Precast projects at University of Auckland 2015 – 2016

by precastnz on November 30, 2015 · 0 comments

Rick Henry is supervising a number of research projects at the University of Auckland.

The new test hall at the Newmarket Campus
The new test hall at the Newmarket Campus

He arranged a meeting for Wednesday 25 November 2015 to give industry representatives the opportunity to review projects underway that involved precast concrete, and to have input into future directions for the ongoing research.

Industry was represented by Des Bull of Holmes Consulting, Alistair Russell of CCANZ, Rod Fulford of Precast NZ and Ashley Smith of Structure Design. University staff members Rick Henry, Jason Ingham and Ken Elwood were supported by 5 post graduate students involved in carrying out the projects.

Rick Henry gave an overview covering the three main streams:

  • Minimum reinforcement levels for new buildings to be incorporated into design codes.
  • Assessment of existing lightly reinforced walls and their observed performance in the Christchurch earthquakes
  • Precast panel connections, particularly for low rise construction

Then the following projects were covered:

  • Yi Qui Lu presented detail on wall reinforcing projects
  • Pouya Seifi on grouted connections
  • Lucas Hogan on dowel connections

Papers presented at the 2015 Concrete Conference had previously covered some of these in lesser detail.

The focus on practical solutions to incorporate into design requirements was particularly impressive. Their acceptance of industry input was very heartening.

The precast concrete industry is incredibly fortunate to have this relationship with the University of Auckland and it is to be encouraged and supported in any way we can. This also applies to the University of Canterbury where testing and research on precast concrete has a long history of cooperation.

Following the meeting, a tour of the new civil engineering testing laboratory at the Newmarket campus showed a advance on the Symonds Street premises.

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