Inland Branch ‘step out of the box’
For the first time ever in our history, the Inland Branch held a technical seminar in a cinema (Ster Kinekor, Mall of Africa). More than 50 members and guests attended the event which focused on Fundamentals for Successful Concrete Flooring, and feedback afterwards confirmed that the decision to use this 'unusual' venue was a great hit.
Proceedings begun with a speech by Avi Bhoora, Construction Materials Executive of AfriSam, the sponsors of the event. Avi described the many challenges that both the cement and concrete industries were facing now, with more onerous mining regulations, beneficiation to local communities, more stringent environmental regulations; water ownership requirements; transformation; green building and more. He concluded by wishing the delegates an enjoyable seminar and congratulating the Concrete Society on celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Tina Coetzee, Chairperson of the Inland Branch then presented an overview of the Concrete Society for the benefit of the non-members attending and also as a reminder to existing members what benefits they enjoyed being a part of this concrete community, and reminded the delegates of upcoming Inland Branch events
The first technical presentation was given by Bryan Perrie, Managing Director of the Concrete Institute and a well-known expert on all matters concrete pavements and flooring. Bryan focused on the truths and myths of floor design. This included operational design; structural design; joint design; reinforcement design and concrete mix design.
In addition, he ran through the many factors that affect performance of concrete floors on the ground.
Next up was George Evans, General Manager, Product Support Services at PPC who, in his own inimitable style, and with his vast knowledge of contracting and concrete technology, described successful construction methods of concrete floors. This was a very practical presentation and gave a good insight to delegates as to what typically happens on site which can mitigate against a successful floor. He also touched on ‘flaws in floors’, such as cracking, curling, joint failure, etc.
Delegates were then treated to a break when typical cinema-style refreshments were provided in the form of various cool drinks and popcorn. This was also another ideal opportunity to network.
The final session of the day was presented by Jacques Smith, Managing Member of Go-Consult, a well known civil engineer and concrete expert. The focus this time was on an in-depth look at how to identify different types of cracks, how serious they are, how to prevent them and how to repair these cracks.
Feedback from those attending, collected at the end of proceedings, clearly illustrated that the change in venue for the seminar was a good decision and made a huge (positive) change from the traditional venues.Virtually 100% of delegates rated all aspects of the event either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’
The Inland Branch express its gratitude to AfriSam for sponsorsing the seminar and Mapei and Chryso-abe for their display tables.