CONCRETE INSTITUTE of AUSTRALIA SPECIFICATION OF STRUCTURAL CONCRETE DATES PERTH 3 APRIL ADELAIDE 5 APRIL BRISBANE 6 APRIL SYDNEY 10 APRIL MELBOURNE 11 APRIL HOBART 13 APRIL IN CONJUNCTION WITH T 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. Continued overleaf >>> 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. PRICING CIA Members $490 CCAA Members $490 CIA Retired Members $210 CIA Student Members $210 Non-Members $640 12 month CIA Individual Membership and seminar ticket package $710 AGENDA 8:45 Introduction 9:00Specification of cement, aggregates and other constituents 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 For more information and to register visit www.concreteinstitute.com.au/structuralconcrete.