Cracking the Concrete Codes (Melbourne)

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Melbourne Parkview Hotel
562 St Kilda Road , Melbourne VIC 3004


Many of the Australian Standards for concrete and concrete related materials have been revised or reviewed in recent times. Further to this there have been other guidelines or codes of practice, such as the Concrete Durability Series by the Concrete Institute of Australia, that have been introduced. To this end the Concrete Institute of Australia is pleased to present a national seminar aimed at “Cracking the Concrete Codes”

With the current review of AS 3600 taking place, and following the release of the Australia Standard for Bridge Design, AS 5100-2017, the seminar will look at providing industry with a practical understanding of some of the important developments, and how they relate, along with comparing other guidelines.
There are a number of changes that designers and specifiers will need to become familiar with, with respect to both design and construction methods, and in concrete materials technology. The seminar will cover a number of specific alterations in the Standards and the necessary practical design and specification considerations, as well as facilitating an open forum discussion, with the principle objective of clarifying and imparting knowledge with regards to the updates. 


CIA Members $490.00 CIA Retired Members $210.00 CIA Student Members $210.00 Non-Members $695.00 12 Month CIA Individual Member and Seminar package $710.00


Professor Stephen Foster
Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering - UNSW

Mr. Tony Thomas
National Concrete Engineer (Retired) - Boral Concrete


Shear and Torsion Design

There has been debate in Australia for a number of years that the shear and torsion provisions in our codes has not been satisfactory. Revisions for shear and torsion therefore have been looked at to more closely align with international standards. Professor Michael Collins provided an insight to this when he presented in Australia in 2014.

This session will look at changes that impact both the bridge standard AS5100 and the concrete structures standard, AS 3600, include updates in compression shear theory, the interaction of shear and torsion together, and look at clarifying requirements for detailing of flexural reinforcement for shear and torsion.

Steel Fibre Reinforcement Design

There has been significant change in both AS 5100 and AS 3600 to steel fibre reinforcement design requirements. Provision for SFRC is now contained within a separate chapter, by itself, in both of these standards.
The SFRC design provision in the now released AS 5100.5 is slightly different to what will be found in AS3600, as the theory was based on preliminary information. This session will look at the SFRC design requirements and the improvements to be included in the revised concrete structures code AS3600. Further, there will also be an update in serviceability crack control in AS 3600.

Durability Design

AS3600 Concrete Structures has had a rigorous review of the durability information provided in this standard.  This comes on the back of a number of changes that were made to AS5100, along with the introduction of a number of durability documents by the Institute, including Z7/04 Good Practice in Design, Construction and Concrete Supply.
This session will look at the differences in these codes and Standards, and aim to explain how they can be applied in practice. There will also be an opportunity to discuss and compare these differences.

Open Forum
There will be an open forum to discuss these changes and other implications to the Standards and codes, and how these may impact design and construction practice. The forum will include our two presenters as well as other invited local stakeholders.


08:30    Registration
08:45    Introduction
09:00    Session 1 – Overview and updates of AS3600 (Steve Foster)
09:45    Session 2 – Overview and updates of other standards and codes 
             (Tony Thomas)
10:30:   Morning tea
11:00    Session 3 – Shear and Torsion Design (Steve Foster)
12:30    Lunch
13:15    Session 4 – Durability Design (Tony Thomas)
14:00    Session 5 – Steel Fibre Reinforcement Design (Steve Foster)
15:00    Afternoon tea
15:30    Session 5 – Open Forum
16:30    Close

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