The Concrete Institute of Australia offers contractors of all levels in the concrete construction industry numerous benefits such as technical seminars, conferences and forums, online learning presentations, and technical resources, that are specifically designed for concrete contractors. There is also the opportunity to connect with the right people in the concrete industry through participation and involvement.
CIA runs regular technical seminars and events across the country that are designed for contractors to increase technical knowledge and provide opportunities for discussion and presentation of new ideas. Topics can be specific (such as concrete cracking, hot weather and/or cold weather concrete, construction for durability), or broad (such as reviewing policy on building regulations or looking at the impact of standards).
Conferences and Forums
The CIA biennial conference provides a great platform for contractors to build a profile, learn about the latest in concrete innovations and ideas, and share experiences from their perspective.
CIA also provides opportunities for participation and involvement at industry forums on topics such as sustainability, net zero carbon, constructability, durability, performance-based specifications and so on. Forums can also include federal or state government ministers or influencers, as well as high-level infrastructure and building representatives.
Online Learning Presentations
You can download online learning presentations via the CIA’s eConcrete portal on a wide range of concrete related topics. Learn about adhesive and mechanical anchors, hot-weather concrete, cold-weather concrete, concrete repair techniques, moisture in concrete slabs, and much more.
CIA’s Recommended Practice and Current Practice Notes are all available on demand for members of the Institute. In particular, the Recommended Practice – Good Practice through Concrete Design, Supply and Construction is a must for all contractors, big or small.
With such a broad membership and delegate base, CIA is a great way to make connections in the concrete industry. Designers, specifiers, consultants, academics, researchers, government authorities and industry specialists are all part of the CIA community. Participation at technical events, workshops, on CIA committees, and via representation on external committees such as Standards, also extends your network. There are also specific focus groups of the CIA such as CIA NexGen (our Young Professionals) and CIA Women in Concrete where you can make connections with like minded peers.
Internationally, CIA has connections with affiliated global groups such as American Concrete Institute, Asian Concrete Federation, RILEM, fib, and many others, opening doors to the world.