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Concrete In Australia : June 2011
10 Concrete in Australia Vol 37 No 2 NEWS Launch of the Knowledge Centre The Concrete Institute of Australia (the Institute) is pleased to launch its new website, aimed to serve as the Institute’s Knowledge Centre. The Knowledge Centre has been developed for several purposes, including: • Providing a platform for further member benefits. • Meeting the needs of and assisting to increase the younger membership demographic. • Increasing and encouraging higher participatory levels of the membership. • Providing greater transparency regarding all Institute activities and National Council portfolios. • Providing greater efficiency for committee and business activities. • Maintaining pace with technological advancements to match societal demands and sustain membership growth. The Knowledge Centre will provide for far greater transparency of Institute activities within National Council, State Committee’s and technical groups. The response to the launch of the Knowledge Centre to date has been strong both in terms of existing Members and general industry interest. The Institute will continue to utilise its new website as a platform to develop future initiatives that meet membership needs and attract further organisational growth. Institute members are encouraged to login and browse the website and educational programs, view your local Branch and various committee activities and releases, provide feedback to committee’s where you feel it appropriate and make use of the Institute’s Resource Centre – that contains a wide range of technical material that will continually be expanded. The Institute is currently in the process of developing some of these future initiatives. Feedback from the recently released membership survey will further assist in providing direction and priority for such initiatives. Such initiatives will include services such as: • Increased technical material on the CIA library, contained within “Proceedings and Others”. • Online “Mentoring Service” for Individual Young Members. • Online “Media Library” contained within the Resource Centre. • An area specific to research and development commercialisation opportunities. • Increase in organisations listed on the Institute’s search portal. • An online space for increased interaction with Corporate Members wishing to promote technical content of their product and services. • A more user friendly online system for election of members to serve on National Council. • Social networking ability through a medium that is most popular with the current membership. A key aspect to the Knowledge Centre has been the ability to greater engage with younger members of the Institute and offer services, such as potential career placements, that attract student members who will help sustain the Concrete Institute of Australia over the longer term. The new website also provides greater prominence for Concrete In Australia. Authors are now able to submit papers online, find clear instructions on submission details and information relating to the upcoming feature topics. Members wishing to submit papers, project pieces or other information are encouraged to view the Concrete In Australia section via: http://www.concreteinstitute.com.au/Concrete-in- Australia.aspx. A screen shot of the banner on the Institute’s new home page.