AS3850 Part 3 - Prefabricated Concrete Elements, Civil Construction

Wednesday 16 February 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
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Simon Hughes (Precast Concepts)

Over the past 25 years Simon has been involved in all facets of precast design and construction; from structural design and detailing, and site co-ordination to production and construction management.

Simon commenced work as a consulting structural engineer and has since worked at two of Australia’s largest precast companies, most recently with Westkon Precast, where he has been instrumental in the successful completion of hundreds of precast projects. Simon recently started Precast Concepts Pty. Ltd, primarily involved in offering independent technical advice and conceptual design.

Simon is a Chartered Professional Engineer of the Institute of Engineers Australia; a past president of the Concrete Institute of Australia (Victoria Branch), a member of the National Precast Association of Australia, and is an Australian representative on Commission 6: Prefabrication of the Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib), or the International Federation for Structural Concrete. Simon is also the CIA representative of BD-066 responsible for drafting the Australian Standard AS3850: Prefabricated Concrete Elements.

Rod MacKay Sim (Hillside Engineering)

Rod is a graduate of UNSW School of Metallurgy (now Materials Engineering) who has led the development of some of the critical technologies which enabled the safe, rapid, efficient construction of precast structures. These included “Swifltift” which transformed construction. These systems provided quick, reliable, safe connections for the construction of buildings, bridges and a host of civil applications which we now take for granted as well as “Nirvana”, the insulated precast concrete sandwich panel system, “Studrail” - headed reinforcing and “Reidbar” - threaded reinforcement and connection systems. 

Rod has been granted numerous patents for lifting and anchoring systems both in Australia and internationally, presented at conferences and published technical papers covering his research.

He is presently engaged as a technical consultant to Ancon, is a member of the advisory committee for “CIES” (the Centre for Infrastructure and Safety in Engineering, UNSW) and has collaborated with the Civil Engineering Dept. at Sydney University in ongoing Research and Development.

Over the years, Rod has been a member or participant in several Standards Committees for Wire Ropes and Strands, Reinforcing Steels, Powder Actuated Fastening and a founding member of Committee BD-066 which developed the first Australian Standard for Tilt-up and Precast Concrete elements, published in 1990. In 2008 he initiated a project to revise this standard and was appointed Drafting Leader for Committee BD-066 which developed AS3850:2015 Parts 1&2 for elements used in building construction, with Part 3 for Civil applications published in 2021.

Rod is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Australia, Certified Materials Professional, Honorary Member the Concrete Institute and a member of  National Precast Association.

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AS3850: Prefabricated Concrete Elements (Joint presentation between Simon Hughes and Rod MacKay Sim)

Following the release of the significantly updated Parts 1 & 2 of AS3850 in 2015, the next instalment, Part 3: ‘Prefabricated Concrete Elements – Civil Construction’ was released last year.

This presentation will look at the development of the Standard, with a focus on Part 3 and some of the critical items that have been included.

Steven Kikhel (PSA)

Steven is a Principal Engineer at PSA with over 15 years of hands-on experience in precast and tilt-up manufacturing. He has worked closely with all major precast manufactures and engineers by delivering the most efficient and safest designs in lifting and temporary bracing systems in precast projects. Steven has also worked on a number on land-mark projects, such as, East Link, Peninsular Link, Brisbane Airport, Sydney Airport, and Melbourne Airport and a numerous government defence projects.

Erection Design Engineer in Precast Construction

Steven’s presentation covers for main areas -

1.      Erection design engineers and their practical role

2.      Value of a good erection engineer

3.      Design vs buildability

4.      Conservative design vs safety

Stephen Roach (ACTU & CFMEU)

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