The Performance of Concrete: Part 1


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This Learning Module is Part One of a series on the Performance of Concrete. It will provide an update on the changes in Australia with respect to materials and conditions that impact the performance of concrete, and how these impact concrete specification, construction, and ultimately performance in this country.   

The Learning Module will cover wide range of topics:

  • Concrete materials, and the impact that they have on the performance of concrete
    • Cement,
    • Aggregates,
    • Admixtures,
    • Fly-ash,
    • Silica fume,
    • Slag,
    • Water,
    • Recycled materials,
    • New materials
  • Updates in the performance testing of concrete
  • Updates in admixtures and the performance of concrete
  • Challenges in material specification for concrete performance: A consultant’s view
  • Challenges in material specification for concrete performance: An asset owners view
  • Alkali Silica Reaction
  • Performance: testing, durability, strength, structural capacity, sustainability, ASR, acid sulphates, carbonation, chloride attack  
Our presenters
  • Des Chalmers
Des Chalmers is the Managing Director of Cement & Fly Ash Advisory Pty Ltd – a small consultancy with expertise in materials science and technical training.  He spends quite a bit of his time presently developing and presenting concrete industry courses.

Des was National Technical Manager for Cement Australia for 10 years until 2015, and prior to that held a variety of technical and sales roles in the cement and related industries.
In addition to these roles.
  • Dr Vute Sirivivatnanon
Vute has practiced as a Civil and Structure Engineer both in Australia and Singapore for 5 years before joining CSIRO in 1988 where he led a team of researchers conducting R&D in the use of industrial by-products in concrete, durability and service life design. He became research manager of Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) in 2006 and Professor of Concrete Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2013.
  • Bruno D’Souza
Bruno is the Business Development Manager for Concrete Admixtures for Australia & New Zealand with BASF. Having trained and specialized in the fields of cement chemistry and construction chemicals in Germany and USA, he has been involved in the business in several countries for over 30 years.
Bruno has worked on major projects such as the Shanghai Tower, Port Botany Expansion, Cotter Dam and presented at international conferences. He is a member of the Concrete Institute of Australia and holds a Master’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
  • John Figeuroa
John is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia with more than 27 years of experience and between 2012 and 2015, he was the President of the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements. John is Aurecon’s Technical Leader for Pavements. He previously held the position of Associate Director at AECOM where had a global pavement engineering role. Before that, John worked for Roads and Maritime Services (NSW State Road Authority) as Project Manager and Principal advisor in asphalt pavement design and construction. John has international exposure in pavements and currently sits on the board of the International Society for Concrete Pavements.
  • Dr Anthea Airey
Anthea is known to many through her voluntary work at the Concrete Institute of Australia where she is a past President of the WA Branch and presently National Councilor, fostering excellence in concrete research, technology, application, design and construction, helping to arrange conferences and hundreds of technical seminars, herself publishing in the areas of building forensics and durability. 

Anthea has an honours degree in Chemistry from UWA, a PhD in chemistry from ANU, and an MBA from LaTrobe completed a/h whilst she worked in Technical Management roles for the resource and manufacturing sectors including WMC, Shell and Laminex