The Performance of Concrete Symposium




Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world. Despite the many changes in the construction industry globally, concrete continues to be the benchmark material for long lasting, durable structures. As such concrete continues to be researched and developed.

While new materials show promise in the construction industry they are often made from natural resources that are simply not found in quantities abundant enough to compete with, or even replace, concrete. It is for this reason that advances in concrete, and the materials that are used in it, are always being further developed, along with enhancements to generate special properties, or to achieve superior characteristics that may provide long-term durability, sustainability, and performance.

However, it is vital that all stakeholders in the concrete industry have a basic understanding of the concepts involved to ensure that the performance of the material is not compromised. This applies to anyone in structural and civil design, project management, concrete construction, and concrete technology.

This event is Part 1 of a series on the Performance of Concrete.

It will provide an update on the changes in Australia with respect to materials and conditions that impact the performance of concrete, and how these impact concrete specification, construction, and ultimately performance in this country.


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“While advances have been made in admixtures, binder and aggregate production, testing, and repair materials, the root cause behind many of our concrete problems is neglect of the basics. All areas of the concrete industry need to have an understanding of concrete the material and how it works.

Designers must know whether their designs can be built. Constructors must understand the impacts of placing, compaction and curing of concrete to achieve the specified performance requirements. You only get one chance to ‘get it right’, with concrete, so asking the right questions at the right time is essential to getting the right outcome”.

Michael van Koeverden, Principal, CQT Services

“Raw materials are the life-blood of the concrete manufacturing process. The quality
 and consistency of concrete constituents ultimately affect the finished product, and as such, great care should be given to the assessment of these materials. 

A sound understanding of their limitations and impact on the final product needs to be understood. Presentations by experts in these fields are vital for the industry to enhance its skills with regards to local concrete materials.”

Andre van Zyl, Technical Services Manager, Concrete Institute of Australia


How much do you know about ASR?

Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is when aggregates containing silica react with alkali hydroxide in cement to form a gel that swells with water from the surrounding cement paste or the environment. This can then cause enough pressure that the concrete becomes damaged. ASR is typically indicated by random map cracking and, in advanced cases, closed joints and attendant spalled concrete.

Why is it important for designer and specifiers to know about ASR?

There are materials used in concrete that can help reduce the risk of ASR occurring; certain structure types, requirements and areas that can increase the risk of ASR, and new testing methodology available to predict the level of risk!



This event will look at a wide range of concrete materials, updates in standards and use, and the impact that they have on the performance of concrete.
Our presenters will include industry experts in materials and performance, as well as local specifiers with local knowledge in specification challenges.



This event will be of great importance to professionals in the fields of:
  • Structural engineering, design and specification
  • Concrete construction
  • Road, rail and water authorities

It is also a great opportunity for young graduates and professionals to learn more about what goes in to our most widely used construction material, and what it does!

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