Webinar - Recycled Concrete

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Wednesday, 30 June 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Zoom Webinar , Online, VIC CIA



The use of recycled materials in concrete construction is on the rise, as industry and government look to innovate. This shift reduces the demand on extracting new materials from the natural environment and increases sustainability outcomes for construction.

The construction industry is a promising sector where some recycled materials such as glass, plastic, concrete, brick and rubber can be beneficially used for various applications. This technical event is a great opportunity for construction professionals and academic researchers to get up to date with some of the recent research activities conducted to expand the use of recycled materials in concrete construction.

This event is now a webinar.


CIA Members $33.00 Non CIA Members $66.00 CIA Student Members $22.00


Professor Rebecca Gravita

Tony Aloisio
Ecologiq at MRPV

Daniel Bosco


Professor Rebecca Gravina, BEng, PhD, FIEAUST, MASCE, CPEng, NER (RMIT)

Rebecca Gravina is Professor of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Professor Gravina obtained her PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Adelaide and prior to joining RMIT, she worked as a consulting Civil Engineer with ARUP. She has over 20 years of experience in academia and consulting engineering. Her research field concerns the long-term performance and durability of reinforced concrete (RC) and prestressed concrete (PC) structures, sustainability of infrastructure, rehabilitation of existing structures with fibre reinforced polymers (FRP), recycled materials in concrete, and engineering education. She is the co-author of the textbook Prestressed Concrete by Warner, Foster and Gravina; she has published more than 90 research papers and has won numerous competitive research grants and teaching awards. Professor Gravina has been appointed Theme Leader for the Sustainability Research Program of the Smartcrete CRC (2020-2027).

Topic Title

Recycled Plastic Waste in Concrete for Municipal Concrete Applications

About This Presentation

This presentation will provide an overview of a Smartcrete CRC project led by Professor Gravina to investigate and implement new applications of domestic and industrial waste materials (recycled plastics, crumb rubber, crusher dust, industrial by-products) in the concrete construction industry. Results of recent field trials of constructed concrete pavements to show performance of post-consumer plastic aggregate concrete will be presented. Long term environmental and economic benefits to key stakeholders: supply-chain, government, and asset owners, will be investigated. The project is a strategic response to the demand-supply imbalance in infrastructure and waste recovery sector with a primary focus on councils and local municipalities.

Tony Aloisio, Director Ecologiq (Major Road Projects Victoria)
Ecologiq’s Director, Tony Aloisio, is an infrastructure industry leader and a passionate advocate for a purposefully greener future. He leads a dynamic team that aims to optimise the use of recycled and reused materials on Victorian transport projects, change the approach to technical standards and specifications and build market capacity and capability. Before joining Ecologiq, Tony spent eight years with Fulton Hogan Australia where he designed, developed and attained board endorsement for their corporate sustainability strategy. The plan encompassed UN sustainable development goals, a targeted carbon emissions reduction program and recycling initiatives. Tony completed the University of Cambridge’s sustainability leadership program in 2018, inspired by the opportunity to build a society where sustainability philosophies are put into action through carbon reduction and the development of a circular economy.

Topic Title
Purposely Greener Infrastructure

About this Presentation
Ecologiq is on a mission to integrate recycled and reused content into every corner of Victoria’s $80 billion Big Build.

The Victorian Government’s Recycled First Policy is at the heart of this, as it requires contractors on transport projects to demonstrate how they will optimise the use of Victorian recycled and reused materials. This became a reality for major transport projects early last year, with Recycled First requirements currently included or being included in more than 30 Big Build projects.

It will be implemented in the Department of Transport’s operational and maintenance contracts from January 2022. The presentation focuses on Ecologiq’s work in implementing the policy as we take the exciting step towards making recycled and reused materials business as usual in transport infrastructure construction.

Daniel Bosco
Daniel Bosco is Founder of Bluey Technologies Pty Ltd which is now part of the global MBCC Group.  Bluey Technologies specialises in providing innovative cementitious, resin and polymer solutions for major civil infrastructure projects.

Daniel has 30 years’ experience in using material innovation to solve complex engineering challenges and has most recently turned his attention to the use of recycled waste products in construction and refurbishment projects.  Daniel’s work has led to work across Australia, New Zealand and many parts of Asia where his advice on underground waterproofing, concrete corrosion protection, structural refurbishment and ground stabilisation is called upon by asset owners and major contractors for a range of challenging applications.

Topic Title
Practical Considerations for Use of Recycled Materials in Specialised Cementitous Systems

About this Presentation
This presentation will cover the process for implementing change through innovation in Civil Engineering applications and the hidden reasons why many good ideas often don’t make it beyond the laboratory.
Having been responsible for the commercialisation of new technologies used in Civil Engineering applications for more than two decades, Daniel will provide examples of his experience in this field.  Notably, Civil Engineering is renowned for its slow adaption of technology and rightfully so in many cases.  The consequence of failure in our industry is costly and all responsible stakeholders need to be satisfied that the risk of change has been managed thoroughly.

Beyond the technical risk however, there are other barriers to adaption of innovation.  Quite often we solely focus on the engineering challenges only to discover that there are many other layers such as commercial and political barriers which prevent good ideas from seeing the light of day.

Having dealt with various government agencies to change entrenched construction systems from traditional steel, concrete and timber solutions, Daniel will advise on the process to overcome these challenges whilst ensuring that confidence in our industry remains at the highest possible standard.

Daniel will hone in on the reasons why we have struggled to adopt crushed glass as a replacement for the limited resource of naturally mined sand in concrete and shed light on why Civil Engineers are making slow progress in their contribution to the circular economy.


The webinar will run from 2.00pm to approx. 3.00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Delegates will be emailed login details and a password for this webinar 24 hours prior to the event.

Times for all States:

NSW/QLD/VIC/TAS/ACT 2.00pm to 3.00pm (AEST)
SA/NT 1.30pm to 2.30pm
WA  12.00pm to 1.00pm



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