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Concrete NZ - Learned Society

About the Society

The NZ Learned Society facilitates the sharing of industry knowledge, participates in the development of concrete and construction & provides a foundation for building valuable business networks, in New Zealand and overseas.

The Society is a non-profit organisation where members reap the benefits of their combined contributions. It aims to encapsulate the wealth of expertise of its membership and to output this in the form of seminars, technical publications and conferences for the betterment of the concrete and construction industry at large.

Annual Conference

The theme for the 2019 conference was Concrete For Life, and as the name suggests it celebrated concrete's universally acknowledged durability and permanence.

While the conference had a new name, the successful format of previous years was retained, with attendees enjoying a varied, relevant, and interesting, technical programme.

The Rotorua Energy Events Centre is next year's venue (15-17 October 2020), providing ample opportunity to engage fully with the wide array of trade exhibitors who form such an integral part of the conference.

Concrete Awards

The biennial Learned Society Concrete Awards - Monte Craven Architectural, Infrastructure, Commercial/Industrial Building, Residential, Landscaping and Technology categories - are presented by the Society as a means of:

  • Celebrating excellence in the use of concrete
  • Recognising significant concrete projects
  • Increasing concrete knowledge and understanding
  • Supporting the appropriate development and use of concrete

Past winners have come from both large and small scale undertakings.

Seminar Series

In addition to organising the Concrete NZ conference, the Learned Society is tasked with offering a regular programme of technical seminars.

The seminar presentations of research or other scholarly work, given by professionals within the wider construction industry, encourage research and foster the development/adoption of new techniques for concrete design, construction, maintenance and repair.

The most recent seminar series covered the strengthening of existing concrete buildings using Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP). 2020 will again see a full schedule of seminars encompassing a range of topics.

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