The 2014 Concrete Industry Conference promises to be one of our most exciting conferences in recent years. As well as the usual conference schedule, the NZ Concrete Society celebrates 50 years of existence, and to mark the occasion the industry associations involved with the conference intend to encourage papers that celebrate concrete projects that have been important to New Zealand's economic and social development over the last 50 years, as well as the traditional papers on research, design trends, marketing opportunities, recent developments, construction, materials, methodologies and new issues for cement and concrete.
This year's 50th anniversary conference will feature four keynote speakers with prestigious international reputations in the concrete industry. They are Professor David Billington Snr, Gavin Cormack, Professor Hugo Cores Peirette and Professor Ken Hover.
Currently the NZ construction industry is going through some exciting times. The Christchurch rebuild is starting to gain momentum, and the rest of the country is beginning to see increased activity as markets improve globally.
The conference returns to its original home, Wairakei. The annual conferences commenced at Wairakei Resort back in the mid-sixties, and although we have grown significantly in size from those original days we have ensured that the set up at Wairakei, coupled with a large marquee, will provide excellent facilities for the duration of the conference. The conference continues with the very successful formula of three half day technical sessions, including a combination of plenary and parallel sessions.
So, on behalf of the six industry organisations involved, we welcome you to this very special combined Concrete Industry Conference, and look forward to seeing you in Wairakei in October.
Organising Committee Chairman