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ICT-RILEM Partnership Signed
The Institute of Concrete Technology and RILEM – the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures – have formed a partnership to support each other’s technical and dissemination activities in relation to concrete and cementitious materials. At a specially convened online ceremony on Wednesday 7th October, the presidents of each organisation signed copies of the agreement: Prof Ravindra Gettu for RILEM and Rob Lewis for the ICT. Also present were Hans Beushausen and Daniela Ciancio from RILEM and Prof Basheer, Raman Mangabhai and Edwin Trout from the ICT. The agreement provides for the exchange of news, publicity and publications, collaboration on joint meetings, reciprocal support for each other’s events, along with contributions to respective publishing programmes and the endorsement of educational and CPD activities.

ICS/ICT annual lecture
Organised in conjunction with the Irish Concrete Society, the 2020 ACT Lecture was entitled ‘Concrete in a World of Zero Emissions’ and was given by distinguished materials chemist Fred Glasser, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. The lecture was held on 30 January, at Trinity College Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland.

ICT Yearbook 2019-2020 now published
The 24th edition of the ICT Yearbook has now been published. In addition to the customary inclusion of papers presented at the annual technical symposium, abstracts of reports and dissertations submitted for the award of Diploma or MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology and an interview with Dr John Newman HonFICT, this year’s book includes additional articles of general interest. An account of the progress of low carbon cements in China accompanies historical articles on early concrete construction in France and the testing of cement in the London Main Drainage scheme. There is an explanation of the Institute’s coat of arms and the first of a new series on the work of the institute’s committees. The launch of the 5th edition of Lea’s Chemistry of Cement & Concrete is reported on, as is the new certification scheme for concrete field testing technicians. Of the three prize winning papers included, one is by the first student to win the newly launched ICT Prize for Best MSc Dissertation in Advanced Concrete Technology.

MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology
Seven industry-based students have graduated from the University of Leeds with the ICT-accredited MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology, the ceremony taking place on 12 December.

ICT Yearbook 2018-2019
The latest ICT Yearbook introduces some novel features for 2019, along with its regular mix of content. Included is a review of the first three years of teaching Advanced Concrete Technology at the University of Leeds, and the first of a series of technical papers entitled ‘Developments in …’ , in which a guest author discusses bendable concrete. In another new series, on significant concrete structures, the inaugural article describes the landmark stadia at White City and Wembley. This year’s ‘Face-to-Face’ interview is with Professor Ravindra Dhir of the universities of Dundee and Birmingham, and ‘Pioneers of concrete technology’ reviews the life of Sir Francis Meynell, under whom the C&CA’s research station at Wexham Springs was founded. As usual the Yearbook includes the symposium papers from the Institute’s annual Convention, reproduces prize winner papers from technical events held during the year, and gives details of recently awarded ACT Diplomas and Masters degrees.

ICT’s latest Annual Report
Reporting on performance in 2018, the Institute of Concrete Technology’s latest annual report was released at its AGM on 4 April, as part of the ICT Convention in Wembley Stadium. It includes financial and membership figures for 2018, and lists some highlights month by month. Outgoing president Raman Mangabhai reviews progress over the year and a final page reports on the Institute’s examination results and the technical meetings it has held.

Rob Lewis elected ICT President
Rob Lewis was installed as the Institute of Concrete Technology’s latest President at the annual ICT Convention on 4 April. His tenure runs to 2021, during which Professor P.A.M. Basheer (University of Leeds) will act as Vice President. Mr Lewis, Technical Marketing Manager at silica fume supplier Ferroglobe, is the Institute’s 11th incumbent and comes to the role with a vision to instill an enthusiasm for concrete and to highlight routes to a fulfilling career in the industry. Addressing members at the AGM he said: “The ICT and our partners have got to show the potential of our industry, to fire up that next generation, to get concrete under their skin, into their bloodstream, to show them that this is a career with technical and practical skills. A career where there are all sorts of tangential avenues to follow. A career where we literally build the world for the future.” He also paid tribute to the outgoing President, Raman Mangabhai, whose energetic, two-year term included many ‘firsts’ for the Institute, including an international conference, the ICT Showcase, a remote learners’ workshop, an app to record CPD activity, and many other innovations. The Convention continued with a technical symposium exploring the theme of Efficient Concrete Construction, and concluded with a gala dinner that memorably included a display of Indian music and dancing. Papers from the Convention will be published in the ICT’s Yearbook this autumn.

ICT Yearbook 2016-2017
The ICT´s latest Yearbook has been published and is now available. It contains a blend of technical papers presented at ICT events, summaries of MSc dissertation, and articles of general interest.

Recognition from the Engineering Council
Every five years the ICT, in common with similar institutes that are Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council, is audited to ensure the maintenance of the procedures to the required standard. The Institute was audited recently and is delighted to announce the affiliation has been renewed for a further five years.

ICT and ACI sign International Partnership agreement
An International Partnership agreement was signed by Professor Mike Grantham, representing ICT, and Ron Burg on behalf of the American Concrete Institute at the latter´s Fall Convention. This agreement will facilitate closer working between the two major concrete organisations, in terms of information transfer and the development of educational courses internationally.

 
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