Author Archives: Irish Concrete Society

Cold Weather Concreting

The negative effects of placing concrete in cold weather are well established. Concrete can be damaged to such an extent that it is unfit for use, has lower strength development or reduced durability. Therefore, it is important that precautions are taken to ensure that the performance of the Concrete is not unduly affected.

In this seminar we will deal with the practical aspects of successfully placing concrete during cold weather. We will also look at the damage caused by freezing temperatures to fresh concrete.

Fee:  ICS / Concrete Society NI Region Member: €65, Non-member: €95

Programme: 

  • 10.00 Welcome
  • 10.05 Introduction and General Overview | Robert Laird, ESB
  • 10.35 Design Options for Cold Weather Concreting | Vincent Anderson, MTS Ltd.
  • 11.05 Site Practice: Planning Placing, and Curing | Oisín Ó Maoláin, John Sisk & Son
  • 11.45 Break
  • 11.55 Sampling and Testing | Gordon Ellis, Mattest
  • 12.15 Health and Safety Considerations in Cold Weather | Shane McDonnell, PJ Hegarty & Sons
  • 12.45 Q&A
  • 13.00 Ends

To book, email events@concrete.ie 

Prof Roger West appointed Fellow of The Institute of Concrete Technology

Our Chair, Prof. Roger West of Trinity College Dublin, was appointed a Fellow of The Institute of Concrete Technology at the recent ICT 50th Anniversary event in Dublin.
Presented by the President of the Institute, Prof. Muhammed Basheer, this honour is awarded to those that possess outstanding expertise and have made significant contributions to concrete technology.
Congratulations to Prof. West on this very well deserved recognition!

Floor Screeds: An essential update for professionals

Venue: Online Event

Screeds can often be viewed as non-structural, straightforward elements which do not require consideration, leading to avoidable problems.

There are a variety of screed materials now available that require very specific types of installation. A lack of knowledge by professionals can lead to issues such as: screeds being specified that are not adequate for the intended use, inappropriate or inadequate installation, or systems that cannot be installed in the required time.

Delivered by experienced industry professionals, this seminar provides guidance on important design and specification considerations, in addition to installation best practice, and finishes.

This seminar is an essential update for all those who design, specify, install or supply quality floors in Ireland.

Fee:  ICS Member: €60, Non-member: €90

Programme: 

10.00    Welcome and Introduction

10.05    Specifications and Codes of Practice |Thomas Holden, Roadstone

10.45    Screed Types and Application | Padraic McGrath, McGraths Cong

11.20 Break

11.30 Installation | Paul Cahalan, Premier Floor Screeds

12.00 Follow-on Products and Finishes | Paul Cronin, Ardex

12.45 Q&A

13.00 Ends

To book, email events@concrete.ie 

Nominations for the 40th Annual Awards Main Categories, Sean de Courcy Student Award and the Sculpture Award are now open!

Entry forms and information on the competition are available here.

Annual Joint Weekend with Concrete Society Northern Ireland Region

We are delighted to announce the return of the annual meeting of members and their partners with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Region of The Concrete Society.

Hosted by the Irish Concrete Society, the event will be based at the Ferrycarrig Hotel, and include a technical visit to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, the world’s longest post-tensioned, all concrete extradosed spans.

For further information and registration details are available here

Please note, this event is open to Irish Concrete Society and Concrete Society Northern Ireland Region members only.

Fundamentals of Concrete Technology

Starting 14th September 2022

Covering essential information, this three half-day hybrid course suitable for all those involved in the production, design, and supervision of concrete will cover essential information to enable better understanding and knowledge of  the most used construction material in the world.

Laboratory Session: 14th September 2022, 10am to 6pm*, TCD Lab

*90 min group sessions with staggered starts and finishes

Lecture Session 1: 15th September 2022, 10am to 1pm, Online

  1. Concrete Constituents
  2. Concrete Mix Design
  3. Specifying, Ordering, Delivery and Acceptance
  4. Fresh Concrete Properties

Lecture Session 2: 21st September 2022, 10am to 1pm, Online

  1. Formwork, Pre-pour Checks, and Placing
  2. Compaction and Finishing
  3. Curing and Strength Gain
  4. Concrete Defects
  5. Testing Hardened Concrete

Email: events@concrete.ie to book

Building a concrete future: designing and specifying sustainable concrete structures

Concrete provides long-term durable, efficient and resilient structures.  Yet, the benefits to wider sustainability provided by concrete construction must be balanced against the necessity to reduce associated environmental impacts. This requires consideration of how concrete can be used in sustainable design, starting with initial discussions with clients, through to methods of specification and choice of materials.

This seminar will provide engineers with practical information and guidance on applying sustainability practices in designing concrete structures.  Our industry professional and expert speakers will cover important details from client brief, designing for whole of life, to improving the efficiency of the structure.

Who Should Attend

This seminar will be of particular interest to Design and Consulting Engineers involved in the design, specification, and supervision of construction. Site Engineers, Main Contractors, Ready-mixed and Precast Concrete Producers will also benefit from attending.

Programme

  • Introduction and Keynote | Andrew Minson, Global Cement and Concrete Association  
  • Client Brief | Conor Hayes, Arup
  • Efficient Design for Low Carbon Concrete | Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre
  • Circular Economy | Janet Lynch, Arup
  • Education | Roger West, Trinity College Dublin
  • Specifying Low Carbon Concrete | Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre
  • Cements and Additions | Aidan Fogarty, Ecocem & Brian Gilmore, Cement Manufacturers Ireland
  • Concrete Optimisation | Pawel Pyszka, Kilsaran
  • High Performance Concretes | William Wilson, Roadstone
  • Design – Off Site Construction | John Kenna, Banagher Precast Concrete
  • Summary | Robert Laird, ESB 

Building a Concrete Future Information

To book, please see here