It's an exciting time for the concrete industry as we continue to grow and adapt to the challenges of the current economic climate and prepare for the rebuild of Christchurch.

Last year's 2012 conference, held for the first time in Hamilton, was a very successful conference for sponsors and delegates alike, with great attendance, impressive technical content, excellent keynote speakers and exciting social activities.

This year's combined Concrete Industry Conference promises to be even better, with two world class keynote speakers lined up and an opportunity to hear about the latest in research, design, materials technology and construction practice.

As New Zealand's number one tourist destination, Queenstown is a special place for a conference, and there will be an extensive programme for partners. The conference has been scheduled in the middle of the school holidays to enable delegates and their families to tack on a holiday either before or afterwards.


A technical programme highlight at this year’s Concrete Industry Conference will be a paper titled ‘End of an Era’ about the Newmarket Viaduct Replacement.

The project, in central Auckland, presented unique engineering and construction challenges and earned a high public profile because the viaduct had to remain operational for the entire duration of its deconstruction and construction.

This is just one of many cutting-edge projects and subjects that will be discussed in almost 40 papers being presented at the conference, being held in Queenstown from 3-5 October.

NZCS Vice-President and Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, Carl Ashby, says the conference promises to be outstanding, with two world-class keynote speakers and an opportunity to hear about the latest in research, design, materials, technology and construction practice.

After he has opened the conference, delegates will be addressed by keynote speakers:

  • Acclaimed engineer, Holger Schulze-Ehring from the USA has worked on numerous award-winning structures including the World Trade Centre.
  • Professor Richard Fenwick will discuss the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission and his work as a Royal Commissioner.

As well as the Viaduct Replacement, several papers will discuss specific projects, including: three rail bridges built in three days on the Rangiriri River in the Waikato; the design and construction of the world’s largest SFRC joint free harbour pavement; the Tekapo canal remediation plastic concrete.

Naturally seismic issues will be on the agenda, with one paper focusing not on Christchurch, but seismic assessments of Hawke’s Bay’s art deco buildings.

Among the papers relating to the Christchurch earthquakes will be a presentation on the deconstruction of the Clarendon Tower, built in the 1980s; a look at strain hardening of reinforcement in concrete buildings; and a review of lessons learned from the performance of buildings that incorporated tilt-up construction.

Concrete technology will be discussed in papers covering education and research at CCANZ; the role of corrosion inhibitors in durability; and the importance of specification and quality assurance for injecting cracks on concrete.

The future and the role of concrete and its components will feature in papers on corrosion inhibitors in maintaining concrete durability, and concrete’s place in modern design, including why it should be the predominant construction material for apartment block developments in NZ.
Sand - today and in the future - will be discussed as will manufactured sand and whether it could be a sustainable replacement for natural sand in concrete.

David Hocking of Boral Australia will provide an overview of the Australian concrete industry, also with a focus on the future, and Geoff Sharp of Holmes Consulting Group will discuss Adobe Corporate Campus Utah, USA - exposed concrete structure as architecture. Winners of Concrete Prizes in 2012 will also present papers.

The full programme can be found on the Concrete Industry Conference website -