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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.

ICT Visit to Explore Manufacturing
The ICT is to visit Laing O´Rourke´s state of the art facility for off-site production, based in Worksop, Notts. The visit will commence at 10.30 on Wednesday 25th May with a brief introduction to Explore Manufacturing, followed by tour of the factory and conclude with questions and discussion over a light lunch.

ICT Convention: The Future of Precast
The 44th annual convention features a symposium on the ‘future of precast’, with topics ranging from an update on current industry trends – including sustainability, CE Marking and off-site construction – to technical developments such as smart railway sleepers and the use of microwaves in curing. And the role of precast concrete in major infrastructure projects, the risks and opportunities it faces, provides the focus for a strategic look ahead. Convention 2016 starts with the Institute’s AGM and concludes with a gala dinner. The event is open to members and non-members alike, and all are very welcome.

Young Researchers’ Forum III
ICT is supporting IOM3 in organising the third in a series of events aimed at young researchers. The Forum, held this year at Imperial College London, provides an opportunity for researchers involved in construction materials to present innovative work and exchange ideas in a friendly and supportive environment. It is aimed at PhD students, early-career researchers and new appointees in industry. Prospective participants’ abstracts should be submitted by 31st January.

CTCT Stage 3 course launches with Module One
Module 1 of the new CTCT online course for the Concrete Technology & Construction Stage 3 qualification, Practical Applications, is now available at This course prepares candidates for examination by the Institute of Concrete Technology, success at which is the qualifying requirement for Associate Membership, with designatory letters AMICT.

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