $44.00 Non-Members $99.00


Michael van Koeverden
Director - CQT Services

Geoff Ayton
Formerly - Roads and Maritime Services

David Mahaffey
Managing Director - Mahaffey Associates


David Mahaffey - Managing Director, Mahaffey Associates
David will deliver an introductory presentation highlighting several case studies, and lessons learnt from how these projects unfolded. David will then take an active role in our interactive question and answer section of the evening, highlighting questions that are begging to be asked!

Geoff Ayton - Formerly RMS
International construction journals regularly feature articles on the growing demands associated with the rehabilitation or replacement of our aging infrastructure.  This is creating significant financial and technical challenges and there is a growing concern in some quarters that contemporary infrastructure projects are likely to yield even worse durability, in part as a consequence of industry pressure to optimise time and cost outcomes at a compromise to quality standards.

Organisations such as Engineers Australia and the Concrete Institute periodically conduct seminars on topics such as standards, specifications and research relating to concrete durability.  Much of the effort in addressing durability concerns is directed towards materials issues but relatively little attention is given to the impact of poor construction practices.

In an EA article in the 1990s, Peter Miller wrote that “project managers no longer afford the time and money to ensure that …the placing and compaction and curing are of the necessary quality”.  More than twenty years later, it can be argued that little, if anything, has changed.

This presentation will discuss the essential basics of the issues raised by Peter Miller and their impact on the durability of concrete structures.  It will propose industry-wide discussion on the warrant for a renewed effort to expand training programs throughout the concrete construction industry.

Michael van Koeverden - Director, CQT Services & Institute Immediate Past President
Institute Immediate Past President, Michael van Koeverden will discuss the foundations of keeping concrete placement simple to achieve the best results from a consultants perspective. Michael will discuss the importance of planning each day to minimise the likelihood of problems and mistakes, and understanding what you, as a practitioner, are about to construct. Michael will also focus on the importance of guiding your team through the process, ensuring all members are trained appropriately and have the competency to complete the proposed work. 



4.45 pm
Event Registration Commences
5.15 pm
Welcome and Introduction
5.20 pm
Presentations Commence
7.00 pm
Discussion and Question Time
7.15 pm
Drinks and light refreshments will be served
8.00 pm Close

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