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Concrete In Australia : March 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 1 e devil is in the detail. As with many things in life, it is o en the case that it is how concrete structures are built -- the connections, the xings, the detailing -- that can have a signi cant impact on the nal outcome. Designers and contractors value connection systems that are well thought-out, safe and easy to install. ese are an integral part of well built concrete construction and I doubt there has been a single piece of major infrastructure built over the last few years that has not used some form of anchorage system. Whether it is to x precast concrete panels in tunnels, or tilt-up panels in commercial buildings, anchorage and li ing systems are an indispensable part of designing in concrete. e current cover story on ICL s silo in Port Melbourne showcases exactly how new li ing and anchoring technologies o er construction e ciencies while also delivering vastly improved OH&S outcomes. But how well do we really understand how connection and xing systems work? How c on dent are you as a designer that the intended xing system is " t for purpose" in all that phrase encompasses. Is it su cient to simply delegate this signi cant design task to others, without having at least an understanding of the sophisticated design requirements and design methodology? As part of the rst National Seminar series for 2013, attendees had the opportunity to learn from a world renowned expert in the area of anchorage design and detailing in concrete structures -- Professor Rolf Eligehausen of the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Eligehausen s work, and current research being undertaken at universities around Australia, including the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and Curtin University, is an excellent example of the tangible bene ts of practical links between universities and industry. In other news, the Concrete Institute of Australia is delighted to welcome ITW Construction Systems Australia & New Zealand as a Platinum member. ITW CS ANZ is the parent company for brands such as Reid, Ramset and Danley -- names very familiar in the Australian construction industry and to our members. Our new Platinum Member partnered with the Institute to present the seminar series featuring Eligehausen and the Institute is delighted to have received ITW CS ANZ s support for an important part of our CPD service to members. is support of the Institute will continue through 2013, with the company coming on board as our Conference Partner for the 26th Biennial Conference -- Concrete 2013: Understanding concrete. e conference, the core of the Institute s biennial program, is rapidly approaching and is shaping up to be the best yet. With over 230 abstracts submitted, the Conference committee and reviewers are currently hard at work. We look forward to your participation. Liza O Moore President, Concrete Institute of Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Platinum Members New efficiencies in construction