The NZ Concrete Industry Conference is an annual opportunity to review the state of the concrete industry and profession and learn from international experts and national specialists. This year is no different, with concrete production volumes extremely strong in many regions and with new applications and technologies being implemented in design and construction. While looking at the past is a useful way of predicting future developments, there is also a need to review innovations emerging overseas and assess performance more accurately. This is essential to be well prepared for future changes in concrete construction.
With a conference theme of ‘Performance + Innovation’ this year’s keynote speakers are ideally suited to provide this insight. Prof Joost Walraven from the Technical University of Delft is an expert in many aspects on concrete technology and structural applications, playing a leading role in organisations such as FIB and RILEM in Europe. Over the last decade his work has focused specifically on the development of new types of concrete and their application. These include high-strength, self-compacting, high-performance fibre and low-binder concrete.
Professor Ken Elwood serves as the MBIE Chair in Earthquake Engineering and Director of the newest Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), QuakeCoRE: Centre for Earthquake Resilience. His presentation will focus on his post-earthquake residual capacity research. Ken joined the University of Auckland in July 2014 after 11 years on faculty at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Ken was drawn to New Zealand to pursue the numerous opportunities for research and implementation in earthquake risk reduction. He is actively involved in research related to the seismic response of existing concrete and masonry buildings.
This year’s NZ Concrete Industry Conference returns to Auckland (Auckland last hosted the conference in 2005). The Ellerslie Event Centre is ideal as a conference venue with easy access off the southern motorway, unlimited complimentary parking and most importantly the opportunity for active demonstrations and displays of the latest in heavy equipment and vehicles.
The conference will be structured around the traditional and popular three-day format, Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 October. In addition to the plenary and concurrent technical sessions, the three day programme will include a range of social activities, providing delegates and partners excellent opportunities for networking, catching up with friends and establishing new contacts.
On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Concrete Industry Conference, and I look forward to seeing you in Auckland this October.
Organising Committee Chairman