CIES Research Impact

NPCAA

CIES & UNSW the first Tertiary Institution member of National Precast Concrete Association Australia (NPCAA).

Dr Ehab Hamed was prompted to contact the NPCAA after seeing a news story on the new Sandwich Panel Recommended Practice in the CIA (Concrete in Australia) magazine. He saw this as an opportunity for CIES to engage with the precast industry and to contribute to the industry by providing structural solutions that are more economic, durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Precast concrete walling is a great alternative to traditional construction techniques. The benefits offered by precast walling along with the growing availability of mobile cranes and the rising cost of bricklaying, have seen precast panels becoming the product of choice in the Australian construction market. In many cases, however, precast concrete wall panels are used blindly to some extent without adequate research findings to support methodologies.

Through NPCAA, Dr Hamed was invited to give a presentation about his work in their August 2015 meeting at Brisbane, where he aims to gain interest from industry about his research activities.