Repair of Concrete Structures

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


City West Receptions
45 Plaistowe Mews , West Perth WA 6005


Before you can repair anything you have to know what caused the problem in the first place and you have to understand how it is supposed to work. Only then can you make an informed decision on how to do the repair. Concrete degradation may have various causes, including fire, aggregate expansion, physical damage and chemical damage (such as carbonation, chlorides and sulfates).  Selection of an appropriate technique will depend on the cause of the initial damage, whether the repair is to be fully load-bearing or simply cosmetic and the life of the repair.

Repairs and protection are typically required during the life of structures to ensure continued safe and reliable service.  Structures may also require extension beyond the original life or be subject to loads and functions varying from the original intent.  It is important to achieve the greatest value out of repair works, particularly when maintenance budgets are tight.

This technical evening will look at many of the repair techniques and materials available as well as provide an insight into the repair strategy decision making process.


CIA Members $60.00 CIA Student Members & CIA Retired Members $40.00 WA Branch Sponsors - free seat allocation $0.00 Non-Members $80.00


Andrew Sarkady
Business Development Manager, Construction Systems – Australia and NZ - BASF Australia

Tom Wenzel
National Technical & Business Manager - Remedial - Freyssinet Australia

Grant Dowling
Target Market Manager- Refurbishment - Sika Australia


Andrew Sarkady, Business Development Manager, Construction Systems – Australia and NZ - BASF Australia
With a Civil Engineering degree, Andrew started a consulting engineering career at Connell Wagner (now Aurecon) as a structural designer. The next few years allowed him to gain much experience in a wide variety of concrete repair projects and experience in cementitious and epoxy based systems across performance flooring and precision grouting applications.
In 2000, Andrew was instrumental in introducing the FRP MBRACE ® carbon fibre strengthening system (now known as MasterBrace) into Australia, being rewarded in 2009 with the contract to supply material into Melbourne's West Gate Bridge Strengthening project, which remains the largest carbon fibre bridge rehabilitation project in the world. Andrew currently holds the position of Business Development Manager, Construction Systems for Australia and NZ, as part of BASF's global leading "Master Builders Solutions" brand for the construction industry.
Outside of BASF Andrew has been an active supporter of various Industry Associations. There have been two terms with the Concrete Institute of Australia, where he currently holds the position of President of the Victorian State Branch and sits on National Council.
Repairing concrete structures in tough environments
Concrete structures are expected to perform consistently, with little maintenance over many years, in a variety of harsh environments. Whether it be in the most aggressive sewer or waste water facility, through to the rigours of a chloride battered marine structure or exposed to extreme UV and cyclic loading conditions, the choice of materials and application techniques are fundamental to the long term success of any repair strategy. Through a series of interesting case studies, various repair options will be discussed, with particular consideration to ease of application, fast return to service, long term durability and cost effectiveness.
Tom Wenzel, National Technical & Business Manager - Remedial - Freyssinet Australia
Tom Wenzel is a chartered professional civil engineer with more than 25 years’ experience as both a contractor and consultant in the fields of repair, maintenance and strengthening of structures. He is Freyssinet Australia’s National Technical & Business Manager – Remedial with Lead Manager responsibility for Freyssinet’s National Remedial Services Team which provides business development, strategy, marketing and technical support to Freyssinet Australia and Freyssinet New Zealand.
Major Wharf Rehabilitation – A Case Study of the Construction Methods and Practices Used to Safeguard On-going Structure Durability.
The presentation will review construction repair methods and practices used on what can be arguably considered Australia’s largest wharf rehabilitation project. The project, part of the Port of Melbourne Port Capacity Project, was completed over a 21 month time frame commencing in January 2015 and incorporated one of the largest steel and concrete ICCP steel systems installed in Australia.
Grant Dowling, Target Market Manager- Refurbishment - Sika Australia
Grant has been in his position since January 2012. He completed a NACE certified Coating Inspector Level 1 and the ACA Corrosion Certificate course, including various other ACA and Quality Assurance courses. Grant has also completed a Diploma of Marketing Management.
Grant has previously worked as a Technical Remedial Consultant for BAAM Consulting and BCRC (NSW) from 2008 to 2012 and prior to this worked in another major material supply company.
Grant has approximately 22 years experience I the Construction Chemicals industry and has spent time in Production, Quality Assurance, R&D Territory Sales Management and National Product Management.

Concrete Remediation to New and Change of Use Structures

Concrete repairs to new and old structures is not a new development. Many new concrete structures are being pushed to their limits during construction with quick turnaround times and this is resulting in many repairs being required.  In older structures more and more are being redeveloped and renewed for a change of use or making old new again.
This presentation will look at a number of projects,  new and old, and look into a number of remediation methods undertaken to improve the durability and servicability of these structures.



5.00 pm Registration Commences
5.30 pm Welcome & Introduction
5.35 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
7.00 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
8.00 pm Seminar closes 

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