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Concrete In Australia : June 2008
NEW TECHNOLOGY MEMBERSHIP & TECHNICAL SURVEY extremely important or important and explain in specific terms the technical issues within these topic areas that need to be addressed by the Institute. The topic areas that featured most prominently in the responses were design, bridges, materials, marine structures, cements and repairs. With regards to design, the technical issues that respondents identifi ed as needing to be addressed by the Institute included durability issues, strut and tie analysis, detailing and design, guidance on code requirements including AS3600, analysis and design, of pre-stressed concrete. The specifi c technical issues identifi ed within the topic area of bridges included design issues, concrete mixes, construction methods including current techniques and materials, durability and interestingly, how to design bridges with a 100 year life span. Respondents identifi ed the relevant technical issues within the topic area of materials as sustainability, including the use of recycled materials and manufactured sands in concrete, durability and advances in high strength concretes and applications. Within the topic area of marine structures, design issues, durability, construction techniques and the cathodic protection of concrete were identifi ed as the technical issues that should be addressed by the Institute. For the topic area of cement, durability, materials, mix design and additives were regarded by respondents as technical issues that should be addressed by the Institute. Finally, the most important technical issues within the topic area of repairs, according to respondents, included concrete repair methodology, techniques for repair of precast concrete and design techniques for repair works. Seminars, events and publications Respondents were asked to list specifi c issues that they would Technical meetings, Seminars and Conferences Cements Commentary on Codes Concrete Masonry Design Education Grouting Marine Structures Materials Pavements Performance Criteria Practice Notes Precast Concrete Project Features 20 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 2 11 6 1 10 2 12 9 3 4 8 7 4 N/A 12 like to see addressed through seminars, workshops and publications. The top three recurring issues were: • environment and sustainability • Australian Standards and Recommended Practices • innovations and technology. Respondents were also asked to list the issues they would like to see covered in Current Practice Notes and Recommended Practice publications. According to the data, the top three issues that respondents would like to see addressed are: • post-tensioning • detailing • durability and concrete repair Topic areas The Institute delivers information on various topic areas through forums (meetings) and publications (CPNs etc). Respondents were asked to rate the importance of the listed “topic areas” that they believed the Institute needed to address within: a) technical meetings, Seminars and Conferences (eg. presentations and themes) b) Concrete in Australia magazine (eg. articles, papers and industry developments). Topic areas that were considered extremely important or important in terms of technical meetings, seminars and conferences were Commentary on Codes (84%), Design (78%), Marine Structures (77%), Practice Notes (74%) and Materials (74%). Using the survey results to direct Institute activities Table 2. Ranking by respondents selecting specifi c topics for discussion or publication (1=high; 12=low). Topic Area Bridges 8 9 1 Concrete in Australia magazine Responding to the information obtained from the survey, the Institute’s Council through its Technical, Standards, Publications and Education committees and Branch Presidents’ group will review the various scheduled activities planned for the foreseeable future and then seek to accommodate the directions provided from the survey. The survey results are also likely to impact on the topics for seminars and other technical meetings conducted by Institute Branches. N/A 2 10 N/A 5 2 7 4 6 10 10 Information from the survey is also being shared with other organisations with which the Institute has historically partnered in the development of publications, seminars, etc. This consultation aims at rationalising some of the duplication and effort which occurs from time to time among the allied group of organisations. Ultimately, the survey will positively infl uence the Institute’s future direction.