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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.
E-mail: ict@concrete.org.uk

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.
E-mail: ict@concrete.org.uk

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.
E-mail: v.ferrandiz@imperial.ac.uk

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 ctct.org. 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.
E-mail: ctct@ccsassociates.com
url: ctct.org

ICT and University of Leeds enter into partnership for Advanced Concrete Technology
The Institute of Concrete Technology is the international body that recognises professionals in the field of concrete technology by sector-specific qualification and grades of membership. Similarly, the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds has a long tradition of world leadership in concrete research, and has an aspiration to promote educational activities in the occupational field of concrete technology. This has culminated in the University and Institute signing a partnership agreement for jointly promoting postgraduate programmes (MSc and PG Diploma) in Advanced Concrete Technology and educating concrete technology experts who, on graduating, would be eligible to become a corporate member of the Institute. Professor Basheer, who developed the academic programmes, said this is a historic moment for the University because the partnership will make an impact on industry through producing graduates with both academic and professional recognition in the field of concrete technology. Professor Mike Grantham, President of the Institute of Concrete Technology, after signing the agreement said, the Institute is looking forward to working closely with the University so that the concrete industry’s need to have a well-educated workforce could be met with specialist graduates from the University. Admissions to the programmes are through both academic and approved prior learning routes, fulfilling the University´s policy on widening access. As the mode of delivery of the programmes is distance learning, a global intake of the programme is expected. The University has already admitted 15 students from Australia, Europe, Oman, South Africa and the UK to its inaugural programme. Applications for the next academic year are already open.

Young Researchers’ Forum II: Construction Materials - 19 February 2014 at UCL

The Institute of Concrete Technology, in partnership with University College London and Loughborough University, presents the second biennial Young Researchers’ Forum: Construction Materials. 

 

Summary: The Forum aims to give post-graduates and early-career appointees experience of presenting and exposure to a wider audience.  It is an ideal opportunity for companies to catch up with cutting-edge thinking and innovative developments, and to make contacts for future research and commercialization.  Themes include Cement hydration; Durability and Testing; Waste materials; Nuclear waste immobilisation.

Speakers: Over 40 researchers from 9 countries have been invited to present; 16 to speak, with as many as 30 posters displayed alongside. 

 

Cost:  £25, incl. lunch.  (Students £15; non-members £35)

E-mail: ict@concrete.org.uk
url: www.ucl.ac.uk/aim/conference-info/yrf

Examination success for 114 concrete technologists

Candidates from around the world sat the ICT’s examinations in concrete technology and construction in 2013, many passing with credit or distinction:

 

Concrete Technology and Construction

Stage 1: Concrete Practice        14 passed (3 with credit and 10 with distinction)

Stage 2: General Principles        60 passed (15 with credit and 4 with distinction)

Stage 3: Practical Applications  19 passed (4 with credit and 3 with distinction)

Aggregates in Construction:       5 passed (2 with credit)

Stage 4: ACT Diploma:             16 passed (1 with distinction)

 

Represented by the registrants were Australia, Belgium, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Netherlands, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, UAE, UK and Zimbabwe, confirming the wide geographical spread of the Institute’s activities.

 

The suite of Concrete Technology and Construction examinations leads, through four stages, to the ultimate award of the prestigious Diploma in Advanced Concrete Technology – the concrete sector’s leading qualification in the subject.


 
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