Shotcrete 2024

August 14-15, 2024

Novotel Hotel, Preston VIC


Shotcrete has become established as an essential component of most underground space development. Recent years have seen a large increase in the amount of shotcrete used for civil infra-structure in Australia. The volume of work and demands for sustainability and price control have presented new challenges for suppliers, contractors, and specifiers involved with this material. The evolution of shotcrete technology over recent years, plus the large number of new people in the industry, has heightened the need for an update on new products, processes, and methods related to shotcrete application available within the industry.

In response to these demands, the Australian Shotcrete Society has organised a two-day workshop to be held on August 14-15, 2024, at the Novotel Hotel, Preston, in Melbourne. The workshop will cover a range of topics related to developments in shotcrete for ground support in Australia. The format will comprise a first day of lectures covering the essentials of shotcrete technology for all applications, followed by a second day focused on more advanced aspects of shotcrete relevant to civil tunnels and infra-structure. An optional field trip to the Victoria University fire testing lab is available on Friday morning after the workshop. There may also be a series of displays and exhibitions covering products of relevance to the shotcrete industry. A workshop dinner will take place on the evening of the first day. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Programme – Day 1

Time Item Speaker
9.00 Workshop Opening Stefan Bernard
9.10 Mix Design for Underground Shotcrete Des Vlietstra
9.40 Admixtures and Activators Ryan Salter
10.50 Spraying Fibres and Surface Finishes Tony Cooper
11.20 Training and Certification Jurij Karlovsek
11.50 Discussion All
12.20 Lunch  
1.30 Shotcreting Equipment Michael Johns
2.00 Waterproofing Systems Ulrike Pelz
3.10 Lining Analysis Methods Stefan Bernard
3.40 Fire Testing of Shotcrete Linings Maurice
4.30 Close  
6.00 Networking and Workshop Dinner  


Programme – Day 2

Time Item Speaker
9.00 Housekeeping  
9.10 SCM Supply in Victoria Chani Tennakoon
9.40 Shotcrete Use on the Snowy Hydro project David Gardiner
10.40 Experience with Recent Shotcrete Projects in Melbourne Denis Tepavac
11.10 Shotcrete Specifications Phil Clark
11.40 Discussion All
12.10 Lunch  
1.30 Contractor’s Perspective on Shotcrete Peng Li
2.00 General Discussion about QA Testing MC: Tony Cooper
3.30 General Discussion about Spraying and Quality Issues MC: Tony Cooper
4.30 Discussion All
5.00 Close  


Field Trip – Day 3

Time Item Host
9.00 – 1.00 Field Trip to Fire Testing laboratory, Victoria University Werribee Maurice Guerrieri

The cost for attendance at the workshop is $300 per delegate for one day, or $500 for two days. An additional fee of $60 is payable for the workshop dinner, and $30 for a field trip to the Victoria University fire testing lab. GST is applicable to workshop fees. The society is affiliated with Engineers Australia and attendance at the workshop will count toward Continuing Professional Development. Accommodation is available at the Novotel Hotel, Preston, and other nearby establishments. The cost of accommodation is not included in the cost for attendance. Contact Stefan Bernard on 0418-407-892 for technical queries, and the following website for further details and registration.