Inland Branch Technical Meeting: Concrete – getting it right (Kimberley and Bloemfontein)
In its quest to spread its footprint wider in the region, the Inland Branch held a technical seminar recently, in both Kimberley and Bloemfontein. More than 80 delegates attended the meetings which focused on getting concrete right from an operations point of view and also from the technical aspects.
The ‘Country’ member category has been launched in 2016, which carried a much smaller membership fee, commensurate with the reduced number of services that the Concrete Society could provide members residing more than 200 kms away from the branch centres, and in this particular case – Johannesburg.
The first presentation, given by Roelof covered concrete materials selection, testing and interpretation of test results. This was followed by a presentation by Johan van Wyk, General Manager of the Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA) who described pre-batching checks, batching and transportation of concrete.
The third and final presentation was given by George Evans form PPC who covered the more practical aspects of placing, finishing and the often-neglected, curing, of concrete.
The interest from the delegates was very high and question times were lively and interactive.
In concluding the meetings, the Chairman thanked the delegates for attending, particularly those had had travelled great distances to attend, for example for Uppington and De Aar to Kimberley.
He also thanked Chryso SA for their generous sponsorship of the two events.In his welcome and introduction, Chairman of the Inland Branch, Roelof Jacobs from Lafarge, confirmed that the branch will be making a visit to these two regional centres on a regular basis, if demand continues to be high for this type of event.