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The latest announcements, headlines and news briefs from within the industry.

Talking Geopolymers with Sydney Metro


The Australasian (iron & steel) Slag Association and University of NSW recently met with Sydney Metro to discuss all things Geopolymers. Our Executive Director, Craig Heidrich and UNSW Professor, Stephen Foster, were given the opportunity to meet with sustainability personnel to share "what we have learned from our seven (7) year research journey into low carbon 'geopolymer' concrete”.

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Bis Industries 60th Anniversary


Current and former employees, community leaders and customers of leading specialised production services company Bis have gathered together in Whyalla to celebrate the company’s 60th year of operating in the important South Australian town.

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CRC for Low Carbon Living Wraps Up


At the end of this month the CRC for Low Carbon Living will close its doors after delivering evidence-based research to industry, government and the built environment sector for seven years.  We have developed 20 modelling and forecasting tools, completed 150 projects, and published more than 800 papers and reports, many directly informing government policy. 

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ASCP News Updates - November 2019


The Australian Society for Concrete Pavements has released details about upcoming events.

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The 10th EuroSlag Conference took place in Greece earlier this month.

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ASCP News Updates - October 2019


Catch up on all things happening in the world of the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements!

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Bis Industries take over GFG contract


Bis, a leading provider of specialised production services to mining and industrial customers, has been awarded the contract to become the single materials handling contractor for GFG Alliance in Whyalla.

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Concrete Pavement Events


ASCP Brisbane Forum & CPEE Concrete Pavement Design and Construction Course

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The 29th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, NSW. Taking place from 8th of September to 11th of September 2019. The focused theme for Concrete 2019 was: 'Concrete in Practice –Progress through Knowledge'.

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Changes To Australian Standards


A number of Australian Standards in accordance with Methods for the Sampling & Testing of Aggregates have been amended recently. The purpose of the Standard is to provide general information on the requirements of standard pieces of equipment used throughout the AS 1141 series for the testing of aggregate and rock for engineering purposes.

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European Slag Conference 2019


The 10th EUROPEAN SLAG CONFERENCE will take place in the at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece, from October 8th to 11th 2019, organized by the Laboratory of Building Materials of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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Geopolymer Concrete in the Spotlight


In June 2019, the Sydney City Council along with University of NSW and Wagners Concrete worked together to lay 15 metres of Geopolymer Concrete in a busy street of Sydney. The project was part of 7 years of research together with UNSW and the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, which saw the concrete laid to undergo 5 years of testing against regular concrete laid as a control. 

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Vale Doug Prosser, OAM


It is with deep sadness that the Australasian (iron & steel) Slag Association (ASA) learnt last week that Doug Prosser, OAM and inaugural Executive Officer of the Australasian (iron & steel) Slag Association (1989 - 1998) passed away last week after a short battle with illness.  He is survived by his beloved wife Marie.  All members past and present offer his family our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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Sydney drives world-first green roads trial


In the first trial of its kind, we’ve taken industrial waste from coal-fired power stations and steel manufacturing to create a new roadway. Working with researchers from the University of NSW, we’ve replaced a section of roadway on Wyndham Street in Alexandria to test the green concrete’s durability. Made from fly ash and blast furnace slag, geopolymer concrete is a sustainable blend of concrete and recycled materials.

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Methods for sampling and testing aggregates, Part 28, Ball mill value


Please note that the following draft’s public comment period is due to close in three days.

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Commemorating 100 Years! - NSA


One hundred years ago, the National Slag Association was created near Washington, DC with the goal of promoting the use of blast furnace and steel furnace slag. In September, Craig Heidrich (ASA CEO) raveled to the states for the centennial celebration.

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Golden Jubilee 2020 - 50 Years Of Excellence In Concrete


The Concrete Institute of Australia will celebrate 50 years in 2020. The Institute was originally formed when members of the Australia Prestressed Concrete Group proposed a change in 1968 where it was resolved to adopt the name Concrete Institute of Australia. 

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CE-012 - AS 1141 series of Amendment Projects out for Public Comment


Standards Australia have advised that the AS 1141 series of the below Amendment projects are now out for Public Comment.  The closing date for public comments on all projects is 30/05/2019.

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ASCP Concrete Pavements Forum: Brisbane


The ASCP's first Concrete Pavements Brisbane forum for 2019 will be held on 10 April.

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ASA in the News: Low Carbon Concrete Defies the Waves


@AuManufacturing, a news and analysis website run by the Australian Manufacturing Forum, recently posted an article on the CRC for Low Carbon Living's project, demonstrating the use of high-density Geopolymer Concrete (GPC) in coastal protection. The Australasian (iron & steel) Slag Association (ASA) have been involved with the project, alongside the CRC-LCL.

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