AS 3600 - 2009: Commentary - pdf format only

The seminar offered an overview of the material properties of concrete and steel specified in Section 3 of AS 3600 - 2009, including background to the specified properties of materials such as the tensile strength, elastic modulus, creep coefficient and shrinkage strain of concrete. Reviewed are the relevant properties of conventional steel reinforcement and prestressing tendons, including elastic modulus and relaxation. Also discussed are the clauses relating to losses of prestresses and the appropriate strength reduction factors to be used. More Info

Concrete Formwork

Formwork has a major impact on the quality, cost and time to build concrete structures. In addition, its sound design and construction is essential to ensure safety during construction. The focus of this series of notes is to provide the reader with guidance on formwork planning, design and construction. Much of the information presented can be found in the Concrete Institute of Australia: Z36 Formwork Handbook More Info

Cracks and Crack Control in Concrete Structures

The notes on Cracks and Crack Control in Concrete Structures will look at how concrete cracking can be controlled by decisions made at the design stage and during the practical application of the material. Cracking can occur as a result of design, supply, construction and project management processes. More Info

Design and Construction of High Rise Concrete Structures

Our seminar on Design and Construction of High Rise Concrete Structures brings together leading local experts, Dr James Aldred and Professor Emeritus Bill Melbourne in the crucial element of wind engineering requirements, as well as more specific concrete related areas involving materials specification and construction practices. More Info

Design Guidance To AS 3600 - 2009 Concrete Structures - pdf format only

The course contains a numerous number of worked examples leading attendees through every step of the design calculations and providing concise explanations to the background to the various provisions of the Standard. The course has been prepared and will be presented by three eminent experts in the field of concrete structures, Gil Brock, Stephen Foster and Ian Gilbert. All three are active members of BD - 002, the committee responsible for the development of AS 3600 -2009 More Info

Durability: CIA Concrete Durability Series

The durability series is a set of Concrete Institute of Australia recommended practices that provide deeemed to satisfy requirements appliocable to all concrete structure types based on standard input parameters for design life, reliability and exposure. The notes include details on project planning and implementation which if followed will increase the likelihood that the specification, design detailing and construction will be optimal to achieving the developer and community expectations More Info

Durability: Principles for Practitioners

The durability of concrete structures remains a complex and difficult issue to design and manage due to many variables. Whist research into concrete durability continues, the knowledge on exposure significance, deterioration processes, materials properties and workmanship implications has developed significantly over the last 25 years. In this time new durability design practices have been developed, including durability modelling methods and new methods of construction have been introduced. More Info

Early Age Cracking

The purpose of these notes is to provide a broad overview of random cracking in concrete. The content is not strictly limited to early age cracking. However, the content relates to those factors that determine early age behaviour and behaviour at later ages in relation to cracking. Various types of cracking is identified and complete coverage of mechanisms of cracking and avoidance of cracking through good practise, is interspersed with case studies. More Info

Forensic Engineering in Concrete Structures - pdf format only

What happens when a structure fails? We ask questions, we learn from the experience and we put new ideas in to practice to ensure that it does not happen again. This is Forensic Engineering, the process of investigating structural failures to understand why they occur and provide critical feedback to the engineering profession. It is the backbone of all engineering. In the case of partial or total structural collapse, knowledge of the cause provides a sound bases for accurate and efficient solution development. More Info

Heavy Duty Pavements for Industry and Ports - pdf format only

These notes provide a relevant background to the design of heavy industrial and port pavements. They introduce the pavement composition and types, pavement design considerations, approaches and processes, as well as specification and construction issues. The notes emphasise that, although the pavement design principles are uniform, the design of heavy industrial and port pavements are different from highway and street pavements. This requires special attention and skills More Info

High Performance Concrete: Design and Application

The use of high performance concrete offers advantages in durability, ease of placement, and reduced creep and shrinkage, as well as increased compressive, shear and tensile strength. Offsetting these advantages are potentially reduced ductility and fire resistance, and increased unit cost. The very dense material structure can as well result in high durability. This makes the material suitable for the design of lightweight slender structures with a long service life, as well as surprising architectural structures. More Info

High Performance Concrete Floors and Pavements

The aim of pavement and floor design is to select the most economical pavement thickness and composition which will provide a satisfactory level of service for the anticipated traffic. Therefore the correct choice of slab or pavement is only possible if we fully understand the demands placed in terms of performance of the wearing surface. These notes explain the loads that have to be considered and how they are modelled for these pavement types. It also discusses projects that have been constructed with no moving joints using steel fibres combined with mesh. More Info

Reinforcement Detailing - pdf format only

Reinforcement in Australia has evolved over the last 100 years and is still under constant review to ensure that products and practices are the best in the world. A proper detailing of reinforcement in concrete structures is very important with regard to structural behaviour, safety and good performance. More Info

Shear Design of Concrete Structures

Concrete is susceptible to shear failures. Thus a reinforced concrete member subjected to shear may develop diagonal cracks and if the member does not contain an appropriate amount of shear reinforcement, these cracks can result in the sudden failure of a member. The building code proceduer for shear design typically consist of a collection of complex, restricted empirical equations for shear strength. These notes were intended to give further insight into Shear Design More Info

Shotcrete Essentials - What you need to know

These notes provide an overview of the Recommended Practise for Shotcreting in Australia, a guide by the Australian Shotcrete Society in association with the Concrete Institute of Australia. This is one of only a few guides to shotcrete published internationally. The present guide is an entirely new publication written with both small and large projects in mind, including ground control and underground mines. More Info

Shrinkage, Cracking & Restraint: What Comes First

That concrete shrinks is an unavoidable fact. The challenge is to understand the mechanisms behind shrinkage, the inter-action with restraint and the influence of poor construction practices and how these factors influence why concrete cracks. The papers included in these proceedings have been sourced from national and international industry organisations, local academics, practising engineers and peer reviewed journals. Our aim was to provide a comprehensive document suitable for practising professionals in the concrete industry More Info

Specification of Structual Concrete

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. More Info

Structual Concrtete Design for Extreme Events

Recently, the Christchurch earthquake saw the collapse and near collapse of many reinforced concrete structures. In 2012 an 8.9 magnitude earth quake occurred of the coast of Japan with devastating consequences, and further highlights the need for of a comprehensive understanding of structures and structural behaviour for extreme events. More Info

Why does concrete do the things it does?

This seminar is targeted specifically at any one in the concrete construction industry who may use, produce, place, finish, specify, approve or design concrete of all levels of experience and to provide a greater understanding of why concrete behaves the way it does, what can make it change, and what we need to know to be sure it’s doing the thing we want it to do! More Info