The Institute of Concrete Technology has proudly launched its new webpage dedicated to the Students and Young Professionals Network (ICT-SYPro). Created to empower the next generation of concrete enthusiasts, this platform offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to connect, learn and grow in the concrete industry. With a vision to promote ICT through young members interested in concrete technology as an engineering discipline, the SYPro network fosters a supportive community and offers inspiring resources, industry insights, and networking events for professional growth and development. Join us on this exciting journey as we redefine the future of the concrete industry together.
Visit the new ICT-SYPro webpage to stay updated on upcoming events and be a part of this thriving network!
The Network will be updating you with further information regularly through their own Blog page at https://theict.org.uk/SYPro-blog.asp
University of Malta Professor Ruben Paul Borg welcomed a visit by ICT representatives in July saying - A pleasure welcoming and meeting a delegation from the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) UK, at the University of Malta - discussing with our research team the latest advances in concrete technology, quality concrete and research needs to support industrial applications... At the University of Malta, as the focal centre for construction materials and concrete in Malta, we strive to deliver excellence in research and in supporting industry. Thank you for your appreciation of the intense activity and I look forward to new and extended collaboration.
Photo show Professor Borg with ICT past President Raman Mangabhai and Treasurer of the Institute Gareth David at the University of Malta Msida Campus
The ICT were pleased to host the UK session of the ACIs now regular 24 hours of Concrete Knowledge on 12th July 2023.
The session was Moderated by ICT President Colin Nessfield who outlined the positive relationship between ICT and the ACI and how knowledge sharing and cooperation in producing this event and others would help to equip Concrete Technologists around the world, helping the world's largest manufacturing industry to de-carbonise their products, and that initiatives such as the recently launched ICT Student and Young Professionals Network will help to develop the Concrete Technologists of the future.
Featuring during the UK session was ICT Member and Director of the British Ready-Mixed Concrete Association, Gareth Wake, who presented the development of the soon-to-be released next edition of BS 8500, dealing with multi component cements and material combinations and the background information involved in its development and a presentation titled 'Climate Chance Resilient Permeable Infrastructure for a Sustainable Built Environment' by Dr. Alalea Kia of Imperial College, London.
For more information about the ACI 24 hours event, visit https://www.concrete.org/events/24hours.aspx
The Institute of Concrete Technology offer our very many congratulations to immediate Past-President Professor Muhammed Basheer on the news that he has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by His Majesty King Charles.
Professor Basheer released the following news on Social media yesterday:
I am pleased to share a happy news with my LinkedIn and Twitter friends. As you can see from the announcement today by the UK Government, copied below, I have been awarded a CBE by His Majesty King Charles at his birthday Honours list.
"Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Professor Paliarkarakadu Assen Muhammed Basheer FREng. Chair in Structural Engineering, University of Leeds. For services to Civil Engineering. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)"
This came to me as a surprise and I want to thank first of all the person who nominated me and those who supported my nomination (though I do not know who did both these). I was brought up and supported throughout my personal and professional life by many people, and if I try to list them here, it will be a long list. So, I just want to express my sincere gratitude to my parents, my family, my teachers and my friends who guided me and stood with me in my professional journey as a civil engineer. You can read some press releases by my current institution and the one where I will join in September, by clicking the links below.
Following the successful Convention and Technical Symposium, ICT Council are straight back to work holding their first full Council meeting on the 7th June, with newly installed President Colin Nessfield chairing his first full meeting, a well attended Council met mainly as a face-to-face meeting (with members joining remotely where appropriate, including from as far afield as Australia) at the MPA Precast Offices at Glenfield, near Leicester.
The offices are part of the original Rectory buildings dating from 1550 and are reputedly host to over 20 individual ghosts reported in the last 470 years. Another interesting feature of the buildings are the windows, with some sealed up and painted on as fake windows to save money following the introduction of the Window Tax in England in 1696. Our thanks go to MPA Precast for hosting the meeting.
The Institute of Concrete Technology launched its Students and Young Professionals Network (SnYPN) on 26th April 2023 at the Genome Hall, University of Cambridge ahead of their Annual Convention and Technical Symposium.
The Network aims to bring students and early career professionals together with concrete experts, helping to develop their interests and personal development and to encourage recognition of their achievements through membership of the Institute.
Led by ICT Student member Ar. Harshita Garg, enthusiastic young members and ICT past Presidents attended the meeting to discuss how Young members could come together and develop this network and get the support they needed to help them grow their careers. The Network launch was followed by a social gathering with members gathering again at the Symposium on the 28th (See photo). News of further development of the Network is eagerly awaited and information about getting involved with or joining the network can be made initially via the ICT Executive Officer.
At a formal certificate presentation ceremony at UU’s Belfast campus on 18th April students from an impressive cohort of 44 Ulster University (UU) entrants who had successfully passed the professional qualification ‘Certificate in Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 1 - Concrete Practice’ administered by the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), with 15 students passing with distinction, were awarded their certificates.
In addition to their Undergraduate courses of study, this accomplishment involved the students enrolling on a dedicated extra-curricular, FlexEd module at UU designed to provide the knowledge required to sit the formal ICT-accredited exam. A much appreciated benefit for the students was that fees for the professional exam were fully covered through an ongoing partnership between UU and the Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI).
Neil Cooke, ICT member and Chair of Concrete Society NI, commented that “While concrete’s important role in the future of the built environment is unquestionable, continued innovation and environmental improvement within the industry is essential. By gaining this internationally-recognised qualification, this group of UU students have made a significant commitment to this challenge, not to mention their technical knowledge base and employability”.
For further information about this initiative, please contact ICT Fellow and course director of UU FlexEd module PPD384, Dr Bryan Magee (email@example.com).
Just released and available for a limited time at the special introductory price of just £10, A history of the Institute of Concrete Technology - The First 50 years 1972-2022.
For more information Click here. or contact the Executive Officer
The Institutes Publication Committee are developing a series of Technical papers on concrete technology and related technical subjects, They have released the first technical paper in this series "Case Studies on the Performance of Recycled Aggregate in Service", co-authored by Dr Khaled Hassan, Dr Murray Reid and Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari.
Regular editions of Technical papers are scheduled for release and we will host them on a dedicated page here on the ICT website.
ICT Technical Papers are the original contributions of the individual authors, in their personal capacity, rather than reflecting the collective view of the Institute of Concrete Technology, but they are peer reviewed by the Publishing Committee and deemed suitable for publication under the ICT imprint.
Please click here to download
Announced at the Council meeting of Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) on 29th April 2023, agreement of an M.O.U. on behalf of Minerals Matter https://minerals-matter.co.uk/ with the Institute of Concrete Technology which agreed cooperative working and mutual support ahead in
promoting careers and training in our shared industry. Minerals Matter are the Minerals Industry project involving Employers, Educators, Industry bodies and professional institutes like the ICT to educate, engage and inspire the next generation of employees to be a part of the mineral products industry.
Pictured, Anthony Elgey (left), Standards Manager at Minerals Matter, and Colin Nessfield, ICT Vice President representing ICT President Muhammed Basheer as the agreement was announced.
Any student, or member under the age of 35, who would like details as they became available, please get in touch with Miss Harshita Garg,
a PhD student at the University of Leeds. Harshita can be contacted via ExecutiveOfficer@theict.org.uk in the first instance.
Network Launch: 26 April 2023
To form a committee and give direction to the initiative, a launch event is to be held on the evening of the ICT Convention at Hinxton Hall,
on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus to the south of Cambridge. The meeting starts at 18.00 for all those interested,
with a couple of presentations to get things started, followed by an informal meal, then drinks in the bar. There will be no charge to attend this,
or the ICT’s AGM the following morning, though student and member rates apply for the technical symposium and gala dinner on 27 April,
which we hope you’ll wish to participate in.
"Record your CPD via the APP - As all ICT members know, it is a requirement of membership to
maintain a record of their individual continuing professional
development. This record may be called upon for review by the
Professional Development Committee at any point, to ensure the member is
keeping up to date with professional developments.
Some members took up the original CPD app we introduced in partnership with MPQC and this worked well, enabling a uniformity of reports. Unfortunately, that app software is now obsolete.
The ICT has agreed, via MPQC, with the Institute of Quarrying to use their version. This has been sorted out and is available to everyone who previously had the MPQC one. As the Guinea pig for the IoQ app, I can report that this works, it is easy to use and gives a very clear display of the data. Said data can be presented as an Excel sheet for electronic transfer, or printed and sent in if you are called to justify your CPD.
If you do not have such an app - and are still writing it all out longhand - then this is so much better!
Please contact me (via our Executive Officer) to learn more."
Chair, Technical and Education Committee
Read more about ICT and Continuing Professional Development at https://theict.org.uk/continuing-professional-development.asp
The latest edition of the ICT Yearbook has just been issued at the conclusion of the Institute’s 50th anniversary year. It marks the celebration of that milestone with an outline of on the Institute’s 50-year history, an account of the 50th annual Convention – with its anniversary banquet and the award of the prestigious Silver Medal and honorary fellowships – and an account of a subsequent seminar held to celebrate the achievements of the ICT’s members in Ireland.
The book’s core content consists of nine technical papers presented by an international panel of speakers at the Convention symposium, treating fundamental developments in concrete technology as they have evolved over the five decades of the Institute’s existence. The first of these papers is by Professor Jorge de Brito of the University of Lisbon, who opened the proceedings by giving the 11th Sir Frederick Lea Memorial Lecture on the topical subject of Sustainable Concrete.
A commissioned article describes the lifetime achievements of Philip Brannon (1817-1890), an inventor and early pioneer of concrete technology, while regular features include the ‘Face to Face’ interview, this year with Dr Bryan Magee of Ulster University, and ‘Inside Committee’, with a look at the work of the ICT’s Admissions & Membership Committee. The Yearbook concludes with abstracts of the dissertations submitted in partial fulfillment of the MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology, awarded by the University of Leeds.
Copies of the Yearbook are available for review or purchase from ExecutiveOfficer@theict.org.uk
ICT President Muhammed Basheer and Vice President Colin Nessfield were warmly welcomed to the Minerals Matter (https://minerals-matter.co.uk/) offices in the first week of January by Future Careers Manager Emily Noble, with the aim of opening discussions on how both organisations might cooperate in providing and promoting skills and career development for Concrete Technologists and associated professionals, as well as encouraging students considering a career in the minerals industry.
Also meeting us were Viv Russell, CEO of the Mineral Products Qualifications Council and President of the Institute of Quarrying, and Anthony Elgey who leads development of sector standards for our Industry. The discussions opened up many potential areas for cooperation in the future and ICT Council will be considering the outcomes and possible opportunities ahead.
An exciting year is coming to an end soon. As depicted in the attached photograph, the highlight of the ICT’s year was our Golden Jubilee celebrations in central London in June followed by two regional events at Glasgow Caledonian University in September and in Dublin (supported by the Irish Concrete Society) in October. I take this opportunity to thank each and every one who made these events a great success. The year did reflect very positively also on activities and initiatives of our various committees, which I am sure our members are increasingly finding valuable in their professional career. Please join me to thank the relentless volunteers who made these successes possible for our Institute.
As 2022 comes to a close, we are marching towards welcoming the New Year, with more hopes and opportunities for us to engage in the mission and vision of our Institute. The 51st Convention and Symposium planned for 27th of April 2023 at Hinxton Hall, Genome Centre, Cambridge on ‘Low Carbon Concrete: Radical Developments and Challenges’ is a timely reminder to ourselves how each one of us could be part of the journey to achieve Net Zero carbon in the construction industry. So, please do mark this date in your diary and make every effort to register early to ensure that you will secure a place to attend this event.
I am Looking forward to another exciting year
ahead for our Institute.
Meanwhile, I take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you a fantastic Festive Season and a Happy New Year.
The University of Leeds held their Winter Graduation on Friday 16th December.
ICT President and Chair in Structural Engineering at the University, Professor P.A. Muhammed Basheer FREng and Programme Lead Professor Leon Black were pleased to be present at the ceremony at which Pawel Pyska and Richard Seniscal graduated with the MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology.
Many congratulations from the Institute to both Pawel and Richard for their achievement and best wishes in their future careers.
Our heartfelt thanks to Graham Taylor for his long standing contribution to the Institute and our Yearbook. Graham joined the ICT Yearbook Committee in 1997 to prepare the second edition, so has been in post almost as long as Committee chairman Peter Hewlett. He has played a central role in copy editing the papers submitted, but this edition is to be his last, stepping down from the committee this autumn. Meeting on Friday 25 November, Peter presented him with card from the committee and a half case of red wine in thanks for his many years of service, along with an ICT plaque and a certificate signed by the president.
Published 1st November - The first article of the RILEM Association
TC-282 work group 3 is now online. This article is now part of the
topical collection entitled "Calcined Clays as Supplementary
Cementitious Materials" of Materials and Structures, prepared by the
This article offers an updated review on what we know, what we need to learn and the challenges ahead in terms of understanding hydration of cementitious materials incorporating calcined clays and how to approach mix design.
The paper is openaccess to share with your network - read the article (and download) at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1617/s11527-022-02060-1.
As many do each year, technicians, testers, supervisor and others working in the concrete industry pass their exams in Concrete Technology, but some dont know how to take the next step. CTS (Construction Testing Solutions) group and new Technician member Doug Thwaites explain what came next for them.
"Douglas Thwaites, of our southern Structures and Pavements Team, has recently completed his Certificate in Ready Mixed Concrete Technology with the University of Derby and has now gone on to gain Technician Membership with the INSTITUTE OF CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY.
Doug commented: “I felt privileged to be given the opportunity by CTS, to further my knowledge within the industry by completing the Certificate in Ready mix Concrete Technology at the University of Derby. The course has allowed me to learn industry specific content, alongside fulfilling my role as Assistant Project Manager within the Structures and Pavements team and enabled me to apply for professional registration with the Institute of Concrete Technology.”
Matt Oliver, National Director for Structures, Pavements and SI remarked on the achievement: “It was great to see Doug gain his Technician Membership with the Institute of Concrete Technology; he is a valued member of the team who embraces our values. It is always gratifying to see a team member go above and beyond in their professional journey and Doug encouraging his team to follow in his footsteps with two further team members starting similar courses this year.”
Many congratulations to Doug and we look forward to further supporting him on his journey. To find out more about the wide range of membership levels available, click here.
7th October ICT 50th anniversary Event - Building on Concrete Foundations: An Irish Perspective.
Irish practitioners have been among the ICT’s membership from the earliest days, So a distinctly Irish celebration of the ICT’s 50th anniversary was proposed for 7 October, with a seminar on the progress of concrete technology in Ireland followed by a splendid lunch at the Davenport Hotel. The event was fully booked and generously supported by the Irish Concrete Society, which itself is shortly to mark its 50-year milestone.
Co-chair John Reddy, representing the ICT, opened the proceedings with introductions from Professor P.A.M. Basheer (President, Institute of Concrete Technology) and Professor Roger West (Chair, Irish Concrete Society) as well as a host of speakers dealing with many interesting perspectives covering over 30 years of the ICT in Ireland.
A full report of this event should appear in our 50th Anniversary Yearbook.
In further celebration of our 50th Anniversary, a celebratory Event was held at Glasgow Caledonian University on 29th September 2022 in the Annie Lennox auditorium.
Professor Agnieszka Klemm, ICT Council member, welcomed the delegates followed by a welcome address by Prof Carl Schaschke - Dean of School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment.
A good attendance, including ICT President Professor Muhammed Basheer, generated plenty of interesting discussion at the event with attendees especially reporting good catering facilities! Well done to all involved.
Visiting India recently, ICT President Professor Muhammed Basheer presented to nearly 150 academics, industrialists and professionals at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
During his visit Professor Basheer took the time to accept an invitation from the Indian Concrete Institute to meet at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is pictured here receiving the traditional felicitation by Professor Ramachandra, the incoming President of the Indian Concrete Institute and Professor Ravindra Gettu, former Dean of Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research, IIT Madras.
Professor Basheer also met with Mr. R. Radhakrishnan, Secretary General of ICI, Mr N.G. Muralidharan, Chairman of ICI Chennai Centre and Dr Sivakumar Kandasami, ICT India Regional Rep and Council member.
The year 2022 is significant for the ICT because it will be 50 years old. By any standards this is an achievement and will be celebrated, socially and technically, by the ICT, its members, and the concrete industry that it represents.
Over the last 50 years the Institute has staunchly supported education in concrete technology resulting in respected qualifications, professionalism, training, and the provision of relevant information relating to all things concrete. It has, and still does provide qualified professionals at all levels.
The last 50 years have seen many changes for concrete as a material and for the industry whether you are a provider or a user. The ICT has remained at the forefront of these changes and contributed significantly to responsible adoption and where relevant to adaption.
As part of the celebrations, in Scotland and Ireland, special one-day events will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University on 29th September and the Irish Concrete Society on Friday 7th October. These events are an excellent opportunity to learn and socialise in an atmosphere of celebration.
Available for free download from the ICT Website: A comprehensive guide on IMPLEMENTATION OF RECYCLED
AGGREGATE IN CONSTRUCTION in Qatar by DR KHALED HASSAN (IRD,DR MURRAY REID (IRD),
DR MOHAMMED BIN SAIF AL-KUWARI (MoE).
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) ran their 2nd 24 Hours of Concrete Knowledge Conference on July 12 & 13, 2022 and again the Institute of Concrete Technology supported the succesful event by acting as Co-Host for the UK leg of this World-wide event on the 13th July.
Two excellent technical presentations were made from ICT conttributors. Fellow and Past-President of the Institute Robert Lewis of Ferroglobe, with 'Practical Sustainable Concrete' looked at triple and quarternary mixes and discussed 'What is ‘low carbon concrete’ and how is it quantified?
From ICT Member Richard Swatton, for Wagners Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) 'Achieving Net Zero-Are Ternary Cements the Most Viable Low-CO2 Alternatives for Concrete Production and What are the Potential Barriers to their Implementation?. Richard also received an Award from ICT President Muhammed Basheer at the recent 50th Anniversary Symposium for his dissertation in support of his MSc at the University of Leeds.
The session was moderated by current ICT Vice President Colin Nessfield for the UK's hour long contribution to another successful event for the ACI.
At the recent successful Digital Concrete 2022 event, the third RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication held at Loughborough University at the end of June, the Institute of Concrete Technology were pleased to Award Ilhame Harbouz, Joint Ph.D. at University of Sherbrooke (Canada) and Ecole Centrale de Nantes (Laboratoire GeM - France), our recognition as the 'Best Presentation' of the Conference on her paper 'Printability assessment of cement-based materials using uniaxial compression test'. Many congratulation from the Institute.
On Friday 27th May, The Institute of Concrete Technology welcomed representatives from the Vietnam Institute for Building Materials to the UK. Hosted by the Mineral Products Association, the Institute's Vice President Colin Nessfield welcomed Assoc.Prof. Dr. Le Trung Thanh, President of VIBM and President of the Vietnam Concrete Association and his colleagues to the MPA offices in Glenfield, Leicester.
Discussions on a wide range of technical and sustainability activities in the UK and Vietnam were held, with a particular interest in the development of transportable 3D Concrete Printing technology and a number of mutual interests. The visitors were also welcomed by UK Concrete Campaign and Communications Manager Matthew Butcher, Sustainability Manager Dr Hafiz Elhag, and a remote presentation from MPA Director Claire Ackerman contributing to a successful day.
On their safe return to Hanoi, our visitors indicated that Vietnam are looking to potentially increase the use of Euronorms and associated British Standards and we have several areas of mutual interest, with the visitors and ICT being keen to maintain and improve contacts and communications in the future.