Were You There in Melbourne Last Week? Hot Topics Q&A Event     -
Were You There in Melbourne Last Week? Hot Topics Q&A Event - 26 Jun 2017

Farewell and Thank You to Gary Wyatt
Farewell and Thank You to Gary Wyatt 31 May 2017

The Victorian Branch of the Institute said farewell to long standing Committee Member and Past President of the VIC Branch, Gary Wyatt. With over twelve years of service to the Concrete Institute of Australia, and know as a true gentleman of the industry, Gary's shoes will be hard to fill. Seen here with current Victorian President, Andrew Sarkady.

Steel Cement Slag Mill Site Visit - SOLD OUT!
Steel Cement Slag Mill Site Visit - SOLD OUT! 9 May 2017

If you missed out on our recent site visit to Independent Cement & Lime's Steel Cement Slag Grinding Plant in Yarraville, don't worry as we will be holding this event again due to popular demand. Last month's highly popular site visit quickly sold out so stay tuned to the Victoria Branch home page for further updates or phone Annie Forster on 03 9699 6407.

The new $60M grinding facility is a state-of-the-art Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GBFS) import, grinding, and road dispatch facility that satisfies Australia’s stringent energy, emissions, and site discharge regulations. The facility combines leading specialised equipment from around the world. SCL’s goal was to choose the best equipment on the market that utilised the latest in technology, including a UBE Vertical Roller Mill, Leuhr Bag Filter, Beumer Bucket Elevators, Ibau materials handling equipment, and Tanks Connection’s dispatch Silo.

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 [email protected] or phone Annie Forster on (03) 9699 6407

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

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 [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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
 
October
Site Visit
 
November 15
Hot Weather Concreting

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.

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)

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]