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Introduction to Composite Repair and Rehabilitation of Infrastructure – Sydney

Start Date 10 June 2015 Add to my calendar
End Date 10 June 2015
Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location Sydney
Members $360 each
Non members $470 each
Students $175 each

This one-day introductory course on repair and rehabilitation of infrastructure using composite materials is designed for engineers unfamiliar with composite materials and/or their use in repair applications, as well as composite technicians seeking to learn about infrastructure repair.

The members rate applies to members of Composites Australia and Engineers Australia. This Technology Seminar will also be held in
Adelaide on  21 July, 2015 – view details and register at this link…
Melbourne on 29 October, 2015 – view details and register at this link…


Retrofitting and reconstruction of bridges is gaining momentum domestically and internationally to cope with increasing traffic loads and to address the structural deterioration of a
significant proportion of aging road and rail infrastructure.

Advanced composite materials are proving to bring many advantages to infrastructure repairs including:

  • ease of installation – reduced labour, heavy transport and machinery costs PLUS overcomes access issues PLUS reduced disruption to the public (users)
  • superior life – corrosion resistant, superior fatigue life
  • superior strength and energy absorption
  • overcomes environmental issues associated with steel repairs over waterways and other sensitive environments

These performance advantages are leading to advanced composite repair solutions to support increased traffic loads and the rehabilitation and repair of major and minor road bridges, as well as the construction of bridges for cyclists, pedestrians and off-road vehicle needs.

Course outline

Registration: 8.30am to 9am

Session 1: Review of Composite Materials, Processes, Applications and Issues
General introduction to composite materials, manufacturing processes, industrial applications and issues

Session 2: Composite Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures (General)
Introduction, history, definitions, applications, advantages, disadvantages and issues, current research and developments

Session 3: Repair of Steel Infrastructure including Example Repair Analysis for Overwrap Repair
Design philosophy, types of repair, repair procedures and materials, inspection and validation.
Walk-through of standard ISO TS 24817, including calculations, comparison of fibreglass vs carbon
Case studies on repairs and analysis
DNV recommended practice for certification of patch repair

Session 4: Repair of concrete via composites
Concrete structures rehabilitation design philosophy, types of repair and strengthening, procedures and materials, site inspection to application, relevant standards

Review, discussion

1700 hrs:  Close 

About the presenters

Dr Andrew Gunnion is the Program Manager for Operations & Sustainment within the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS).  In his current role, he oversees a five-year, $25 M research and development program for aerospace, defence and oil & gas industries.  The program considers repair design and analysis methods, inspection methods, surface preparation, repair materials and processes, durability, structural health monitoring and certification for a number of industry applications. Dr Gunnion has 15 years experience in advanced composite materials research and development.

Dr Pedram Mojarrad is a Civil Engineer and is currently Product Manager – Refurbishment at Sika Australia. Concrete Repair and Protection, Structural Strengthening and Grouting fall under his portfolio. Pedram has been in the construction industry for 13 years, working for consulting engineers and construction chemicals firms. Pedram received his PhD in Concrete Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.
He is a committee member of Australian Standards’ new AS-5100, Part 8, Bridge Rehabilitation, in which for the first time, FRP composites have been introduced in a normative format.

Mr Andrew Sarkady is a Civil Engineer and is currently Business Development Manager – Construction Systems at BASF Australia Ltd. Andrew’s 28 years of construction industry experience, includes 7 years with a leading consulting engineer. He has worked on solutions for major infrastructure projects with an intimate knowledge of the full range of construction materials. These include Concrete Admixtures, Repair and Protection, Structural Strengthening, Performance Flooring, Engineered Grouts and Waterproofing, and over 15 years’ experience with FRP materials within the construction industry. Andrew is Chair of the working group for Appendix A “FRP Strengthening” for the Australian Standards’ new code AS 5100.8 (Bridge Repair and Rehabilitation) and the new President of the Vic Branch of the Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA).


Register by completing our secure online registration form below, or download the brochure and registration form to fax or email your registration. Download the form at this link


Anna Civiti, Composites Australia
T: 039429 9884