The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) will be staging a seminar on precast concrete road construction, Totally Concrete Roads, at this year’s Totally Concrete Expo, which is taking place from May 26 – 28 in Johannesburg. In addition, the Association is sponsoring a panel of experts which will be available to answer any question that visitors to Totally Concrete might have on any precast concrete-related aspect.
The Totally Concrete Roads seminar is being presented by independent paving consultant and former CMA director, John Cairns, who will discuss construction methodologies of precast concrete roads and the products used to build them. These include: concrete block pavers; kerbing; retaining wall blocks; culverts and stormwater pipes; beams and panels for road and foot bridges; street lighting poles and masts; and any other precast concrete product used in the building of roads and road infrastructure.
CMA executive director, Wally Armstrong says that the panel of experts will be comprised of leading experts in the field of precast concrete and that their prime purpose is to stimulate and promote the increased use of precast concrete in southern Africa.
“Unlike Eurasian and North American countries where precast concrete is the default building system in most applications, precast concrete is still under-utilised in South Africa, not to mention the rest of the continent. Precast concrete offers substantial advantages in terms of time and cost savings as well providing products with consistently high levels of quality and durability. This means it is well positioned to play a growing and significant role in meeting this and other African countries’ infrastructural, housing and structural requirements,” says Armstrong.
In addition to its concrete roads seminar and panel of experts at Totally Concrete, the CMA has taken a double stand at this year’s exhibition and nine of its members will be marketing their products and services on the stand. These include: Brickcast Industries; Concrete Units; Coverland; Echo Group; ReMaCon Products; Rocla; Schlusselbauer Technology of Austria; Techmatik of Poland; and Technicrete.