Specification of Structural Concrete National Seminar (Adelaide)

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Adelaide Inn
160 O’Connell St , North Adelaide SA 5006


The specification of structural concrete is a vital ingredient in the process of construction to ensure we achieve durable, sustainable, and serviceable infrastructure. However, the Australian heavy construction materials industry is facing a number of technical challenges in maintaining the position of concrete as a material of choice for the construction industry, and this is having an impact at the specification stage.  

With increasing pressure and expectation on suppliers, specifiers, and construction companies to complete projects within difficult time frames and budgets, and without key personnel and resources, it means that specifications are not being developed to allow for continued superior performance of concrete structures. Many specifications are just repeating historic properties and benchmarks with little understanding of their purpose and potential implications. More worryingly, there are often perverse outcomes arising from this confusion. 


CIA Members $490.00 CCAA Members $490.00 CIA Retired Members $210.00 CIA Student Members $210.00 Non-Members $640.00 12 Month CIA Individual Member and Seminar package $710.00


Michelle Wilson
Director - Concrete Technology at Portland Cement Association

Daksh Baweja
Director - BG&E Materials Technology


Our seminar on Specification of Structural Concrete, featuring world renowned concrete technology expert Michelle L. Wilson from the Portland Cement Association, USA, and one of Australia’s most experienced practitioners in this field, Daksh Baweja from BG&E Materials Technology, will look to:
  • Review modern approaches to the specification of concrete and its constituent materials.
  • Outline the vital properties of concrete, how they are applied, and how this information can form a practical specification for the supply of concrete.
  • Compare and critique Australian and USA concrete codes and standards.
  • Provide guidelines on specification detail for the inspection and construction of concrete.
  • Present real-life problems caused by inadequate design, construction, and maintenance practices, and based on various problems, show delegates how to come up with suitable solutions. 
  • Look at how durability specification can be considered in conjunction with this, with particular reference to planning and testing.
The seminar will also look some of the hot topics in concrete specification both locally and overseas, and provide delegates an opportunity to table some of their concerns to the Institute in an open forum


8:30 Introduction
8:45 Specification of cement, aggregates, and other constituents (Michelle Wilson)
9:45 Australian Specifications (Daksh Baweja)
10:15 Morning Tea
10:45 Concrete inspection and construction (Michelle Wilson)
11:30 Troubleshooting (Michelle Wilson)
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Durability Specification in practice (Michelle Wilson)
13:45 Durability Specification in Australia (Daksh Baweja)
14:30 Afternoon tea
14:45 Open forum discussion/Q&A
  • Predictive Modeling for Durability of Concrete (ASR Testing) (Michelle Wilson)
  • Thermal Control (DEF) (Michelle Wilson)
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) (Michelle Wilson)
  • Concerns with AS 3600 (Daksh Baweja)
  • Recent Industry Research Update (Daksh Baweja)
  • Alkali-aggregate reaction and shrinkage (Daksh Baweja)
16:30 Close

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