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Concrete In Australia : December 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 4 The recent awards dinner at the 2013 conference marked the handover of the Concrete Institute presidency on the completion of Liza O’Moore’s two year term of office. As an introduction to my acceptance speech on the night I chose to show a clip from the closing of a video made to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House (search for “The Ship Song Project” to see the whole thing). The video closes with a dramatic shot of the Opera House, backed by the Harbour Bridge, and the words “come make a little history”. That, quite literally, is our job. Of course, not all of us get to work on projects as grand as the Sydney Opera House, but all concrete construction and building projects contribute to the fabric and history of society – a fact I think we take too much for granted. Events such as the Awards for Excellence in Concrete give us the chance to recognise the achievements of those who have been particularly successful in combining the creative and the technical to produce outstanding work. In addition to the honorary membership award to John Reid, three awards of life membership for service to the Concrete Institute were presented this year: Daksh Baweja, Ian Bishop and John Crocker. The keynote speakers at the conference also reflected the themes of excellence and innovation. Professor Mario Sassone described the development of the work of the great 20th century engineer, Pier Luigi Nervi, focusing on the influences on his designs and his interactions with contemporaries. Andy Davids’ inspirational presentation looked at designs stretching the limits of what can be done with concrete in ultra-tall buildings such as the Burj Khalifa and other still taller buildings planned for the future. Finally, Prof Surendra P Shah described exciting developments in concrete technology, with the use of nanoparticles to allow the use of cement replacement materials without loss of early strength. I must recognise the work over this period of our CEO, Graeme Burns, who has unfortunately been forced to resign due to long term health problems. We wish him well for a full recovery and for his future endeavours. Over the period of Graeme’s illness additional pressure has been placed on all of the National Council members, but particular mention must go to our departing president, Liza O’Moore, our national secretary/treasurer Craig Heidrich, and to Kevin Abrams, who managed the Excellence Awards and also served as part-time CEO for some months. This year, four of our National Council members will be departing: the immediate past-president Fred Andrews- Phaedonos, and the convenors of three committees: Ian Bishop, the Education Committee; Jay Sanjayan, the Concrete in Australia Committee; and Ian Gilbert, the Technical and Publications Committee. We thank all four for their valuable work over the years and welcome their replacements on the Council: David Millar, moving from NSW state president to incoming national vice president; Anthea Airey, moving from WA president; and new to the Council, Vinh Dao and David Morris. The incoming and continuing national council members, the state committee members, the numerous other technical committee members, the Conference Organisation Committee members and the technical reviewers all give their time and effort on a voluntary basis, but their work would not be possible without the financial support of all our company members and event sponsors. All are deserving of our thanks, but at this time in recognition of their work and support of a truly excellent conference I would like to particularly recognise Prof Peter Dux and David Beal (the committee chair and deputy chair, respectively), the Conference Partners, ITW Construction Systems, the Platinum Sponsors, BASF, the Gold Sponsors, Hilti and Hanson, and the Silver Sponsors, Grace and Powers. These people and organisations enable The Concrete Institute to work towards helping its members to do their jobs better. That is our job, and I look forward to working with our members to maximise the value we return to them. Douglas Jenkins President, Concrete Institute of Australia email@example.com Platinum Members Make a little history – that’s our job 02 - President.indd 2 02 - President.indd 2 25/11/13 2:20 PM 25/11/13 2:20 PM