News bulletin 16:
News bulletin 16: 26 Apr 2017

The first Super T beams have been lifted into place in Noble Park in Victoria as part of a project involving 360 Super T beams that will support an elevated rail line and the rebuild of five stations between Caulfield and Dandenong by the end of next year.

A university-based start-up is commercialising Acrete, that it reports is lighter, stronger and less expensive than concrete and converts three times more waste into useful building material.

Mainland Civil has been appointed by Walker Corp to commence the first stage of works on the $2 billion Parramatta Square redevelopment, one of Sydney’s largest urban renewal projects.

Laing O’Rourke has implemented a company-side Indigenous Procurement policy with all new projects to have a minimum target spend with Indigenous businesses.

Speculation about a corporate raid on Fletcher Building in NZ is rife following an AFR report that its shares are down almost 30% this year.

Image: Super Ts being lifted into place in Noble Park for the elevated rail line between Caulfield and Dandenong. Source: Level Crossing Removal Authority


WE HAVE MOVED - 26 Apr 2017

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Winners announced
Winners announced 19 Apr 2017

Many thanks to all Insitute Members who completed our recent Membership Survey.

We had a fantastic response rate and have collected some excellent information about what, you, our Members value and what services you would like us to improve upon.

A detailed analysis is in progress and a summary will be made available to Members soon.

Members who completed the survey were in the draw to win two free registrations to Concrete 2017 being held in Adelaide in October.
We are pleased to announce that the lucky winners are Rajiv Kalra from Arcadis Australia Pacific and Trevor Parry from Meyer Consulting. 

Congratulations to Rajiv and Trevor and thank you once again to everyone who took part in the survey!

Even if you weren't one of the lucky winners, you can still get the discounted early bird rate for Concrete 2017 if you sign up before 26 June!

News bulletin 15:
News bulletin 15: 18 Apr 2017

Adelaide Brighton has acquired Central Pre-Mix Concrete for more than $60 million. The purchase includes five concrete plants and a hard rock aggregate quarry that serve metropolitan Melbourne.

A new infrastructure agency being quietly set up in the PM’s department, to be funded in the upcoming federal budget, reportedly represents a major shift in thinking and will bring new capabilities typically seen in investment banking and strategic business advisory firms into the public sector.

Professor Marie Jackson, a specialist in Roman maritime concrete from the US has warned the UK that Roman-style concrete should be used to build Wales’ controversial Swansea sea wall project using volcanic ash.

An exhibition titled ‘Material #01: Concrete’ is open in the Brisbane CBD which explores the diversity and potential of concrete, incorporating architecture, design and art, and continues till June.

Aurecon was recently involved in an Engineers Australia panel discussing the latest research on the fast-approaching skills shortage “about to hit the Australian engineering profession”.

Image: Soli-Pompeiopolis Source: John Peter Oleson via City Lab.


New bulletin 14:
New bulletin 14: 11 Apr 2017

See how this abandoned cement factory from the early 20th century in Spain, with its 30 silos, smoke stack, machine rooms and 4km of underground tunnels, has been turned into a post-industrial castle.

GHD has announced it has a new chairperson and made changes to its executive directors following the retirement of the company’s current executive chair after 40 years. AECOM has appointed a new chief operating officer for its construction services global division. And McConnell Dowell has appointed a new operations manager, whose background includes Fulton Hogan, John Holland and Laing O’Rourke. The company has also appointed a new general manager for new business and strategy who also hails from JH.

Wagstaff Piling had to come up with an innovative foundation solution and economical design alternative for micropiles designed for earthquake loads being constructed at Monash University No. 4 carpark to allow for the facility to be extended by two additional floors whilst remaining fully operational.

Infrastructure Australia CEO talks about why the pool of funding for infrastructure investment in this country must be diversified and highlights the benefits of transitioning towards a user pays model to fund the infrastructure needed.

Mainmark says it has successfully remediated a large concrete culvert under State Highway 58 near Wellington in New Zealand using “a technologically advanced solution”.

CPB Contractors, part of the CIMIC Group, has been selected to deliver Victoria’s Transurban West Gate Tunnel project in a JV with John Holland. Design and construction works will include widening of the West Gate Freeway and two tunnels under Yarraville, a new bridge, an elevated road, new cycling and pedestrian pathways.

Image: Former cement factory-turned-post-industrial castle in Spain. Source: Domain


What's new from Standards Australia?
What's new from Standards Australia? 5 Apr 2017

Standards Australia has announced all nine parts of the 2017 AS/NZS 5100 Bridge design series has been published.

The organisation's CEO, Bronwyn Evans, wrote to the Concrete Insitute to thank the BD-090 Committee, Sub-Committee and Working Group Members.

"I want to applaud each of you for your efforts contributing to this impressive work program," she said. "It is a huge achievement for Australia which would not have been possible without your expertise and determination. As voluntary contributors I also recognise the significant time you have given to participate in delivering the bridge design series."

This video introduces the new bridges code.

Standards Australia has also announced the draft of AS 3610.1 Formwork for concrete Part 1: Specifications (Committee BD-043 Formwork) is open for public comment. You will be able to view the draft and any incoming comments once you've logged into the Standards Hub. Comments close 5 June 2017.

Image: The Webb Bridge, a cycling and pedestrian bridge in Melbourne's Docklands. Source: AAP


Applications for David Barro Fellowship open
Applications for David Barro Fellowship open 5 Apr 2017

This is the first time the David Barro Fellowship for Heavy Construction Materials has been introduced and applications from across Australia are invited.

The Fellowship is in memory of David Barro, the founder of Barro Group who had always advocated industry innovation and improvement.
The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) has been chosen to manage this Fellowship which  provides an opportunity for an individual working within the area of the heavy construction materials industry, specifically in the manufacture of concrete or in quarrying, to undertake a research program overseas for two or three weeks.
Applicants will provide an outline of what research they would consider beneficial to the industry and where they would propose to undertake this research.
The intention is to encourage innovation – to raise the bar and encourage industry improvement and leading best practice in Australia. It might be as simple as a more workable concrete or quarry material that improves operator placement or reduces industry manufacturing costs.
On return to Australia the successful applicant would prepare, with the assistance of the ISSI, a detailed written report outlining their findings. They would also be required to share that report across the industry which might include speaking at industry forums.
The process is transparent – the ISS Institute and an ex-industry leader with extensive experience in both concrete manufacture and quarrying comprise the selection panel (Barro representatives are not involved in the selection process).
The ISSI team will provide assistance with preparing submissions, particularly for applicants who have no experience with applications of this type.

Phone (03) 9347 4583 or email for information or enquires. The application form is available at

News bulletin 13:
News bulletin 13: 4 Apr 2017

Women are being employed at almost twice the national rate on South Australia’s $985 million Northern Connector project (see our p18 feature in March issue of Concrete in Australia magazine). Five women are among 11 engineers recruited in the project’s first graduate intake for 2017 and more than 21% of positions across roles such as civil engineering, plant operation, safety, and environment, have been filled by women compared to the national average of 11.7% for the construction industry.

Institute Bronze Member SMEC has acquired PDR Engineers in Cairns that provides structural, civil, geotechnical and mining engineering services to government and corporate clients. It’s the first purchase since SMEC joined global consultancy Surbana Jurong last year.

Standards Australia has announced the new nine-part Australian Bridge Code AS / NZS 5100:2017 has been published. CEO Bronwyn Evans applauded the BD-090 committee, sub-committee and working group members for their “impressive work program”, adding that it was a “huge achievement”. The new code includes a comprehensive revision incorporating international modern design practices and new sections for rehabilitation and strengthening of existing bridges.

Two months on from Stephen Durkin’s resignation from the role of CEO of Engineers Australia, the organisation is yet to find a replacement. Chairman John McIntosh has been acting as executive chairman while executive Ron Watts stepped into the role of chief operating officer.

Silver Member Aurecon says Asia’s unique geography makes it “one of the most exciting places to be a bridge engineer”. The region is home to many of the world’s longest bridges and technical director for bridges and civil structures, Mike Tapley, believes it has a strong pipeline for future construction.

Institute Bronze Member, the Concrete Pumping Association of Australia (CPAA), is hosting the American Concrete Institute Shotcrete Certification Course on the Sunshine Coast from 27-29 April 2017. Delivered by experts from the American Shotcrete Association, you will learn the essential skills and methods of hand-held shotcreting on day one of the education course and put your skills to the test on day two, spraying and examination, shooting test panels.

Image: The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan has the longest central span of any bridge in the world.

News bulletin 12:
News bulletin 12: 28 Mar 2017

James Cook University lecturer Eduardo de la Fuente looks at the brutalist buildings of Australian universities and asks if concrete campuses can be loved again.

Victoria’s Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan has released the state’s Value Creation and Capture Framework that will apply to all major projects and precinct developments. Proposals will be required to detail value capture and creation options in their development.

Downer EDI Limited has announced the acquisition of New Zealand construction, infrastructure, and project managers, Hawkins, which is part of the McConnell Group.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has rated the country’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card as an overall D+, with bridges scoring a C+, and dams and roads both getting a D.

Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme is now accepting proposals from local, territory and state governments. The $360 million five-year programme to 2019-20 is for upgrades and repairs to bridges, with the federal government contributing up to 50% of the total project cost.

Half a billion dollars has been set aside for roads in Queensland for projects in the south-east of the state and around Mackay.

Multiplex has been appointed to deliver Stage 1C of the $66.5 million Werribee Mercy Hospital in Victoria. It’s the second of six stages of construction works of the hospital’s $85 million redevelopment.

Image: the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (1968), designed by Queensland architect James Birrell, on the James Cook University campus.


Nominations now open
Nominations now open 22 Mar 2017

Nominations are now open for a Representative and Reference Group Members for BD-108, AS 5204 - Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement material.

Standards Australia (SA) has established a new committee, BD-108 Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Bars, to work on the new Standard AS 5204 Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement material. A project has been submitted and approved to develop a material standard to ensure structural quality and grade of material Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) bars.

The Concrete Institute has been invited to participate on the committee and is seeking a Representative who will represent the views of the Institute and its Members. The Institute is particularly interested in those with expertise in using the specification and design of FRP bars.

Expressions of interest are also sought from Members to serve in the BD-108 Reference Group. Reference Group Members will provide expert advice and individual opinion for consideration by the Nominated Representative on technical matters. They will also be involved in BD-108’s working groups should the need arise for a sub-committee.

The Concrete Institute has a series of governance procedures that must be adhered to by any Representative and Reference Group Member. These can be found on the CIA website, on the right hand column. Nominations can be sent to by COB 28 April 2017.

News bulletin 11:
News bulletin 11: 21 Mar 2017

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) have released the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Knowledge and Skills Framework which they say has the “potential to revolutionise” the construction sector.

Planning approval has been granted for a 1700-bed correctional facility will be built 12.5km south-east of Grafton. It will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained by Northern Pathways Consortium, with construction expected to begin this year, according to Infrastructure NSW.

The 175-year-old Japanese civil engineering company, Kajima Corporation, has made a major investment in Cockram Construction which will see the Australian company expand its international business in Asia Pacific and the US and will lead to a merger with another construction group in 2019.

Almost $400 million in federal funding has been approved for stage 1 of the Bruce Highway - Mackay Ring Road project that will include 13 new bridges. You can read Infrastructure Australia’s project business case evaluation here.

The preferred route for the Beaches Link and Western Harbour tunnels in Sydney has been revealed by the NSW Government, with 235 bore hole site tests to be carried out over the next six months to contribute to the engineering design, final costings and further route analysis.

Image:  An illustration of the future Grafton Correctional Facility in NSW.


Our submission deadline is fast approaching!
Our submission deadline is fast approaching!20 Mar 2017

As our submission deadline is fast approaching, we are seeing more entries roll into The Institute.

Every two years The Institute is buzzing with activity in anticipation for our Biennial Conference, and this year is no different.

However, what is equally as important as the latest concrete research, publications and international keynote speakers is the tangible outcomes of this level of knowledge, showcased in the form of a project demonstrating excellence in concrete.

This is particularly interesting, as our Awards 2017 Program has expanded into six different categories: residential buildings, commercial buildings, infrastructure projects, sustainability & environment and technology & innovation - each designed to capture a different segment of the concrete construction industry.

With this in mind, project managers, designers, architects, engineers, researchers and academics are presented with a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity, knowledge and expertise to the wider industry. Your chance awaits to demonstrate the versatile properties of concrete as a construction and decorative material.

With 11 days remaining until the submission deadline, there is still ample time to collate your project details and submit online. Remember, our team at The Institute is more than happy to assist with the entry process, questions and queries.

We look forward to seeing your project!

News bulletin 10:
News bulletin 10: 14 Mar 2017

A second motorway bridge has collapsed in Italy in six months, with a criminal investigation for manslaughter launched. The country’s infrastructure ministry is also conducting its own inquiry and questions about bureaucracy and seismic activity have come up.

Australian governments spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend, the Grattan Institute has revealed. It gathered three experts to discuss how to get the right infrastructure at the right price, including the Institute’s transport program director, Marion Terrill, who also contributed a detailed article to the AFR.

The ISCP (International Society for Concrete Pavements) has recently elected John Figueroa (Aurecon), Justin Moss (Arcadis) and Craig Whitaker (EIC ActivitiesCPB) to its board of directors, for a two-year term. Dr Anna-Carin Brink (AECOM) continues as a director while George Vorobieff has retired as a director after leaving RMS. The ASCP said its organisation and the ISCP have enjoyed close working relations since ASCP’s formation in 2008, with ISCP Directors being frequent presenters at ASCP biennial conferences, and that the strong representation of Australian professionals on the international society’s board will enhance ongoing interaction.

Engineers Australia said over the last 25 years, substantial pressure has been placed on Western Australia’s infrastructure assets while “costly and contentious infrastructure projects” have been “stuck in the pipeline, stalled by electoral cycles and political debate”.

A number of councils across Sydney have called on the Greater Sydney Commission to provide plans for the NSW capital’s future that are both more detailed and more ambitious than what has previously been released.


Getting the balance right
Getting the balance right 9 Mar 2017

Master Builders Australia chose International Women's Day on 8 March to announce the appointment of its first female CEO in 127 years, Denita Wawn. Selected following a comprehensive recruitment process by the MBA’s board, the new industry leader is the exception to the rule where current statistics show five out of six CEOs in Australia are men.
Denita Wawn, who will represent MBA’s 32,000 members, said she was, “very honoured … building and construction is such a vital part of our community and our economy”.
Wawn was promoted from the position of General Manager Operations where she spent 12 months building a strong foundation to understand the issues impacting on the association’s members, according to National President, Dan Perkins.

While a great step in the right direction, against the backdrop of Australia's latest gender equality scorecard, we’ve got a long way to go before women feel they have the same opportunities for employment and advancement as their male counterparts across all industrial sectors.
The Australian Government’s Gender Equality Scorecard released in November showed women still earn on average $27,000 less than men and women only represent 28.5% of key management. Importantly, employers with policies supporting gender equality is on the rise and sits at 70.7% however the percentage of employers that have conducted a gender pay gap analysis is 27%.
The government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) said employers should address pay equity; set competitor analysis benchmark reports; build a gender equality strategy; have a strategic approach to flexibility; consult with their employees; strive to be an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality; and set gender targets. For more information about building gender equality into the workplace visit WGEA.

Image: Denita Wawn. Source: MBA

ACT Sub-Branch Precast Plant Tour
ACT Sub-Branch Precast Plant Tour9 Mar 2017

Our ACT Sub Branch will be hosting their first event of 2017 - A walkthrough precast plant tour, courtesy of RIGA Precast.

This is a great opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into the manufacturing process of precast structures. As this is a walking tour, delegates will be able to view each stage thoroughly, under the guidance of RIGA Precast representatives.

An additional benefit of this is that presenters will follow alongside the tour and deliver their technical expertise at each stage of the process, including –

  • Concrete delivery and mix design
  • Preparing and pouring a precast unit
  • Lifting a finished unit and the importance of design
  • Finishes available
  • Repairing units
Followed by an open forum, Q&A and discussion session over drinks and refreshments, a great chance to discuss particular aspects in more detail.

This will be an interesting, practical event for anyone in the concrete, construction or precast industry looking to boost their knowledge in this area.

For more information and to register, visit our event page here

Queensland Branch - 2017 Seminar Program -
Queensland Branch - 2017 Seminar Program - 8 Mar 2017

 28th February Project Review
 28th March 3D Printing and BIM
 11th April Alternatives to Traditional Reinforcing
 16th May A Short History of Queensland Concrete
 13th  June Tunnelling
 18th July Reinforcement Detailing
 24th August Awards for Excellence
 19th September AS3600 Update
 10th October Concrete in Architecture
 14th November Piling
Note: Seminar topics and dates may change.
Please check the Events page of the CIA website to keep up-to-date

News bulletin 9:
News bulletin 9: 7 Mar 2017

Infrastructure Australia is encouraging decision-makers to think strategically about opportunities to preserve infrastructure corridors, according to CEO Philip Davies and IA has released its infrastructure priority list for February 2017.

The South Australia government has released a comprehensive investigative report by Institute Silver Member Aurecon into the cracking and movement of concrete sections on the South Road overpass in Adelaide reported in our News Bulletin 3.

Registration is now open for Concrete 2017 and the 3rd ICDC being held in October in Adelaide. The broad theme is ‘Advances in Concrete Materials and Structures’ for Concrete 2017 and is expected to provide an excellent forum for networking, education and ample opportunity for professional growth.

BMD Constructions and AECOM have delivered “the world’s most technologically advanced container terminal” at Webb Dock in the Port of Melbourne. The $200 million project was completed under budget and early.

American Concrete Institute Fellow Bill Palmer questions the meaning of ‘durability’ in relation to a service life of 100 years and the differing visions of the engineer, contractor, owner and designer.

Probuild has been appointed a preferred contractor to construct a purpose-built facility to house Victoria Police Headquarters in Melbourne’s CBD following a competitive tender process. The company is also taking applications for its 2018 Graduate and Cadetship Program until 7 April 2017.

Image: The Webb Dock project by BMD Constructions and AECOM. Image: BMD

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News bulletin 8:
News bulletin 8: 28 Feb 2017

As the speed of change accelerates, the sheer velocity of disruption facing engineering, property, construction and infrastructure organisations is only increasing, according to global CEO of Aurecon, Giam Swiegers.

The latest statistics from the ABS on construction activity in Australia show a surge in housing construction but a fall in engineering activity, confirming the country is still transitioning to move past the post-mining boom phase, according to MBA. Still on mining, Institute Silver Member has published a blog on future-proofing mine site infrastructure.

Queensland is spending $13 billion on infrastructure between now and 2022 with 30 projects on the cards across the entire state. Almost half of that will go to Queen’s Wharf ($3bn); the Laguna Whitsundays upgrade ($2bn); Multiplex’s Jewel development on the Gold Coast ($1bn); Lindeman Island upgrade ($600m); the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal ($100m); and Cairns Aquarium ($50m).

The Australian government’s revised Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 has taken effect, following the commencement of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Act 2017 (BCIIPA Act) on 17 February.

The Florida Building Commission recently requested comment on proposed changes to the Florida Building Code, including a provision to allow certain wood-framed construction techniques to be used in the construction of the state’s education buildings. However, four concrete-related associations were able to defeat the proposal.

Image: Future-proofing mine site infrastructure. Source: Mainmark.

The Institute is visiting Port Macquarie!
The Institute is visiting Port Macquarie!27 Feb 2017

Building on our aim to deliver more technical seminars to regional areas, The Institute is pleased to announce that we will be delivering “Back to Basics: Concrete Cracking & Placement Procedures” in early May to the Port Macquarie region!

Featuring The Institute’s very own National President and Director of CQT Services, Mr Michael van Koeverden will be discussing his area of expertise - concrete cracking, construction quality and placement procedures. More importantly, how to get it right the first time to avoid costly mistakes in the future.

With an open forum and networking opportunity to follow, this will be a valuable seminar for all members of the concrete construction community to be involved in.

There is a sponsorship opportunity with unique benefits available for this event, so please contact The Institute’s Head Office if you are interested.

For more details regarding this upcoming regional seminar, please visit our event page.

News bulletin 7:
News bulletin 7: 21 Feb 2017

A broken piece of equipment has caused a one tonne concrete slab to lean dangerously atop the construction site of a high-rise block in the US late last week. More than a dozen buildings were evacuated as work got underway to fix the problem.

Work has started on the $70 million Busselton-Margaret River regional airport expansion project in WA, with civil engineers Ertech scoring the design and construction contract for works on the lengthening, widening and strengthening of the existing runway. It will also construct new apron parking bays and connecting taxiways. Arup has been awarded the contract for design and construction of the new terminal building and surrounding precinct.

ACI’s Committee 236 has released its first technical document ACI 241R-17: Report on Application of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials in Concrete which presents recent developments about investigations into nanostructure and nanodesign of cement-based materials, the effects of nanoparticles, field applications and health and environmental safety concerns related to the use of nanomaterials.

Beca has been appointed by VicRoads to deliver detailed design for the Warncoort to Colac East section of the Princes Highway Duplication project in Victoria.

A reward was offered for the return of a 1000 pound concrete chicken missing from Taylorsville in North Carolina. It is unknown if the 453 kg concrete structure crossed the road on its own but part of the structure was discovered a short distance away.

Image: The 453 kg concrete chicken before it met with fowl play.

Plenty of Precast to Begin 2017!
Plenty of Precast to Begin 2017!16 Feb 2017

Our precast concrete seminar was a great start to 2017 for our NSW Branch!

Thank you to our talented presenters - Mr Julian Borgert (Structural Concrete Industries), Mr Shan Kumar (Hickory Building Systems) and Mr Kevin Crompton (National Precast Concrete Association Australia) who delivered interesting, informative and engaging presentations on innovative precast concrete.

This was followed by an active Q&A discussion and networking opportunity. We would also like to thank our event sponsor, Lenton for their generous contribution and support towards this event.

We look forward to delivering more quality technical seminars, and a successful 2017!

Next stop, Boral Materials Laboratory for our site visit in March.


News bulletin 6:
News bulletin 6: 14 Feb 2017

Registrations open now

Registration is now open for Concrete 2017, the 28th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, and the 3rd ICDC (International Congress on Durability of Concrete) being held in October later this year. The broad theme of the conference is ‘Advances in Concrete Materials and Structures’, bringing together global leaders in the concrete industry to cover all aspects of design improvements, research, construction, maintenance and repair.

Concrete 2017, to be held in Adelaide, will provide an excellent forum for networking, education and ample opportunity for professional growth. You will be able to interact with engineers, scientists, researchers, academics, practitioners and other professionals from across Australia and around the world.

The ICDC durability streams will be held over the same three days and delegates can attend sessions in the 3rd ICDC and Concrete 2017 as well as social events for both. ICDC serves as a forum for exchanging current research results and displaying how concrete will continue to ensure durable buildings and structures for sustainable development. It’s a great chance to connect face to face with other participants from around the world and to share information and experiences.

The conference and congress are being held from 22-25 October 2017 in the impressive Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia, renowned for its wine, food and scenery, so why not register now?

New ACI Manual of Concrete Practice

The American Concrete Institute’s 2017 Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP) is now available for access by our Academic and Student Members and is the most comprehensive concrete reference set available.

The MCP includes information about code requirements, deflection, cracking, durability problems, temperature control, non-destructive testing and hundreds of other topics. The online subscription is updated with each new technical document published and includes current and recently archived codes and specifications.

Individual Members wanting access to the MCP can take out CIA-ACI joint membership for AU$145, which offers a wide range of benefits, including discounted copies of the MCP, and represents a significant saving.

Study: by-product of rice paddy milling in concrete

Rice husk ash, which has good reactivity as a partial substitute for cement, when used as an alternative in concrete construction is discussed in this article, including its types, properties, advantages and uses in construction.

Call for mentor and mentee volunteers

The Concrete Institute of Australia is calling for volunteers to participate in a trial mentee/mentor pairing ahead of the official launch of our new Mentoring Program in July.

The program aims to pair up experienced Members in the concrete industry with Members who have less experience, to provide both parties an opportunity to expand their professional and industry knowledge.

If you are interested in being involved in the trial as either a mentee or mentor please contact Duncan Miller at or phone 02 9955 1744.

Image: Rice husk ash.

Our Railton Cement Plant Tour will be a great way to begin 2017!
Our Railton Cement Plant Tour will be a great way to begin 2017!9 Feb 2017

Our Railton Cement Plant Tour is proving to be a great way to begin 2017!

Delivered with the support of Cement Australia, this will be an interesting opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of one of Australia’s biggest suppliers. We encourage our Members to notify their colleagues and network to join us for this unique event.

If you plan on attending, please review the Visitor Information document attached to the event page here, as this highlights the location, parking and directions.


"What's New in Concrete" 2017 proved to be a success for The Institute!9 Feb 2017

Our showcase event, “What’s New in Concrete 2017” proved to be a success, and a great start to 2017 for The Institute! Enjoyed by over 120 industry guests, Adelaide Oval played host to 19 tradeshow exhibitors too. We would like to thank all those that attended, sponsored this event, showcased and were involved in the preparation and delivery.

February is a busy month for the SA Branch, as we will also be delivering a site visit of the O’Bahn City Access Project! Representatives from McConnell Dowell Australia and Wallbridge & Gilbert Consulting Engineers will provide an in-depth walk through one of the most highly patronised public transport corridor in the metropolitan area!

Visit our event page to find out more details about this upcoming site visit.

News bulletin 5:
News bulletin 5: 7 Feb 2017

New research published in Nature Geoscience suggests cement plays an important role in re-absorbing carbon emissions. Among the paper’s 19 authors is Professor Carmen Andrade who will be speaking at the 3rd ICDC Congress on Durability of Concrete being held alongside Concrete 2017 in Adelaide in October.

A video of a concrete buffer gone rogue has been posted online. Watch as up to 16 people on this site observe and perhaps contemplate how to best capture the wild beast.

In Australia, builders and engineers have not been subject to any regulated regime in the selection, design or installation of concrete fasteners and anchors, however internationally there have been a number of serious failures of these in construction. Construction lawyer Stephen Smith discusses the 2016 Australian National Construction Code (NCC) that now requires job-specific and engineered concrete fixings/anchors for concrete construction in this article.

The construction contract for the Capitol Grand South Yarra residential/retail development in Melbourne has been awarded to Multiplex. The project features two linked towers, one 50 storeys high, due for completion by late 2019. The company recently started work on another Melbourne CBD project, the distinctively curved Premier Tower, which will reach 79 levels and have 796 apartments. Look out for the project profile on the new Perth Stadium in the March issue of Concrete in Australia magazine.

Construction business conditions improved during the last months of 2016, with confidence at its highest level now in more than two years, according to the Master Builders Association. While this this reflects a growing optimism in the construction sector, MBA said this week commercial builders are looking for business-friendly policies from the Australian Government and has called for this in the May 2017 Budget.


News bulletin 4:
News bulletin 4: 31 Jan 2017

Build a wall? How high do you want it?

While many are unhappy with President Trump’s determination to build a wall between the US and Mexico, those in the concrete industry on both sides are grinning from ear to ear. With a projected cost of around US$1 billion, Cemex is one company feeling hopeful as is U.S. Concrete, with reports saying the entire market has received a boost due to the border plan.

Offshore concrete structures are constructed exposed to an open sea environment and are designed to stay semi-permanently or permanently fixed to the seabed by applying proper means such as piles, anchors, or gravity or stay floated and fastened securely. Concrete in offshore structures is prepared using locally available materials, with compressive strength being between 25 to 65 MPa.

What causes concrete cracks? The University of Pennsylvania in the US has given this some thought and produced an overview of types of cracking/deterioration and their implications.

Highly reactive metakaolin properties, the influence of metakaolin on fresh and hardened concrete properties, durability, and application of concrete containing highly reactive metakaolin are briefly explained in this article.

An EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) researcher has taken a methodology designed to improve underground urban planning around the world one step further. The study, which combines geology and economics, encourages a more rational approach to underground development while safeguarding natural resources. 


News bulletin 3:
News bulletin 3: 24 Jan 2017

A concrete overpass on Adelaide’s major arterial route, South Road, has been closed indefinitely after debris fell from the $32 million structure late last week. Designed and built by McConnell Dowell around eight years ago, cracks and movement of concrete sections have been reported. A review is being conducted with "serious questions to be answered".

Residential towers in the Gold Coast continue to reach new heights as a development application for one of Australia’s tallest buildings is submitted.

Sections of Melbourne’s CBD have been closed as early start to prepare for construction of the new CBD North railway station which is part of the Melbourne Metro. Construction crews will dig 11 storeys below ground to construction the station below Swanston Street.

The building boom across the Tasman continued in the final three months of 2016 as the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research's quarterly survey of business opinion expect general business conditions to improve in the coming 12 months. Business confidence remains strongest in the building sector, with the house building program in Auckland and Canterbury's reconstruction continuing to underpin activity.

Engineering research at the University of Nottingham’s UK and Ningbo, China campuses has found laser scanning to be a new and viable structural safety technique to detect the damaging effects of fire on concrete.

Important changes came into effect in December in relation to the Western Australia Construction Contracts Act (2004). These changes make it easier to take payment disputes to adjudication and to enforce judgments for unpaid decisions.

Image: Movement of the concrete overpass above South Road in Adelaide which has resulted in the indefinite closure of the arterial route.

What's New in Concrete 2017 is approaching!
What's New in Concrete 2017 is approaching! 19 Jan 2017

Our upcoming SA Branch event “What’s New in Concrete 2017” is beginning to take full flight, with a range of leading industry suppliers signing on to take part in our extended networking and trade show exhibition event.

There will also be two presentations delivered by industry experts from BOSFA and Boral, discussing “Fibre Reinforced Concrete” and its role in the upcoming Australian Standard due for release shortly, and “High Strength Concrete”.

A quick reminder that this showcase event is FREE for Institute Members to attend, and an excellent opportunity to connect with concrete colleagues, and network with those in the wider Adelaide concrete construction industry. A great way to begin 2017 in Adelaide!

News bulletin 2:
News bulletin 2: 17 Jan 2017

Great Northern Connect (GNC), a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and BGC Contracting, has been awarded a $417 million contract to deliver the NorthLink WA central section for Main Roads Western Australia.

A new ASTM International standard (C1798, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete) will help manufacturing plants better recycle returned fresh concrete, supporting the growth in sustainable construction practices. It reportedly recognises unused concrete in a fresh state as a potential ingredient for a new concrete batch - recycled fresh concrete can be treated as a raw-material component just like water, aggregates, and cement.”

Craig Lee has been appointed to lead Beca’s Australian operations as Managing Director and will continue to lead the Australia Advisory Business as General Manager, a business he helped establish and grow since joining Beca in 2011.

An AECOM-Arup joint venture has completed the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for New York City’s MTA. It is the first major expansion of the city’s subway system in nearly a century, the 1.8 mile stretch of track runs between 63rd and 96th streets and consists of three new stations, plus one upgraded station. The AECOM- Arup JV has provided full engineering and architectural services for Phase 1 of the US$4.451 billion project that broke ground in 2007.

The influence of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) on the characteristics of fresh concrete will let us know more about its workings and could develop the most future scope of GGBFS. Some of the main properties of fresh concrete incorporating GGBFS are discussed in this article.

Cemex is supplying materials, as well as technical and logistical expertise to the Grand Paris Express, the largest infrastructure project currently under development in France. It includes 55,000m³ of specially formulated concrete to build the cast walls, technical and slab floors for the extension of lines 4 and 15 of the Paris underground.

Image: Northlink WA Source: Laing O’Rourke

New fib bulletins available
New fib bulletins available 12 Jan 2017

The Concrete Institute has recently uploaded the following fib Bulletins which are now available in the Resource Centre of this website.

  • Bulletin 72: Bond and anchorage of embedded reinforcement: background to the fib Model Code for Concrete Structures 2010
  • Bulletin 73:Tall Buildings – Structural design of concrete buildings up to 300 m tall
  • Bulletin 75: Polymer-duct systems for internal bonded post-tensioning
  • Bulletin 76: Benchmarking of deemed-to-satisfy provisions in Standards: Durability of reinforced concrete structures exposed to chlorides.

The Institute would like to welcome you back to 2017
The Institute would like to welcome you back to 201710 Jan 2017

We would like to welcome everyone back from a safe and happy holiday season, for a very busy 2017 at The Institute. This year we aim to deliver more quality technical seminars, national seminars, informative publications, engaging webinars and of course, our biennial conference “Concrete 2017” in October.

The Institute would also like to thank our Annual Branch Sponsors that have already begun supporting our State Branches for the year ahead. Our Annual Branch Sponsors are essential for The Institute to deliver regular, quality technical seminars to our local concrete and construction communities.

We look forward to having our existing Members on board again this year and welcoming new Members to The Institute, too. Visit your State Branch page on our website to view upcoming February and March events near you!

News bulletin 1:
News bulletin 1: 10 Jan 2017

Happy New Year from the Concrete Institute and welcome back to Members and new Members coming on board this year! We hope everyone had a happy and safe festive season and look forward to sharing more news and updates with you this year. The work year’s begun so why not check out upcoming events near you for 2017 on our events page?

In 2017, the Concrete Institute of Australia will be keep you up-to-date even more by extending the timetable for our In The Mix e-newsletters from the last Thursday of the month to every second Thursday, commencing 12 January 2017. You will receive In The Mix direct to your inbox that will include the latest on Standards, publications, Australian news, online learning, events, international news and items from CIA magazine. You can sign up here.

Researchers in the Concrete Structure Technology research group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), along with a number of companies (#Givasa, #Servia Canto, #Eiffage Infraestructuras and #Applus+ Idiada), have designed and built a prototype of a concrete crash barrier for inter-urban roads that, in comparison with the concrete barriers already in place, reduces the degree of severity of vehicle impact in accidents and therefore of injury to vehicle occupants.

Whether it’s for drying time, hardness, or uniformity, a new additive developed at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne can give concrete, mortar, and cement the desired consistency, all in one shot. Made from inorganic compounds, the additive can also extend buildings’ lifetimes. A startup called #Nanogence has just been created to develop and market the innovation.

Concrete in Australia, our quarterly magazine for Members was delivered in December (in case you were already on holidays!) so check your post box or in-tray! It features project profiles, research by Ian Gilbert into cracking caused by early-age contraction of #concrete, state, regional and international news, our cover story on the obstacles to the right infrastructure in Australia, technical papers on supplementary cementitious materials with a guest editorial by #Vute Sirivivatnanon. Not a Member? Perhaps it’s time you were - contact or go to our website to learn more.

Image: Kumar Abhishek develops new additives in the lab. Source: EPFL

News bulletin 39
News bulletin 39 13 Dec 2016

The University of Sydney has appointed Professor Brian Uy as the new Head of the School of Engineering. He was also one of the recipients of a recent ARC Discovery Grant for Coupled service and ultimate behaviour of high strength composite columns along with Dr Ehab Hamed; Professor Zhong Tao and Dr Won-Hee Kang.

Concrete in Australia, our magazine for Members is out now featuring project profiles, research by Ian Gilbert into cracking caused by early-age contraction of concrete, state, regional and international news, our cover story on the obstacles to the right infrastructure in Australia, technical papers on supplementary cementitious materials with a guest editorial by Vute Sirivivatnanon. Not a Member? Perhaps it’s time you were - contact or go to our website to learn more.

In 2017, the Concrete Institute of Australia will be keep you up-to-date even more by extending the timetable for our In The Mix e-newsletters from the last Thursday of the month to every second Thursday commencing 12 January 2017. You will receive In The Mix direct to your inbox that will include the latest on Standards, publications, Australian news, online learning, events, international news and items from CIA magazine. To sign up contact

Concrete is keeping the British public safe in Birmingham in a high-traffic area expecting 5.5 million visitors by 29 December.

Researchers at Rice University have developed techniques to control the microscopic shape of cement particles for the manufacture of stronger, more durable and more environmentally friendly concrete.

Did you know that Canada’s 13th Prime Minister John Diefenbaker requested he be interred in concrete after his death and that US president Abraham Lincoln is also similarly buried?

The river bed of the Godavari, the second longest river in India, has been concreted with many tributaries also under concrete slabs, with experts worried about the resulting ground water recharge and increased river flow speed, reports The Times of India.

This is the final news bulletin for this year so make sure you look out for our weekly News Bulletins that resume from Tuesday 10 January. The Concrete Institute of Australia wishes you a safe and enjoyable festive season for 2016 and a Happy New Year.

Image: Christmas trees of concrete

News bulletin #38
News bulletin #38 6 Dec 2016

The contract to deliver several major infrastructure projects, including carparks and road improvements, as part of the new Northern Beaches B-Line bus service in Sydney’s north has been awarded to Fulton Hogan.

A UK university study shows concrete structures are a substantial absorber of carbon emissions but that this is often overlooked despite the offset of emissions from production.

CIMIC construction company CPB Contractors has been selected by Transurban Queensland as the preferred contractor to design and construct the $512 million Logan Enhancement project south of Brisbane.

Information on improving earthquake performance of secondary structural elements, such as precast panels, heavy internal partitions, stairs, significant building services and large building ornaments, has been released by the NZ government in the wake of the 5.6 magnitude quake which struck the centre of the country and an earlier powerful tremor that killed two people.

Form-finding structures sustained by a force of pure compression or tension could lead to the design of bridges and buildings that could take any combination of permanent loading without generating complex stresses, according to Emeritus Professor of engineering Wanda Lewis.

Research from the US shows gender gaps in engineering are a result of a masculine culture that continues to dominate the field as women represent only 14% of practising engineers worldwide.

The major contract to deliver Sydney’s $170 million Airport East upgrade project has been awarded to John Holland and work is expected to start early next year and will include an underpass road widening.

Image: Logan Enhancement project. Source: CPB Contractors.

What's New in Concrete 2017 Update
What's New in Concrete 2017 Update6 Dec 2016

The Institute is pleased to advise that planning for our first SA Branch event of 2017, “What’s New in Concrete” is progressing ahead rapidly. We have received interest from several organisations looking to be involved in this unique event. Held at Adelaide Oval this year, presentations and the concurrent trade show were enjoyed by well over 100 delegates last year!

Our official event page will be finalised and ready for registrations shortly. In the meantime, we will keep you updated with progress through our social channels, news items and branch emails.

We look forward to hosting another successful event in 2017!

News Bulletin #37
News Bulletin #37 29 Nov 2016

A giant shield made of concrete and steel is being placed over the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine as a seal following the catastrophic explosion 30 years ago.

Cardno engineer and its former chairman Richard Kell has received the prestigious Australian award which recognises his achievement in engineering.

Experts in engineering, archaeology, architecture or building surveying are being sought by Heritage Tasmania (DPIPWE) to join the Tasmanian Heritage Council in 2017. Expressions of Interest are invited by 9 December.

US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for US infrastructure has triggered a great deal of interest from this side of the Pacific. What has been described as a “bold, visionary plan for a cost-effective system of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railroads ports and waterways” follows in the wake of 1950s’ President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s rollout of the country’s interstate highways system.

Infrastructure Australia has released its November priority list that is looking at business cases for 17 proposed projects across Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, NSW, Northern Territory and Queensland. Make sure you also read our cover story that looks at the future of Australia's infrastructure in the December issue of Concrete in Australia - out 7 December!

You can read the previous News Bulletin #36, view upcoming events or check out our Resource Centre to keep up-to-date with what’s happening with your institute - the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Image: Chernobyl reactor cover, October 2016. Source: Tim Porter via Wikipedia CC

2017 Technical Program & Events Schedule - Victoria Branch
2017 Technical Program & Events Schedule - Victoria Branch 28 Nov 2016

Our VIC Branch Committee has skilfully compiled the 2017 technical program & events schedule. Please see below our proposed dates and seminar topics - a great combination of technical content, regional seminars, site visits and our prestigious 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete cocktail function. You will not want to miss our Annual Feature Event of 2017 at Swinburne University, incorporating Tradeshow Exhibitions, our much talked about Student Beam Competition & Technical Seminars. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

February 3
Members’ Social Networking Drinks in CBD to kick off the year
February 21
Serviceability Issues
March 21
April 18
Site Visit - Steel Cement Slag Grinding Plant in Yarraville
May 16
Hot Topics Q&A held in Docklands
June 20
Annual Feature Event of 2017 at Swinburne University
Incorporating Tradeshow Exhibitions, Student Beam Competition & Technical Seminar

July 18
Concrete Innovations
August 15
2017 Awards for Excellence Cocktail Party
September 19
Regional Event in Geelong
October 17
Design of Slender Concrete Structures
November 21
Basement Constructions
December (TBC)
Legal Forensics Seminar
Please note that seminar topics and dates are subject to change. We will endeavour to keep you updated on any important changes.

Dual win for ITS PipeTech
Dual win for ITS PipeTech25 Nov 2016

ITS-PipeTech-award-winners-(1).PNGCongratulations to our very own Bronze Members, ITS PipeTech for two wins at the CCF People Awards. Paul Chalhoub was named Project Manager of the Year (projects under $2M) and Minhaj Hossain won an award for Admin Support in Civil Construction. Well done ITS PipeTech!

Taking an active role
Taking an active role 23 Nov 2016

During our November Council meeting, Council has accepted the following nominations. The Concrete Institute of Australia is pleased to announce these new Reference Group Committee Members:
BD-002 (Concrete Structures), responsible for the revision of AS 3600:

  • Dr Vinh Dao from the University of Queensland and chair of Concrete in Australia magazine
  • Shan Kumar, Principal Engineer for Hickory Building Systems, and Co-Convenor of the Concrete Institute’s Standards Committee.
 BD-042 (Methods of Testing Concrete), responsible for the revision of AS 1012:
  • Athol Love, Independent Structural Engineer, and part-time consultant to Worley Parsons. We also welcome Athol Love as a new individual Member of the Concrete Institute.
The Concrete Institute is also pleased to announce a second representative on BD-066 (Tilt-up Construction), responsible for the revision of AS 3850:
  • Ian Hymas is the Founding Partner of Bronze Member Henry & Hymas and has been involved with BD-066 since 2003.
The Concrete Institute is now seeking a representative to serve on WS-006 Concrete Pipes Standard. Please note the Institute has a series of governance procedures that must be adhered to by any CIA representative and these documents can be found on the Institute’s website.
The Concrete Institute advises Members interested in nominating to be the WS-006 representative to do so by contacting with your CV and a cover letter summarising how your experience can contribute to the Standard. Applications close 20 December 2016.

Concrete dividends for South Australia
Concrete dividends for South Australia 23 Nov 2016

South Australia’s first major concrete road is set to deliver a raft of benefits, from better ride quality and fuel economy for heavy vehicles to reduced maintenance costs and network disruption, according to Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA).
Lendlease Engineering opted for a concrete pavement in its winning tender for Adelaide’s $985 million Northern Connector, a six-lane, 15.5 kilometre link between the Northern Expressway, the South Road Superway and the Port River Expressway.
The successful pavement design ticked a number of boxes for the State Government, including increased local materials content, the creation of extra jobs, and a lower cost over the life of the road asset.
“The South Australian Government deserves congratulations for recognising the benefits of concrete pavements and calling for concrete alternatives to be included in the tender process,” CCAA Chief Executive, Ken Slattery said.
“By doing so, they provided the environment for private sector innovation that inspired Lendlease Engineering’s compelling tender and design.”
As part of that innovative design approach, the concrete roadway on the Northern Connector will incorporate a diamond groove finish to reduce noise and extend the life of the pavement.
Mr Slattery said the inherent durability and strength of the Northern Connector’s concrete road pavement would result in a significant reduction in ongoing maintenance requirements and costs.
“Not only is that good news for taxpayers, but it means drivers will also face less delays from network disruptions,” he said.
“Drivers will also notice an improvement in ride quality. And because the concrete pavement has less rolling resistance, heavy vehicle owners in particular will benefit from better fuel consumption.”
Mr Slattery said the benefits of concrete road pavements are already well proven in NSW, accounting for substantial lengths of the upgraded Hume and Pacific Highways.
“We think this will be the first of many new concrete roads – not just in South Australia but other states and territories - as the economic, environmental and social benefits are realised," he said.

Winners Announcement - VIC Student Beam Competition
Winners Announcement - VIC Student Beam Competition 22 Nov 2016

Congratulations to Isuru Daranagama & Maneesha Wijekoon from Swinburne University who were announced as the Winners of the VIC Branch Student Beam Competition at our final technical evening for 2016. The Institute's CEO David Millar presented the winners with their certificates of recognition and the cash prize of $500

Our highly anticipated student beam design competition attracted more than 50 entries from student groups spanning the major Victorian Universities. The Student Beam Competition incorporated live testing at the Swinburne University structures lab, followed by tradeshow exhibitions and BIM 3D Printing presentations, all wrapped up into one exciting evening! Who will be the winners of next year's competition in June? Keep an eye on the VIC Branch page as we plan 2017's exciting calender of events. To reserve your tradeshow exhibition table or for further details please email or phone Annie Forster on (03) 9699 6407

Peritas takes out the Cup!
Peritas takes out the Cup!21 Nov 2016

The 2016 WA Branch Annual Golf Day was a sell-out event again this year.We had some fantastic weather with some really good (and really average) results. It was great to see Peritas topple Duratec for the win this year but unfortunatley no-one took home the Jeep.

Without our great sponsors this event would not be possible so thank you to all our hole sponsors and our major sponsors Holcim, Constructive and Jeep for making this event happen. Planning for 2017 is already under way so get practicing!!!!

SA/NT Branch - The Institute Visits Darwin
SA/NT Branch - The Institute Visits Darwin18 Nov 2016

The Institute was incredibly pleased to deliver our first seminar held in Darwin! “Concrete Durability, Hot Weather Concreting and Joint Sealants for Industrial Pavements” was well received by over 40 local professionals looking to further their knowledge in this area. Our presenters – SA/NT Branch Committee Member and specialist concrete consultant with ANCON Beton, David Cockburn together with The Institute’s very own Chief Executive Officer, David Millar, delivered a great combination of content covering hot weather concreting, best-practice joint sealants for industrial pavements and new recommended practices in concrete durability. The Institute is looking forward to visiting Darwin again shortly!

News bulletin #36
News bulletin #36 15 Nov 2016

ASIC has launched a major investigation into allegations about the conduct of senior executives and directors at Cimic (formerly Leighton Holdings).

ABC iView is currently host to Mountain Tsunami, episode five of the Seconds from Disaster series, which investigates the massive failings of engineering around a dam built in Italy in 1963, including historic footage. The episode is available to watch online until 24 November.

A new draft code by the South Australia government has been released for comment on requirements for upgrading an existing building. The government says it is intended to break an impasse for some city buildings that have been dormant for years.

Technical director Brett Naylor of Beca talks about the flow of data and how digital delivery is changing the way the design and construction industry delivers projects.

Tajikistan has begun building what is forecast to be the world's tallest dam, after 40 years of delays. At a planned 335m tall, the Rogun hydropower project would be 30 metres higher than Jinping-1 Hydropower Station in China.

Victoria is introducing a more consistent approach to PPPs which will mean government and bidders will save time by focusing on project-specific issues, reducing bid costs and negotiation time.

IMAGE: Still from Mountain Tsunami. Source: ABC iView

NSW Branch - 2017 Seminar Program
NSW Branch - 2017 Seminar Program14 Nov 2016

Our NSW Branch Committee have skillfully compiled the 2017 technical seminar schedule! Please see below proposed dates and seminar topics - A great combination of technical content, regional seminars, site visits and our 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete Breakfast. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Date (2017) Seminar Topic
15th February Innovations in Precast
15th March Boral Materials Laboratory - Site Visit
19th April Earthquakes & Extreme Events
17th May Repair & Rehabilitation
21st June OneSteel Sydney Steel Mill - Site Visit
19th July 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete Breakfast
16th August Architectural Concrete
20th September Underground Foundations
11th October Digital Engineering - BIM & Robotics
15th November Concrete Placement

Please note that seminar topics and dates are subject to change – we will endeavor to keep you updated on any important changes!

News Bulletin #35
News Bulletin #35 8 Nov 2016

AECOM engineer Dr Robin Sham has designed a Guinness World Record-breaking suspension bridge made entirely out of Lego. The 31 metre-long bridge is at the centre of a new exhibition in London celebrating civil engineers who have created some of the world’s greatest bridges.

Call for companies that knew of damage to shops before the collapse of wall in the Myer construction site in Hobart to face tough penalties. The companies include consulting engineers, architects and builders.

Celebrating 40 years in business, Northrop Consulting Engineers plans to steadily expand its geographic footprint and service offering. Northrop Principal and Sydney Regional Manager, Jamie Shelton talks about the next 40 years and more.

A new publication has been produced showcasing Wood & Grieve Engineers’ 50 years of expertise and experience in Civil Engineering projects across WA, highlighting recent projects in land development, civil building services and civil infrastructure.

Arup has been appointed as Infrastructure Technical Advisor on the Parramatta Light Rail twin track line that will connect growth areas surrounding Western Sydney’s CBD. 

Image: AECOM

News bulletin #34:
News bulletin #34: 1 Nov 2016

Aurecon has questioned whether we're investing in the right kinds of infrastructure as Australia "doggedly invests over a trillion scarce dollars a year" in new ports, roads, railways and airports.
Read the latest Infrastructure Australia chairman's newsletter that introduces plans for the coming year and the 2015-16 annual report. You can also read IA executive director of policy and research's speech from the recent Public Infrastructure Summit.
Mainmark's chief operating officer talks about the the future of ground engineering, saying there is a move away from large invasive machines toward more technology driven applications.
Multiplex has been appointed to deliver Monash University's multi-storey $206 million 30,000 square-metre Learning and Teaching Building that includes a large underground carpark and regional transport interchange.
$700 million has been allocated to improve roads in Northern Australia with $100 million for the NT and $200 million for the Northern Australia Roads Program. There is also funding for 25 priority projects in QLD, NT and WA.
The Western Australia government has released the State Planning Framework for public comment. You are invited to have your say to help set the context for decision-making on land use and development in the state.

Image: Mainmark ground engineering

International Award Winners – Wagners EFC
International Award Winners – Wagners EFC26 Oct 2016

Concrete Institute of Australia members, Wagners EFC, were honoured at the recent ACI Convention at the Awards for Excellence in Concrete Construction Gala Dinner for their work on the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and innovative use of EFC Geopolymer in pavements. The project was nominated by the Institute as an International entry in the ACI Award for Excellence program, and Wagner’s EFC were presented with First Place in the Flatwork category for a project that has received many accolades leading up to this prestigious honour. Our congratulations go to the team at Wagners EFC for this wonderful achievement!

Please see below The Wagners EFC team – Tom Glasby, Joe Wagner and Denis Wagner along with CIA National President Michael van Koeverden, and their award

ACI Awards Image

Click to view Wagners EFC ACI Award

News bulletin #33
News bulletin #33 19 Oct 2016

The open-spandrel, deck arch Broadway Bridge in Arkansas made of concrete in the 1920s, recently refused to be brought to heel when it remained standing despite detonated demolition explosives.

Following the recent anniversary of 9/11, the collapse of a building is not only a tragedy, a professor of structural engineering at the University of Texas at Arlinton says, but it’s also an important engineering problem.

Australian Senator Bob Day has resigned from the Senate as it was revealed his construction company had gone into liquidation leaving hundreds of houses across the country unfinished.

Two new Standards Australia publications have been released: AS 1012.20.1:2016 Methods of testing concrete - determination of chloride and sulfate in hardened concrete and aggregates - nitric acid extraction method (BD-042 Methods of Testing Concrete); and AS 1012.20.2:2016 Methods for testing concrete – Determination of water-soluble chloride in aggregates and hardened concrete (CE-012 Aggregates and Rock for Engineering Purposes). Both were published on 18 October 2016 and can be purchased from SAI Global.

The European Concrete Platform has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on a common framework of core indicators for the environmental performance of buildings.

A modernist concrete house built in rural England made the shortlist for the Riba Stirling architecture prize but has won a BBC News vote for favourite new British building.

News bulletin #32
News bulletin #32 11 Oct 2016

Two workers have been killed instantly at a Criscon construction site at the Eagle Farm Racecourse when a concrete slab fell into the pit they were working in. The pair were working at the site on Thursday when the slab, weighing up to 10 tonne, reportedly fell from a crane, but it has emerged that workers had walked off the site just days before over safety concerns.

A “thirsty concrete” has been installed in 1268 metres of walkways in the Yellowstone National Park in the US to redistribute rainwater and melted snow back into the park’s aquifer system. The pavement can absorb 11,356 litres of water per square foot per hour.

Institute Silver Member Mainmark has completed abandonment works of a 280-metre concrete enveloper culvert beneath an operational runway at Brisbane Airport in just three weeks to address ground subsidence risk.

The new Z36 Recommended Practice Formwork Handbook is available for Members to purchase. Hard copies can be obtained by contacting or if you're a Member, you can download a free PDF via the Resource Centre on our website, under Recommended Practice.

Work has commenced on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing viaduct, an 800-metre road bridge that extends from the Lockyer Valley and cuts through the range at Mount Kynoch. The TSRC project involves a 41-km bypass route to the north of Toowoomba from the Warrego Highway at Helidon to the Gore Highway at Athol in South-East Queensland.

A new webinar is now available from the Concrete Institute on Designing Robust Concrete Structures. This informative webinar and others are available via the Institute's online learning portal.

Image: A still from a video from Mainmark that monitored the continuous filling of the pipe under Brisbane Airport.

News bulletin #31
News bulletin #31 4 Oct 2016

Infrastructure Victoria has released a draft of its 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy and is calling for feedback on the report by 31 October, with the final version to be available in December. The state government will then respond with a five-year Infrastructure Plan that outlines priority projects and funding commitments.
Institute Silver Member GHD has been recognised, along with clients and partners for work on Adelaide’s 2.8 km elevated roadway, the South Road Superway, at the South Australia Division of Engineers Australia’s Excellence Awards. The Concrete Institute’s South Australian Committee Member, Adrian Spencer, was named SA Young Professional Engineer of the Year.
VicRoads and John Holland have nominated Catherine Clarke for The National Association of Women in Construction Emerging Leader Award for her role as team leader on the $66 million Ringwood Station and Interchange Upgrade project.
CIA Silver Member Arup, along with UK services company Amey, will deliver Sydney’s M4 Smart Motorway project that will link to the WestConnex. Arup is also working on Melbourne’s M1 Monash and Westgate Freeway Upgrade.
Institute Academic Member, The University of Sydney, has collaborated with Arup and the Getty Foundation to explore improving the outcome of its tap tests on the Sydney Opera House roof’s precast concrete panels. Professor Gianluca Ranzi of the university said the project has provided next-gen engineers with an opportunity to develop their skills and increase their knowledge of heritage conservation. The iconic building is supported by 588 concrete piers sunk to 25 metres below sea level and has significant interior surfaces of off-form concrete.

2017 Achievement Award for Young Engineers - Updated Call for Entries
2017 Achievement Award for Young Engineers - Updated Call for Entries23 Sep 2016

The Concrete Institute of Australia is the National Member Group for fib in this country. The fib is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for their 2017 Achievement Award for Young Engineers (AAYE). To enter candidates must be born in 1978 or later and need to have the written support of the fib national delegation for his/her country prior to submitting entry documents. Only individual candidates can apply. For more details go to or download the PDF.

News bulletin #30
News bulletin #30 20 Sep 2016

A new webinar is now available from the Concrete Institute of Australia on Designing Robust Concrete Structures. This webinar and others are available via the Insitute's online learning portal.

Engineers have joined the two ends of the 1341-metre span Beipanjiang Bridge which is set to become the highest bridge in the world at 1854 feet above the Beipan River in mountainous south-west China.

The new Z36 Recommended Practice Formwork Handbook is available for Members to purchase from the Concrete Institute of Australia. Enquiries can be made at or on (02) 9955 1744.

Infrastructure Australia has updated its Infrastructure Priority List of nationally significant projects following the positive assessment of four business cases for projects in Queensland and South Australia.

Brookfield Multiplex has announced it is rebranding as Multiplex to ensure its “own unique construction identity” but it remains a Brookfield company.

Construction has commenced on the new $300 million 12-storey Calvary Adelaide Hospital. John Holland is partnering with Commercial & General for the construction phase of the project as a contractor and investor in the trust.

A US$150 million basket-shaped 15-storeys-high stairway to nowhere in New York City, to be made of concrete pieces and bronzed steel, is currently under construction in Italy.

Crowds Gather at Swinburne University for BIM/3D Technical Event
Crowds Gather at Swinburne University for BIM/3D Technical Event 19 Sep 2016

Fantastic turnout at Melbourne's feature technical event of 2016 last week at Swinburne University! This well attended event was aimed at all engineers, contractors, suppliers, architects and others in the concrete construction world. Our presentations focussed on the future of concrete design, construction and 3D printing. This one of a kind event certainly delivered very informative and relevant content for all those who design concrete structures. All capped off with a trade show and student beam competition.
Speakers included a number of industry experts in the facets of design and construction, looking at:

  • BIM Initiates: key note speaker from the Victorian Government's Future Industries Project outlining grants and funding available to Victorian based projects
  • How engineering software can be integrated with 3D modelling for concrete
  • Case study that explored how BIM was used as part of a major 43 level residential tower construction in central Melbourne. Australia's tallest prefabricated structure!
  • Research into 3D printing of concrete, current technology available and future capabilities - jointly presented by Monash & Swinburne Universities

News bulletin #29
News bulletin #29 13 Sep 2016

This time next year, the 71st RILEM Annual Week & ICACMS 2017 (International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials and Systems) will be taking place in Chennai in India and submission of your paper is invited. However, there’s no time to lose as the deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2016.
The tallest concrete structure in the UK was demolished recently in Kent. The 244 metre chimney of the defunct Grain A Power Station was felled in spectacular fashion, creating about 40,000 tonnes of concrete rubble. You can the video here.

Aurecon has appointed Sukumar Pathmanandavel as its Global Service Leader for Ground and Underground Engineering to head a team of geotechnical, tunnel and pavement specialists.

Institute Bronze Member, SMEC, along with Silver Member, GHD, has been appointed as the Independent Verifier for the A$420 million Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2. The second stage is a 7 km connection from light rail to heavy rail from the current northern terminus at Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale railway station and includes three stations, park ‘n’ ride facilities and two creek crossings. CPB Contractors has been awarded the detailed design and construction contract for the work, with a fully operating system expected by April 2018.
GHD has received three Innovate Awards of Excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) at a gala evening in Auckland. The company was recognised for its engineering design and project management roles on the Lightpath cycleway in Auckland, the Angus Tait Building at Christchurch’s University of Canterbury and as part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) Alliance.

Have you seen the conical concrete pour of a grain silo on YouTube? The video is four minutes long.

A range of Standards of interest to Concrete Institute Members are under review. A list of the Standards can be downloaded from the review page at Standards Australia. The consultation period closes Monday, 31 October 2016.

Concrete 2017 is only just over 12 months away so start planning your trip to Adelaide. Submission of abstracts close for Concrete 2017 on 14 October 2016, so now is the time to act

Composite flooring systems of cross layered timber topped with a thin layer of reinforced concrete could have significant potential for use in multi-storey buildings in Australia, with US tests showing this to support loads of up to eight times what is required by industry codes in that country.

Image: A power station with the tallest concrete chimney in the UK has been demolished.

News bulletin #28
News bulletin #28 6 Sep 2016

A range of Standards of interest to Concrete Institute Members are under review. Non-legislated aged Standards in inactive committees are being reviewed by Standards Australia in conjunction with Standards New Zealand. An aged Standard is one that has been published for more than 10 years in its current edition. Input is sought from those in the industry who have an objection to the withdrawal of a Standard on the list which is still being used. A list of the Standards can be downloaded from the review page at Standards Australia. The consultation period closes Monday 31 October 2016.

AS/NZS 5100.6 Bridge design Part 6: Steel and composite construction is open for public comment but is about to close. Make sure you can have your say by tomorrow, 7 September 2016. Standards Australia draft AS 1012.14 Methods of testing concrete - Method for securing and testing cores from hardened concrete for compressive strength (Project Committee BD-042 Methods of Testing Concrete) is also open for comment. You can take part before 7 October.

John Holland CEO Glenn Palin is retiring after 23 years with the company. The engineering firm has also taken out Earth Awards for the South Road Superway project in SA and the Airport Drive Extension and Steele Creek North Stormwater Enhancement projects in Victoria at the CCF awards.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has re-presented the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 to the Parliament to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

The NSW Government has invited two consortia to tender for the construction of the twin metro tunnels under Sydney Harbour as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest Tunnel and Station Excavation project. They comprise FerrovialAcciona and BAM Joint Venture; and the John Holland, CPB and Ghella JV and the successful JV will be responsible for carrying out the tunnelling and station excavations, including tunnelling from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour and across the CBD.

Concrete 2017 abstracts

Concrete 2017 is only just over 12 months away so start planning your trip to Adelaide. Submission of abstracts close for Concrete 2017 on 14 October 2016, so now is the time to act

News bulletin #27
News bulletin #27 30 Aug 2016

A bendable but stronger and durable concrete, called ConFlexPave, has been invented by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore by researchers in the NTU-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre.
Elsevier has a range of open access articles that include topics such as elemental zonation in marine concrete; early hydration dynamics in Portland cement, hydration of water- and alkali-activated white Portland cement with low calcium pulverised fuel ash; and more.
WA Institute Member Wood & Grieve Engineers, shares its views on the NSW Government’s injection of $73.4 million to address infrastructure “pinchpoints” throughout Sydney.
Recycled concrete’s time has come, according to an engineering professor in the US, who is studying the potential for its use in load-bearing structures instead of just footpaths and roads.

China's inland concrete beach
China's inland concrete beach 25 Aug 2016

Deep in south-western China in Chengdu a water park with a 5000 m² concrete beach that stretches more than a kilometre long has been built within the world’s largest building, the New Century Global Center that itself covers 1,700,000 m² and is about 20 times the size of the Sydney Opera House.

The beach, part of the Paradise Island Water Park that has just opened to the public, is pounded by the world’s largest artificial waves under a massive atrium cooled by an artificial sea breeze and lit by a massive LED screen that displays sunrises, sunsets and storms as well as entertainment. The ‘ocean’ is covered by a stage at night for concerts. Materials used include reinforced concrete, steel, and glass and a curtain wall surrounding the building covers an area of 45,100 m² and has vents on the side arches.

The New Global Center is divided into four main areas, foyer, hotels, and water park in the centre of the structure, surrounded by 18 floors of offices. Along with the concrete beach and an entire seaside resort is an IMAX cinema with 14 screens, an Olympic ice rink, two 5-star hotels, shopping malls, several areas of cultural interest. Underneath the atrium is the Chengdu railway station of Ocean Park.

New Century Global Center facts:
•    Building is 100 metres high, 500 metres long and 400 metres wide
•    400,000 m2 mall
•    700,000 offices and business centre
•    Two hotels with 1000 rooms each
•    1000 capacity theatre
•    1000 capacity concert hall
•    conference centre 10,000 m2
•    12,000 m2 showroom
•    5000 m2 art gallery
•    400-m coastal walk
•    LED screen 150 m x 40 m
•    500-m river rafting hall - 10,000 m2, 65 m high
•    parking for 15,000 cars.

China is in the midst of a construction boom of extraordinary projects. Read Dezeen’s article about another project, the construction of the Songjiang Hotel in a water-filled quarry, with the building partially submerged.




Why you should sweat the small stuff
Why you should sweat the small stuff 25 Aug 2016

Cement design should take into account water confined in the smallest pores, according to research from UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country in Spain.

With cement paste having a large amount of water in its structure and much of it confined in the micro-pores that are about one nanometre in size, Hegoi Manzano, a researcher in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at the university is studying the stresses of confined water in the micro-pores of cement at extreme temperatures.

Manzano, one of the authors of the study 'Temperature Dependence of Nanoconfined Water Properties: Application to Cementitious Materials', said the extreme temperatures in which cement finds itself in certain infrastructures, such as oil wells, leads to changes in the water state, which in turn causes internal stresses and even micro-cracks in the cement. On Earth it is possible to find conditions ranging from -80o C in the Antarctic to several hundreds of degrees in infrastructure close to heat sources.

Variations in humidity and temperature translate into physical processes that involve evaporation or freezing of water in the cement. Manzo said characterising the response to these phenomena which affect confined water in the micro-pores “is hugely important”.

“A large proportion of the water, about 30%, is located in these small spaces, so to a great extent it contributes towards the final properties of the material,” Manzano said.

Given the size of the micro-pores, the researchers chose molecular simulation methods that imitate the interactions among the atoms that make up the cement to determine how they behave as a whole and the properties that the interactions translate into. The temperature range studied was from -170o C to 300o C. At both extremes of temperature it was observed that “significant volume changes owing to water physics take place. Through totally opposite effects we arrived at the same consequences," Manzano revealed.

Under these conditions, the pressure by the material itself may cause the empty pores to collapse, creating micro-cracks and in serious cases could cause the material to collapse, he added. At extremely low temperatures, what happens is the water freezes and therefore expands.

"In these conditions it should be highlighted that the frozen water does not manage to form ice because of the small space in which it is located; the water molecules cannot order themselves to form a crystalline ice structure," Manzano explained. But the expansion it undergoes is enough to create stresses in the cement which can also lead to micro-cracking.

The information from the study can be used to "modify the formulation of the cement for infrastructures that are going to be located in environments with extreme temperatures” Manzano said.

P. A. Bonnaud, H. Manzano, R. Miura, A. Suzuki, N. Miyamoto, N. Hatakeyama, A. Miyamoto. Temperature Dependence of Nanoconfined Water Properties: Application to Cementitious Materials. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (21), pp 11465–11480.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b00944. Publication Date (Web): May 10, 2016.

Were You There in Melbourne This Week?
Were You There in Melbourne This Week? 18 Aug 2016

"Stuck Between Concrete and a Hard Place - The Consultants' Perspective"  

Our seminar held this week in Melbourne's Docklands was a resounding success where delegates were invited to actively participate in a special Q&A session that proved to be lively and robust! This consultants focussed event helped answer common concerns about concrete design and what you can do to make your design more site-friendly. Many attendees were keen to hear from Senior Design Manager at Probuild, John Tenaglia. John highlighted the common areas where concrete design could be improved to respect constructability on site. With a focus on concrete design, John covered drawings, specifications and coordination with other disciplines.
Paul Campesato & Chris Jaques from Aurecon took these learnings into the second presentation for wider discussion amongst all attendees. We certainly generated some passionate discussion amongst the crowd with good outcomes that we can all take with us into our next design.

Check out the upcoming VIC events 
here. We hope to see you at one of our technical evenings in the near future. Great for networking and CPD! For more information please phone Annie Forster on 03 9699 6407 or email

News bulletin #26
News bulletin #26 16 Aug 2016

Firefighters have contained a fire that broke out at the Boral Concrete site at West Nowra on Monday morning.

Canberra’s cream and orange structures make up almost half the bus shelters in the city, having been in situ for more than 40 years. But the shelters designed for Canberra have been found elsewhere.

Read an interview with owner and chairman of Mainmark, the Concrete Institute’s latest Silver Member.

Three big name consortia are the shortlisted bidders for the $6 billion PPP to build the Metro Tunnel and five underground train stations in Melbourne: Continuum Victoria – Acciona Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination; Cross Yarra Partnership – Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital; and  Moving Melbourne Together – Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital.

Is there a stoush brewing between timber and concrete? There are concerns worldwide about the promotion of timber as a sustainable construction product threatens to cut into the vast market share enjoyed by concrete.

Three enterprises have been shortlisted (CPB - BMD JV, Fulton Hogan - Seymour Whyte JV and Lendlease Engineering) to deliver Western Sydney’s The Northern Road upgrade between Peter Brock Drive and Mersey Road, The Northern and Bringelly Roads’ interchange and the Bringelly Road upgrade between King Street and The Northern Road as one major project.

The first look at what light rail will look like along Sydney’s Anzac Parade has been unveiled (pictured). The 12 km route will run through Surry Hills from Central, into a tunnel under Moore Park and Anzac Parade and emerge above ground at a new stop close to the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. Images and video to watch.

News bulletin #25
News bulletin #25 9 Aug 2016

The Standards Australia draft for AS 1012.14 Methods of testing concrete – Method for securing and testing cores from hardened concrete for compressive strength (Project Committee BD-042 Methods of Testing Concrete) is open for comment. Make sure you have your say before 7 October.

Four of Australia’s big construction industry players are at high risk of financial failure within the next year and more than 2600 additional businesses in the sector are facing the same fate, according to an analysis by accountants, SV Partners.

A bursary to assist women in engineering back into the workforce has been launched by the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) to assist with CPD and maintaining or regaining their registered status. The bursary is open to female registered professional engineers, non-practising professional engineers or former registered professional engineers based in Queensland.

14 reinforced concrete bridge beams have been transported from Auckland for the NZ State Highway 2/State Highway 58 Haywards interchange project site, with more scheduled for delivery over the coming weeks. Ten of the beams, each 32 m long and weigh 70 t, will be used to construct an elevated roundabout at an intersection, while four are ear-marked for a pedestrian overbridge. All are planned to be lifted into place next week.

Australia has made an agreement with the US to “provide a mutually beneficial knowledge base” for delivery transport infrastructure solutions after discussions about the use of public private partnerships to deliver major projects, leverage private sector investment in infrastructure, best practice in project development and intelligent transport systems.

News bulletin #24
News bulletin #24 2 Aug 2016

Showing off on the runway
With over 100,000 square metres of new, high performance concrete successfully laid, McConnell Dowell has completed the Papa, Uniform and Golf (PUG) taxiways at Melbourne Airport. You can watch time lapse footage of the project.

It’s all in the planning
Lendlease’s revised planning proposal for its Circular Quay sites on George and Pitt Streets in Sydney CBD has been approved. The proposal includes a commercial office tower, low-rise public building and significant public spaces: two plazas and a network of laneways.

Job opportunities
UGL Engineering & Construction division has an opportunity for a senior project engineer – civil/structural on the South Coast of NSW. Watpac has two jobs going for project engineer and a site engineer in Geelong as well as a project manager in Townsville.

Green lights for Perth
Brookfield Multiplex has been awarded the contract to design and build Perth’s New Museum. The company also has been awarded the contract to build the $600 million redevelopment of Karrinyup Shopping Centre 12km north of the WA capital.

Stadia getting started
John Holland, Lendlease and Brookfield Multiplex are all shortlisted to deliver a new 30,000-seat sporting stadium for Western Sydney on the site of the existing 30-year-old Parramatta Stadium. It will be the first project for the NSW government’s new stadia strategy.

Leading the way
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is ranked #1 in the Top 225 International Design firms and on a regional basis, ranks #1 in Europe and the United States and #3 in Asia/Australia.

30-year strategy for Victoria
Infrastructure Victoria has revealed its 30-year infrastructure strategy will be released later this year for a final phase of consultation prior to the final document being delivered to the state’s parliament in December. More than 260 formal submissions were received in the recent community consultation.

Image: Still from McConnell Dowell's Melbourne Airport PUGs Project Time Lapse video on YouTube.

Hinze Dam turns 40
Hinze Dam turns 40 28 Jul 2016

The Hinze Dam, a rock and earth-fill embankment dam with an un-gated spillway across the Nerang River in the Gold Coast hinterland has turned 40. Originally planned in 1947, its main purpose is for potable water supply for the region. The dam was designed for construction in three stage: Stage 1 was completed in 1976, Stage 2 in 1989 and Stage 3 in 2011.

The structure is 108 metres high and 1850 metres long, with a 4261-thousand-cubic-metre dam wall that holds back at 310,730-megalitre reservoir when at full capacity. From a catchment area of 207 square kilometres, Hinze Dam created Advancetown Lake with a surface area of 1500 hectares. The concrete spillway is 82 metres above sea level and has a discharge capacity of 550 cubic metres per second.

CEO of water management business Seqwater Peter Dennis said the history of South East Queensland’s water supply was a “fascinating and often dramatic story” as engineers and planners worked to adapt to a rapidly growing population over the decades.

“All three stages of construction of Hinze Dam were engineering achievements in their own right, but none more so than Stage 3,” he said.

“Raising the wall of an existing dam, while holding back a significant lake of water and continuing to use it as a key water storage, provided significant engineering, construction and environmental challenges."

After completion in the 70s, Stage One provided 42,400 megalitres of potable water storage and supply. The $42 million Stage Two in the late 80s, involved raising the main embankment, concrete spillway and intake towers by approximately 18 metres to create a surface area of 9.72 square kilometres. After these works, potable water increased to 161,070 megalitres.
The decision to construct Stage 3 was made in 2004. When the dam reached full capacity in January 2008, work began on the third stage and was completed in December 2011 at a cost of $395 million. The works increased the height of the dam wall from 93.5 metres to 108.5 metres and increased the reservoir capacity from 161,070 megalitres to 310,730 megalitres.
Stage 3 construction was completed by the Hinze Dam Alliance, a JV between Seqwater, URS, Thiess and Sinclair Knight Merz.  According to Thiess, the project also included upgrading recreational facilities; raising all local bridges, road and access facilities; providing an upstream fish transfer facility; providing compensatory habitat offsets; and constructing a vertical cut-off wall and stability works.

Image: Hinze Dam spillway. Source: Advanstra via Wikipedia

Concrete briefs
Concrete briefs 28 Jul 2016

ITS PipeTech have been named as a finalist in the Telstra Australian Business Awards for 2016 and has been recognised as a successful business providing pipeline and culvert rehabilitation, extending the life of existing infrastructure and assets utilising innovative, world's best practice technologies that reduce the impact on  communities and the environment.

The NorthHub website has been launched for the SA $985 million Northern Connector project by major contractor Lendlease. Job opportunities and expressions of interest are being advertised for future roles on the three-year project.

Tunnelling has started on the long-awaited M4 East. The road header will be one of four based at the site, working underground in both directions to create the 5.5 km tunnels to link Homebush with Haberfield, in the first stage of WestConnex.

The Northern Territory government has released three strategic plans for infrastructure: The Roads and Bridges Strategy and Network Investment Plan; Darwin Regional Transport Plan 2016; and the Aviation Industry and Services Strategy 2020.

Professional infrastructure services firm Cardno has appointed a new chief operating officer and has announced a new organisational structure.

Forty local governments from Mapoon to Dirranbandi are vying for a share of $70 million of the Queensland government’s regional infrastructure funds. There are 63 shortlisted projects.

News bulletin #23
News bulletin #23 19 Jul 2016

The 28th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia in conjunction with the 3rd International Congress on Durability of Concrete (ICDC) Technical Committee invite all authors to submit their abstracts for consideration of oral or poster presentations before 14 October 2016. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of Concrete 2017 in Adelaide 22-25 October next year.
A concept designed by three international companies for the tallest structure in the world would have a structural system anchored by a 20 metre wide core of high-strength concrete that resists compressive loads. Design of The Mile has drawn inspiration drawn from Frank Lloyd Wright's work and the Eiffel Tower.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 2016 Tall Buildings Awards have been announced with a pyramidal residential block designed for New York City, engineered by Thornton Tomasetti, selected as the best tall building in the Americas.
Bridge assessment, although a challenging subject, can also be a rich field that offers opportunities for research, innovation and the development of technical expertise, according to the UK's Institution of Civil Engineers.
Concrete Institute Member AECOM and tech company Trimble are collaborating on the use of Microsoft HoloLens "mixed-reality" technology for engineering and construction. AECOM has launched a pilot program with Trimble in projects on three continents.
Institute Member Laing O’Rourke has won the 2016 Australian Construction Achievement Award for its Moorebank Units Relocation (MUR) project.
Structural engineer and founder of Aurecon’s heritage business, John Connell and Associates, Dr John Connell, recently passed away aged 102. Aurecon Global CEO Giam Swiegers made the announcement and has called him one of the most influential engineers of his generation.

Image: Nic Lehoux via CTBUH.

News bulletin #22
News bulletin #22 12 Jul 2016

AS/NZS 5100.6 Bridge design Part 6: Steel and composite construction is now open for public comment. The draft can be downloaded from the Standards Australia list and is located at the bottom of the page. Comments close 7 September 2016.
Cimic Group’s construction company, CPB Contractors, in a consortium with John Holland and Dragados has completed the Sydney Metro Northwest tunnels and station civil works way ahead of schedule. In other news for the group, Cimic company, Leighton Contractors (Asia) - in a JV with China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) - has been awarded an AU$1.58 billion contract for the construction of Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel.

John Holland has announced it intends to double the size of its business within the next four years. Jim Salmon, Executive General Manager Infrastructure gave a presentation at the recent National Infrastructure Summit. The company has also been awarded a $324 million contract for early works for the Melbourne Metro.

Arcadis Director, Built Asset Consultancy Gareth Robbins says Arcadis knows the seven steps to a perfect project. You can read what he has to say about going beyond mediocrity to achieve perfection. Meanwhile, women engineers at the company are making their marks. Civil engineer Kate Francis and structural engineer Lisa Samways have received an award and a new appointment, respectively.

Construction and civil engineering company, Watpac has released an update on its Australian projects. The company also has just been awarded the $47 million contract to build the Union Tower in Melbourne.

Gold Member Holcim has a role going for a concrete batching production supervisor.

New Committee Member for Victorian Branch
New Committee Member for Victorian Branch 5 Jul 2016

We are delighted to welcome Janine Ralev as a co-opted Committee Member of the Victorian Branch.
Janine is the Technical Manager at Postenco and brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to the Committee. We look forward to her valuable contribution to the Institute's activities in Melbourne in the coming months.

News bulletin #21
News bulletin #21 5 Jul 2016

The 2016 Hays Salary Guide is out with key findings showing over half (57%) of construction, property and engineering employers will increase salaries by less than 3% when they next review. While business activity and permanent headcounts are rising, according to the Guide, this is not translating into wide ranging salary increases for construction and engineering workers.

Building Queensland has released the Infrastructure Pipeline report, an “independent, expert view of priority infrastructure proposals under various stages of development by the Queensland Government”.
Levels of employment within the building and construction sector in Australia have broken records as the unprecedented boom in new home and apartment building drives massive demand for building professionals. Construction services (architecture, engineering, building surveying etc.) and building construction have been the big winners.
Victoria's Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority doesn’t expect buildings such as the Town Hall or the Carlton Baths to suffer any structural damage during the $11bn metro rail tunnel works but fell short of guaranteeing this.
A 17-minute video has been released on YouTube of engineer/designer Tony Gee's visit to the Gladesville Bridge in December. It also features Associate Professor Rob Wheen and former engineers who worked on the construction of the bridge in the early 60s. The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) plaque has been placed at the crown of the arch.

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has announced a new $1bn Housing Infrastructure Fund which will bring forward the new roads and water infrastructure needed for new housing. This is set to accelerate the supply of new housing and will be open to applications from councils in the highest growth areas. The government said the fund is for substantial new infrastructure investments that support more new housing, not to replace existing infrastructure.
GHD has announced four new senior appointments for its Australian region. The roles are for technical services leader, market development leader, WA manager, and Australian market leader. Find out who's been appointed.

Image: ASCE plaque on Sydney's Gladesville Bridge. Source: Rob Wheen

Call for abstracts – Concrete 2017
Call for abstracts – Concrete 2017 30 Jun 2016

Following the successful Concrete 2015 conference in Melbourne the attention is now focusing on the 28th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia — Concrete 2017 — in Adelaide.

The theme — Advances in Concrete Materials and Structures — will give concrete researchers, designers and practitioners from all over the globe an opportunity to showcase innovation and trends in the design, research, construction, maintenance and repairs that are making a difference around the world.
The conference is also host to the 3rd International Congress on Durability of Concrete (ICDC), an international forum for exchanging research results and displaying how concrete will continue to create durable buildings and structures for sustainable development in both local and global contexts.

Concrete 2017 will offer participants from around the world an opportunity to connect face-to-face and share innovative and interesting ideas from the latest advances in concrete materials to the design and construction of fascinating structures.

The multidisciplinary theme of Concrete 2017 will provide an excellent forum for networking and education and an opportunity to meet and interact with engineers, scientists, researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals from Australia and overseas. Whether you attend technical sessions, participate in interactive forum discussions, or network with friends and colleagues, this conference will provide you with ample opportunity for professional growth.

The logo for the conference represents all the things that make Adelaide a great venue — home to world-leading concrete structures like the Adelaide Oval, great networking and social gatherings over wonderful food and wine, all taking place at the internationally renowned conference venue, the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The Conference Organising Team, headed by Co-Chairs, Professor Julie Mills (UniSA) and Associate Professor Rebecca Gravina (RMIT), are already working on building upon the success of Concrete 2015 and bringing a globally recognised concrete conference to Adelaide.

The call for abstracts was issued on 11 April 2016 and Concrete 2017 will take place from 22-25 October 2017 so put the dates in your diaries!

Concrete 2017 – program themes:

  • Materials (e.g. cementitious materials, aggregates, chemical admixtures, recycled materials, geopolymers, reinforcing steels)
  • Structures (e.g. shear design, design of columns and walls, concrete modelling, earthquake and seismic design, prestress)
  • Innovations in concrete — design and construction (e.g. 3D printing)
  • Durability
  • Repair and retrofit
  • Environmental
  • Precast concrete (e.g. design, construction, architectural)
  • Case studies and major projects
  • Constructability (e.g. construction and infrastructure developments, forensics, formwork)
  • Education
  • History and development of concrete
  • Any interesting application and use advancing concrete materials and structures.
Important dates:

14 October 2016
Call for abstracts closes

25 November 2016
Author abstract notification

10 February 2017
Full paper submission deadline

2 May 2017
Comments on full papers and final author notification

26 May 2017
Author registration deadline

22-25 October 2017
Concrete 2017

For further details and to submit abstracts please visit the Concrete 2017 website.

National seminars - changes to AS3850 - Prefabricated Concrete Elements
National seminars - changes to AS3850 - Prefabricated Concrete Elements 30 Jun 2016

The Concrete Institute of Australia is partnering with National Precast Concrete Association Australia to run a series of seminars across all states in early August that look at the reforms made to the industry and to the documents formally known as AS 3850 Tilt-up Concrete Construction.
This seminar will include overview of why AS 3850 has been updated, the challenges associated with the previous version of the standard, and the improvements within the new standard. The update brings the standard in line with current industry practices and will help improve the uptake of precast concrete manufacture in Australia. This session will be presented by Jeff Stratford.
Included in the session is a second presentation which will focus on the safety aspects of precast design, presented by Kevin Crompton, and look at the role played by the "in-service" designer and the erection designer. For more details and to register please visit the Concrete Institute of Australia’s website.

News snippets
News snippets 30 Jun 2016

Gold Member Boral Limited has announced its Building Products division in Australia will combine with its Construction Materials & Cement division to form a new Boral Australia division from 1 July. Joe Goss, currently Divisional Managing Director Construction Materials & Cement, will become Divisional Chief Executive Boral Australia of the new division. As previously announced, David Mariner, currently Executive General Manager of Boral’s Building Products division in Australia, will be returning to the US. 

WA Bronze Member Whittens has been awarded a $30+ million contract at MMG’s Dugald River mine site in north-west Queensland. The contract includes earthworks, roads, drainage, buried services, detailed earthworks and 6500 cubic metres of structural concrete construction.

State government independent statutory body, Building Queensland, has released an Infrastructure Pipeline Report that says “proposals should be challenged rigorously at an early planning stage before they gain momentum” and progress to more detailed stages of proposal development.

The US Federal Highway Administration Long-Term Bridge Performance Program together with the National Concrete Bridge Council has released the results of a study conducted on bridge practices for rein-forcing bars. Field data for the program has been collected since 1960 and the study includes a timeline of changes in US bridge practices and detailed changes in these for steel reinforcement in concrete bridges from 1910 to 2015.

A team at the University of Luxembourg has been working on masonry modules that interlock, negating the use of mortar, according to Engineers Australia. The modules are made of two C50/60 concrete side walls connected to each other by concrete cross-sections.

Fast forward from today into the future
Fast forward from today into the future 30 Jun 2016

Amid new technologies and a rapidly changing industry, recently appointed GHD CEO Ashley Wright shares his views on the concrete industry.

My first experience with our profession was working for a construction company where my love of everything engineering was cemented. I learnt to cost and manage projects, set out structures, batch concrete and asphalt, do levelling, fix steel, erect shuttering and many similar tasks.

The very same inspiration drives me today, more than 25 years later. During this time, I have seen big changes within our industry. As the global economy continues to evolve and new technologies become available, we need to prepare for more unprecedented changes to come.

The construction industry has become truly global with strong competition across all geographic regions. The sector has also been affected by the volatility of resource prices while modest economic conditions around the globe are putting pressure on client budgets in both private and public sectors. Clients rightfully are expecting greater value across their assets as well as seamless service delivery regardless of location.

Regarding our markets we are seeing new commitments from both government and private sector clients to revitalise or develop new infrastructure that will be able to sustain the increasing urbanisation and density of cities. The infrastructure market is buoyant not only in some capital cities in Australia, but also in other developed economies such as the USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand.

In Asia, unmet demand for water and energy in countries like the Philippines is driving significant growth in nation-building projects such as renewable power and water treatment. Beyond the high-rise skylines of Qatar and the UAE are growth opportunities, including crucial projects to improve transportation, sewerage, drainage and environmental protection.

Another exciting development for our industry is helping our clients make sense of a data-rich world. There is a huge potential to create value around our clients’ assets beyond the capital delivery cycle by offering more insight into operations and maintenance.

We are entering the age of smart buildings and smart infrastructure where data is used to monitor asset condition and utilisation, improve efficiency and resilience, and ensure optimum maintenance.
New technologies will continue to transform the construction industry and the kinds of projects we do. This may involve designing roads for driverless cars or adapting electricity grids to large-scale energy storage technologies.

Succeeding in this highly competitive and rapidly changing environment will require a diversity of thought, background and experience. As a result, initiatives for enhancing gender equity, cultural diversity and flexible working arrangements are now a core part of how leading businesses are preparing for the future. We also need to provide career pathways and genuine opportunities for people to gain experience across different sectors and countries.

There will be surprises ahead but the core of construction will remain unchanged: a focus on our clients and the communities around us.
About Ashley Wright
Ashley Wright was appointed as GHD's CEO from the end of March this year. Prior to his promotion Wright was general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa and had also led GHD's Western Australian operations. Wright is a civil engineer with a career spanning 27 years across Australia, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and the UK. He has worked on some of Australia’s landmark projects, including the Perth to Bunbury Highway and the Mandurah Railway in Western Australia, and the Westlink M7 motorway in Sydney.

This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of Concrete in Australia magazine.

News bulletin #20
News bulletin #20 21 Jun 2016

Why does concrete do the things it does – hurry, seminar series starts this week!

It’s just days away before the next concrete series commences across the country featuring Professor Ken Hover from Cornell University in the US and Australia’s own expert, Des Chalmers.

Professor Hover has been the top ranked technical speaker at World of Concrete for more than two decades while Mr Chalmers is one of Australia’s most experienced practitioners.

A detailed agenda and registration information for the full-day seminar is on the Concrete Institute’s website. So, why does concrete do the things it does? It’s time you found out!

From Perth to Darwin

The Western Australia government has revealed the preferred contractor for the Perth NorthLink WA central section is a JV between Laing O’Rourke and BGC Contracting. The project comprises the first section of the Perth Darwin National Highway.

Lighting up great ideas

Queensland Bronze Member AECOM teamed up with Vivid Ideas this year to present Subterranean Sydney during the popular lighting festival underground in the Barangaroo Cutaway. The presentation explored underutilised space in Sydney including ghost tunnels and platforms in the rail network. Videos and related materials can be viewed on AECOM’s website.

Being heard in a noisy market

Arcadis has released a whitepaper on key strategies to improve infrastructure innovation and procurement in a busy market where the investment program is threatened by industry capacity. The paper is by Phil Kajewski, Arcadis’ managing director of infrastructure.

3D concrete core structures

A Dutch start-up concrete team, CyBe Construction, has completed tests with two 3D printed concrete formworks made using their 3D concrete printer that is compatible with different nozzles. The formworks have the potential to be embedded core structures as well as to be used in the future for viaducts and roads.

Image: An illustration of WA's NorthLink project. Source: Main Roads Western Australia

News bulletin #19
News bulletin #19 15 Jun 2016

The Australian Society for Concrete Pavements (ASCP) is holding a forum in Queensland: Brisbane Forum Concrete Pavements – Industrial Floors, Airfields, Rapid Repairs which will be of interest to a wide range of designers, builders, subcontractors, and materials and equipment suppliers.

The forum will be held in Brisbane’s CBD on Tuesday 28 June and runs from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm and is free to Members of ASCP and costs just $55 for Members of CIA, CCAA and MCAQ, with a Non-Members’ fee of $100. Registrations close Friday 24 June. Visit the ASCP website at and select the Events tab, the Brisbane Forum event and click the Register button).

A large amount of concrete has been poured into a massive sinkhole that opened up in the middle of Ottawa five days ago, but it’s not fixed just yet.

New research has emerged for supporting bridges in earthquake and disaster-prone areas. UK and Greek academics published their research in Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics while University of Utah engineers have released their findings on “speedy bridge repair” in the American Concrete Institute Structural Journal.

2016 is the last year in which the Building Code of Australia will be updated annually. To facilitate productivity, the Code has moved to a three-year amendment cycle with the next version not out until 2019.

The healthcare area has emerged as a new area of growth in the longer-term with Australia’s construction sector, with a growing pipeline of major projects, despite contraction in the next couple of years.

MIT researchers are looking at redesigning concrete by following in nature’s footsteps. In a published paper, the team report their findings of contrasting cement paste with the structure and properties of natural materials like shells, bones and deep-sea sponges.

Image: University of Utah civil and environmental professor Chris Pantelides. Photo: Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

The first CIA magazine
The first CIA magazine9 Jun 2016

The first CIA magazine was published in February 1975. CIA News was established to enable the Institute to communicate with its members, and 42 volumes later this is still the case, with our current version of the journal Concrete in Australia. The entire first issue of CIA News can be found here (courtesy of Past President and Life Member of the Institute, Mick Ryan): 

News bulletin #18
News bulletin #18 8 Jun 2016

Construction contractor Ducon has been convicted and fined $50,000 and a further $20,000 in costs over an incident at a Melbourne apartment complex in which a concrete truck tipped over with serious repercussions. There’s more to this story at WorkSafe.

Conditions in the construction sector in NSW are expected to remain strong in the coming years amid continued high levels of activity in the near-term in new home building and longer-term spending on infrastructure work.

If you enjoy a cup of coffee and build roads you might be interested in combining the two. Engineers Australia is reporting that engineers from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology are using coffee grounds to create building materials for roads.

Aurecon asks are we daring enough on major projects?

Brookfield Multiplex has scored a $290 million contract by JV partners Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia to build the five star green star DUO development, the fifth stage of Sydney’s $2 billion Central Park precinct.

Vale Ken Day
Vale Ken Day 2 Jun 2016

Ken was born in Yorkshire, UK on 30 November 1930. He was the only child of an iron moulder and his mother was a seamstress.  He was looked after by his grandmother who in later years took him to school.  Ken was a good scholar and qualified for a government scholarship to University where he studied for a Civil Engineering degree. Ken and Constance (Connie) were school friends and both attended Manchester University where Connie received a 1st Hons. BA majoring in French.  For vacation work Ken got a job with Freyssinet, a French prestressed concrete company and to get there he rode his bicycle to the Dover ferry from the North of England to get to Paris.
On qualifying, he worked for a year with Unit Construction Ltd, in London as an assistant to the Technical Director John Harris, brother of Alan Harris (later Sir Alan Harris. Ken was principally engaged in developing an advanced statistical Quality Control (QC) system (with multivariable Shewhart control graphing) and a specific surface mix design system for prestressed concrete developing 67 MPa in 18 hours. John Harris was engaged by Humes Ltd. to establish a prestressing facility and suggested that Ken Join him in Australia.  Ken arrived in Melbourne in November 1953.
Prior to departing for Australia, Ken decided to do a motorcycle trip around Europe, and as he was engaged to Connie, felt he should ask her to join him, even though he’d have preferred to go alone. Connie on the other hand didn’t really want to go, but as he had asked her, felt she should.
At the Research and Development Laboratory of Humes Ltd. in Melbourne Ken was involved in mix design and QC on precast prestressed concrete projects and in several other States of Australia.  It was there he first met Vin Wallis, who was to be a lifelong friend and sparring partner, both personally and technically.

Once established in Melbourne, Ken asked Connie to join him. On the day of her arrival by boat, they got married and had a brief honeymoon in Frankston. Connie started work as a French teacher at Melbourne Methodist College. Not long after they purchased a block of land in Croydon, Victoria and set about building a house by themselves.  They had three children Peter in 1959, Helen in 1960 and John who was born in 1963 in England.
In 1957 he became R&D engineer and deputy technical manager of the semi-government Concrete House Project, producing 5 fully precast houses and flats per day in a factory. Ken’s main task was to develop a highly mechanised process and increase productivity. He also introduced a large, innovative prestressing bed to precast bridge units for other government departments at a cost far below the current market price.
In 1960 he took a position as lecturer in Concrete Technology at the University of NSW in Sydney, He registered for a PhD but did not complete it. Next he had a brief period in 1962 as technical manager of Marley Reliance in Sydney.  Marley had two ready mix plants and several factories producing precast concrete, spun pipes, masonry blocks and roofing tiles. The firm had a poor quality reputation and Ken left due to being unable to obtain sufficient management support to correct this.
Then he returned to the UK at the invitation of John Harris and spent 5 years as a structural consulting engineer, rising to Associate Partner of Harris and Sutherland. As a structural designer he was involved in on-site battery precast, and in situ no-fines industrialised concrete housing but his largest single project was a major steelworks completed in record time.
He returned to Australia in late 1967 as general manager of the Melbourne pre-casting company High Strength Concrete Pty Ltd. However, the company was already irretrievably insolvent. So on his arrival he formed a new company, Applied Research and Development Pty Ltd of which he was part owner, to undertake commercial testing of concrete and R&D concrete projects, using the premises vacated by the insolvent company.

This venture was not a success so in the early 1970 Ken tried several new careers, amongst these were life insurance salesman, and a chocolate shop in Boronia. From the insurance contacts he discovered Lake Glenmaggie, in Gippsland, Eastern Victoria where he built a holiday house in six weeks with his own hands at Coongulla on the east side of the lake. This led to his venture into sailing off-the-beach yachts.
In 1973 a reinvigorated Ken returned to his first love of concrete and he started his own company, Concrete Advice Pty Ltd.  Initially it was a general consultancy in any aspect of concrete technology but soon came to specialise in QC and worked on major Melbourne city buildings including Collins Place, World Trade Centre, Arts Centre, Concert Hall, Rialto and many others.
The business grew and in 1980 at the age 50 he expanded the business in Singapore, starting from scratch.  From Singapore he operated control laboratories on several major projects in Singapore, Malaysia also provided advice in Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Singapore business was later bought out by CEBTP, a major French laboratory organisation.
In 1985 due to a down turn in the business in Australia the company was left inactive while Ken spent two years working with the Australian Government Airfield Construction Branch and became an Australian citizen. It was mainly during this period that the Conad system was finalised. Originally, developed by Ken as a Lotus spreadsheet it contained many of the features of the current ConAd system of quality control.  With the advent of the personal computer, he first computerised his quality control concepts in Lotus spreadsheets. During his time in Canberra Ken perfected his theories on quality control of concrete mix design and the ConAd system was born.
Cusum (cumulative sum analysis) was first applied to concrete by RMC (the company, as distinct from the industry) in England in the early 1970s but the graphs were neither multigrade nor multivariable. Ken was drawing non-cusum multivariable quality control charts in 1953 and was already looking into cusum when the more advanced RMC development came to his attention. 

Cusum is still not multivariable but does now use a type of multigrading.  Specific Surface mix design had been conceived decades earlier and the original basis was heavily promoted in 1954 by Newman and Teychenne but did not work properly until Ken modified the calculation basis of specific surface in the late 1950s. Ken will be remembered best for is being the leader in the whole field of statistical quality control for concrete and in the development of ConAd system computerising mix design and QC in his ConAd program.  
 While in Canberra he commenced a draft of a book on his theories in concrete technology, after having printed some initial brief booklets.  In 1988 Spon Publishing offered Ken the possibility of printing a book on Concrete Technology. He achieved great satisfaction in publishing 4 editions of his book, with the assistance of James Aldred.
At the age of 70, Ken decided to retire from his business, and it initially appeared he would leave it to his staff to run, but then an American batch plant manufacturer purchased the company. They sold their house in Croydon and moved to Nunawading.
In retirement, Ken and Connie were actively involved in courses and activities through the University of the Third Age, although Ken was always working on a project, a speech, a technical submission or an overseas conference. Ken and Connie travelled overseas. Ken was also passionate about his garden, which was on a large scale during the years in Croydon. He renewed to his interest in Bridge, and never lost his love of ballroom dancing, Table Tennis was also a keen activity over many years as was his interest in new cars.
With the new Mercedes at the age of 70, Ken all of a sudden decided he needed to drive round Australia after the CIA Conference in Brisbane 2003 but he was home in 21 days. When asked him how he’d found the Nullarbor he replied, “There was nothing to see, so I just put my foot down”.
Connie died in 2012 and after this Ken moved to a retirement village in Nunawading where his health gradually deteriorated. From his medical condition, Ken suffered advancing memory loss in the last few years, which made his daughter’s task managing him difficult at times. Ken fell on a Saturday evening and was not found until late the next morning by his daughter Helen. Ken was taken to Maroondah Hospital where he died four days later on 17 April 2016 without recovering consciousness.
Ken Day was a member of many professional groups including:
Member, Inst Civil Engineers, UK 1956
Member, Inst Engineers Australia 1956
Fellow, Inst Engineers Australia 1978
Fellow, Inst Concrete Technologists, UK, 1990
Fellow, American Concrete Institute 1990
Founding Committee Member, Concrete Inst of Australia 1970
Founding Member, Singapore Concrete Institute 1980
Honorary Member, Concrete Institute of Australia 2003
This obituary has been contributed.

Vale Jan (Dick) van der Molen
Vale Jan (Dick) van der Molen 2 Jun 2016

A full obituary for structural engineer, Jan (Dick) van der Molen, written by his friend, Keith Adams, was published in the Sydney Morning Herald in March 2016.

News Bulletin #17
News Bulletin #17 1 Jun 2016

Construction giant BGC finds itself in the headlines today in relation to the ongoing family feud of founder, Len Buckeridge, who passed away two years ago. The WA-based Buckeridge Group of Companies comprises concrete, fibre cement and construction companies as well as numerous complementary enterprises in building products and services.

When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel (57km) under the Swiss Alps in 1947, he estimated the project could be completed by 2000 - 53 years later. Despite it going 16 years beyond deadline, Gruner's sketch and technical paper, Journey through the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in the year 2000 has come to fruition and opens today (1 June) after more than 28 million tonnes of rock was excavated for its construction.
Why does concrete do the things it does? For a product that in its simplest form consists of only four materials, it is an incredibly complex and interesting material. Get it right, and you can achieve amazing results. Get it wrong, and the results can be catastrophic. Join us and learn more from Cornell University’s Professor Ken Hover in our June/July seminar series. Don’t miss out, register now!

The managing director of Fulton Hogan, Nick Miller, is stepping down from his role after seven years at the helm in addition to another 11 years at the civil construction company. The firm operates in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, having grown the business from 400 employees in this country to more than 2000.

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) recently celebrated its oldest concrete street, located in Ohio. George W. Bartholomew, who founded the Buckeye Portland Cement Company, convinced the local council to try the newfangled mixture, known in the 19th century in the US as “artificial stone” by posting a bond guaranteeing it would last five years. The section of road was built in 1891. The ACPA has launched an historical concrete pavement explorer portal on its website.

Heard about the HEALCON project? Based in Europe, it deals with self-healing concrete to create durable and sustainable concrete structures. Here’s a list of papers you can view and a video overview.

Make sure you look out for our monthly e-newsletter In the Mix which gets delivered straight into your inbox on the last Thursday of the month.

Image still from BGC Construction’s Perth Arena project video. The project was completed in 2012. Source: BGC Construction

Legal Issues and Concrete Forensics
Legal Issues and Concrete Forensics 23 May 2016

Great night in Melbourne on Tuesday 17th May for the Legal Issues and Concrete Forensics seminar. Over 60 people were privileged to hear from our 3 celebrated speakers including well known forensics expert in Victoria, Albert van Grieken. Intriguing case studies were covered, with an emphasis on small clues, gaining a macro and micro understanding, and of course understanding concrete as a construction material. The next event in Melbourne to be held on 21st June will ask just how sustainable is concrete? How can Green Star credits be achieved on projects? Is geopolymer concrete the answer?

Check out the upcoming VIC events here. We hope to see you at one of our technical evenings in the near future. Great for networking and CPD! For more information please phone Annie Forster on 03 9699 6407 or email

Vale Brian Ferguson
Vale Brian Ferguson 18 May 2016

This obituary has been contributed
Brian was born 15 November 1931 in Lismore NSW, to Jim and Ness Ferguson. Jim was a veterinarian and died of anthrax when Brian was six weeks old. Brian and his mother moved to Kerang and lived in her parents’ home. When he was nine, he contracted polio and was strapped to a board out in the sunshine to straighten his legs then spent some time in splints. He went to the local state primary and high schools where he was an A grade student. Many happy years followed with large school holiday gatherings with cousins, aunts and uncles in Bendigo and Moulamein, NSW.

At the age of 14, Brian went to Scotch College, Melbourne, as a boarder, where he met his lifelong friend John Hyett. He entered Melbourne University where he completed a degree in civil engineering, graduating at the age of 25 in 1956. During this period Brian lived in Ormond College. He started work as an assistant engineer in the Shire of Wakool, Moulamien, NSW, for eight months before joining the Melbourne Board of Works as an assistant engineer – Main Drains from 1956 to 1959. In 1959, Brian joined ARC Engineering as design engineer, progressing to chief design engineer, executive engineer then chief civil engineer at ARC Industries Sunshine, during the period 1959 – 1991.

As a man who loved order Brian maintained his workshop where all the tools were labelled and hung in order. This love of order was clearly evident in the many committees he was part of or was chairman. He held an enormous number of positions, working tirelessly for many professional associations and industry committees with roles both national and international organisations:
Standards Australia, Sydney NSW.
BD/2 - Concrete Structures - Preparation of CA2 - 1973, AS1480 – 1974, AS 3600 – 1988 and commentary on these Standards.
BD/23- Structural Steel – representing BD/2.
Chairman BD/23/3-Reinforcing and Prestressing Steels responsible for:
AS1302, AS 1303, AS 1304, AS 1310, AS 1311, AS 1313 and AS 1314.
BD/25 Residential Slabs and Footings 1988-90.
AS1554.3 - Welding of Reinforcing Steel.
AS 1100.501 – Structural Engineering Drawing.
WD/3/5 - Welding of Structures, Reinforcing Steel.
MS/32/3-Technical Drawing of Structures – Chairman.
And on international committees:
ASTM AO1.05 – Steel Standards for Reinforcement of concrete including:
A92, A185, A496, A197, A615/A616M, A706/A706M, A767/A767M, A775/A775M, and A884.
ACI 323 - Residential Concrete Work.
ACI 340 - Design Aids for ACI Building Codes
ACI 439 - Steel reinforcement
Brian’s also contributed to many other Professional Associations including:
Association of Professional Engineers - Federal Council 1963-65
IEAust - Structural Branch - Secretary 1694-66
Concrete Institute of Australia - Federal Council 1973-86
CIA Victorian Branch - Committee Member 1972-89
MBAV Technical Committee - Member 1976-91
AEBIRA Council - Member 1978-91
Steel Reinforcement Group - National and Victorian Committee 1976-89; Chairman Technical Committee 1985-89       
Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia - Victorian Committee1989-90.

Brian was the author of 18 publications, received an Australian Standards Committee Award of Merit 1993 and was elected a Fellow of Institution of Engineers 1984 and an Elected Fellow of American Concrete Institute for outstanding contribution to industry. He was an avid Apple user, involved with Ausom (Apple Mac Users Society of Melbourne) as secretary, public officer and committee member. But Brian also had a life outside engineering. 

Brian met Prue, his wife, at the wedding of her sister Barbara and his best friend John Hyett in 1956. Prue was a bridesmaid and Brian a groomsman. Prue was a trainee nurse at the Alfred Hospital at the time. They were married two years later in June 1958 and they had three children - Andrew was born in February 1959, Marcia in 1961 and Julia in 1964.

They bought a house off the plan in Glen Waverley and worked very hard to pay it off. Brian got a second job as a real estate agent on weekends and worked in Sunshine at ARC during the week. Prue did night and day shifts and they shared care of the children between them. In 1972, Prue and Brian designed, built and moved into their next home in Anderson Road in East Hawthorn. They both continued to work very hard to get their children through private schools.

Eleven years later, Brian and Prue designed their home in Hastings Road, East Hawthorn where they stayed for 24 years and from there moved to an apartment in Rylands of Hawthorn in 2008.
Brian was devoted to his many interests outside the engineering world and these included his great pleasures in the Melbourne Football Club and as a committed fan of the Waverley Baseball Club, scoring for Andrew’s team.

He had a lifelong interest in various scientific subjects and computers. He bought the very first Macintosh and received a distinction in computer programming in a half finished Grad Dip 1984. He had a passionate interest in the labyrinthine world of JR Tolkien, Dr Who, Star Wars, maths and computer programming. A source of great pride for Brian was that W H Ferguson, his grandfather, was the first white man to discover dinosaur fossils at Eagles Nest, near Inverloch. Brian was a man of many interests and had a great love of the absurd, jokes and limericks. He loved The Goon Show, The Goodies, and in later life, The Simpsons and South Park. He embraced the loose fashions of the 60s and 70s including collar length haircuts, mutton chops, handlebar moustaches and suede jackets. When a friend bought him a fluorescent pink tie with coloured flowers from America Brian was delighted.

He loved his grandchildren very much, and once said to his daughter Marcia that he did better with them than he did with his own children. Brian undertook research into family history, connecting with clan members in Stirling and Edinburgh after retirement. Brian and Prue went on many big trips and wanted to enjoy retired life together but his health often failed and frustrated him. There is no doubt that his love of fun declined from the 1980s and this correlated with his declining health which led to his retirement in 1991. In 2005, he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis which cast a new light on his medical history – from his first heart attack in 1977 through to diagnoses of emphysema, diabetes, chronic heart/lung disease, mood swings and irrational moments. In later years he contracted prostate cancer.

Brian was admitted to Epworth in 2014 with pneumonia where, against his and Prue’s wishes, he was resuscitated. He was moved into palliative care at The Gables in Sept 2014. Brian died from pneumonia on the afternoon of Monday 29 February 2016 at The Gables. He had been ill for 22 years and was bedridden and in palliative care for the last 20 months. Always a man of science, Brian donated his body to Melbourne University. Ironically, Brian died on 29 February, a leap year day that will only come around every four years. Brian was remembered at by his friends and family at Rylands on 19 March 2016.

News bulletin #16
News bulletin #16 17 May 2016

Following the federal budget, Aurecon has released commentary saying, “Australia is at a cross-road, with enormous demand across the nation to improve the connectivity of people, places and freight” to stimulate growth and job creation.

A team of researchers at Missouri S&T’s Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies is investigating high-performance, environmentally friendly construction materials to improve deteriorating infrastructure.

Case study on breathing new life into a tired highway involving the delivery of manholes, catch basins, three-sided and box culverts, underground utility structures and pipe sections.

Intelligent monitoring of concrete strengths is helping to shave weeks off construction programs, according to a formwork specialist.

The Portland Cement Association says new advancements in concrete and cement-based products are “completely changing the design and construction worlds”. 

University of Sydney researchers will send a robot up the city’s Opera House’s sails to test concrete and carry out repairs to extend the building’s life.    

Image via The University of Sydney

News bulletin #15
News bulletin #15 12 May 2016

National Precast Concrete Association Australia CEO Sarah Bachmann says Codes and Standards play an integral role in the construction industry but when the two conflict, serious issues arise.

Engineers Australia says a radically different approach must be deployed to the way Australia plants for future infrastructure needs. CEO Stephen Durkin says EA’s National Infrastructure investment Update 2016 report “unequivocally indicates” the current approach will not meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Construction materials consultants BCRC’s (Building & Construction Research & Consultancy) Frank Papworth will present a paper on testing existing reinforced concrete structures for corrosion at fib’s Cape Town conference in November 2016. Papworth is a representative of the Concrete Institute on the fib Australian National Member Group.

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has released a new version of the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme.

The production of the cement used in concrete is believed to be responsible for 5-8% of global emissions of carbon dioxide however a new approach to making cement has the potential to reduce not only greenhouse gas emissions but water consumption.

Costin Roe Consulting’s senior engineer (remedial/forensic) Lee Carroll talks about examination of buildings, basements, vaults, tunnels and some rarely seen voids been Sydney’s CBD.

Photo: Rhoads

Standards Update
Standards Update 6 May 2016

Nominated Representative for BD-002, AS 3600 - Concrete Structures
The Concrete Institute of Australia has been granted a second representative on Standards Committee BD-002, who are responsible for the revision of AS 3600. Expressions of interest are sought from members to serve as the CIA Nominated Representative. The Concrete Institute is particularly interested in those with expertise in dealing with the design of concrete structures. The representative should have expert knowledge and extensive experience in this field, and be prepared to work with the current CIA representative on BD-002, as well as lead a Reference Group of Members.
Nominated Representative and Reference Group for BD-006-11, AS 1170.4 - Structural Design Actions – Earthquake actions in Australia
Nominations are sought for a CIA Representative and Reference Group Members on AS 1170.4 Structural design actions - Earthquake actions in Australia. The Representative will serve on the committee during the revision process of AS 1170.4, and will represent the Institute and its members. The Concrete Institute is particularly interested in those with expertise in structural design, particularly earthquake loading.
Expressions of interest are also sought from Members to serve on the BD-006-11 Reference Group. Reference Group Members will provide expert advice and individual opinion for consideration by the Nominated Representative on technical matters.
The Institute has a series of governance procedures that must be adhered to by any representative. These can be found on the CIA website, under policy documents. Nominations can be sent to by COB 1st July 2016.
AS/NZS 3582:1,2,3:2016 - Supplementary cementitious materials, part 1, 2, and 3 are now published!
AS/NZS 3582.3:2016, Supplementary cementitious materials - Amorphous silica, AS/NZS 3582.1:2016
Supplementary cementitious materials - Fly ash and AS 3582.2:2016 Supplementary cementitious materials - Slag - Ground granulated blast-furnace have now been published and are available for purchase through SAI Global. The Institute would like to thank all those involved with the Standard, particularly our CIA Representative Graeme Hastie.

Consultants could lead the way
Consultants could lead the way 5 May 2016

While politicians exchanged shots across the bow over the potential impact of the federal budget on infrastructure earlier this week, the government’s independent infrastructure body is encouraging consultants to lead the sector to drive performance improvement to avoid a grim future.

Infrastructure Australia CEO Philip Davies says the consulting industry has a valuable contribution to make in supporting infrastructure in this country. Speaking at last week's ASPAC CEO Conference, he encouraged consultants to invest time in their international networks for Australia to tap into innovation and different perspectives on the industry.

Davies, a former consultant, warned about future choices in managing infrastructure and their “real world impact”. The cost of road congestion on its own to the economy is projected to be $53 billion within 15 years, he revealed, painting a grim picture of the future for Australians.

“Increasing bottlenecks and delays will mean it takes longer for Australians to get to work or home, our goods will take longer to reach ports and markets, and the many services we rely on from infrastructure will decline,” he said.

“[It’s] a choice between a future of congestion and constraint …with increasing bottlenecks and costly delays or a future of vibrant and liveable cities, productive regions, affordable infrastructure services and resilient infrastructure.”

Davies believes the consulting industry in Australia can bring “its leadership to ensure we make the right choices”.

Davies also said he would like to see more leadership help to drive performance. He was speaking in relation to Infrastructure Australia’s program and its four major themes:

  • productive cities, productive regions
  • efficient markets
  • sustainable and equitable infrastructure
  • better decisions, better delivery.

Image: Melbourne Metro map

Robbing Peta to pay Paul's infrastructure
Robbing Peta to pay Paul's infrastructure 5 May 2016

Despite the $5 billion flagged for infrastructure spending in the federal budget this week by the Turnbull government, not everyone is happy and it has had Labor politicians' backs up about its source and where it will ultimately end up.

Half of the $5 billion in funding is earmarked for major city infrastructure in Victoria and NSW - including the Melbourne Metro and Sydney Metro projects - will receive $2.4 billion and $2.19 billion, respectively.

The Melbourne Metro, which has not received the tick of approval from Infrastructure Australia (IA), is set to receive $857 million while $1.7 billion in federal funding is flagged for the Sydney Metro. This will see a new rail line built from Bankstown to Rouse Hill in Sydney’s west via a new CBD link.

Queensland will get a $200 million boost for the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway from Rocklea to Darra in Brisbane, but IA has also not given this project the green light due to "some outstanding issues", according to its national priorities list. Media reports said Victoria "was severely short-changed" while Tasmania "was the loser" with projects overlooked by the federal government.

Federal opposition infrastructure spokesperson Anthony Albanese criticised the government for not committing any new money for infrastructure.

“There is no new infrastructure investment coming from this budget. This was a fund that was set up essentially to say the only way we will fund infrastructure for public transport is if state governments sell their assets,” he said.

The funding for the metro projects will be delivered via the federal government’s Asset Recycling Initiative which was actually announced by the Abbott government in the 2014 budget, but initially excluded funding for public transport schemes. It now provides funding for transport proposals but this is conditional on state and territory governments privatising assets to fund a share of the project. State treasurer for Victoria, Tim Pallas, said the state was always expecting to receive the funding for the Melbourne Metro.

“This payment is the state’s entitlement; it’s not a gift for Scott Morrison [federal treasurer] to disperse wherever he pleases.”

Pallas said the money is owed to Victoria by the Commonwealth for the lease of the Port of Melbourne, emphasising, “this is not new funding”.

Queensland’s treasurer Curtis Pitt also took umbrage the billions allocated for below the border infrastructure.

"If NSW and Victoria receive the lion's share of a suggested $5 billion for public transport infrastructure in the federal budget, then Queenslanders will have every right to feel drastically short-changed," Mr Pitt said.

"On population share alone we would expect $1 billion of that amount and we have essential major projects in Cross River Rail that should be supported."

The Queensland Labor government has committed to not selling any public assets.

Image: Sydney Metro map

News bulletin #14
News bulletin #14 26 Apr 2016

Bronze Member Laing O’Rourke has delivered a state-of-the-art purpose-built maintenance centre close to Ipswich in Queensland that will service the state’s rolling stock for the next 30 years. For its outstanding efforts the company has won the Smart Infrastructure Project award at Infrastructure Partnership Australia’s (IPA) National Infrastructure Awards. Laing O’Rourke’s graduate program has also just opened for 2017 interested engineers.

Also, at the IPA Awards, Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve took out the award for Australia’s best infrastructure project. The cover story in Concrete in Australia magazine’s first issue for 2016 was Barangaroo which featured Aurecon’s work on the project.

Expressions of interest are open for the Western Highway project from Buangor to Ararat in Victoria which will be a duplication to improve safety. Expressions of interest are open until mid-May before tenderers are short-listed in June.

Sydney’s next big project is a revamp of Circular Quay, announced as the winning entry of the Next Big Idea competition. To be named Circular Quay Square, the current “urban blight” will be transformed to include an additional 40,000 square metres of public space, with upgrades to maritime, railway and road areas. The winning and other entries can be viewed here.

The NSW Government has started the tender process to build twin metro railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour and the CBD for Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro. It will be Australia’s biggest public transport project and have the first of five tunnel boring machines in the ground before the end of 2018, according to the minister for transport and infrastructure.

The global concrete and cement market is expected to exceed US$921 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of almost 8%, according to Technavio’s latest report. The Australian infrastructure data metric for the December 2015 quarter has also been released and shows strong levels of civil construction work here.


Image: Circular Quay Square Source: Consult Australia

News Bulletin #13
News Bulletin #13 19 Apr 2016


Institute Gold Member One Steel Reinforcing has seen its parent company Arrium Limited placed into voluntary administration. It stresses that it is “business as usual” and is continuing to trade and operate normally with “all employees fully engaged” and a “secure end-to-end supply chain”.

“…we would like to provide clarification on 'business as usual' and what that means to our customers. Most importantly, business as usual means we will continue to take orders and make deliveries for all of your steel reinforcing needs,” a statement on One Steel Reinforcing’s website says. The company has a history dating back 80 years and has 35 branches across Australia. Read the ASX schedule here.

Construction has commenced on the $4 million concrete oceanarium tank, 30 m long and 7 m deep at Cairns Aquarium. More than 390 cubic metres of concrete has been delivered in 80 truckloads this week.

David Mariner, executive general manager of Boral’s Building Products Division in Australia has been appointed president of Boral USA. He will take on the role effective 1 July. Originally from the US, Mariner is a civil engineer, he joined Boral in Australia in 2010 and had previously held other roles at Boral USA and worked for Holcim there.

The Institute’s Bronze Member in Victoria, Bonacci Group, is celebrating 35 years in business. Established in 1981, the company now has 120 technical staff across offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Parramatta, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland. The Group has delivered many projects including the Swanston Academic Building at RMIT; Infinity Tower, Brisbane; and Soleil Apartments, Brisbane), and has a string of accolades to its name.

Another anniversary was recently celebrated by Gold Member Xypex Australia. Celebrating 25 years of operations, the company started in Albury and has expanded with offices now in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, New Zealand and Thailand while also distributing to Singapore and Malaysia.

Bosfa says ensuring steel fibres are manufactured in a quality controlled environment should be a minimum requirement for any steel fibre reinforced concrete specification.

Engineers Australia has revealed that a new organisation has been established to deliver Brisbane’s new Cross River Rail project, a 10.2km line south of the river across to the north. Queensland’s transport minister has called it the state’s number one priority infrastructure project.

Image: An illustration of the new Cairns Aquarium. Source: Cairns Aquarium

News Bulletin #12
News Bulletin #12 14 Apr 2016

The Sydney Opera House has embarked on a concrete conservation project with the help of civil engineering expertise from researchers at the University of Sydney, which is an academic Member of the Concrete Institute.

Silver Member GHD now has its new CEO Ashley Wright firmly ensconced at the helm, since his official start in the role on 31 March 2016. He is an engineer who has worked on some of Australia’s landmark projects: Perth to Bunbury Highway; Mandurah Railway in WA; and the Westlink M7 Motorway in Sydney. He was formerly GHD’s WA manager.

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have identified a way to turn carbon dioxide emissions from power plants into a novel building material, named CO2NCRETE, which they say could replace concrete. It would be fabricated using 3D printers.

Civil engineers may have more job opportunities soon with the Queensland government’s approval of the mining leases for the $21.7 million Carmichael coal mine. Adani estimates the mine, rail and port project will generate more than 5000 jobs at the peak of construction and more than 4500 at the peak of operations. Infrastructure will include haul roads, buildings, workshops, camps and pipelines.

The Warren Centre and Engineers Australia have outlined some of the key ways in which the best minds from universities and industry can be brought together to collaborate.

IMAGE: J.R. DeShazo (L) and Gaurav Sant show off a sample of the new building material they have created to replace concrete. Source: Roberto Gudino/UCLA

News bulletin #11
News bulletin #11 5 Apr 2016

Concrete code ‘out of date’
The National Code of Practice for Precast Tilt-Up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction “is out of date,” Safework Australia says. The Code, which is supposed to provide practical guidance on ways to effectively manage the risks associated with using tilt-up and precast concrete elements, is in the process of being revised, according to the safety authority.

Standards Australia – current projects
Standards Australia is currently looking at a number of Standards related to concrete, most of which pertain to Australia but some also cover New Zealand:

AS5100.5 bridge design part 5: concrete revision BD-090 SA; AS/NZS 2327 composite structures composite steel-concrete construction in buildings revision BD-032 SA/SNZ; AS 3610.1 formwork for concrete part 1: specifications revision BD-043 SA; HB 84 Revision of HB 84-2006: Guide to Concrete Repair and Protection BD-002 SA; AS 1012.20.2 methods for testing concrete – determination of water-soluble chloride in aggregates and hardened concrete (new standard) CE-012 SA; AS 2758.1:2014 Amd 1 - Amendment 1 AS2758.1-201X – aggregates and rock for engineering purposes - concrete aggregates specification for water soluble chloride in concrete aggregate – revised text amendment CE-012 SA; AS 1012.20.1 methods of testing concrete - determination of chloride and sulfate in hardened concrete and aggregates - nitric acid extraction method – revision BD-042 SA; AS 1012.14 methods of testing concrete - method for securing and testing cores from hardened concrete for compressive strength - revision BD-042 SA; AS 2550.15 cranes – Safe use, Part 15: concrete placing equipment – revision ME-091 SA. This list is current as of 4 April 2016.

Tackling concrete deterioration around the world
The 2016 Concrete Service Life Extension Conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida, from 23-25 May 2016 will include more than 50 innovative presentations. The technical program features insight into how other countries are tackling concrete deterioration from leading presenters representing Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey, UK and USA. For more information visit:

Update on concrete 'spaceship'
Watch the latest drone footage update on the construction of
Apple’s ‘spaceship’ campus in Cupertino, California, which is one mile around, encompassing 2.8 million square feet and spanning 176 acres. Construction commenced in 2013, with costs having now ballooned to US$5 billion. The project is due to be completed later this year but you can view the 2 April 2016 update now and previous videos may be watched here.

IMAGE: Still from YouTube video by Matthew Roberts.

New VIC Committee Member Announcement
New VIC Committee Member Announcement 2 Apr 2016

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Pathmanathan Rajeev to the Victorian Branch Committee. Rajeev is a Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University with a Ph.D in Earthquake Engineering, ROSE School, University of Pavia, Italy.

His expertise is in the areas of Earthquake Engineering, Structural Reliability, Infrastructure Engineering and Numerical Modelling. During his post-doctoral period at Monash University, he worked in various aspects of pipeline infrastructure (both onshore and offshore) and was chief investigator for several projects. He also took part in a variety of international research and consultancy projects associated with University of British Columbia Canada, University of Rome "Sapienza" Italy and TNO DIANA B.V Netherlands. Rajeev has published more than 80 technical papers on a diverse range of topics.

Vale Brian Ferguson and Ken Day
Vale Brian Ferguson and Ken Day 31 Mar 2016

The Concrete Institute of Australia was deeply saddened to hear of the passing in recent times of two of its Honorary Members, Brian Ferguson and Kenneth Day.

Both Brian and Ken have left long lasting legacies in the field of concrete, both locally and abroad, and the industry is all that much greater thanks to them.

The Institute passes on its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of both Brian and Ken.

Full obituaries for these Honorary Members will appear in the June 2016 issue of Concrete in Australia magazine.

A structural consultant's perspective
A structural consultant's perspective 31 Mar 2016

by Frank Cerra
Today, concrete is the most important man-made construction material, with twice as much concrete used in construction worldwide than all other materials combined. Concrete has been critical to the development of modern society - China has used 50% more concrete in the last three years than the USA used in the entire 20th century.

Yet, in my opinion, the importance of this material is often taken for granted; it is given the attention and consideration warranted for material of this significance. The following is a short perspective of today’s concrete industry through the lens of a structural design consultant, in my case through my BG&E glasses and exposure to the industry.
As structural design engineers, we have extensive knowledge about complex structures, their behaviour under a range of loading conditions, types of use, dynamic earthquake loads, foundation settlement, interaction with ground conditions etc. but do we really have a similar understanding of  the science and chemistry behind the concrete used in the construction of our designs?
So often, the knowledge of concrete relies on the use of a compilation of ‘standard specifications’, a cut and paste mentality that regularly includes catch-all clauses (that are often irrelevant to a particular project) and standard code clauses that require the concrete suppliers and contractors to sort it all out under their tight programs and budgets. 
For the greater good
As an industry, wouldn’t it be great to provide our clients continuous improvements to best use concrete, pushing boundaries and bringing on more innovation based on an intimate knowledge of this fundamental material? How do we work intimately to get materials experts and structural engineers to form a 1+1=3 for the benefit of all. 
Modern technology enables us to develop and refine more and more complex structural analysis models, to fine tune load paths, understand structural behavior and predict movements to the millimetre (apparently) to optimise our structural solutions. However, have we seen the same level of refinement and improved understanding in the concrete used to build these designs? I think not. 
In my view, more momentum in the industry is necessary to assist the industry at large to understand how concrete really works in these modern structures, the science, the variables and to use this to our advantage by joining structural and material knowledge. As we all know, there is a lot more to concrete than just compressive strength at 28 days, slump and aggregate size, and in many cases even these requirements aren’t given much thought.
Pitfalls of today’s industry
It seems to me that we have fallen into the trap of being designers, suppliers, or contractors, rather than taking a collaborative team approach. The Concrete Institute has the opportunity to take a lead role in not only providing technical knowledge and forums but really bringing together the collective knowledge of key participants in our industry to get the most out of this great material and to avoid some of the many mistakes that still seem to occur.
As an organisation, we have always promoted a collaborative approach to designing structures that contractors want to build, but with a keen interest and appreciation concrete as a material. We wanted to take this a step further and for this, among other reasons, we started BG&E Material Technology three years ago.
We wanted to really understand the materials we are designing, especially since approximately 80% of all our clients structures, whether they are buildings, bridges, tanks, culverts, wharfs etc. utilise concrete.  We consider we can really add value for our clients by raising our level of understanding, combined with current structural and civil engineering skills.
Back to basics
In this journey, we have found this added dimension very useful. BG&E MT is a group of industry experts passionate about materials with a wealth of concrete knowledge, connected to the concrete academia and research that is occurring nationally and internationally. We have solved many challenges in the last few years by going back to first principles being able to improve the overall solution for the client. We now have the knowledge to push boundaries further.
As an industry we strive for excellence. Concrete is an incredible composite material that we can utilise to assist our clients and I am sure the best is still to come. As always, a team effort, awareness and determination will assist in getting the concrete industry to another level.
Frank Cerra is Managing Director of BG&E Group

Seismic design and detailing of reinforced concrete building in Australia
Seismic design and detailing of reinforced concrete building in Australia 31 Mar 2016

There is a misconception that earthquakes do not occur in this country because Australia is not on a plate boundary however many earthquakes are in fact experienced across this nation, often in remote locations. One standout event was the 1989 quake in Newcastle that severely damaged buildings, and it's only a matter of time before another occurs in a highly populated area.

As there is a requirement to design and detail the majority of buildings in Australia for earthquake loading, to address this important and often overlooked requirement, the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (SRIA) in conjunction with the Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA) and supported by the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society (AEES) are providing a series of informative seminars to be held in all capital cities.
Seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings is an area that generally lacks understanding with minimal training provided to engineers. There are conflicts between the concrete structures and earthquake loading Standards, and the reinforcement detailing requirements within the Standard are often unclear and difficult to follow.

While targeted at design engineers and dealing with some of the most common issues faced when designing buildings for earthquake loading, the seminars will also be of interest to building owners and anyone wanting to learn more about how earthquakes impact buildings and some of the measures that can be taken to ensure that they provide life safety in these extreme events.

Some engineers believe that if the wind load exceeds the static earthquake load, the building only has to be designed elastically for the wind load. As earthquake events have long recurrence intervals, to provide economic design solutions for rare but high risk events, buildings rely on their ductility and inelastic response to handle the extreme cyclic lateral loading and drift caused by earthquakes.  Even if wind actions are larger than the earthquakes actions, they are fundamentally different design cases which must be separately considered.

Seminar dates

The seminars will be held in Canberra 26 April; Adelaide 2 May; Melbourne 4 May; Brisbane 9 May; Sydney 10 May and Perth 16 May. Seminars commence at 3.30pm and include a range of topics, concluding at 7.30pm and followed by cocktail food and drinks. You can download a flyer about the seminar series here.
A print copy of Guide to Seismic Design and Detailing of Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia will be provided to all seminar attendees, along with copies of presentations and additional handouts.

So what are you waiting for? Register for one of the seminars now by clicking on the city of your choice at: design.

Image: The Newcastle Workers Club which was severely damaged in the 1989 quake. Credit: Australian Geographic.

News bytes
News bytes 31 Mar 2016

Good Environmental Choice Australia is developing a new standard for cement and concrete products to address a number of industry needs, including to allow better access for cement and concrete products towards scoring points and credits under green building and infrastructure ratings tools.

The December quarter Australian Infrastructure Metric forecasts a construction recovery ahead, led by major transport infrastructure projects in NSW and Victoria, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and BIS Shrapnel.

Andrew Harris, the Australian director of Bronze Member Laing O'Rourke's Engineering Excellence Group and Professor of Engineering at The University of Sydney points to a wide range of new technologies poised to have a transformative impact upon the industries involved with the built environment.

Gold member Holcim says thermal cracking in concrete members having large sections continues to be a concern for designers and specifiers of concrete.

Check out all the latest videos from Concrete 2016, held recently in the US.

The Concrete Institute of Australia has launched its Online Learning Portal which contains the first Institute webinar, titled Durability in Concrete Structures. The webinar can be purchased by Members and Non-members from the Concrete Institute website, and is available to view for 30 days from purchase. Webinars are divided into topics with search capabilities, allowing the user to easily skip or search sections of interest without having to sit through the entire length of the presentation. Each section can be completed in your own time and at your own pace, with the ability to pause, rewind and forward each section as necessary. Where applicable, softcopy notes are included.

The Institute will continue to upload new webinars, with the next one titled Structural Concrete Design for Extreme Events scheduled to be uploaded soon. For any questions regarding the webinars please email

News bulletin #10
News bulletin #10 23 Mar 2016

Welcome to this week's news bulletin where the Concrete Institute of Australia brings you a round-up of the most interesting and relevant news in the concrete industry in Australia and around the world. Make sure you send us your company's news at or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

EA honours civil engineers
Graduate engineer Nicholas Werrett, who works at Arup in Perth in its Building Structures’ team has won the 2015 Rod McGee Medal in Engineers Australia’s Civil College Awards. David Polkinghorne, design manager on the Sydney Metro Northwest project, who is in the senior leadership team for Thiess John Holland Dragados JV that is delivering the tunnels and station civil works, has been honoured as the 2016 Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year. New Zealand’s IPENZ has also held its annual awards, with structural engineer Arthur Park receiving the president’s outstanding achievement award, the Fulton-Downer Gold Medal.

Suspect concrete
Weak, watered-down concrete potentially contributed to the collapse of the Weiguan Jinlong complex in 6 February’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake, according to The Taiwan Concrete Institute’s executive director and a professor of civil engineering at the National Taiwan University. More than 100 people died as a result.

London Bridge is not falling down
Watch WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff’s video on changing the face of one of the world’s oldest railway stations. The Institute’s Silver Member’s project, being undertaken while 54 million passengers use London Bridge Station annually, has been likened to “open-heart surgery while the patient is jogging”.
The pervasive problem of corrosion
The damage bill from corrosion is estimated at NZ$9 billion annually. So how the industry is working together to combat its steady march?
Considering offsite constructionc
The versatility of concrete means that it can be designed and constructed to deliver high performance buildings through a spectrum of solutions ranging from onsite cast concrete, onsite build using factory made blocks, through to offsite manufactured two dimensional panels and volumetric units.
Roles at Cardno
Concrete Institute Silver Member Cardno has jobs on offer for structural and civil engineers. Search for ‘engineer’.

Image: London Bridge Station. Source: WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

News Bulletin #9
News Bulletin #9 18 Mar 2016

Welcome to this week's news bulletin where the Concrete Institute of Australia brings you a round-up of the most interesting and relevant news in the concrete industry in Australia and around the world. Make sure you send us your company's news at or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

Arcadis as preferred consultant
Arcadis and BECA have been announced as preferred consultants for the $470m Portion B of the Pacific Highway Woolgoolga to Ballina project. Arcadis will provide design services covering highways, civil structures, drainage, traffic engineering and geotechnical engineering.

The Woolgoolga to Ballina project is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and will upgrade approximately
155 km of highway. The project starts approximately 6 km north of Woolgoolga (north of Coffs Harbour in NSW) and ends approximately 6 km south of Ballina.

As preferred consultants, Arcadis and BECA will be responsible for Portion B (between Maclean and Devils Pulpit), comprising 29 km of duplicated highway situated in an environmentally sensitive section of northern NSW. Portion B forms part of the overall highway duplication being delivered by Roads and Maritime Services. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the decade.

Ipswich Motorway flagged for upgrade
The Queensland government has committed $200 million towards the first stage of upgrading the Ipswich Motorway, between Rocklea and Darra, to reduce road congestion, improve freight movement. The project will support 470 jobs during construction.
Call for stronger buildings
Building designer Grant Spork is calling for public buildings and community halls to be built to a higher resistance to fire, cyclone, ballistic and earthquake resistance.
Work starts on Waikato Expressway
Work will start on the most complex section of New Zealand's $973 million Waikato Expressway this month. The 21.8 km-long Hamilton section of the expressway includes 17 bridges, five new interchanges and walking and cycle paths, and will see a restoration strategy developed for number of Hamilton’s gully systems.

More research on building material emissions
New research is saying that building materials, such as concrete, aluminium, and steel, are directly responsible for “large quantities of CO2 emissions” due to high contents of “embodied energy content”, with 9.8 million tons of CO2 generated from the production of “76 million tons of finished concrete in the US.”


Image: Woolgoolga to Ballina project. Source: RMS

Shotcrete Experts Gather at Melbourne Seminar
Shotcrete Experts Gather at Melbourne Seminar 16 Mar 2016

Yesterday’s shotcrete technical evening in Melbourne was well attended by consulting engineers, product manufacturers, materials suppliers and academics. See event photos here.

A highlight of this event was presented by Mr Shan Kumar from CIA’s National Council & Hickory Building Systems who demonstrated how concrete shear walls were sprayed to fast track a 44 level modularised building construction in Melbourne’s CBD. BASF’s shotcrete guru Warren Mahoney shared his expertise of 30+ years of experience in underground works and covered the gamut of Shotcrete Challenges from start to finish. Andrew Mitchell, President of the CPAA gave us some insight into Mitchcon’s involvement in major infrastructure projects over their 20+ years in Melbourne.

Delegates’ comments included “Informative content” “Great delivery of exciting innovations” “Fantastic Speakers” “We would like to hear more about Shan’s 323 Latrobe street project!” “If we had more time, would love to hear more about these innovations”.

Check out the upcoming VIC events here. We hope to see you at one of our technical evenings in the near future. Great for networking and CPD! For more information please phone Annie Forster on 03 9699 6407 or email

News Bulletin #8
News Bulletin #8 8 Mar 2016

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Silver Member GHD will have a new CEO after 31 March as Ian Shepherd retires following 30 years with the company, eight of those at the helm.

Institute Gold Member BG&E is looking for a senior highways engineer and an experienced highways engineer for its Sydney office as well as a senior road designer (staff or contract) to be located in the Perth, Sydney or the Brisbane office.

Aurecon has released a discussion paper to explore the infrastructure and transport connections for a potential fast train between Parramatta CBD, Sydney CBD and the new Western Sydney Airport, with four new rail corridors considered.

Silver Member Calibre Consulting has roles open for a senior design engineer in Melbourne, civil designers in urban development in Sydney, and a senior civil engineer on the Sunshine Coast among others.

Sharon L. Wood has concluded her presidency of the American Concrete Institute with a speech noting a “severe shortage” of workers in the construction industry in the US expected within the next decade.

In the Philippines, plastic traffic barriers are being ear-marked for replacement by concrete barriers, with a road safety advocate cautioning against the move.

Image from Aurecon's discussion paper.

News Bulletin #7
News Bulletin #7 1 Mar 2016

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Asbestos found in concrete

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
CEO says he is aware of 64 sites where asbestos-tainted concrete fibre sheeting has been used in construction in Australia. ABC News has reported that state workplace safety authorities are monitoring 17 sites in NSW, 13 in Qld, 11 in SA and eight in Victoria.


Airport to fix tarmac soft spots to stop aircraft getting stuck

Airports of Thailand (AoT) has been resurfacing part of Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport tarmac as a short-term solution to planes getting “stuck” on “soft areas”. The airport has allocated a 2.5-billion-baht budget to convert a total of 700,000 square metres in areas used by aeroplanes into stronger concrete from fragile asphalt, according to the Bangkok Post.

Tyre-sized concrete chunk falls from tunnel

Caltrans, the Californian state agency responsible for highway, bridge, and rail transportation planning, construction and maintenance, has found 12 areas of concrete corrosion in the Bay Bridge’s Yerba Buena Island tunnel in San Francisco tunnel following an incident on 30 January in which a tyre-sized piece fell into traffic on the lower deck hitting a car. Initially thought of as an isolated event, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, subsequent tests found areas of approximately three by three inches up to two by three feet.

Historic patent for concrete pour

Filed by Thomas Edison on 13 August 1908, details of his patent may prove he was no civil engineer but could he have been prescient about 3D concrete printing?

"The object of my invention is to construct a building [house] of a cement mixture by a single molding operation - 'all its parts, including` the sides, roofs, partitions, bath tubs, floors, etc., being formed of an integral mass of a cement mixture,” Edison wrote in his patent application.

The aesthetics of concrete

As a Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia you deal with concrete in some way, shape or form every day but would you live in a concrete house

IMAGE: The concrete product was used in the flooring of two electrical substations on the Seaford railway line in SA, according to ABC News (source).


Opportunity knocking
Opportunity knocking 23 Feb 2016

The National Precast Concrete Association of Australia has an opening for a technical services manager in South Australia.
The role is a full-time six-month contract with the possibility of longer-term employment and will be based in Glenelg.

Please contact the NPCAA on 08 8294 0833 for more information. You can view the association's website at

Boral anticipates industry pick-up
Boral anticipates industry pick-up 23 Feb 2016

Major road and infrastructure projects are expected to pick-up following the transition from the slow-down/work ending in major engineering projects, according to Boral CEO and Managing Director Mike Kane.

The Concrete Institute Gold Member company has reported a 23% increase in net profit after tax to 31 December 2015, in its half-year financial results released last week. This, the company says, reflects continued strength in Australia, improvements in margins, and stronger housing activity in the US. The result was 31% higher than the previous corresponding period.

Boral’s largest division – Construction Materials & Cement – delivered a strong 6% lift in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to $159 million, boosted by $5 million of property earnings and a $4 million settlement with the CFMEU.

“The success of the first half [year’s results] is underpinned by a very strong residential construction market in NSW, a solid performance in South-East Queensland, further recovery in the US and a successful growth strategy in the gypsum business in Australia and Asia,” Kane says.

He has flagged Boral’s expectations for its 2016 full-year results for a “solid performance,” anticipating a marginal improvement in EBIT compared with FY2015 for the Construction Materials & Cement division.

The company has revealed it will commence supplying to the NorthConnex project in Sydney in the 2017 financial year, seeing this as part of an expected increase in major road and infrastructure projects coming down the pipeline.

Image: Curtis Island LNG project where Boral safely disassembled mobile concrete plants with a recorded 19,100 hours accident and injury free. Source: Boral

An end to short-term thinking for Australian projects?
An end to short-term thinking for Australian projects? 23 Feb 2016

Infrastructure Australia has released its 15-year plan to address gaps in this country’s infrastructure, setting out 78 recommendations for reform in the near-term, medium-term, longer-term and distant future.

The Australian Infrastructure Plan, presented to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week, will be updated at least every five years, and sits alongside a “reinvigorated” Infrastructure Priority List that currently identifies 93 projects and initiatives for investment for the government to look at.

“The priority list is ultimately a platform for better infrastructure decisions—it provides rigorous, independent advice to governments and the public on the infrastructure investments Australia needs.” IA Chairman Mark Birrell says, adding the list will be updated regularly throughout the year.

He believes the “overwhelming conclusion” of the Australian Infrastructure Plan, is that infrastructure must be developed and operated in a strategic manner, with a long-term focus.

“Everyone wants to see an end to short-term thinking, where projects are debated in isolation and the generational needs of infrastructure users and consumers are compromised,” Birrell says.

Initiatives or projects that address major problems or opportunities of national significance are highlighted as high priority on the Infrastructure Priority List. These, IA says, are “to focus decision makers’ attention on the most significant problems, where delivery of an effective solution will be critical”.

Projects and initiatives are ordered by category of problem, location and timeframe, and current stage of development. Timeframes are divided up into near-term (within five years); medium-term (within 10 years); longer-term (within 15 years); and future (more than 15 years).

The key investments recommended on the Infrastructure Priority List are:

  • New metro rail systems in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
  • Road and rail initiatives to bust urban congestion in Perth
  • Public transport improvements in Adelaide and Canberraan 
  • Urban renewal in Hobart
  • Metropolitan water supply upgrades to support Darwin's growing population.
Alongside these projects are initiatives for the future, such as protection of the corridors for High Speed Rail and new ring roads around Melbourne and Sydney.

The Australian Infrastructure Plan and the Infrastructure Priority List are available to view now.

Image: The Techport Common User Facility, a design and construct project by Institute Silver Member Freyssinet for Defence SA in 2014. Source: Freyssinet.

NSW 2016 Seminar Kick-off
NSW 2016 Seminar Kick-off22 Feb 2016

The NSW Branch started the New Year with a seminar and networking event, “Upgrading Existing Structures”.

Over 80 people attended this interesting event to hear about research findings in two types of advanced structural strengthening systems and discover how alterations to existing load paths were accommodated in a well-known shopping centre refurbishment project, Westfield Warringah Mall.
Check out the upcoming NSW events here. We hope to see you at one of our technical evenings in the near future.

Perth – The Bigger Picture  Breakfast Series
Perth – The Bigger Picture Breakfast Series17 Feb 2016

Fabulous morning in the west today with the WA Branch. Many thanks to Sean Henriques, the Executive Director of Project Delivery, who gave everyone an overview of the Riverside redevelopment project happening in Perth. The sell out crowd were all enthralled and enjoyed themselves immensely!

News bulletin #6
News bulletin #6 16 Feb 2016

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A heated road surface made from conductive concrete, mixing ordinary concrete with electrically conducive elements which allows a low current to pass through, is being developed by civil and electrical engineers at the University of Nebraska.

Curtin University's Building 410 project in WA is due to be completed in April. Take a look at this short video, produced by National Precast Australia, on the concrete elements needed for the project.

Standards Australia has released a draft of AS 3727.1 for comment and public review. It represents a revision of AS 3727:1993 Pavements. The draft can be accessed via Standards Australia's public comment portal but you will need to register with SAI Global. The deadline for feedback is 13 April 2016 (11.59pm).

Researchers from Iowa State University's Structural Engineering Research Laboratory believe the use of precast concrete modules for the construction of taller wind turbine towers could have a profound impact on the installation and usage of renewable energy facilities.
 A three-mile tunnel constructed by the Nevada Water Authority connected to a 100-foot tall, seven-foot thick concrete vault that stores water 600 feet below a lake's surface. 525,000 pounds of Quikrete was used to insert thousands of reinforcement anchors into the tunnels walls. (Image: The Lake Mead tunnel. Source: Quikcrete)

Durability webinar

Have you checked out the latest webinar on the Concrete Institute's online portal?

The durability of concrete structures remains a complex and difficult issue to design and manage due to many variables. Whilst 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.

News bulletin #5
News bulletin #5 9 Feb 2016

Welcome to this week's news bulletin where the Concrete Institute of Australia brings you a round-up of the most interesting and relevant news in the concrete industry in Australia and around the world. Join the conversation on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter and have your say!

The head of the Department of Infrastructure in the Northern Territory has told a parliamentary committee he authorised the controversial early pouring of a concrete slab at the Palmerston Hospital construction site that was then covered over with dirt just days later.

 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating the collapse of a concrete wall in the state’s south-east in January. The collapsed wall crushed a two-year-old boy near Toowoomba, with the child sustaining multiple injuries. He was airlifted to Brisbane in a critical condition, but later died.
NSW Bronze Member company Laing O’Rourke is set to be sold, according to a recent announcement by its UK parent company, but until that time it’s business as usual.
The federal government has committed $300 million to the Bridges Renewal Programme (BRP) in Tasmania. Projects will be selected as part of a competitive, merit based process. Seven timber bridges have been ear-marked for replacement with concrete bridges.
Queensland company Fibercon, where Institute Individual Member Tony Collister is the North Qld R&D representative, has developed a ‘green’ concrete in association with James Cook University that involves the recycling and repurposing of plastic fibres. Collister was part of the award team that has won the Manufacturing, Construction and Innovation Category at the Australian Innovation Challenge.

News bulletin #4
News bulletin #4 2 Feb 2016

Welcome to this week's news bulletin where the Concrete Institute of Australia brings you a round-up of the most interesting and relevant news in the concrete industry in Australia and around the world. Join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and have your say!

{LEFT: Low-rise concrete structural damage sustained in the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. Source: ACI}

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has released its research findings into the 2015 Nepal earthquakes and its effects on how structural concrete performed during the earthquakes to obtain data for ACI to update its resources on structural concrete, seismic rehabilitation, concrete repair etc. It is co-ordinating a webinar on 1 March to review the findings. The Concrete Institute of Australia also has a new webinar on Durability in Concrete Structures available now on our website. And make sure you look out for a series of seminars on Seismic Design being run by the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (SRIA) and the CIA in April/May 2016.

Association Member, the Ash Development Association of Australia (ADAA), has released the latest Coal Ash Matters publication for free download that includes results from a 2014 survey about the production and use of coal combustion products and other topics of interest, including a photo of former Concrete Institute of Australia president Doug Jenkins with DAA CEO Craig Heidrich at Concrete 2015.

A water utility in the UK has become the first water company to trial a new environmentally friendly alternative to cement made from a by-product of the blast furnaces used in the iron industry. The low-carbon material, called Cemfree, is expected to cut the level of embedded carbon in Anglian Water’s use by up to 60%, based on the results of an initial trial.
Ali Behnood of the University of Technology Sydney’s thesis (long abstract link) looks at the development of alternative raw materials for producing concrete - pumice powder and copper slag coarse aggregate, materials easily obtained in Australia and New Zealand. 

A photographic collection of concrete structures world-wide - Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World - is being released this week via The Guardian’s bookshop, including some real eye-openers.

Durability in concrete structures webinar now available
Durability in concrete structures webinar now available 28 Jan 2016

The Concrete Institute of Australia has launched its Online Learning Portal which contains the first Institute webinar, titled Durability in Concrete Structures. The webinar can be purchased by Members and non-Members from the Concrete Institute website, and is available to view for 30 days from purchase.
Webinars are divided into topics with search capabilities, allowing the user to easily skip or search sections of interest without having to sit through the entire length of the presentation. Each section can be completed in your own time and at your own pace, with the ability to pause, rewind and forward each section as necessary. Where applicable, softcopy notes are included.
The Institute will continue to upload new webinars from time to time, with the next webinar titled Structural Concrete Design for Extreme Events, scheduled to be made available in March.
For any questions regarding the webinars, please email

Our Melbourne office has moved
Our Melbourne office has moved 28 Jan 2016

The Victoria Branch of the Concrete Institute of Australia has relocated. You can now find us at: Level 2, 55 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank.
We also have a new phone number - (03) 9699 6407 – and fax number - (03) 9699 6741.
For any further details on the office move or anything related to our Victorian activities please contact Annie Forster at

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A concrete future for Mars
A concrete future for Mars 28 Jan 2016

With all the hype surrounding plans for putting humans on the red planet, a university in the US has developed a high-strength concrete that can be made quickly from materials naturally found on Mars.
A research team at Northwestern University in Illinois is led by Gianluca Cusatis, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the uni’s McCormick School of Engineering has developed the ‘Martian concrete’ which is durable enough to withstand meteorite impacts and is being touted for use in future infrastructure on Earth’s first planetary colony.
The concrete developed by Cusatis et al comprises materials found on Mars. Instead of gravel, the team used a Mars soil simulant created by NASA. And while typical concrete is made of gravel, cement and water, the Martian concrete uses molten sulphur which is abundant on Mars, instead of water.

“Typical sulphur concrete uses sand, which is inert. It’s just filler,” Cusatis says. 
“In our Martian concrete, the sulphur is not just glue; it reacts with the minerals in the Martian soil. That completely changes the picture.”

While sulphur-based concrete is highly corrosion-resistant and currently used in non-structural
applications, such as pipes and landscaping, it is sensitive to heat and fire, so it is rarely used for larger projects. But Cusatis says the initial challenges on Mars will be different to those on Earth.

“You want buildings to be fire resistant, so that could be a vulnerability on Mars,” he says. “But for the first settlements, fire won’t be the problem. The problems will be having secure shelters and durable buildings that can survive meteorite impacts.”
After testing its mechanical properties, Cusatis found that his Martian concrete was more than two times stronger than typical sulphur-based concretes. After adjustments for gravity on Mars, the research shows the Martian concrete’s strength is equivalent to concrete used to build skyscrapers on Earth.

He believes the concrete’s strength is due to the small size of particles in the Martian soil as well as a little-understood chemical reaction between the soil and sulphur (see microscopy image on left showing Martian concrete compared to sulphur concrete on right).

Interestingly, the team also noted when the Martian concrete breaks and is re-melted and re-casted, it becomes even stronger. Cusatis says this is most likely due to the reduced particle sizes.

While conventional concrete requires 28 hours to develop full-strength, however the Martian concrete only takes one to two hours. Cusatis believes it’s a prime candidate for 3D printing, therefore if 3D printers are sent to Mars, local resources could be used to create buildings made of the Martian concrete.

However, he emphasises the Martian concrete needs further study. He is interested in learning more about the chemical reactions that make it so strong and wants to find ways to make it fire resistant. But with the first trip to Mars reportedly less than 10 years away, time is of the essence.

The research is described in a paper recently submitted for peer review in the journal Construction and Building Materials. Lin Wan, a former PhD student in Cusatis’ laboratory, is first author of the paper. Former research associate Roman Wendner, currently working at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Austria, is also an author on the paper.

Expressions of interest welcome
Expressions of interest welcome 28 Jan 2016

The Concrete Institute of Australia is seeking expressions of interest from eligible Members to be part of the 2016-2017 Membership Committee.
The Membership Committee of the Institute is responsible for the research of Member needs, Member communication and the development of Member benefits and services. The Committee is further responsible for the creation and implementation of strategies for the retention of existing Members and the acquisition of new Members.
If you are interested in becoming involved please submit your expression of interest, including a brief summary of your relevant experience, by Friday 12 February 2016.
For more information or to submit your expression of interest please contact:
Duncan Miller
Membership Services Manager
Phone: 02 9955 1744

Engineering a future for yourself
Engineering a future for yourself 28 Jan 2016

Calibre Consulting has a range of roles for engineers right around Australia as well as in New Zealand. Cardno has four jobs for engineers across Queensland and NSW. GHD also has jobs open in Newcastle for civil engineers, a structural engineer and a structural bridge engineer.
If you missed the jobs’ round-up in our new weekly news bulletins in recent weeks, BG&E, Aurecon, AECOM, VicRoads, Brenntag Australia, Holcim and BASF all had openings for engineers. Take a look at CIA news bulletin 1 and bulletin 2 for more information.
Remember you can have your say on the Concrete Institute of Australia’s Facebook page, tweet us or better still follow us at @ConcreteInst and make sure you join us on LinkedIn.

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CIA news bulletin #3
CIA news bulletin #3 28 Jan 2016

Cardno says higher safety standards are required in developing countries as systems from a decade ago are no longer adequate. The company’s director, infrastructure and environment, Dan O’Neill, says this can have a serious impact across a range of issues, critically regarding structural and fire safety.
Steve Janiec, senior designer at Calibre Consulting’s Bunbury office has created a fly-through using 3D visualisation and animation to communicate the concept to key project stakeholders and the community of Perth’s former Channel 7 studio site which is being developed into a master-planned community.
Replacing the traditional mix that includes Portland cement and coarse aggregates with more sustainable, low energy alternatives is emerging as one of the most effective ways for reducing a carbon footprint for concrete according to research at the University of Technology Sydney.
Silver Member Freyssinet has a lot of Australian case studies available to look at on its website.
Foundations Specialist Group geotechnical engineer, Burt Look, Queensland Engineer of the Year 2014, says using readily available in situ material is a much cheaper alternative than concrete in creating strong earthworks for buildings and infrastructure. Have your say about this on Concrete in Australia’s Facebook page.
Have your say about any of these stories that pique your interest on the Concrete Institute of Australia’s Facebook page, tweet us or better still follow us at @ConcreteInst and make sure you join us on LinkedIn.
Can’t get enough concrete news briefs? You can keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the concrete industry in Australia and around the world by also checking out our recent weekly news bulletins from 13 January and 19 January 2016.

CIA news bulletin #2
CIA news bulletin #2 19 Jan 2016

Welcome to the Concrete Institute of Australia's second national news bulletin focused on the Australian and global concrete industry. You can check the news section of the CIA website every Tuesday for the week's round-up of the most relevant and interesting concrete news or look out for the news bulletin every week on the Institute’s pages on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Have your say by sending us your comments and feedback via the CIA website or our social media pages.

Cracks appear in new rail section
Two concrete spans erected for the Skytrain section of Sydney’s north-west suburbs’ new rail line may need to be pulled down due to cracking. The two spans are out of a total of 24 pre-cast concrete segments, which are an average length of almost 40 metres, locked together with steel cords.
Engineering job opportunities
Platinum Member Holcim and Gold Member BASF have a range of jobs available for engineers involved in concrete. Last week we posted a number of companies with roles that are still available. You can read about them in News Bulletin #1 for 2016.

Arup on the move
Arup will soon have a new prestigious address for its Melbourne office at One Melbourne Quarter. The Institute’s Silver Member, which is working with Lend Lease on the project, says it has outgrown its present office space and is looking for a new address that reflects its growth and thinking.

NZ shake-up for Aurecon
Aurecon has been appointed by New Zealand’s Canterbury Earthquake Recover Authority to lead a team that will deliver multi-disciplinary engineering design services for the Christchurch Metro Sports Facility. Also across the Tasman, work has begun on the Aurecon-designed Ōtāhuhu Station upgrade In South Auckland set to ease the connection between high frequency buses and trains in that part of the city.

Bio-concrete project
Dutch designer Michiel van der Kley’s Project NEXT is focused on 3D printable bio-concrete and an accompanying 3D printer capable of making complete architectural spaces. Experiments and samples are already underway with ingredients involving limestone, hemp fibres, flax fibres and additives.

Concrete promotes algae growth
Ajinomoto and Tokushima Universities in Japan have been working with Nikken Kogaku, a manufacturer of wave-dissipating blocks, and have developed “environmentally active concrete” impregnated with amino acids to help promote the growth of algae. Kelp is thriving on blocks along the submerged breakwater at Rumoi in Hokkaido (pictured).

Reaching for the sky
US engineers are researching the use of pre-cast concrete modules for the construction of taller wind turbine towers and are also working to facilitate their transportation and construction process.

VIC Branch Relocation   -
VIC Branch Relocation - 19 Jan 2016

The Victoria Branch has relocated to:
Level 2
55 Southbank Boulevard
Southbank VIC 3006
New phone number (03) 9699 6407
New fax number (03) 9699 6741
Email Annie Forster at

CIA news bulletin #1
CIA news bulletin #1 13 Jan 2016

Welcome to the Concrete Institute of Australia's first national news bulletin focused on the Australian and global concrete industry. You can check the news section of the CIA website every Tuesday for the week's round-up of the most relevant and interesting concrete news.

In the works
Bronze Plus Member Duratec Australia reveals the projects it is working on at Royal Darwin Hospital, Vales Point Power Station in NSW and at Institute Academic Member Deakin University. The Reinforced Earth Company has revealed two projects it has on the go in Perth and in New Zealand while two of its engineers have presented a paper outlining an approach to traditional masonry arch bridge design using only precast elements such as TechSpan arches, concrete facing panels and capping units and Reinforced Earth walls.

Time to make a move?
If you’re in the market for a career move, Concrete Institute Members have a range of engineering jobs in civil, structural, projects and bridges open right across Australia. Gold Member BG&E is looking for a Senior Highways Engineer and an Experienced Highways Engineer for its Sydney office while Silver Member Aurecon has some international openings for engineers. There are also jobs available with Bronze Plus Members VicRoads, Brenntag Australia and R O Bird & Associates. Bronze Member AECOM has 93 opportunities, many along the eastern seaboard, while the University of Sydney is looking for a new head of the School of Civil Engineering. In the news, Laing O’Rourke, also a Bronze Member, has appointed a leader from the UK for its engineering excellence group and an overview of construction opportunities for Victoria is available.

Historic concrete pour
One of the largest concrete pours in the history of the US for the in-progress 326-metre high Salesforce Tower in San Francisco (pictured) has been captured on video. It’s 02:11 so take a look. Other videos are available on the Salesforce website.

Making industry sustainable
The Concrete Initiative (led by CEMBUREAU - European Cement Association, BIBM - European Federation of Precast Concrete, ERMCO - European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation, and UEPG - European Aggregates Association) wants to engage industry on sustainable construction, in particular about barriers and solutions to harness its multiple benefits.

Five tallest buildings by 2020
There are five buildings set to breach new heights in the race to the sky in the next five years. These include the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, the Central Park Tower in the US and three in China: Suzhou Zhongnan Centre, Wuhan Greenland Center and the Ping An Finance building. The Jeddah Tower will be one kilometre high.

Xmas Message from the President
Xmas Message from the President 15 Dec 2015

Another busy year in the concrete industry is quickly coming to a close. The Concrete Institute of Australia has worked tirelessly throughout 2015 to deliver a number initiatives and programs and I do hope that you have had a chance to experience some of the many professional development opportunities we have brought to you and your fellow Members.
This is just a snapshot of what the Institute has delivered in 2015:

  • Concrete 2015 - the Institute's 27th National Biennial Conference, held in Melbourne in conjunction with the 69th RILEM Week. The conference was attended by over 550 delegates, including 140 from overseas countries, included 150 technical papers and presentations, boasted over 40 exhibitors, and included some wonderful key note presenters from all parts of the globe.
  • Over 65 technical events around the country, attended by over 3,500 delegates, on topics that could all be applied back to the needs of Members.
  • Over 20 networking events for Members around the country such as welcome receptions, awards functions, cocktail evenings, breakfasts, gala dinners, and golf days, to develop relationships, make connections, and to meet each other in informal settings.
  • 4 issues of Concrete in Australia with quality concrete editorial and technical papers delivered to all our Members.
  • Release of 3 Recommended Practice Handbooks on Durability in hard copy and PDF as part of the Z7 suite.
  • Participation in a number of Standards Australia committees, including the completed AS3850 Parts 1 & 2 "Prefabricated Concrete Elements".
Further to this the Institute signed an International Partner Agreement with RILEM and renewed our agreement with the American Concrete Institute (ACI). These international partnerships are developing great opportunities for our Members with access to resources, committees and connections. In addition the Institute is currently setting up a program that will see a number of CIA Members nominated to ACI technical committees!
2015 was also a year of change. Our 6 State Branch committees were all refreshed in July and we value the exceptional contribution that was made by the old, and are enjoying the enthusiastic work of the new. We also saw a change to our National Executive team and Council, with a number of fresh faces. Having had the privilege of being National President for 3 months now, I would whole heartedly like to thank those Councillors who have contributed in the past, and am excited by the energy our new council brings to the Institute for the next 2 years.
There are a large number of Members who volunteer their services who deserve our thanks including the  Concrete 2015 Organisation Committee, technical committees, Australian Standards reference groups, event organisers, deliverers of technical presentations, along with many other contributors. Of course much of this could not be achieved without our dedicated staff who help bring it all together and provide the "heavy lifting". We thank you for your outstanding work and dedication.
We saw Fred Andrews-Phaedonos inducted as a Life Member at our Gala Awards dinner in Melbourne, along with 3 new Honorary Members - Dr Norwood Harrison, Professor Steve Foster, and Claude Pincin. We also recognised a number of wonderful projects and technologies with Excellence in Concrete awards at the conference in Melbourne.
2016 promises to be an exciting year as we begin to deliver a suite of electronic learning tools, including a series of webinars based on recent national seminar tours. We will increase your access to the Institute through social media and electronic news, and our State Branches and National Office will continue to deliver quality events for everyone. This will include our Full Day Seminar Series, to be run nationally, starting in March on High Performance Concrete Floors and Pavements. A full list of 2016 events can be found at our Events and Seminars page. We will also continue to develop pathways for Members to better connect and be involved in technical committees.
Preparations are also well underway for Concrete 2017, the 28th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, to be held Adelaide from 22 to 25 October 2017. Save the Date!
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Concrete Institute of Australia to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and we look forward to bringing you and your fellow Members many opportunities to be "part of the concrete mix" in 2016.
Yours sincerely
Michael van Koeverden
National President

2015 'Year In Review' VIC Branch
2015 'Year In Review' VIC Branch10 Dec 2015

The Victoria Branch delivered eleven technical events across Melbourne in 2015 and hosted the much anticipated Concrete 2015 Biennial Conference. It has certainly been a busy year for the Branch!  We are looking forward to an exciting and eventful 2016 with a full technical evening program planned and three national seminars. 

'Year In Review' photos and event highlights.

If you have any questions about the VIC Branch of the Concrete Institute, or if you would be interested in presenting at or sponsoring one of our upcoming events, please phone Annie Forster on (03) 9804 7834. We would appreciate your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please send your ideas to

NSW Branch 2016 Events Program
NSW Branch 2016 Events Program8 Dec 2015

The NSW Branch has an exciting array of events planned for 2016 and we look forward to seeing our members at these events.

February 17 Upgrading Existing Structures
March 23 Boral Materials Services Laboratory Tour
April 6 Future of Concrete – High Performance/Low Carbon
May 18 Finite Element Analysis of Concrete Structures
June OneSteel Mill Visit
July 20 Sydney Rail Projects – Breakfast Seminar
August 17 Managing Corrosion & Durability
September 21 Concrete Roads & Highways
October 19 Fibres in Concrete
November 16 Innovation in Supply – Barangaroo and Sydney Convention Centre
Please note: event topics and dates may change so check the Events page for up-to-date information.

Duratec takes the cup again!
Duratec takes the cup again!25 Nov 2015

The 2015 WA Branch Annual Golf Day was a sell-out event again this year. Despite the heat everyone had a fantastic day with some really good (and really average) results. The putting competition warmed us all up (literally) before we hit the course for the day. Duratec again showed us all how to play by taking the cup for a second year. 

Without sponsors this event would not be possible so thank you to all our hole sponsors and our major sponsor Holcim for making this event happen. Planning for 2016 is already under way so get practicing so we can give Duratec a run for their money!!!!

VIC Branch - 2016 Technical Evening Schedule
VIC Branch - 2016 Technical Evening Schedule 24 Nov 2015

February 16
Concrete Pumping & Spraying
March 15
Advances in Precast
March 29
Precast Site Visit
April 19
Joint Design, Detailing and Repair
May 17
Legal Issues and Concrete Forensics
June 21
Geopolymer Concrete
July 19
Reinforced Concrete Design Software
August 16
Prestressed/Post-Tensioned Concrete
September 13
Industrial Flooring Design and Protection
October 18
Major Projects Case Studies
Site Visit
November 15
Hot Weather Concreting

ACI and CIA International Partnership Agreement
ACI and CIA International Partnership Agreement23 Nov 2015

The Institute recently renewed its International Partnership Agreement with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) which enables both organisations to collaborate and cooperate with each other for the purposes of the members and the concrete industry at large.
The agreement also provides CIA Individual members the opportunity to join the ACI at a heavily subsidised rate, and also gives all CIA Members th chance to purchase ACI documents at a discounted rate.

New National Councillor from Victoria
New National Councillor from Victoria10 Nov 2015

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the successful candidate from Victoria.

Mr Shan Kumar is a Senior Stuctural and Innovation Engineer for Hickory Group in Victoria. Shan was the VIC Branch President from 2011 to 2013 and continues to serve on the VIC Branch Committee. He is also the current Representative on the AEFAC Design Guidelines Development Committee.

Life Membership awarded to Fred Andrews-Phaedonos
Life Membership awarded to Fred Andrews-Phaedonos10 Nov 2015

Fred Andrews-Phaedonos' service to the Concrete Institute of Australia has been tireless over many years and National Council was pleased to grant Life Membership to Fred in recognition of his valuable and significant contribution. 

Fred has been and continues to be a long standing member of the VIC Branch Committee.

Honorary Member - Dr Norwood Harrison
Honorary Member - Dr Norwood Harrison10 Nov 2015

Dr Norwood Harrison from Victoria has been granted Honorary Membership for his significant contribution to the precast concrete industry in Australia for over 40 years.

Dr Harrison has significantly contributed to the concrete industry in Australia through his research and development activities, input to Australian Standards, publishing of numerous papers and reports, and the development and delivery of course in concrete technology and practice over a lengthy and distinguished career.

fib Bulletin 69, 70, and 71 have now been published in the CIA resource centre.
fib Bulletin 69, 70, and 71 have now been published in the CIA resource centre.30 Oct 2015

The following fib Bulletins have now been published in the Institutes resource centre.
fib Bulletin 69, Critical comparison of major seismic codes for buildings
fib Bulletin 70, Code-type models for concrete behaviour
fib Bulletin 71, Integrated life cycle assessment of concrete structures

You can view a list of available Bulletins here

Memorandum of Understanding between CIA and ACA
Memorandum of Understanding between CIA and ACA29 Oct 2015

The Concrete Institute of Australia and the Australasian Corrosion Association recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU will encourage greater collaboration and co-operation between the two organisations, with a particular focus on providing Members of both groups better access to concrete resources and events to the benefit of all.

Concrete 2015 Key Note Presentations on You Tube
Concrete 2015 Key Note Presentations on You Tube29 Oct 2015

Two of Concrete 2015's key note lectures can now be found on You Tube!

1. Guillaume Habert is the RILEM 2015 Robert L'Hermite Medalist. Watch his presentation “Paving The Path Toward Sustainable Concrete” at Concrete 2015 held in conjunction with the 69th RILEM Week

2. Prof Harald Muller, the current fib President, can be seen here presenting on creep and shrinkage in concrete, and the fib Model Code in his key note presentation at the conference

International Partner Agreement – RILEM
International Partner Agreement – RILEM15 Sep 2015

The Concrete Institute of Australia was proud to sign an International Partner Agreement with RILEM during Concrete 2015 in Melbourne in September.

The purpose of the agreement is to encourage collaboration and co-operation between the Institute and RILEM for the purpose of improving concrete construction by making the technical expertise of each organisation available to the other. This can be done through publications, meetings, conferences, links and any other appropriate mutually agreed activity.

The importance of the relationship between the Institute and RILEM was there for all to see at the recent conference which also hosted the 69th RILEM Week of meetings. A number of the members of RILEM who travelled to Australia for the conference participated by providing technical papers, chairing sessions, presenting findings from their technical committees, and being available to discuss related concrete issues with the delegates.

The Institute looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with RILEM in line with the objectives outlined in the International Partner Agreement.

2015 Awards for Excellence – National Winners
2015 Awards for Excellence – National Winners9 Sep 2015

CIA National Awards for Excellence were announced and presented at Concrete 2015, the highly successful 27th Concrete Institute of Australia Biennial Conference, held in Melbourne, in early September.

NSW Award winners are:

  • Partridge Structural – Glebe House
  • Hyder (Hunter Expressway Alliance) – Hunter Expressway
  • SRIA – Guide to Seismic Design
With Highly Commended going to:
  • BG&E – Addax Tower
  • ADAA – Coal Combustion Handbook
  • Refobar Australia – SureLok
Congratulations to these worthy winners.

WA Branch Annual Dinner
WA Branch Annual Dinner27 Aug 2015

The 2015 WA Branch Annual Dinner was again a great success with 200 attendees. Congratulations to our local award winners going through to the Concrete 2015 Awards for Excellence;

‘Ngoolark’ Student Services Building, ECU Joondalup 

Laing O’Rourke, BG&E, and Golder Associates, 
Ichthys LNG Project Cryogenic Tanks

Best of luck to our WA Entrants!

National Engineering Bursary Award Winner
National Engineering Bursary Award Winner12 Aug 2015

The CIA NSW Branch congratulates Farhad Aslani from the University of New South Wales on winning the Concrete Institute National Engineering Bursary Award.  This Award is made to post graduate students studying engineering, chemistry, materials science, building science and other relevant subjects which contribute to the research knowledge base of concrete in Australia. The Award is made for excellence in thesis work on concrete and cement-based products and processes.  Eligible topics could be related to cement, cementitious materials, concrete, concrete admixtures, reinforcement, related design and construction procedures, contributions to improvements in sustainability, and the like.
The title of Farhad’s thesis was “Experimental and Numerical Study of Time Dependant Behaviour of Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete Slabs”.
Farhad will formally receive his Award at the Concrete Institute Biennial Conference, Concrete 2015, in Melbourne in September.

WA Branch joins with Curtin University
WA Branch joins with Curtin University11 Aug 2015

Recently the WA Branch and Curtin University got together to look how we can become involved in the Curtin University Integrated Learning System. As a result of this meeting the WA Branch is looking at supporting Curtin University and its graduating students to promote work experience and work placements  relevant to the needs of the industry. 

Stephen Foster - new Honorary Member
Stephen Foster - new Honorary Member4 Aug 2015

The CIA NSW Branch congratulates Stephen Foster, from the University of New South Wales, on being awarded Honorary Membership of the Concrete Institute of Australia. Steve is a worthy recipient, who gained the Award as recognition for exceptional work in concrete engineering and practice.
The Award will be officially presented at the Institute’s Biennial Conference, Concrete 2015, in Melbourne in September.

Winners Announced - Victorian Awards for Excellence!
Winners Announced - Victorian Awards for Excellence!28 Jul 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Finalists and Winners of the Victorian Awards for Excellence!

Thanks again to our generous door prize sponsor, Ability Building Colours.

It was an excellent cocktail party enjoyed by all guests who networked with some of the best and brightest in the concrete industry whilst enjoying the sumptuous food and drinks on offer at the RACV Club in Melbourne.

Every two years the Institute recognises excellence in concrete in the categories of International Projects, Technology Projects, Building Projects, and Engineering Projects.  Congratulations to the Victorian Winners who will advance to the finals at our biennial conference Concrete 2015 which will be held in Melbourne:

  • Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (Irwinconsult, ARM Architecture)
  • Honouring the Avenue (John  Holland, VicRoads, North Vic Constructions, Oculus)

2015 - 2017 National Council Nominations
2015 - 2017 National Council Nominations27 Jul 2015

Nominations are now being accepted for eight positions as elected Councillors and one position as a Young Member Representative on the 2015-2017 National Council of the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Nominations close at 5:00 pm (AEST), Friday 15th August 2015.

The National Council is responsible for strategic direction, policy determination and oversight of operations of the Institute. These responsibilities are delegated to our various committees which are each chaired by a Council member.

The position of Young Member Representative on Council is available to Members 30 years of age and younger. This individual will have a 'hands-on role' in dialogue and research with other young members and students, helping to develop relevant benefits and communication modes and grow young member numbers.

Should more than eight valid nominations as elected Councillors or more than one valid nomination as a Young Member Representative be received a ballot will be conducted.
Please use the below links to access:

If you have any questions please contact:

Duncan Miller
Membership Services Manager
Concrete Institute of Australia

Phone: +61 2 9955 1744

CIA NSW Awards for Excellence Winners
CIA NSW Awards for Excellence Winners21 Jul 2015

Concrete Institute Awards for Excellence State NSW Winners were announced and presented at a celebratory breakfast on 15 July at Lavender Bay.
The NSW State Winners were:

  • Building Projects – Glebe House, submitted by Partridge Structural
  • Engineering Projects – Hunter Expressway, submitted by Hyder Consulting for the Hunter Expressway Alliance
These state-based winning projects will now proceed to the National Awards at Concrete 2015 in Melbourne in September and we wish them all the best for a National win.

Concrete in Bridges Seminar Review
Concrete in Bridges Seminar Review27 Jun 2015

On the 9th of June the WA Branch held a Concrete in Bridges seminar at City West Function Centre. We had some fantastic speakers and the event was well attended with over 70 attendees. The networking after the seminar was as popular as always with many attendees staying around for a chat and some nibblies. 

Interested in getting more invoilved with the Institute? More information can be obtained from Sonya Watts on 9389 44447 or 

VIC Branch “Innovations in Concrete Construction” Technical Evening
VIC Branch “Innovations in Concrete Construction” Technical Evening 25 Jun 2015

Approximately 80 delegates attended this very successful event on “Innovations in Concrete Construction” hosted by the Victoria Branch on Tuesday 16th June at VicRoads in Kew.  A rare mix of three eminent speakers brought together innovations in high performance concrete, admixture technology and formwork solutions in a single Technical Evening to explain the importance of these key developments in modern day concrete construction.  They seamlessly covered a lot of material, explaining how recent developments in concrete technology have made concrete construction faster, smoother and taller. 

For more information on how to become involved with Events or Membership in Victoria, phone Annie Forster on 03 9804 7834 or email

NSW Branch – New Executive and Committee
NSW Branch – New Executive and Committee22 Jun 2015

The NSW Branch would like to congratulate the incoming Executive:
·         President - Pedram Mojarrad, Sika
·         Vice-President - Negin Sharifi, GHD
·         Secretary/Treasurer – John Katsiris, OneSteel
·         Immediate Past President – Malcolm Boyd, Ennovation

Congratulations also to the newly nominated Committee Members, starting from 1 July 2015:
·         Jonathon Dyson, BCRC
·         Muhammad Hadi, UoW
·         Linda Lee
·         Craig Mellick, BG&E
·         John Merrick, Hyder Consulting
·         Scott Munter, SRIA
·         John Nichols, CCAA
·         Daniel Rajabi, Crown Castle

We are looking forward to a productive 2 years with our new energised Committee.

State Branch Committees - Call for Nominations
State Branch Committees - Call for Nominations13 May 2015

Every two years the Concrete Institute of Australia renews its State Branch Committees, providing the opportunity for Members to participate as volunteers at the Branch level.
Nominations and elections are conducted in accordance with the State Committee 'Model' Operating Guidelines and Constitution of the Concrete Institute of Australia. These guidelines allow for electronic nominations and elections.  A short overview of the roles and responsibilities of committee members is also available.
The timetable for nominations and elections is as follows:

  • 8 May 2015 - Call for Nominations (Visit your State Branch page to download the Nomination Form)
  • 29 May 2015 - Nominations close
  • 31 May 2015 - Election commences (if required)
  • 19 June 2015 - Election concludes
  • 26 June 2015 - Nominees notified of election result 
  • 1 July 2015 - New State Branch Committee takes up office
All nominees, proposers and seconders must be Members of the Concrete Institute of Australia based in the state in which the State Branch Committee operates.
I encourage you to consider applying as active involvement is one of the best ways to experience the benefits of knowledge sharing and networking offered by the Institute.

David Millar
Chief Executive Officer
Concrete Institute of Australia

Concrete Institute of Australia visits ACI to further develop international partnership
Concrete Institute of Australia visits ACI to further develop international partnership13 May 2015

Craig Heidrich, Secretary/Treasurer for the Concrete Institute of Australia recently stopped by ACI Headquarters on his way to the World of Coal Ash Conference, KY, USA, to discuss CIA’s international partnership with ACI, and plans for closer cooperation.

An ACI International partner is a concrete-related association committed to cooperation, coordination, and collaboration with other concrete-related societies in an effort to develop a worldwide unified concrete community of equal partners.

The Concrete Institute of Australia is an independent, non-profit organization made up of over 2,000 members who share a common interest in staying at the forefront of concrete technology, design and construction. CIA offers a Joint CIA/ACI membership giving CIA members access to a wide range of ACI benefits.

Mr. Heidrich provided ACI with an update on CIA activities and strategic direction, and discussed cooperation on Certification, Chapters, digital delivery of Education/Professional Development programs, and plans for a closer affiliation with ACI. Mr. Heidrich was updated on ACI’s “International Liaison Program,” which is intended to provide for closer cooperation between ACI’s technical committees and international committees.

Craig Heidrich, Concrete Institute of Australia, (third from left), and ACI staff

VIC Branch FEA seminar at State Library of Victoria
VIC Branch FEA seminar at State Library of Victoria11 May 2015

The Victoria Branch hosted a very successful one-day seminar in March on Finite Element Analysis at the State Library of Victoria.

Tickets for this highly popular event sold out early so keep an eye on the Vic Branch Events page as we may consider running it again due to popular demand.

Two excellent speakers from the UK visited Melbourne and covered a lot of material for those wanting an introduction to the principles, as well as experienced engineers who wanted to refresh their understanding of the essentials of FEA modelling.

For more information on how to become involved with Events or Membership in Victoria, phone Annie Forster on 03 9804 7834 or email

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)4 May 2015

Seminars are a key element of the Concrete Institute’s program and these events provide valuable credit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

According to Engineers Australia, CPD is anything structured or unstructured that helps an individual expand their knowledge, maintain up to date technical skills and progress their engineering career and that participation in CPD activities can expand your professional networks and contacts. This means not only attending conferences, seminars, training courses, presentations and site visits but also reading industry journals (such as Concrete in Australia) or undertaking university or web-based courses. Moreover, participation in industry and volunteer committees, presenting papers and writing articles can all be recognised as CPD.
So use the Concrete Institute events and membership to advantage by participating at all levels – it is good for you and for your professional community.

46th AGM of the Concrete Institute of Australia
46th AGM of the Concrete Institute of Australia29 Apr 2015


WEDNESDAY 20th MAY 2015 AT 4.45PM

  1. Apologies.
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the Forty Fifth Annual General Meeting.
  3. To receive, consider and adopt the Report of Council, Independent Auditor's Report, Statement of Financial Performance and Statement of Financial Position for the year ended 31 December 2014.
  4. President's Report.
  5. To confirm the appointment of the Auditor.
  6. To transact any other business which may be brought before the meeting in accordance with the Constitution.

A vote at the AGM can only be made in person or by proxy (download proxy form) by a Voting Member.
Voting Members include the following Membership Categories:

  • Individual
  • Individual Young
  • Retired
  • Life
  • Honorary
  • Company Principal Representatives
  • Academic Principal Representatives

The Concrete Institute of Australia Annual Report 2014 is available to download from the CIA website and contains the President's Report for the Year 2014, draft minutes of the Forty Fifth Annual General Meeting, Independent Auditor's Report, Statement of Financial Performance and Statement of Financial Position for the year ended 31 December 2014.
If you have trouble accessing the Proxy Form or Annual Report using the above links please go to  You will need to log in to access the Annual Report.

ACT Sub-Branch 1st Event
ACT Sub-Branch 1st Event7 Apr 2015

Close to 60 people attended the seminar to learn more about ‘Cracking in Concrete’ from 3 noted speakers, Bruno D’Souza, BASF; David Mahaffey, Mahaffey Associates; and Sasho Dimovski, Buildcorp.  With the success of this event, the Committee will be planning its next one soon.
If you are a Member in the ACT and interested in joining the ACT Sub-Branch, please contact our NSW office for details –

Formwork Design Handbook is now CLOSED for Public comment.
Formwork Design Handbook is now CLOSED for Public comment. 17 Dec 2014

Comments must be submitted to on or before 28 February 2015. Comments submitted not using the template will not be considered.

Supporting Documentation should only serve to provide supporting information to your comment (e.g. diagrams, new or updated tables, or research papers). Please do not submit comments as supporting documents as they will not be accepted.

The Concrete Institute thanks you for taking the time to comment on this draft.

The Draft Formwork Handbook is now CLOSED for public comment.

NSW Branch 2015 Events Program
NSW Branch 2015 Events Program3 Dec 2014

Date Topic
18 February High Performance Concrete
3 March Structural Concrete Design for Extreme Events - National Seminar
25 March Site Visit -
Boral Materials Services Laboratory
21 April Piling and Foundations
20 May Anchoring/Fixing/Grouting
23 June Post-Tension Design & Construction –
National Seminar
15 July Awards Breakfast Event
August OneSteel Steel Mill Visit
23 September Slabs and Footings
21 October Waterproofing Concrete
November National Seminar
25 November Bridges – AS5100 & AS3600

Concrete 2015 Abstract Submission closed.
Concrete 2015 Abstract Submission closed.1 Oct 2014

Due to an overwhelming response the Concrete 2015 Organising Committee are pleased to announce a two week extension on the submission of abstracts to Friday 10 October 2014. Please take note there will be no further extensions.

Abstract and Full Paper Schedule
Friday 10 October 2014: Abstract submission deadline
Friday 28 November 2014: Abstract notification to authors and full paper submission instructions
Friday 13 February 2015: Full Paper Submission Deadline
Friday 1 May 2015: Full Paper notification to authors
Friday 29 May 2015: Author registration deadline

For more information please visit the Concrete 2015 website Concrete 2015!

The Concrete Institute is now on social media
The Concrete Institute is now on social media12 Sep 2014

The Concrete Institute of Australia has entered the social media world and can be found on three well known sites.
Twitter: @ConcreteInst
Linked In:
Follow us today on your favourite social media site and keep up to date with the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Reid – Concrete 2015 Conference Partners
Reid – Concrete 2015 Conference Partners12 Sep 2014

The Concrete 2015 Organising Committee wish to acknowledge Reid as the Conference Partners for the 27th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia.

The 27th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, to be held in conjunction with the 69th RILEM Week, will be held at the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne from 30 August to 2 September 2015. The Conference Partner support package is the premium sponsorship opportunity available for the conference the Organising Committee appreciate the wonderful Reid are providing to making this the most successful conference in the Institute’s history.

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CIA Representative Nominations Now Open BD-042
CIA Representative Nominations Now Open BD-042 6 Aug 2014

Expressions of interest are being sought from the Institute's membership in relation to the potential to serve as the Concrete Institute of Australia's Nominated Representative on Standards Committee BD-042: Methods of Testing Concrete. The Institute would particularly be interested in those members with expertise in concrete testing to provide enhanced balance to the Standards Australia committee. The Institute’s representative should have expert knowledge in this field and be prepared to lead a Reference Group of members that provides support for the representative.
The Institute has a series of governance procedures that must be adhered to by any representative. These documents can be found on the Institutes website, under policy documents located here.

Applications are now closed.

CIA Research Compendium Now Online!
CIA Research Compendium Now Online!17 Jul 2014

Research and development in the fields of concrete technology and concrete structures has been undertaken in Australia for over a century by both university and industry based researchers. Many outstanding contributions have been made and Australian research in the area is highly regarded internationally. However, in the main, this work has been undertaken by individuals or groups, isolated within a single institution or organisation, and with little communication with other researchers until after the work has been completed and published.
The proportion of Government funding that is available for research at universities has gradually reduced in recent decades, particularly in laboratory intensive disciplines like civil engineering. External research income, often from competitive research funding schemes (such as the Australian Research Council’s Discovery and Linkage Schemes), is highly competitive and, regrettably, funding for research from the concrete industry is rarely forthcoming.
For Australian research in the area to continue to prosper, there is a need to better communicate and coordinate research activities both between the research teams and between the researchers and the concrete industry.
In April 2013, the Concrete Institute of Australia approached over 60 researchers across Australia and invited them to provide information describing and summarising each of their recent and current research projects in the broad fields of concrete technology and concrete structures. The aim was to produce a document that provides a reliable picture of current concrete research in Australia. It is believed that a knowledge of the current research topics, where and who is undertaking the research and from where the funding is sourced (both government and industry) will be useful for researchers, as well as for the concrete industry. The plan is to regularly update the document so that a reliable picture of current concrete research is always available.
This document contains the responses to that invitation, together with additional details of Australian Research Council funding in the field. Projects undertaken since 2008 are included and have been grouped according to the year funding for the project commenced. For each project, the institution(s) administering the work, the chief investigators, the amount of funding and the funding source, as well as the project duration have been provided, together with a brief description of the project and, where applicable, the project outcomes. A subject index is
provided, together with indexes of the research institutions and researchers.
Although we have attempted to provide a comprehensive summary of current research, the document is almost certainly incomplete. An invitation is hereby extended to all active Australian researchers whose projects have not been included to submit the required information to the Concrete Institute at , so that future editions of the document will be more comprehensive and complete.

Professor Ian Gilbert
Technical and Publications Coordinator
September 2013

The document can be found by clicking here.

Concrete 2013 Dates
Concrete 2013 Dates4 May 2012