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Concrete In Australia : March 2008
CONCRETE INSTITUTE PROJECTS Focus on education, publications, technical and standards activities by Ben Cosson Education The educational activities of the Institute aim to satisfy one of the Institute’s key goals, to work to a framework that maximises benefits to its members. As well as disseminating the most relevant industry technical material, it is just as important to encourage members to identify and develop this material. For the maximum member input to occur it is imperative for the Education Committee to have direct links with other Institute initiatives. Such initiatives currently underway and with increased member participation will be further developed. Consultation processes currently underway include: • the National Technical Survey that was recently distributed to members. Among other subjects the survey seeks to identify members’ wishes for technical education programs Ben Cosson • the Research Forum, whereby invited members will be able to identify research projects with high importance and high impact to the industry. Another key source for identifying topics of interest to the concrete and construction industry is through building upon current strong ties with allied groups of concrete- related organisations. Through mutual objectives and common member interests, working closely with associated organisations on seminars allows for better use of available technical resources. This also makes way for greater sharing of technical information among all those involved within the concrete industry; limiting overlap from occurring, while still maintaining autonomy. Establishing such initiatives, whereby member input from the industry as a whole is taken into account, can help deliver more extensive educational programs. The initial programs for dissemination of information will take the form of one and two day educational products that can be delivered across the nation. National workshop programs have been established and implemented and further work is underway on others that will travel to the various states throughout the year. Below is a brief summary of the programs that are currently underway. The programs include: • Precast concrete in buildings for structural engineers (held in conjunction with NPCAA). The workshop has already been held in Sydney, with positive feedback forthcoming. This one-day seminar, focusing on the use of precast in buildings, covers topics such as: materials and tolerances; precast building design; manufacture, transport and erection; design of elements; contractual issues; connections, fi xings and joints. • National water sensitive urban design (held in conjunction with CMAA). This is a one-day seminar featuring an overview of options for water sensitive urban pavement design and an in depth tutorial of the design software CMAA has been developed called Permpave and Lockpave. • Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia half day workshop, focusing on four key areas of manufacture, design, installation and asset management. • Prestressed Concrete Refresher Program in conjunction with Dr Peter Dux. • Australian Corrosion Association and Australian Concrete Repair Association focusing on the Corrosion and Protection of Reinforced Concrete Certificate Program. In addition to supplementing the state- based programs with national workshops, it is important to explore the wider resources that may be available in developing and presenting Branch level seminars. With the successful implementation of national workshop products, the Institute can then build upon the educational framework and develop even broader programs. National workshop products developed will serve as a means of supplementing the existing Branch level technical programs with the Branch Committee structure continuing to be the direct communication method among members. In addition to supplementing the state-based programs with national workshops, it is important to explore the wider resources that may be available in developing and presenting Branch level seminars. These resources can come from considering the Institute’s membership base and seeking input from members who have the time, expertise and experience on different topics. Such willingness from those members would provide a beneficial service to the Institute by attracting potential younger members to the organisation. Publications The Institute’s publications serve as beneficial Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 1 19