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2019 Excellence in Concrete Awards Breakfast
2019 Excellence in Concrete Awards Breakfast 25 Jul 2019

On 17th July the 2019 Excellence in Concrete Awards Breakfast was held at the Kirribilli Club Ballroom with 110 people in attendance. It was a great morning with an excellent presentation by John Ven Rooyen from BG&E. 

All the projects were showcased before the winners from each catergory were announced. Please find a list of the winning projects below


Residential Buildings - Extruded House
Residential Buildings - Mosman House
Residential Buildings - Castle Cove House
Commercial Buildings - Anzac Memorial Centenary Project
Infrastructure Projects - Sydney Metro Northwest Surface and Viaduct (SVC) Contract
Infrastructure Projects - Bridge over Clarence River at Harwood
Infrastructure Projects - The tramway shared path and seawall project
Infrastructure Projects - Bringelly Road Bridge
Technology & Innovation - WestConnex 1B C&C  Tunnel Hydrocarbon Fire Design
Technology & Innovation - Bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater
Technology & Innovation - Guide to Historical Steel Reinforcement in Australia
Technology & Innovation - VDC Precast Concrete - Richmond River Bridge

Hononory and Life Members were also recognised at celebrated at the function. We congratulate the following Members on their awards.

Robert Munn - Honorary Membership
Vute Sirivivatnanon - Honorary Membership
Malcolm Boyd - Honorary Membership
Ihor Hinczak - Honorary Membership
Paul Mahaffey - Life Membership
To view the pictures from the morning, please follow the link below

Thanks to all who attended our awards event and congratulations go to our award winners. We wish them good luck for the national awards being presented at Concrete 2019 on 10th September in Sydney.

2019 Event Schedule
2019 Event Schedule18 Jan 2019

The NSW Branch Committee is pleased to announce our 2019 event schedule.  This year there is a good mix of technical seminars, site visits and social events.
Please visit the NSW page of the website to stay up to date and keep in mind that some details including dates and topics may change.

Date Topic
30-Jan What’s New in Concrete
19-Feb AS3600 Release Review
13-Mar AEFAC / CIA Fastener Seminar
15-Mar Boral Laboratory Visit - Sydney
March Boral Quarry and Laboratory Tour - ACT
17-Apr Prestress and Post Tension Concrete
15-May Concrete Testing
May Regional Seminars in Newcastle & Port Macquarie
June Liberty OneSteel Steel Mill Site Visit
19-Jun Concrete Retaining and Foundation Structures
17-Jul Excellence in Concrete Awards Breakfast
21-Aug Waterproof / Watertight Concrete
8-11 September Conference – Concrete in Practice
26-Sep Seminar / Student Pitch Competition
16-Oct Major Projects
14-Nov Trivia Night / Social Event

NSW Branch - 2018 Event Program
NSW Branch - 2018 Event Program10 Nov 2017

Our NSW Branch Committee has compiled a fantastic mix of learning opportunities for next year, packed with fresh ideas for our Members, too!

Throughout 2018 the NSW Branch will be delivering 9 technical seminars, 3 site visits, 3 regional seminars, a networking event, a major projects breakfast AND we’ll be hosting a Student Competition.

We would like to thank our 2018 Branch Sponsors who have confirmed they will be on board again for this busy year ahead. There are plenty of promotional opportunities and sponsor benefits this year, as we will look to mix things up.

We know Sydney is a busy city, so we’ll be beginning our technical seminars 30 minutes later to allow for Sydney traffic (presentations will commence at 5.30pm). Remember that our usual venue, Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club has just finished major renovations, has 450 FREE car spots, and is positioned right across the road from West Ryde train station.

To keep our Members updated with the latest concrete technology and research, we’ll be introducing an additional speaker at each seminar, completing a PhD project in concrete or a related field. So they’re not alone, we’ll be opening the doors to Institute Student Members for each technical seminar and site visit FREE of charge*.

The NSW Branch has been requested back to the Port Macquarie area, an opportunity which we are very grateful for. With an established Regional Seminar Subcommittee, this team will ensure a technical seminar of the highest quality will be delivered.

We look forward to kicking things off in February with our seminar, Supporting Structures! We’ll be covering piling, basement construction and retaining walls. We look forward to seeing our Members again, and hope you enjoy our 2018 technical program.


Date Topic
21 February Supporting Structures
March Boral Materials Laboratory – Site Visit Regional Seminar – Port Macquarie
11 April Condition Assessment & Service Life Evaluation
16 May Design & Construction of High Rise Concrete Elements
June Liberty OneSteel – Steel Mill Site Visit X2 Regional Seminars – Canberra and Surrounding Areas
18 July Major Projects Breakfast
15 August High Rise Construction
19 September Future of Concrete Construction Materials
October Regional – Precast Plant Tour
21 November Student Competition Concrete Structures and Fire
December Social Event

*Full-time Student Members only - Must bring student card and have proof of enrolment available for viewing prior to entry.

Congratulations to our Award Winners
Congratulations to our Award Winners19 Jul 2017

Our NSW Branch of the Concrete Institute of Australia delivered an excellent start to our 2017 Awards for Excellence celebrations, with our breakfast ceremony held this morning.

This special industry event was celebrated by 80 delegates, who were keen to hear from Mark Coure MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport & Infrastructure. Mark presented a detailed outline of current and planned infrastructure projects for New South Wales, many of which our delegates are involved in.

We would also like to congratulate our NSW State Award Winners –

Residential Buildings Category
Manly House
K House
MHN Design Union & Partridge
Infrastructure Projects
Barangaroo Reserve
Aurecon & Lendlease
Wynyard Walk
Taylor Thomson Whitting & PSM
Technology & Innovation
Design of Prestressed Concrete to AS3600 – 2009 & Design of Prestressed Concrete to Eurocode 2
Raymond Ian Gilbert & Gianluca Ranzi
The InQuik Modular Concrete Bridging System
Lifting Point Pre Form & InQuik
Commercial Buildings
Orange Regional Museum
Taylor Thomson Whitting
Our judges agreed these project entries each delivered outstanding excellence in concrete, and reinforced the underlying values of the Concrete Institute of Australia – excellence in concrete, best practice research, design and construction.

The Concrete Institute would also like to congratulate our 2017 National Bursary Winner, Ali Amin from the University of New South Wales for his thesis “Post Cracking Behaviour of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete: From Material to Structure”, which will be presented at our upcoming National Conference, Concrete 2017!

We would like to thank our delegates who attended this morning, we hope you had an enjoyable experience.

To view our full album of images, including winners and delegates, please visit our Facebook page here

ACT Sub-Branch Precast Plant Tour
ACT Sub-Branch Precast Plant Tour9 Mar 2017

Our ACT Sub Branch will be hosting their first event of 2017 - A walkthrough precast plant tour, courtesy of RIGA Precast.

This is a great opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into the manufacturing process of precast structures. As this is a walking tour, delegates will be able to view each stage thoroughly, under the guidance of RIGA Precast representatives.

An additional benefit of this is that presenters will follow alongside the tour and deliver their technical expertise at each stage of the process, including –

  • Concrete delivery and mix design
  • Preparing and pouring a precast unit
  • Lifting a finished unit and the importance of design
  • Finishes available
  • Repairing units
Followed by an open forum, Q&A and discussion session over drinks and refreshments, a great chance to discuss particular aspects in more detail.

This will be an interesting, practical event for anyone in the concrete, construction or precast industry looking to boost their knowledge in this area.

For more information and to register, visit our event page here

The Institute is visiting Port Macquarie!
The Institute is visiting Port Macquarie!27 Feb 2017

Building on our aim to deliver more technical seminars to regional areas, The Institute is pleased to announce that we will be delivering “Back to Basics: Concrete Cracking & Placement Procedures” in early May to the Port Macquarie region!

Featuring The Institute’s very own National President and Director of CQT Services, Mr Michael van Koeverden will be discussing his area of expertise - concrete cracking, construction quality and placement procedures. More importantly, how to get it right the first time to avoid costly mistakes in the future.

With an open forum and networking opportunity to follow, this will be a valuable seminar for all members of the concrete construction community to be involved in.

There is a sponsorship opportunity with unique benefits available for this event, so please contact The Institute’s Head Office if you are interested.

For more details regarding this upcoming regional seminar, please visit our event page.

Plenty of Precast to Begin 2017!
Plenty of Precast to Begin 2017!16 Feb 2017

Our precast concrete seminar was a great start to 2017 for our NSW Branch!

Thank you to our talented presenters - Mr Julian Borgert (Structural Concrete Industries), Mr Shan Kumar (Hickory Building Systems) and Mr Kevin Crompton (National Precast Concrete Association Australia) who delivered interesting, informative and engaging presentations on innovative precast concrete.

This was followed by an active Q&A discussion and networking opportunity. We would also like to thank our event sponsor, Lenton for their generous contribution and support towards this event.

We look forward to delivering more quality technical seminars, and a successful 2017!

Next stop, Boral Materials Laboratory for our site visit in March.


Dual win for ITS PipeTech
Dual win for ITS PipeTech25 Nov 2016

ITS-PipeTech-award-winners-(1).PNGCongratulations to our very own Bronze Members, ITS PipeTech for two wins at the CCF People Awards. Paul Chalhoub was named Project Manager of the Year (projects under $2M) and Minhaj Hossain won an award for Admin Support in Civil Construction. Well done ITS PipeTech!

NSW Branch - 2017 Seminar Program
NSW Branch - 2017 Seminar Program14 Nov 2016

Our NSW Branch Committee have skillfully compiled the 2017 technical seminar schedule! Please see below proposed dates and seminar topics - A great combination of technical content, regional seminars, site visits and our 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete Breakfast. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Date (2017) Seminar Topic
15th February Innovations in Precast
15th March Boral Materials Laboratory - Site Visit
19th April Earthquakes & Extreme Events
17th May Repair & Rehabilitation
21st June OneSteel Sydney Steel Mill - Site Visit
19th July 2017 Awards for Excellence in Concrete Breakfast
16th August Architectural Concrete
20th September Underground Foundations
11th October Digital Engineering - BIM & Robotics
15th November Concrete Placement

Please note that seminar topics and dates are subject to change – we will endeavor to keep you updated on any important changes!

NSW 2016 Seminar Kick-off
NSW 2016 Seminar Kick-off22 Feb 2016

The NSW Branch started the New Year with a seminar and networking event, “Upgrading Existing Structures”.

Over 80 people attended this interesting event to hear about research findings in two types of advanced structural strengthening systems and discover how alterations to existing load paths were accommodated in a well-known shopping centre refurbishment project, Westfield Warringah Mall.
Check out the upcoming NSW events here. We hope to see you at one of our technical evenings in the near future.

NSW Branch 2016 Events Program
NSW Branch 2016 Events Program8 Dec 2015

The NSW Branch has an exciting array of events planned for 2016 and we look forward to seeing our members at these events.

February 17 Upgrading Existing Structures
March 23 Boral Materials Services Laboratory Tour
April 6 Future of Concrete – High Performance/Low Carbon
May 18 Finite Element Analysis of Concrete Structures
June OneSteel Mill Visit
July 20 Sydney Rail Projects – Breakfast Seminar
August 17 Managing Corrosion & Durability
September 21 Concrete Roads & Highways
October 19 Fibres in Concrete
November 16 Innovation in Supply – Barangaroo and Sydney Convention Centre
Please note: event topics and dates may change so check the Events page for up-to-date information.

2015 Awards for Excellence – National Winners
2015 Awards for Excellence – National Winners9 Sep 2015

CIA National Awards for Excellence were announced and presented at Concrete 2015, the highly successful 27th Concrete Institute of Australia Biennial Conference, held in Melbourne, in early September.

NSW Award winners are:

  • Partridge Structural – Glebe House
  • Hyder (Hunter Expressway Alliance) – Hunter Expressway
  • SRIA – Guide to Seismic Design
With Highly Commended going to:
  • BG&E – Addax Tower
  • ADAA – Coal Combustion Handbook
  • Refobar Australia – SureLok
Congratulations to these worthy winners.

National Engineering Bursary Award Winner
National Engineering Bursary Award Winner12 Aug 2015

The CIA NSW Branch congratulates Farhad Aslani from the University of New South Wales on winning the Concrete Institute National Engineering Bursary Award.  This Award is made to post graduate students studying engineering, chemistry, materials science, building science and other relevant subjects which contribute to the research knowledge base of concrete in Australia. The Award is made for excellence in thesis work on concrete and cement-based products and processes.  Eligible topics could be related to cement, cementitious materials, concrete, concrete admixtures, reinforcement, related design and construction procedures, contributions to improvements in sustainability, and the like.
The title of Farhad’s thesis was “Experimental and Numerical Study of Time Dependant Behaviour of Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete Slabs”.
Farhad will formally receive his Award at the Concrete Institute Biennial Conference, Concrete 2015, in Melbourne in September.

Stephen Foster - new Honorary Member
Stephen Foster - new Honorary Member4 Aug 2015

The CIA NSW Branch congratulates Stephen Foster, from the University of New South Wales, on being awarded Honorary Membership of the Concrete Institute of Australia. Steve is a worthy recipient, who gained the Award as recognition for exceptional work in concrete engineering and practice.
The Award will be officially presented at the Institute’s Biennial Conference, Concrete 2015, in Melbourne in September.

CIA NSW Awards for Excellence Winners
CIA NSW Awards for Excellence Winners21 Jul 2015

Concrete Institute Awards for Excellence State NSW Winners were announced and presented at a celebratory breakfast on 15 July at Lavender Bay.
The NSW State Winners were:

  • Building Projects – Glebe House, submitted by Partridge Structural
  • Engineering Projects – Hunter Expressway, submitted by Hyder Consulting for the Hunter Expressway Alliance
These state-based winning projects will now proceed to the National Awards at Concrete 2015 in Melbourne in September and we wish them all the best for a National win.

NSW Branch – New Executive and Committee
NSW Branch – New Executive and Committee22 Jun 2015

The NSW Branch would like to congratulate the incoming Executive:
·         President - Pedram Mojarrad, Sika
·         Vice-President - Negin Sharifi, GHD
·         Secretary/Treasurer – John Katsiris, OneSteel
·         Immediate Past President – Malcolm Boyd, Ennovation

Congratulations also to the newly nominated Committee Members, starting from 1 July 2015:
·         Jonathon Dyson, BCRC
·         Muhammad Hadi, UoW
·         Linda Lee
·         Craig Mellick, BG&E
·         John Merrick, Hyder Consulting
·         Scott Munter, SRIA
·         John Nichols, CCAA
·         Daniel Rajabi, Crown Castle

We are looking forward to a productive 2 years with our new energised Committee.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)4 May 2015

Seminars are a key element of the Concrete Institute’s program and these events provide valuable credit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

According to Engineers Australia, CPD is anything structured or unstructured that helps an individual expand their knowledge, maintain up to date technical skills and progress their engineering career and that participation in CPD activities can expand your professional networks and contacts. This means not only attending conferences, seminars, training courses, presentations and site visits but also reading industry journals (such as Concrete in Australia) or undertaking university or web-based courses. Moreover, participation in industry and volunteer committees, presenting papers and writing articles can all be recognised as CPD.
So use the Concrete Institute events and membership to advantage by participating at all levels – it is good for you and for your professional community.

ACT Sub-Branch 1st Event
ACT Sub-Branch 1st Event7 Apr 2015

Close to 60 people attended the seminar to learn more about ‘Cracking in Concrete’ from 3 noted speakers, Bruno D’Souza, BASF; David Mahaffey, Mahaffey Associates; and Sasho Dimovski, Buildcorp.  With the success of this event, the Committee will be planning its next one soon.
If you are a Member in the ACT and interested in joining the ACT Sub-Branch, please contact our NSW office for details – [email protected]

NSW Branch 2015 Events Program
NSW Branch 2015 Events Program3 Dec 2014

Date Topic
18 February High Performance Concrete
3 March Structural Concrete Design for Extreme Events - National Seminar
25 March Site Visit -
Boral Materials Services Laboratory
21 April Piling and Foundations
20 May Anchoring/Fixing/Grouting
23 June Post-Tension Design & Construction –
National Seminar
15 July Awards Breakfast Event
August OneSteel Steel Mill Visit
23 September Slabs and Footings
21 October Waterproofing Concrete
November National Seminar
25 November Bridges – AS5100 & AS3600