North Queensland Concrete and Technology Seminar

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Friday, 2 August 2019
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM


James Cook University
The Science Place Building 142, Room 022 , Townsville Qld 4811


The North Queensland Concrete and Technology Update seminar will focus on the various design issues in the concrete industry.  Distinguished academicians and professionals will share their knowlege on different aspects of concrete design and construction,  It is expected to be of great interest to those involved in concrete technology and design including engineers, concrete entrepreneurs, concrete professionals,government agencies and engineering students.

Cr Mark Molachino, Townsville City Councillor will be presenting the Opening Address.


Member (includes GST) $33.00 Non-Member (includes GST) $44.00 Retired and Student Members (includes GST) $20.00


Michael van Koeverden
Director - CQT Services

Dr. Wayne Roberts
Dept of Transport and Main Roads

Mark Combe

Ian Ainsworth
Principal Queensland Buildings - Arup


Michael van Koeverden, CQT Services
Good Design and Best Practice

In this presentation Michael will cover important areas to consider before concrete placement, including;
  • What is concrete made of?
  • Mix design and production of concrete
  • The role of admixtures in concrete
  • AS1379- Normal and Special Class Concrete
  • Batching and batch records
  • Moisture control of aggregates
  • The importance of water control in concrete
  • Why good site preparation is essential
  • Formwork and its important role
  • Placement rate, avoiding cold joints and staying in control during a pour
  • The role weather plays in placement
  • Why reinforcement cover should never be lost
  • The importance of starting placement in the right spot
  • Compaction is critical to concrete performance
  • Understanding mix bleed
  • Evaporation control and curing
  • Concrete cracks and understanding their cause
  • Common detailing errors that lead to problems with concrete.
Supported by example projects and the presenters experience

Wayne Roberts, Manager (Concrete Materials)
Department of Transport and Main Roads
BEng (Civil) PhD FIEAust CPEng RPEQ

MRTS70 – Recent changes in the material and concrete supply in the Technical Specification

Wayne will cover the recent changes to MRTS70, a topic of interest for all industry stakeholders, from Engineers, designers and contractors to our service and material suppliers.

Mark Combe, Fibercon
Devils in the Detail

More pressure is being placed on every part of the building delivery process.

What are the ways we can learn and develop, sometimes by seeing where errors, failures occur, what to look for.

Ian Ainsworth, Arup
Townsville Stadium Update

Construction of the 25,000 seat rectangular pitch North Queensland Stadium in Townsville is in the home straight, with the spectacular venue due to be completed at the end of 2019 in readiness for the 2020 NRL season and an already sold-out concert in February 2020.

Working with the large team charged with the responsibility to design and construct the new stadium, including Managing Contractor Watpac and Architects Cox Architecture and Counterpoint Architecture; Arup is responsible for structural, civil, traffic, acoustics and ESD engineering design of the stadium.

Ian Ainsworth is Arup Project Director for the NQS project, leading a team of engineers and modellers based in Arup’s Townsville and Brisbane offices. Ian will describe some of the key features of the stadium design, and reflect upon some of the engineering challenges and solutions that were involved in the design of this important and exciting project.

As Arup’s Regional Sports Market Leader, Ian will also reflect on some recent trends in the design and planning of sports and entertainment venues and the ways in which these trends have influenced the NQS project.


2.30 pm Registration Commences
3.00 pm Welcome & Introduction - Cr Mark Molachino
3.05 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
5.00 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
6.00 pm Seminar closes 

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