Concrete Research Innovation Forum

Affordable and Innovative Infrastructure for Victoria

This Event was proudly cost-hosted by:
 Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia 

Victorian State Government
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

The 2018 Concrete Research Innovation Forum, was an opportunity for industry and academia in Victoria to meet, discuss common issues and develop the Victorian knowledge base for concrete. 

The event was designed to provide a platform for leading product specialists from the cement, aggregates and concrete industry to meet with principal academic researchers from around Victoria. In doing so, both can be informed of the issues current in industry, and learn of the breadth of research being undertaken into cement and concrete in Victoria. 

With over seventy (70) attendees on the day, there was significant discussion on what issues are facing the industry (click here for what issues were identified) and engaging discussions from leading industry experts and academics. Copies of the presentations are available below.


Industry Perspective - Presented by Warren South | Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia

Institution Perspective - Presented by Kwesi Sagoe-Crentsil | Monash University

Institution Perspective - Presented by Frank Collins | Deakin University

Institution Perspective - Presented by Sam Fragomeni | Victoria University

Innovation in Concrete - Presented by David McDonald | BG&E

Industry Perspective - Presented by Amy Wells | Boral Australia

Institution Perspective - Presented by Priyan Mendis | University of Melbourne

Industry Perspective - Presented by Shushant Mane | Holcim (Australia)

Institution Perspective - Presented by Sujeeva Setunge | RMIT

Industry Perspective - Presented by Paul Kidd & Bruce Perry | Cement Australia

Institution Perspective - Presented by Jay Sanjayan | Swinburne University

For further information, please contact Warren South, Director of Research & Technical Services on (02) 9667 8313 or email

About the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources:
The Department works across many portfolios to increase jobs, investment, exports and opportunities in Victoria. Our integrated and strategic approach stimulates innovation, competitiveness, confidence and sustainability in Victoria's economy. 

Victoria's Lead Scientist:
Victoria's Lead Scientisit works across the Victorian Government to foster linkages and identify opportunities for economic outcomes by engaging with business, the research sector, government and the broader Victorian community.
The priorities of the Lead Scientist are to:
- Advocate the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to Victoria's economic future;
- Enhance university/business engagement and identify opportunities to build scale of activities by facilitating partnerships;
- Scan the horizon for new technologies and provide high level strategic advice on potential social and economic impacts; and
- Advocate to improve the innovation capacity of the public sector.