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Concrete In Australia : December 2013
8 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 4 NEWS their input to the future of the Institute is warmly acknowledged. The exhibitors provided an extensive array of technologies and in house knowledge. The exhibition space, doubling as the breakout space for coffee and luncheon, provided an excellent environment for learning and networking, in keeping with the strong tradition of the Institute. The conference papers covered a wide spectrum ranging across construction, design, technologies, materials and research, along the conference theme of “Understanding Concrete”. The three keynote speakers also covered diverse topics. Professor Mario Sassone of the Politecnico di Torino spoke of the formative years and the achievements of Pier Luigi Nervi, the great Italian engineer/architect. Prof Surendra Shah of Northwestern University in the US, described how concrete properties can be modified by introduction of nanomaterials, and Dr Andy Davids of Aurecon gave a state-of-the-art address on super high rise buildings. In his engrossing paper Davids, from firsthand experience, focused on outstanding achievements in super high-rise construction and the developments in energy sourcing and building science necessary for continued advancement in this exciting field. The conference dinner included the presentation of awards (see p. 18). Of particular note were the award of the Kevin Cavanagh medal for an outstanding building in rural Queensland and the presentation of honorary membership to industry icon John Reid, who gave an inspirational address. The success of the conference is due in no small part to the PCO, Arinex, who provided excellent service to the Institute. The Institute is a voluntary organisation, so to all who helped in the planning and execution, to the sponsors and exhibitors, to the speakers and the delegates – well done, and let us gather two years hence in Melbourne for Concrete 2015. Gold Members Networking at the 26th biennial conference. 4-16 News.indd 8 4-16 News.indd 8 25/11/13 2:37 PM 25/11/13 2:37 PM