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Concrete In Australia : September 2008
Guide to concrete repair and protection The Concrete Institute of Australia’s recent national membership and technical survey revealed that respondents highly rated the need to access credible technical publications on a range of subjects. Among those rated most highly in importance was concrete repair and protection. The Australian Concrete Repair Association (ACRA) in conjunction with Standards Australia released HB84 guide to concrete repair and protection in 2006. The handbook also enjoys the endorsement of CSIRO Australia. The original 1996 edition of this guide was prepared by Dr Kwesi Sagoe-Crentsil from the CSIRO division of Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology at the request of the Australian Concrete Repair Association (ACRA). ACRA also provided technical, editorial and funding input to the publication. The guide is intended for widespread use by anyone engaged in the maintenance, repair and production of concrete structures. However, the guide is intended as an overview of the typical methods and practices in the industry. It should not be used as a standard or as part of any contract relating to the repair of concrete. In preparing the guide one of the fundamental aims was to provide a publication that can be read and understood by a diverse group of persons, ranging from professionals engaged in specifying or carrying out repairs to those involved in the management of buildings and structures. The guide has been specifically influenced by RILEM Technical Recommendation 124-SRC, Guide to repair strategies for concrete structures damaged reinforcement corrosion, 1993. Previously available publications on investigatory and repair technologies for concrete are of overseas origin. The development and support of this document by ACRA underlines its belief that a document describing the local situation for techniques and materials was necessary. The new edition of the guide has been updated and modifi ed to refl ect the advances and more wide-spread use of electrochemical prevention and protection systems. ACRA was incorporated in 1991 with the aim of providing a forum to promote excellence in all spheres of concrete repair and protection work and is fundamental to the ongoing nationwide development of a professional industry whose key objectives include providing the highest levels of expertise, experience, training and quality. ACRA demands a continuing commitment from its members to maintaining the quality standards it has set for the concrete repair industry. The Guide to concrete repair and protection is available from ACRA (phone 02 9903 7733 or visit ACRA’s website at www.acrassoc.com.au). Alternatively, Standards Australia’s sales agent SAI Global also stocks the guide. The price from both sources is $74.00, including GST, postage and handling. Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 3 57 HB 84—2006 HB