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Concrete In Australia : March 2012
2 Concrete in Australia Vol 38 No 1 FROM THE PRESIDENT Looking to grow the membership base Welcome to the first issue of Concrete in Australia for 2012. During 2011 the Institute continued to deliver services and events for our members, as always guided by the Strategic plan and the goals of the Institute -- Promoting and developing excellence in concrete technology, application, design and construction throughout Australia. roughout 2011, national seminars, state seminars, site visits, university visits and networking events were held across Australia, attracting over 5000 participants from all parts of the concrete industry. In March 2011 the Institute launched its new website and knowledge centre allowing greater integration for members and streamlined access to the publications and papers. If you are yet to fully explore this member resource perhaps you can add it to your new year s resolution list. Our flagship program, Concrete2011, was hugely successful with over 400 delegates enjoying a high quality technical program together with networking and social opportunities. Research from Concrete2011 will be provided to members in the near future. However, at the time of writing over 92% of delegates surveyed have said that the conference met or exceeded their expectations with above average ratings on all indicators. Truly a remarkable outcome. Also in 2011, the National Awards for Excellence program was conducted for the first time at both state and national level with award ceremonies held in all mainland states. is was a hugely successful series of events, and I would like to publicly acknowledge the hard work of Kevin Abrams in bringing almost two years of hard work to a very successful conclusion. In October 2011 the Institute launched the CIA-ACI Joint Membership initiative providing access for individual members to the ACI s knowledge centre and publications. Joint membership brings many benefits, some of which include copies of the ACI s Concrete International magazine, electronic copies of both the ACI s Materials Journal and Structural Journal, as well as members prices for ACI publications. Full details of these and the many other benefits, along with joint membership application forms, are available on the Institute s website. e coming year will hold many challenges for both the Institute and our industry. For the Institute, growing our membership base, at both corporate and individual level, as well as focussing on younger prospects for future individual membership will be an important objective. At the same time, the Institute will continue to strive to provide our members with quality education and networking opportunities. Finally, I am delighted to inform the membership that Dr John Fenwick, Honorary Member of the Institute and a long serving Queensland Branch committee member, has been appointed a Member (General Division) of the Order of Australia "for service to engineering through a range of executive roles, to the design and construction of major transport infrastructure, and to education". is is a most deserved honour for a long standing member of the Institute. IN THIS ISSUE e feature topic for this magazine is Cement technologies and has been compiled by Dr Vute Sirivivatnanon of the Unviersity of Western Sydney. Sirivivatnanon writes: "While researchers are familiar with these technologies, it is timely that they are directly introduced to the users." In all, seven papers on the topic are presented, including one peer reviewed paper by Professor Jay Sanjayan from Swinburne University of Technology. I trust you will find the papers of substance and merit, and encourage you to discuss them further in future issues. Liza O Moore President, Concrete Institute of Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Platinum Members