The 29th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, NSW. Taking place from 8th of September to 11th of September 2019. The focused theme for Concrete 2019 was: Concrete in Practice –Progress through Knowledge.

The Conference began with registrations at with the plenary sessions underway by The APoZA was represented by Dan and Alex who travelled from Wollongong to Sydney early last Monday morning to press the flesh on the ICC Exhibition floor. While our Executive Director, Craig Heidrich, was presenting his first talk of the conference.

The Australasian Pozzolan Association exhibit was manned during all breakout sessions.  Over the duration of the Conference, many domestic and international delegates were keen to ask technical questions in regard to the end uses of the products displayed. The APoZA exhibit included displays of sample materials, product/membership information. An iPad was used to feature the Association’s website and proved a useful tool in demonstrating to delegates how simple it was to find industry reports, technical documents, member information/details online.

The host city of Sydney provided both the international and domestic delegates with an opportunity to admire some of Australia’s most impressive Concrete structures. Three of these – the Sydney Opera House, the Anzac Bridge, and the Gladesville Bridge – formed part of the Concrete 2019 logo. 

Conference Highlights included:

5 keynote speakers
500+ registrants networking, including 140+ international delegates
60 exhibiting companies, 13 sponsors
140 technical papers and presentations

The theme of the conference, “Concrete in Practice –Progress through Knowledge” covered topics such as materials, research, design, construction and innovation.  The Conference provided a forum for the sharing of ideas and experience through the formal presentations, industry displays and contact between delegates.  It was the Concrete industry’s pre-eminent technical and social event in the southern hemisphere for 2019.

The technical program was of value to practising Civil and Structural Engineers, Engineering Academics, Concrete Product Manufacturers, Civil and Building Contractors, Developers, Government Departments (covering Transport, Roads, Railways and Public Works) and Local Government Shires and Councils.

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