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he specification of structural concrete
is a vital ingredient in the process of
construction to ensure we achieve
durable, sustainable, and serviceable
infrastructure. However, the Australian heavy
construction materials industry is facing a number
of technical challenges in maintaining the position
of concrete as a material of choice for the
construction industry, and this is having an impact
at the specification stage.
With increasing pressure and expectation
on suppliers, specifiers, and construction
companies to complete projects within
difficult time frames and budgets, and without
key personnel and resources, it means that
specifications are not being developed to allow
for continued superior performance of concrete
structures. Many specifications are just repeating
historic properties and benchmarks with little
understanding of their purpose and potential
implications. More worryingly, there are often
perverse outcomes arising from this confusion.
At the same time, new and innovative materials
are being introduced into the concrete supply
chain, which must be shown to perform in a
manner that equals or betters the existing suite
of materials, yet at the same time improve the
environmental performance of the project in
which it is utilised. In many cases, this can only
be ascertained from a performance approach
to specification, with appropriate tests and
performance specified to ensure desired
outcomes and durability in the structure.
Our seminar on Specification of Structural
Concrete, featuring world renowned concrete
technology expert Michelle L. Wilson from the
Portland Cement Association, USA, and one of
Australia’s most experienced practitioners in
this field, Daksh Baweja from BG&E Materials
Technology, will look to:
• Review modern approaches to the specification
of concrete and its constituent materials.
• Outline the vital properties of concrete, how
they are applied, and how this information can
form a practical specification for the supply
of concrete.
• Compare and critique Australian and USA
concrete codes and standards.
• Provide guidelines on specification detail for the
inspection and construction of concrete.
• Present real-life problems caused by inadequate
design, construction, and maintenance practices,
and based on various problems, show delegates
how to come up with suitable solutions.
• Look at how durability specification can be
considered in conjunction with this, with
particular reference to planning and testing.
The seminar will also look at some of the hot
topics in concrete specification both locally and
overseas, and provide delegates an opportunity to
table some of their concerns to the Institute in an
open forum.
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring
contemporary thinking and practices to
specifications for concrete and concrete materials
in Australia, and is targeted at all civil and
structural engineering and materials academics
and researchers, commercial design and material
consultants, government engineering bodies, and
concrete material suppliers.
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Michelle Wilson
Michelle Wilson is Director of
Concrete Technology at the
Portland Cement Association.
With over 20 years of
experience relating to concrete
materials, specifications,
performance, troubleshooting
and repair, she is responsible for
the development, content, and
delivery of PCA’s education
and training programs and
technical products covering the
entire spectrum of concrete
technology. Michelle is co-author of PCA’s Design and
Control of Concrete Mixtures and is a member of ASTM
Committee C09 Concrete and Concrete Aggregates,
and ACI Technical Committees — 201 Durability,
311 Inspection of Concrete, 329 Performance Testing
Requirements, E707 Specification Education, and is chair
of 301 Specifications for Structural Concrete.
CIA Members
CCAA Members
CIA Retired Members $210
CIA Student Members $210
Non-Members $640
12 month CIA Individual Membership
and seminar ticket package $710
8:45 Introduction
9:00Specification of cement, aggregates and other
10:00 Australian Specifications
10:30 Morning tea
Daksh Baweja
Daksh Baweja is Director of
BG&E Materials Technology, a
specialist group that provides
strategic advice in areas relating
to civil engineering materials.
With a Master’s degree in civil
engineering by research on
durability aspects of fly ash
and other concrete types, and
a PhD in civil engineering on
corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete, Daksh
has worked has been actively involved in technical
development, knowledge management, marketing and
commercial R&D for over 30 years and is the author
of over 100 research papers into aspects relating
to concrete materials, structural design, concrete
durability and serviceability in major infrastructure.
11:00 Concrete Inspection and Construction
11:45 Troubleshooting
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Durability specification in practice
14:15 Durability specification in Australia
15:00 Afternoon tea
15:30 Open forum discussion/Q&A
• Predictive Modeling for Durability of Concrete
(ASR Testing)
• Thermal Control (DEF)
• Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
• Concerns with AS 3600
• Recent Industry Research Update
• Alkali–aggregate reaction and Shrinkage
17:30 Close
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