Water retaining structures

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


TAFE Restaurant
Level 2 - Block C 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101


Concrete structures form an integral part of water and waste water infrastructure. The design, construction and durability of concrete for water infrastructure can be taken for granted but has its own requirements and challenges. This seminar will explore both the design successes and failures of these structures, the durability and performance of concrete, and construction aspects will be covered in this seminar.


CIA Members $75.00 CIA Retired Members $20.00 CIA Student Members $20.00 Non-members $98.00


Greg van Rooyen
Principal - Materials - BG&E Engineering

Craig Kilpatrick
Advanced Concrete Engineering

Michael Salu
Director - SSE - Salu Structural Engineering Pty Ltd


Concrete durability for water retaining structures
Greg van Rooyen, BG&E Engineering
Water and waste water structures have some unique conditions that impact the durability of concrete. This presentation will consider these specific environments, discuss the deterioration mechanisms specific to concrete and detail the concrete properties required to ensure serviceability of these structures.

Concrete reservoirs construction and construction challenges
Craig Kilpatrick, Advanced Concrete Engineering
Craig will discuss concrete reservoir construction.

Challenges and Solutions to Design of Large Concrete Water Retaining Structures
Michael Salu, SSE - Salu Structural Engineering Pty Ltd
The challenge in designing large concrete water retaining structures in Australia is the loss of expertise as engineers age and move out of the industry. Prior design experience is an essential requirement, according to the relevant Australian Standard AS3735. Unfortunately, such experience appears to be diminishing while at the same time much of our existing water storage infrastructure is reaching the end of its economic life.
This presentation briefly reviews the history of concrete water retaining structure design in Australia and then reviews a number of successes and failures, and how and why they occurred. I will finish with an example of how one Government Water Department is trying to protect itself against poor design in this field, which will be shown to be a completely flawed approach.


4.30 pm Registration Commences - Tea and coffee will be served
5.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
5.05 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
7.00 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
8.00 pm Seminar closes

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