Repair, Retrofitting and Rehabilitation of Structures

This event is now closed.  
For details on upcoming Concrete Institute of Australia events, please see the CIA website:  contact Solonge Brave at [email protected].



Tuesday, 29 October 2019
5:30 PM - 8:45 PM


City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Corner William Street & Dudley Streets , Melbourne West Melbourne VIC 3003


The serviceability requirements of existing buildings and infrastructure can change over time, and the condition of concrete structures deteriorates with age. Extending the useful life of existing concrete structures through repair or upgrading them to suit changing needs often improves economic, social, and environmental outcomes when compared to replacement.

The Victoria branch of the Concrete Institute would like to invite our members, as well as non-members to our October technical seminar in which four experts will discuss repair, retrofitting and rehabilitation of concrete structures; sharing perspectives from four different corners of the concrete industry - asset owners, materials suppliers, contractors, and consultants. The event will include pre-seminar refreshments and canapes with opportunities for networking.


CIA Members $76.00 Non CIA Members $99.00 CIA Student Members $38.00


Andrew Sarkady

Nick Critchley
Marine & Civil Maintenance

Dean Ferguson
General Manager - Infracorr

Srivelan Kathirgaman
Bridges Team Leader - VIC & SA - Aurecon


Our Speakers

Nick Critchley (Marine and Civil Maintenance)

Nick Critchley has over 18 years’ experience in the infrastructure asset maintenance, rehabilitation & protection industry. Specializing in concrete and steel structure inspection and investigation, design strategies for refurbishment and protection, bid and project management and business development and strategy.


During his career Nick has worked in a variety of fields and positions throughout Australia and China. Nick commenced his professional career with Savcor fulfilling Project, Operations, State and Business Development Management roles Melbourne, Brisbane and Guangzhou, China over the course of 13 years. Nick then worked 4 years with Freyssinet Australia as its National Business Development Manager before joining Marine and Civil Maintenance as General Manager in mid-2018.

Title: Balancing the interaction of concrete demolition, containment and silicosis

The varying content of crystalline silica present in concrete aggregates and high risk nature of typical activities associated with concrete demolition presents a currently evolving challenge to the concrete repair industry.  Harmonizing the safety of workers, onsite productivity and environmental protection a paramount issue for project success. Recent developments, current practices and forecasted future trends will be discussed during this presentation.

Andrew Sarkady (BASF)
Andrew Sarkady’s 30 years’ experience in the construction industry includes structural design, materials selection and specification, and business development roles.
Andrew helped introduce FRP strengthening to Australia and has been instrumental in the delivery of strengthening and rehabilitation projects for high profile infrastructure including the West Gate Bridge.
He continues to support the industry and provide construction solutions for repair, retrofitting, and rehabilitation of structures in his current role as the manager of BASF’s repair, protection, and grout products.
Title: Fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRP) in repair and strengthening: key learnings and case studies.
The use of FRP has provided low impact and low mass alternatives to traditional methods for the repair and strengthening of concrete structures since its introduction in Australia almost 20 years ago. This presentation will provide an overview of its use in Australia, covering key learnings from industry and from tertiary research; as well as case studies for bridges, buildings and industrial structures.

Dean Ferguson (Infracorr)

Dean Ferguson experienced corrosion and durability engineer with over 10 years’ consulting Australia wide. Dean's areas of technical practice are in design for durability, assessing civil infrastructure deterioration and in designing/specifying remedial solutions including protective coatings and cathodic protection. Dean is an active member of the wider technical community, regularly giving presentations and technical papers at industry events. He is currently a Director of the Australasian Corrosion Association as well as a member of its Victorian Branch committee. Dean’s current professional role is as the General Manager of Infracorr Consulting.

Srivelan Kathirgaman (Bridges Team Leader - VIC & SA – Aurecon)
Srivelan currently manages the transport structures team within Aurecon’s Melbourne & Adelaide offices. He has about 30 years’ experience in design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation and restoration of civil engineering structures both in Singapore and Australia. He has lead the structures team to deliver some of the major projects in Victoria such as the EastLink, Regional Rail Package E and provided technical advice during the delivery of PenLInk, City Tulla Widening and West Gate Tunnel Projects. He has also worked very closely with the Department of Transport (formerly VicRoads) in number of load assessment projects for the high mass vehicle routes and have been coordinating many of the Level 2 & 3 bridge inspections. He has also authored a number of publications related to bridges in relation to design, maintenance and restoration of bridges at various international conferences.
Topic: Bridge Strengthening in Victoria – Challenges and Opportunities
The presentation will briefly touch upon the challenges that Department of Transport (formally VicRoads)  is facing in managing the existing assets built over the years on their road network. Some of the repairs and rehabilitation works done on these structures to restore the capacity and if required to upgrade the capacity of the structure is also briefly presented.


Visit again for more updates.


5.30 - 6.00 PM    Refreshments / Networking
6.00 - 6.05 PM    Welcome / About the Institute
6.05 - 8.30 PM    Presentations
8.30 - 9.00 PM    Additional networking time
9.00 PM              Event closes


Communication Devices

Please note that audio and video recording or taking photographs is prohibited during this event without express approval from the Concrete Institute of Australia.

By making a booking you are acknowledging that you have read and accept the Concrete Institute of Australia’s
Terms of Service.