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Concrete In Australia : March 2011
2 Concrete in Australia Vol 37 No 1 FROM THE PRESIDENT Positive progress Platinum Members During 2010 the Concrete Institute of Australia continued with positive progress as guided by its three year Strategic Plan for 2010-2012. e financial performance of the institute is in line with expectations after taking into account strategic investments made into Member Education, Publications and Knowledge Development. In 2010 the institute further developed its suite of education programs with the delivery of three National Seminars -- Shrinking, Cracking and Restraint, Serviceability and Durability. ese programs, complemented by each state's technical program, forms the basis for a balanced education and applied learning program for members that has received very strong support and feedback. Also, during 2010 the institute developed major publications including Shotcreting in Australia and the Reinforcement Detailing Handbook, and is currently finalising publication for a Recommended Practice on Cracking in Concrete Floor Slabs and Pavements. As advised to members throughout 2010, the institute is investing in an online Knowledge Centre which is due for launch in early 2011. e Knowledge Centre will update the institute's website and include more user friendly access to many publications and international resources. e Knowledge Centre will also provide far greater transparency of institute projects, working groups and operations and enable direct online feedback from members. Internationally, the Concrete Institute of Australia progressed relationships with the American Concrete Institute with the planned knowledge sharing and potential joint membership initiatives. e Concrete Institute of Australia also greatly strengthened and formally re- established relationships with fib -- with the institute becoming the secretariat for fib in Australia. e current year looks very promising culminating in the institute's flagship event -- Concrete2011 to be held in Perth on 12-14 October 2011. One further important issue concerns the institute's governance. e institute's current Memorandum and Articles of Association are out of date with current legislation and existing operational practices. e institute is updating the current governance documents into a modern Constitution for review and approval by members at a general meeting towards the end of the first quarter. More information on this important development will be provided in the near future. Flood crisis e institute's thoughts are with all of our members who have been affected by the recent flooding throughout Australia. Many of our members, both individual and corporate have been affected by the devastation that occurred with the flooding. With the line of work and the industry that our members are in, there is no doubt that many of you will inevitably be involved in assessing the damage caused to infrastructure and buildings and subsequent repair and reconstruction. Many of you would have strong opinions on how to safeguard against flood damage to assets in the future and details on assessment, monitoring and repair programs required in making a confident evaluation. I would like to encourage members with such thoughts to send an email to myself, as President, expressing your opinions via Lorina McMartin at the institute's national office at firstname.lastname@example.org. is will provide feedback to be shared through our newsletter and magazine, and aid in any media statement that the organisation may make. This issue A new concept is that of including a guest editor who is directly linked to the feature topic through relevant experience and knowledge. e Concrete Institute of Australia would like to acknowledge Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi of Swinburne University of Technology, who serves as the guest editor for this issue. Fred Andrews-Phaedonos President, Concrete Institute of Australia email@example.com