CMIC18 - Building Tomorrow's Australia

In the context of the biggest infrastructure boom in Australia's history, the Construction Materials Industry Conference 2018 (CMIC18) was held from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 September 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. The Conference was designed to widen the scope of information exchange, educate industry on trends and developments occurring within and outside of industry, while also providing concrete networking opportunities. 

Construction materials quite literally provide the foundations for the Australian economy, with every person in Australia annually requiring eight tonnes of rock to build our schools, hospitals, roads, houses and shops.

The three day Conference provided an opportunity to look towards the future, with industry leaders and key experts encouraging participants to think about the opportunities and challenges in innovation, technology, economics, politics, energy and workplace diversity.

To better understand the uncertain and changing domestic and global landscapes, participants were able to hear from Financial Journalist and Commentator, Michael Pascoe; Futurist, Chris Riddell; Energy Security Board Independent Chair, Dr Kerry Schott; Greater Sydney Commission Deputy Chief Commissioner; Geoff Roberts; Edelman Australia CEO, Steven Spurr; and Paralympian, Kurt Feranley, among others. For full details on their presentations click here to view the conference program.

In addition to the forward looking plenary sessions on Day Two and Three, the CMIC Industry Innovation Day provided the opportunity to hear over 24 "TED style talks" from industry representative on new ways of working, covering topics including health, safety, environment, operations and community engagement.

The Industry Exhibition, which had over 47 exhibitors, connected industry with equipment suppliers to help meet the growing demand for construction materials.

The Conference provided opportunities to network, with Hitachi sponsoring a Welcome Reception, Construction Materials Insurance Australia hosting a Business Leaders Lunch, and Komatsu supporting the Conference Gala Dinner featuring the 2018 National CCAA Innovation Awards.

CMIC18 was co-hosted by Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) and the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) and attended by over 620 delegates. Please find links below for access to the CMIC18 photos and speaker presentations.

Speaker Presentations

How Safe is Safe Enough? | Presented by Sandy Hughes | HM Technologies

Building Talent for the Future | Presented by Paul McNay | Holcim (Australia Pty Ltd)

ME Looking after ME | Presented by Evan Holt | Hanson Australia Pty Ltd

Pre-Empting the Challenges of the Projects Approvals Process for New and Expanding Quarries | Presented by Natasha Reifschneider | AECOM

Why has my Quarry Moved? | Presented by Erik Birulis | Landair Surveys

Holcim Bli Bli Quarry - Floating Flocculation System | Presented by David Smith | Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd

In Search of Excellence | Presented by David Millar | Concrete Institute of Australia

Ahead of the Game - Modular Grinding Plants - Standalone Solutions for Australia | Presented by Christian Altherr | Gebr. Pfeiffer

The Australasian Academy of Quarrying | Presented by Clayton Hill | Institute of Quarrying Australia

Classroom in a Cement Plant | Presented by Peter Ives | Cement Australia

Community Leadership at Adelaide Brighton - iWomen Program | Presented by Vanessa Rodeghiero | Adelaide Brighton

Deer Park Quarry - Dame Phillis Frost Centre Partnership | Presented by Luke Brown | Boral Australia

Consultation & Innovation | Presented by Jason Fitzpatrick | Boral Australia

Tramp Metal Detection | Presented by Jess Morton & Robert Arezio | Thermo Fischer Scientific & Minprovise 

Innovative Transport of Test Cylinders Lead to Safe Handling | Presented by Michael Booy | Hanson Australia Pty Ltd

Innovative Approach to Concrete Washout Water Recycling in Australia using the Filter Press | Presented by Krish Pande | McLanahan Corporation 

SMARTCONSTRUCTION Concept | Presented by Aaron Marsh | Komatsu Australia

Macroeconomic Narrative | Presented by Michael Pascoe | The New Daily

Renewables Rethink, Reconsider, Replay | Presented by John O'Brien | Deloitte

Snowy Hydro 2.0 | Presented by Gordon Wymer | Snowy Hydro

Quarry Regeneration: The Eye of the Beholder | Presented by Bruce Harvey | resolution88

Workplace Gender Equality | Presented by Janin Bredehoeft | Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The presentations above are those to which the conference organisers have received authorisation to publish. 

Finally, a special thank you to CMIC18 sponsors an exhibitors: