Advances in Concrete Technology (Albury)

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016
4:45 PM - 8:00 PM


Xypex Australia
76 Merkel Street , Thurgoona NSW 2640


Concrete materials and composition still remain somewhat of a mystery to specialists, however with recent advances in concrete technology, industry experts are focused on enhancing the performance of concrete and its long-term durability.

This regional seminar will cover two major industry-relevant topics, theory and practice of cracking in concrete and working with sustainable concrete.

The Institute's very own National President, Mr Michael van Koeverden will be discussing crack control, highlighting major crack types and recommending strategies to prevent future cracks. We are pleased to announce that local identity, Dr Farhad Nabavi will be discussing sustainability of concrete, and introducing new approaches to this particular area. Please join us to hear a fantastic combination of industry professionals and a valuable networking opportunity following the seminar.


CIA Members $77.00 CIA Retired & Students $44.00 Non-Members $99.00


Michael van Koeverden
Director - CQT Services

Dr. Farhad Nabavi
Senior Technical Director - Xypex Australia


Why Concrete Cracks and How to Avoid It
Michael van Koeverden

Why are some structures more prone to cracks than others? What effect does pumping of concrete have on unplanned cracks? Why is placement slump, bleed rate/moisture loss and curing of concrete so important to avoid cracks? What happens when it all goes wrong and we end up in court? Risk needs to be understood by all parties, and is covered, to minimise your input into a costly cracking issue. 

Concrete can be designed for appropriate crack control and there is considerable information available to assist with this. Major crack types can be identified and strategies put in place to prevent future cracks. Designers, builders, concreters, and suppliers all have a role to play in controlling concrete cracking and this is an event that should not be missed to avoid future cracks where you don’t want them, and to understand the practicalities of what actually happens on site and what needs to happen.

Sustainability of Concrete Structures Through Advances in Concrete Technology
Dr Farhad Nabavi

A sustainable concrete structure is constructed to ensure that the total environmental impact during its life cycle, including its use, will be minimal. Designing for sustainability means accounting for the short-term and long-term environmental consequences in the design. Therefore, sustainability in concrete structures can be achieved by:
  • Reducing environmental impact of the concrete
  • Enhancing concrete durability and performance

The primary reason attributed to the premature deterioration of concrete structures is penetration of aggressive substances such as moisture, carbon dioxide, chloride ion, and also sulphates and acids into concrete, through interconnected pores and micro-cracks which may influence the degradation of concrete matrix and/or steel reinforcement depending on the type of diffusive substances.

Numerous investigations in concrete technology and materials have been conducted to achieve high durability, high performance concrete. In this Seminar, Dr Nabavi will discuss advances in concrete technology, and how these have influenced durability in concrete.


4.45 pm
Registrations Commence
5.00 pm
Welcome and Introduction
5.05 pm
Presentations Commence
7.00 pm
Discussion and Question Time
7.15 pm
8.00 pm Close

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