Concrete Technology

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


The Shoe Bar & Cafe
Shop GSO7 Yagan Square 376 - 420 Wellington St, Perth WA 6050


Concrete has been around since before the Roman time and while it may still look grey and goes hard, concrete technology is constantly evolving. This presentation presents some recent advances in concrete technology, with one speaker presenting on using your mobile phone to monitor strength gain of concrete from insitu sensors; to an overview of concrete pumping and how to ensure the concrete can get from the back of the truck to where it is needed!



CIA Members $65.00 CIA Student Members & CIA Retired Members $45.00 WA Branch Sponsors - free seat allocation $0.00 Non-Members $85.00


Des Vlietstra
Global Technical Services Manager - BarChip

Dan Rowley
General Manager - CE Construction Solutions


Dan Rowley           
General Manager, CE Construction Solutions  
Dan Rowley is the General Manager of CE Construction Solutions, based in Canberra ACT. He has over 25 years’ experience in the concrete construction industry across a broad range of the market. Dan is a previous board member and past president of the Australasian Concrete Repair Association, Chairman of the ACT sub-committee of the Concrete Institute of Australian and a CIA NSW sub-committee member. He also possesses an unhealthy love of concrete and the integration of sustainability, IoT and innovation in construction.
Early, rapid, and accurate in-situ estimation of the compressive strength of concrete is one of the major challenges for the concrete industry
The maturity method is a convenient approach to predict the early age strength gain of concrete, using the principle that the concrete strength is directly related to the hydration temperature history of cementitious paste. Maturity testing presents a method far more accurate that current practices used in Australia and provides a procedure for testing to fill the void in current Australian standards when addressing early age strength testing of concrete. Furthermore, maturity testing provides considerable benefits to both safety in construction practices and sustainability in concrete construction.
Des Vlietstra
Global Technical Services Manager, BarChip.
Des started his career in Underground Mining and Rock Mechanics which somehow evolved into concrete. He has a special interest in concrete pumping and sprayed concrete which is essentially pumped concrete applied pneumatically. He is an EFNARC nozzleman examiner for robotically applied sprayed concrete and a certified ACI-ICT EN Standards Concrete Field Testing Technician.  Des is a member of the Institute of Concrete Technology. And sits on the executive committee of the Australian Shotcrete Society as well as the WA committees of the CIA (Concrete Institute of Australia) and the ATS (Australian Tunnelling Society). Apart from being passionate about concrete he also enjoys photography.
Practical Aspects of Concrete Pumping
Concrete Pumping often happens in the background and simply seems to work but for anyone involved with a project where pumping is planned it is important to have some understanding of the processes involved. This talk will look at things such as equipment, planning, mix design considerations and intricacies often not considered but important for the smooth running of a project and will finish off with a case study of a recent and very exciting pumping case study in Perth where a world record was achieved.


5.00 pm Registration Commences
5.20 pm Welcome & Introduction
5.25 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
6.45 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
8.00 pm Seminar closes 

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