Author Archives: Irish Concrete Society

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Annual Golf Tournament

Our Annual Golf Tournament with The Concrete Society Northern Ireland Region will take place on Thursday 31st August 2023 in Killeen Castle Golf Resort.

Limited to 30 players, this is a members only event. A booking fee of €60 per player applies.

Tee-off will be from 9.12am with a two course meal afterwards in the club house. The competition is individual based with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. The 1st place golfer will also win the JKC Construction Perpetual Challenge Cup!

Located just 20 mins from Exit 6 on the M50, Killeen Castle Golf Resort is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Host of the Ladies Irish Open 2011-2013 and the 2011 Solheim Cup, this world class golf course is a magnificent test of golf, showcasing modern golfing excellence in terms of design and presentation.

Providing a wonderful test of golf and offering a glorious landscape and idyllic setting, Killeen Castle Golf Resort has been voted the Best Parkland Course in the greater Dublin area. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy this expansive and challenging course.

Email events@concrete.ie to book

New chairperson Robert Laird wearing chain of office

New Chairperson Elected

The Irish Concrete Society is delighted to announce that Mr Robert Laird of ESB was elected as our new chair at the Society’s AGM on 8th June 2023.

Robert is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 25 years’ experience who has been working with ESB since 2001. He has worked both in Ireland and abroad on the delivery of substations, wind farms and combined cycle gas turbine power plants.

He spent five years working as ESB’s Client Site Manager on their landmark, concrete framed, 7-storey over double basement, head office redevelopment on Fitzwilliam St. and is currently working as a design manager in ESB’s Group Property Design team.

Robert also served as our vice-chair from 2020 to 2023.

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Summer Concreting

Venue: Online Event

Hot weather conditions are usually caused by a combination of factors including high ambient temperature, high solar radiation, low relative humidity and high wind velocity. While prolonged high ambient temperatures are not common in Ireland, ambient temperatures of 20°C and above, together with low humidity and drying winds present a high risk to long term concrete quality.

As these conditions can impact both fresh and hardened concrete, precautions are necessary to ensure that concrete performance is not unduly affected. In this seminar we will provide practical information for the successful planning and placing of concrete during the summer months.

This seminar will be of intertest to Main Contractors, Consulting Engineers, Local Authority Engineers, Specialist Sub-Contractors, Site Supervisory Personnel and Producers.

Fee:  ICS Member: €65, Non-member: €95

Programme: 

  • 10.00  Welcome
  • 10.05  Introduction and General Overview | Robert Laird, ESB
  • 10.25  Design Options for Hot Weather Concreting | Colin Heffernan, Roadstone
  • 10.55  Site Practice: Planning, Placing, and Curing | Brendan Dunne, PJ Hegarty & Sons
  • 11.25  Break
  • 11.35  Health and Safety Considerations in Hot Weather | Michael Kavanagh, Collen Construction
  • 12.00  Sampling and Testing | Deborah Adair, Mattest
  • 12.30  Questions and Answers
  • 13.00  Ends

Email events@concrete.ie to register. see here 

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Advanced Concrete Technology Lecture: Calcined Clay as a Secondary Cementitious Material

Introduction

The fastest route to reduce COemissions from cement and concrete is either to replace the clinker in cement, or cement in concrete, with a supplementary cementitious material (SCM). The SCM which is sufficiently abundant to serve the industry world-wide is clay.  This talk goes through all aspects of calcined clay as an SCM; what it is, how it is produced, how does it react with cement as well as what the benefits are when using it in concrete in terms of strength development and durability. The challenges and potential benefits of extremely high calcined clay loadings are also addressed.

Who should attend

This free to attend lecture will be of interest to all those who are involved in the design, specification, production and construction of concrete. Those who should attend include ready-mixed and precast concrete producers, concrete technologists, cement producers, design engineers, consulting engineers and engineers in contracting and sub-contracting firms.

Speaker Biography

Prof, Dr Harald Justnes is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Community, Department of Architecture, Building Materials and Structures, Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor in “Cement and Concrete Chemistry” at Institute of Materials Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His field of interest covers the chemistry of cement, concrete, admixtures and additives (including polymers) from production, through reactivity, to durability. Prof Dr Justnes has more than 370 papers in journals and conference proceedings.

Programme

5.45pm: Registration, Tea/Coffee

6.15pm: Calcined Clay as a Secondary Cementitious Material

7.00pm: Q&A

7.15pm: Event Ends

7.30pm: Group Dinner*

ICT Joint Seminar 2023_Clacined Clay* If you wish to avail of the opportunity to talk further over dinner, please include this on your registration email so a place can be reserved for you. Please note that there will be a charge for dinner.

Email events@concrete.ie to register, see here for further information.

40th Annual Awards and Dinner Evening

We are delighted to announce that the Irish Concrete Society 40th Awards Evening and Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, 25th of March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

The black-tie evening will commence with a drinks reception and exhibition of entries at 7.30pm, followed by dinner at 8.30pm. During the evening the Main Category Awards will be presented, together with the Sean de Courcy Student Award, the Sculpture Award, and the 10th International Award.

With more than 300 guests expected to attend, it promises to be a most enjoyable social event especially as this year marks both our 40th Annual Awards and the 50th Anniversary of the Society.

For further information on purchasing tickets and sponsorship packages, please contact office@concrete.ie

40th Annual Awards

The nominations for our 40th Annual Awards Main Categories are available to view here.

We wish the very best of luck to all the nominees and look forward to seeing you at our Annual Awards Evening on 25th March 2023.