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Concrete In Australia : June 2008
Pavements society’s flying start The recently formed Australian Society for Concrete Pavements (ASCP) held a well attended and successful industry Forum in Sydney on 31 March. Presenters from major contractors, RTA and private consultants placed a high emphasis on quality in design, materials and construction. The ASCP also held its first AGM. Mark Hoskins (Leighton Contractors) was elected President and Tracy Edwards (Connell Wagner) was elected Vice President. Mark Hoskins set out priorities for ASCP including “the opportunity for the Society to bring together clients, designers, suppliers and constructors and develop recognised industry best practice in each of the specific disciplines, and to provide a knowledge centre for information on concrete pavements”. The ASCP website development is a top priority and recently appointed Executive Director Kevin Abrams advised the meeting that this will be completed by the end of May, providing a resource centre for information on concrete pavements. A temporary site is at www. concretepavements.com.au. The topic of the next ASCP Forum on 16 June will focus strongly on lean mix concrete sub-base – its role, design implications, materials and mix designs and construction issues. Other presentations will relate to heavy duty concrete pavements and concrete pavement construction equipment. ASCP is strongly backed by major sponsors including RTA, Abigroup Constructions, Leighton Contractors, Thiess, Maunsell, Macmahon Constructions, Connell Wagner, and Clark Equipment Sales. A vision of a better world Engineers Without Borders (EWB’s) vision is of a world where every individual and community has adequate access to the resources, knowledge and technology necessary to meet their self-identified human needs. EWB envisions a transformed Australia where appropriate and sustainable technology is at the forefront of every engineer’s mind. It also perceives a conscious and concerned Australia that is a leader in the fi ght against poverty and is an advocate for the rights of all people around the world. Fundamental to this vision is our conviction that each individual has the ability and the responsibility to make a positive impact in the world. If interested in EWB, contact its national offi ce on (03) 9696 9040, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or EWB’s website at www.ewb.org.au. Alternatively, contact Ben Cosson at the Institute’s national offi ce on (02) 9736 2955 or by email to email@example.com. adding value in changing climates Key Dates Sponsorship and exhibition prospectus now available July 2008 Awards entries open September 2008 Call for abstracts December 2008 Acceptance of abstracts March 2009 May 2009 Papers due Papers accepted September 2009 Concrete 09 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 2 13