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Concrete In Australia : December 2008
NEWS Australian Society for Concrete Pavements sets a busy agenda The Australian Society for Concrete Pavements (ASCP) has established itself strongly since its fi rst activities in March this year. Well attended and highly successful forums in June (Lean concrete subbase) and September (Concrete pavement construction equipment) will be followed in November with a forum related to design, detailing and construction of industrial pavements. The 2009 agenda of seminars is already well developed. The ASCP has now fi nalised its web site – www.concretepavements.com. au – which provides a growing list of resources information and a bulletin board for forum discussions. Recently, ASCP issued its fi rst e-Newsletter to its members through the web site. ASCP has established some specific work groups for dealing with industry issues and producing information papers or recommendations. The first work group has been established to provide selected industry comment on soon to be completed RTA specification updates. The second work group is considering developing an ASCP training strategy. Its fi rst task is to identify the training needs for different operator levels (from supervisor to machine operator) and to match these with known, available training resources. The second stage will consider how to encourage the provision of training where there are none available at present. ASCP is also engaging strongly with its international counterparts, notably the International Society for Concrete Pavements, and Eupave, the recently formed European Concrete Pavement body. It is hoped that with the development of cooperative agreements with these organisations there will be opportunities in the near future to host joint seminars, bringing international experts to the Australian industry. Also on the agenda for 2009, ASCP plans to extend its series of industry forums interstate with plans for a Brisbane function already being developed. ASCP is strongly backed by major sponsors including RTA, Abigroup Constructions, Leighton Contractors, Thiess, Maunsell, Macmahon Constructions, Laing O’Rourke, Connell Wagner and Clark Equipment Sales. In recent months, sponsorship has been taken by SKM, GHD, SMEC Australia, Volumetric Concrete Australia, Aran Group, URS Australia, Seovic Civil Engineering, Wirtgen Australia and Downer EDI Works. Diamonds 2008 – CSDAA’s annual magazine The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association Australia (CSDAA) has just published its annual magazine called Diamonds. Diamonds – Issue 6 provides some insights into some of the challenging jobs undertaken by this niche industry – from evening out undulations in fl oors, to core drilling for new foundations, to using concrete sawing to remove a dam intake structure and a section of wall between two adjacent buildings. Diamonds also reports on the major industry event of the year – the annual convention and trade show. This year’s CSDAA conference and expo was held in March on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The 2009 event will be held from 19-20 March in Melbourne. For more information on Diamonds magazine and the activities of the CSDAA visit their website at www.csdaa.com.au. One of the projects featured in Diamonds magazine is at Lake Manchester Dam in Queensland. These photos show sections of the dam’s intake structure which were removed as part of the project. 8 Concrete in Australia Vol 34 No 4