Hot Topics Q&A

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Aurecon Centre
Registration Desk, Ground Floor 850 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008


The 2018 Hot Topics event in Melbourne could not come at a more interesting time in the concrete construction market. With changes afoot for AS3850 Prefabricated Concrete Elements, the pending release of the revised AS3600 Concrete Structures (including new details on the design of SFRC), questions being asked about AS5100, and the boom in high rise construction and prefabricated concrete building in Melbourne, our 4 panellists are well versed in these areas, and much more, and will be ready to discuss the questions that really need to be asked!

Questions are already being sent to the Institute for our panel to consider, and you can send these in prior to the event at [email protected]  or send via our social media channels.

Here’s one example from one of Melbourne’s leading design consultants: “What design approach are engineers using for the design of the bottom splice region of precast columns and are design assumptions being met in construction?”

As always there is sure to be some robust and interesting discussion. Don’t miss out on your chance to find out what is happening with our most important concrete standards and practices from those who know!

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Simon Hughes

Chris Jaques
Senior Structural Engineer - Aurecon

Rocco Carinci

Professor Priyan Mendis
University of Melbourne


Simon Hughes

After graduating from RMIT in Melbourne Simon commenced working as a consulting structural engineer.

In 1994 he moved to a large precaster as part of their in house design team. Since this time he has been involved in all facets of precast construction from design and detailing, site co-ordination, Production Management and General Manger. Simon is now primarily involved in conceptual design and tendering with Westkon Precast.

Simon is a past president of the Concrete Institute of Australia (Victoria Branch), he is an Australian representative on Commission 6 of the Federation International Beton on Prefabrication, and is the CIA representative and deputy Chair of BD-066 drafting the Australian Standard AS3850: Prefabricated Concrete Elements.

Through these roles he has been involved with all facets of design and construction of precast structures and has been involved in the design, manufacture and installation of hundreds of precast structures throughout Australia.

Chris Jaques

Chris Jaques is a Senior Structural Engineer and Design Manager with Aurecon’s Buildings Unit with over 30 years of professional experience gained in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. Over the past 20 years Chris has been responsible for leading structural design teams within multi-disciplinary building projects. As a structural specialist, Chris has a wealth of experience in award winning multi-storey institutional, commercial and recreational buildings. Chris uses leading edge design technologies and an extensive knowledge of the building process to achieve the most appropriate and cost effective structural design solution. With Chris’s broad experience, he is the perfect candidate to answer your most difficult questions.

Rocco Carinci

As a structural engineer with over 35 years of experience in design, Rocco worked in smaller and larger consultancies before joining Rincovitch Consultants in 1995. In 1998 he became a partner and took over as managing director in 2009.
He has designed a multitude of exciting and successful projects such as MCG Great Southern Stand, Toyota Car Plant Altona, numerous high-rise apartment and commercial buildings. He has design experience across the sectors of high rise residential and commercial, institutional and health, industrial, domestic, sports and recreation.
Rocco’s design experience encompasses reinforced and post- tensioned concrete, precast concrete, steel design, foundations and site retention, masonry and timber structures.
At Rincovitch Consultants, Rocco found a place where he was free to release his creative, innovative yet careful approach to structural engineering, always aligning this with how it affects the human experience.
A keen interest in the history of science and engineering and modern construction technology, as well as his practical handyman skills grounds his ideas on a pragmatic, constructability oriented mind set.
Rocco’s company ethos is based on structural efficiency, safety, constructability and cost effectiveness of structures. He is passionate about continual improvement through experience and is meticulous about excellence in design and documentation, and a strong belief that good processes lead to good outcomes.
Rocco Is committed to team work and ensuring all members of the team communicate and respect each others viewpoints. This led to some great results as well a committed and engaged team.

Priyan Mendis

Priyan Mendis worked as a Structural Engineer at Connell Wagner before joining the University in early 1990s. He is one of the first engineers to introduce High-strength/High Performance concrete to building projects in Australia. He is the author of the popular book, Design of High-strength Concrete, State of the Art and led the American Concrete Institute International committee for high-strength concrete in the late nineties. He Chaired a sub-committee of BD2 in 1990s, which led to the introduction of high-strength concrete in AS3600. he is presently a member of AS3600 BD2 committee and the BD6 Loading Code Committee. Non-Conforming Concrete , Concrete Specifications and Building Code Compliance.

Bring on the questions!

1. Re: grouting between precast wall panels in high rise: How does the carbonation rate of grout compare to that of precast concrete?

2. What design approach are engineers using for the design of the bottom splice region of precast columns and are design assumptions being met in construction?


6.00 - 6.30 pm  Registrations / Refreshments
6.30 - 6.45 pm  Intro
6.45 - 8.30 pm  Panellists views followed by audience questions, input and debate.

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