Basement Constructions

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Corner William Street & Dudley Streets , Melbourne West Melbourne VIC 3003


The Concrete Institute of Australia presents a seminar on Basement Design and Construction.  The seminar aims to address those often encountered instances in Melbourne currently, where basement builders are faced with such as,
  • Poor ground conditions
  • Ground water and how changing authority requirements
  • Difficult site access and the logistical issues in mobilising plant and equipment
  • Factoring authority services.


CIA Members $76.00 Non Members $99.00 CIA Student/Retired Members $38.00


Paul Malady, Webber Design, Melbourne Principal
Paul joined Webber Design in 2011 with experience working on a variety of project types and scales throughout Australia and internationally. Paul’s experience in all aspects of engineering design is broad and this has enabled him to continually deliver successful outcomes from concept through to completion. He possess a genuine ability to communicate successfully with all stakeholders, ranging from Builder and Sub Contractor, through to Client and Project Consultant Teams. His enthusiasm and hands-on approach have earned him the respect of his peers and other industry professionals alike.
Basement Design - Webber Design 
Design solutions need to be comprehensive, with design elements often required to perform multiple functions, in order for cost effective outcomes to be achieved. Paul Malady’s presentation will detail the range of site conditions designers need to overcome in such instances and how considered design, can enable projects to “get up.”
Nic Morgan, Geotech, General Manager
Nic joined the Geotech Group in 2003 following 10 years with a national piling contractor and site based experience with geotechnical consultants in his early career. Nic has a passion for piling and deep foundations. Through his role as a Director of the Piling and Foundation Specialists Federation (PFSF) he was actively involved on the working committee for the WorkSafe Piling Industry Guideline published in 2014. With Geotech’s in-house anchoring and shotcreting abilities to complement the piling, Nic has been involved in many challenging D&C basements.  
Having completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree at University of Melbourne, for the past 8 years Nic has maintained that link by conducting a series of guest lectures for the undergraduate course at UoM and hosting annual excursions to Geotech basement projects.
Basement Design & Construction - Addressing Difficult Site Conditions - Geotech

Basement design and construction has had to evolve due to a range of economic and regulatory requirements. Summary:
  • Different basement wall types – a quick overview
  • Management of groundwater/contamination
  • VicRoads – Technical Assessment Checklist 2015.
  • The importance of high quality geotechnical information for challenging sites
Graeme Spiller, Product Specialists Tremco Australia
Graeme Spiller studied Architecture as his entrĂ©e into the world of Construction. He commenced work within the Waterproofing and Protection Coatings industry as a Construction Supervisor directly responsible for Waterproofing at AAHL Geelong, when working for New Hollands in the early Eighties. Since then he’s worked for both Contractor and Supplier over extended periods. 
The past Eleven years he’s worked as a Technical Representative for Tremco.  Graeme’s knowledge spans the entire Protective Coatings / Waterproofing process, from actual onsite works through to product manufacture.  Subsequently Graeme’s advice with regards to Basement Waterproofing systems is highly regarded and sought after by builders throughout Australia.
Basement Waterproofing - Tremco
  • Waterproofing as part of the design process
  • Different systems and their inherent benefits and limitations
  • Failure and the outcomes associated when waterproofing is not considered at the design stage
  • Establishing and maintaining site conditions that enable a waterproofing system to be successfully installed
  • Quality Control processes that must be adhered to
 Simon Sciola, Managing Director, Domain Concrete
Simon Sciola is the Principle at Domain Concrete and his experience spans in excess of 10 years.  Though this is a shorter period compared to many within the industry, the breadth of his experience is undoubted.  Including periods working at some of Australia’s most significant Structures Contractors in capacities ranging from Project Engineer through to Project Manager.
Anthony Caparello, Construction Manager, Domain Concrete
Anthony Caparello’s experience in concrete structures is comprehensive, having obtained his trade as a Formwork Carpenter, Anthony has progressed through the full range of site roles, including Leading hand, Panel Setter, Jump Form Foreman and Structures Foreman.  His experience as a Structure’s specialists, spans both Commercial Industrial, Retail, Healthcare and multi- level buildings.
Basement & Suspended Slab Construction - Domain Concrete
Basement Construction in instances where Groundwater ingress needs to be continually addressed, requires a structures contractor to both coordinate and undertake a wide variety of additional tasks, in order that they may in turn undertake their principal contract works.  Coordination issues that need to be addressed in such instances include;
  • De-watering systems such as Wells and French Drains, their construction and maintenance,
  • Well heads, placement and management pre and post concrete pours
  • Establishing suitable substrates for waterproofing contractors
  • Coordinating reinforcing works such that waterproofing and shotcrete installations can readily proceed and be undertaken such that warranties are in no way compromised
  • Co-ordinating suspended slab works when waterproofing works need to be undertaken


5.30 pm Registration and Networking
Drinks & light refreshments will be served
6.00 pm Welcome & Introduction. MC's opening remarks
6.10 pm Paul Malady - Webber Design
6.30 pm Nic Morgan - Geotech
6.50 pm Graeme Spiller - Tremco
7.20pm Simon Sciola & Anthony Caparello - Domain Concrete
7.40pm Discussion - Question Time
8.00pm Close

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