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Concrete In Australia : March 2008
it is important for the Institute to seek consultation from its membership base to initially provide commentary as to the role concrete can play within sustainable development and the opportunities that may exist. As time progresses and more detail becomes available as to the regulatory requirements that will be in place within Australia, it is intended the Institute will have at hand readily dispensable information that can be of assistance to its members. Standards Standards within the industry aid in providing benefits to the public in regards to safety, while ensuring that the materials and methods used meet minimum quality and reliability criteria. The Institute enjoys representation rights on many of the Australian Standard committees involved within the industry. The Institute’s consultation process in support of Standards activities aims to provide for the widest degree of member awareness. Members are made aware of the opportunity to express an interest in becoming an Institute representative on a standard committee via electronic newsletter whenever an opening arises. This allows for the maximum numbers of members to be informed in the most timely manner. Through the responses attained, a representative, who possesses the required knowledge, understanding and expertise, is nominated by Council. Once selected, it is important that the Institute’s representative is supported by a wider reference group with the acumen required to provide appropriate comment. For the most judicious delivery of Institute views on Standards committees work, effective communication between the reference group and Standard’s representative is important. The activities of Standards Australia committee work will continue to be broadcast to the wider membership via electronic newsletter. Each member of the Institute will have the opportunity to express a view on the activities of Membership of the Concrete Institute of Australia provides a range of benefits at affordable prices. Whether it’s discounts on registrations for seminars, technical events and conferences or the right to participate in the most dynamic network of industry professionals and technical experts in the industry in Australia, the Institute has something to offer you. Concrete in Australia magazine, an interactive web site, technical publications and Concrete Forum, a fully reviewed academic and applied technology journal are just some of the tools the Institute provides to place you at the leading edge of concrete technology, application, design and construction throughout Australia. The activities of Standards Australia committee work will continue to be broadcast to the wider membership via electronic newsletter. the Standards Australia committee. This is a cooperative process whereby information obtained from an Institute representative will be disseminated to members. The resulting broader membership feedback can then provide assistance to the collaborative workings of the corresponding Institute representative and reference group. Issue 7 of last year’s President’s electronic newsletter called for an expression of interest for members wishing to serve as representatives on the following Standards Australia committees: • ME-072 Technical Drawing • BD-043 Formwork. Expressions of interest in the above two committees are also sought from members who are prepared to serve on the reference groups. Other recent actions in the Institute’s Standards activities have included the expansion of the reference group for BD-002 Concrete Structures (AS3600). This will lead to a broader consideration of unresolved issues currently under review by that committee. It is anticipated that all representatives to Standards Committees will be supported by reference groups by the end of April this year. Ben Cosson, the Institute’s Project Manager Technical Services, provides a commentary on developments in four key portfolios areas of the Institute’s activities. Members wishing to actively participate in any of the activities under discussion are invited to contact Ben Cosson at the Institute’s national offi ce on (02) 9736 2955 or by email to email@example.com. Different types of membership have been designed to meet the needs of individuals, students, companies, organisations and academic institutions. To find out more about the advantages of Institute membership, download an information package from our web site or contact the Institute’s membership co-ordinator through the national office. Concrete Institute of Australia PO Box 3157, RHODES NSW 2138 Phone: 02 9736 2955 Fax: 02 9736 2639 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 1 21