Properties of Concrete: Essential Guidelines for Specification

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Presented by : Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA)

  • Tony Cooper, CCAA Concrete Course Presenter
  • Komal Krishna, Engineer, Construction Solutions, CCAA

Concrete is the most commonly used construction material in the world, so it follows that understanding the properties of this highly versatile material should be at the top of every structural engineer's priority list. This presentation will explain how the properties of concrete can change due to its constituent materials, influence of commonly added materials such as fly ash and admixtures and the practicalities of producing and placing concrete to achieve the specified design strength. 

Topics covered:

  • Normal and Special Class Concrete
  • Supplementary Cementitious Materials
  • Admixtures
  • Specifying shrinkage limits
  • GBCA MAT 4 Concrete Credit

The Speakers: Tony has 30 years of experience in the Concrete Industry. He began with a concrete contracting firm in the late 70s and then worked for a concrete producer for several years in production management in the early 80s. Tony then went on to a technical sales and Tasmanian State Managers role with MBT before joining the Barro group (a large independent concrete and quarry company) as Technical Manager.  Tony is currently at Elasto Plastic Concrete as National Business Manager. Tony also has been delivering the Concrete Basics Course for CCAA in Victoria for many years as an independent consultant.

Komal Krishna is the Engineer – Construction Solutions for Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, based in Melbourne. Komal has been with the CCAA for over 6 years and has presented on many occasions to architects and engineers on how to specify and construct with concrete. A key part of her role with CCAA is to provide technical support to the industry by consulting and trouble shooting for a range of projects. Komal has materials engineering and chemistry qualifications, with experience in concrete technology and chemical admixtures.

This event will start at 6:15pm in the Turner Theatre at The University of Melbourne, Botany Building, Parkville  (Building 122, Grid E13 on this  map.)

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Refreshments will provided from 5:30pm in Room C301, 3rd Floor, Engineering Block C (Building 174, Grid L17 on this map.)

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