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Concrete In Australia : March 2008
CONCRETE INSTITUTE PROJECTS reference tools for members. Such publications should not only provide guidance, but an insight into the latest innovations and developments within academia and the industry as a whole. For the Publications Committee to carry out the task of delivering current and appropriate material, it is essential to take on board the strong member contribution available. This is achieved through continual feedback that is developed from all Institute activities. The collation of results from the National Technical Survey along with information to come from Branch meetings and other collaborative forums will highlight member needs. As member requirements become more readily known, the Institute will be in a stronger position to channel this input into publishing activities. This will take place through the development of new publications along with the review of existing titles. The development of a broader range of topics will transpire through the growth of the existing Publications Committee and establishment of sub-committees. This will lead to the range of material extending beyond the Current Practice Notes and Recommended Practices. Further extension of the available publication material will initially focus on completing the following projects: • Concrete forum – is a peer reviewed journal developed to provide an avenue for the academic and research sectors and the broader industry in Australia to publish papers in publications is: • CPN17 The Use of Galvanised Reinforcement in Concrete: Currently under review with an anticipated publishing date in August 2008. • CPN29 Prestressed Concrete Anchorage Zones: Queensland Branch currently undertaking review. • CPN22 Insitu Testing of Concrete: Review completed by Queensland Branch and peer review underway. • Z48 Precast Concrete Handbook: Review underway and anticipated publishing date in the second half of the year. • Z15 Cracking in Concrete Structures: Queensland Branch currently undertaking review. • Z05 Shotcrete Guide: Review complete and in the final steps of preparation for publishing by April 2008. • Z39 Render: Review complete and to be published in March 2008. The review process for existing publications will continue throughout 2008 and beyond. Technical Continued support from members and the application of their high level of expertise has enabled the regular review of existing Institute publications with the most up-to- date and relevant information. a journal format. This will provide members with current research fi ndings and hopefully, along with other Institute initiatives, encourage Australian research within the concrete industry. The fi rst edition of Concrete forum has just been published. • Web-based technical notes which will serve members with straightforward practical information on common issues surrounding concrete practice. • Concrete in sustainable development – is a short commentary guide with Australian case studies, featuring concrete in sustainable development with the three focal areas of economic, social and environmental factors taken into account. Such initiatives demonstrate how broader member consultation and feedback will necessitate creating other sub-committees and working groups to bring the full array of publications to fruition. Review teams established nationally and within Branches assist with the promptness of delivery of these reviewed publications. The current status of reviewed and recently printed 20 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 1 The fl ow of technical information to members is at the core of the Institute’s mission. The information attainable through the various technical seminars and workshops, publications and conferences needs to be supported by a well resourced Technical Committee. The Technical Committee keeps abreast of the latest technical material within academia and industry and endeavours to channel this information to members via the most appropriate means within the scope of the Institute’s portfolios. The Institute is unique among similar organisations due to the diversity of its membership base. Members cover the wide array of individuals involved within the concrete industry from students and academics to all those within the various industry sectors – from materials, designers or those from within the construction sector. With each member comes a specific interest in the technical information that may be appropriate, sought after, and relevant to their roles within the industry. With the full breadth of technical information taken into consideration, the establishment of sub-committees will maximise the benefits to all member groups. While there are explicit technical preferences and requirements of members, there are also many technical topics that are of common interest to the entire industry and researchers alike. These topics often present issues that are likely to have an overall effect on the concrete industry and pose questions that from a collaborative framework can be addressed by the Institute. Institute activities, such as the programmed Research Forum, along with the facilitation of meetings with allied partners to share identified common technical matters, are the first steps to developing outcomes that will be of benefit to the entire industry. A goal of the Technical Committee is to ensure the Institute is on the front foot when it comes to common industry issues. Sustainability is one issue that will increase in significance to the industry in coming years. For this reason