NZCS facilitates the sharing of industry knowledge, participates in the development of concrete and construction & provides a foundation for building valuable business networks, in New Zealand & overseas. We would welcome your membership & participation into this long-standing, respected & highly valued industry organisation.

Goals and Activities

The New Zealand Concrete Society is a non-profit organisation where members reap the benefits of their combined contributions. It aims to encapsulate the wealth of expertise of its membership and to output this in the form of seminars, technical publications and conferences for the betterment of the concrete and construction industry at large. NZCS is a learned Society with a focus on technical excellence and is not influenced by any external commercial interests.

The New Zealand Concrete Society is in the unique position to provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge and experience between members and to disseminate this information for the benefit of the concrete and construction industry in general. The goals and activities are:

Provide a forum for the discussion by its members of matters relevant to the objects of the Society. Industry representation on behalf of the membership is provided by the NZCS Council. This body comprises a broad cross section of industry representatives who are committed to promoting good concrete construction and developing industry networks. The Council will establish and maintain relations with appropriate local, national and international bodies where this will further the objectives of NZCS.

Affiliate and liaise with other organisations of similar or allied interests. NZCS interests are very much interrelated with industry groups such as the Cement and Concrete Association of NZ, NZ Ready Mixed Concrete Association, NZ Concrete Masonry Association, NZ Master Placers’ Association and Precast NZ. This is a powerful network of industry groups and effective liaison and partnering with these other organisations can only strengthen the position of concrete in the market place and extend the level of knowledge. Overseas affiliated organisations are: The Federation Internationale du Beton (fib), The American Concrete Institute (ACI) and The Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA).

Support, and undertake where appropriate, training courses and seminars. NZCS participates and facilitates training at all levels within the concrete construction industry. It assists in identifying innovations that can enhance our industry and areas of concern that need attention. NZCS has been involved in seminars such as “Concrete for Engineers”, “Industrial Floor Construction”, “Quality Concrete – Successful Management”, “Concrete Durability and Specification” and “Specialty Concretes”. It partners with other industry groups to produce these seminars and they are structured to assist designers and practitioners. In addition, NZCS has agreements with ACI and CIA, which enables it to obtain benefits such as pre-packaged seminars, website links and reciprocal member entitlements for technical publications and conference registrations. Courses and seminars will generally qualify for IPENZ continuing professional development credits.

Disseminate information on prestressed and reinforced precast and cast insitu concrete and related materials. The NZCS is associated with a regular programme of functions, including technical meetings, seminars and conferences. A bi-monthly NZCS newsletter is e-mailed to all members to advise them of key items of interest. A free subscription to “concrete ” (the Cement & Concrete Association quarterly newsletter) is also provided and this contains information on a variety of concrete industry related issues. Internationally, NZCS has long term relationships with the Federation Internationale du Beton (fib) and ACI. Through these affiliations, the Society has access to publications and the opportunity to join international committees as consulting or corresponding members.

Encourage research and foster the developments of new techniques for design, construction, maintenance and repair. The Society promotes R&D, facilitates academic research and provides a study fellowship each year.

Participate in the development of appropriate standards, codes of practice and specifications. Invitations to contribute and comment on concrete and other related standards are sought from NZCS and its members.

Provide a channel for discussion with Government, Government departments, or other organisations. Together with CCANZ and other industry groups, NZCS is able to participate in key political issues.

Concrete Conference and Concrete Awards

A key activity on the NZCS event calendar is the annual Concrete Conference. This conference allows both members and non-members to participate in the whole range of NZCS activities with broad industry participation. Internationally renowned keynote speakers are sought to address conference delegates. A wide range of technical papers are presented on projects, design, methodologies, materials, innovative techniques and R&D. This conference is an excellent opportunity to participate in professional development and network with key people in the industry.

Every two years, NZCS invites applications for the Concrete Awards. These comprise the Concrete, Monte Craven Architectural Building, Infrastructure, Residential, Landscaping, and Technology Concrete Awards. This is an opportunity for industry to applaud excellence in concrete construction and the awards are presented at the Concrete Conference. These prestigious awards are keenly contested and provide deserved recognition for outstanding achievements in the advancement of concrete practice in design, construction, rehabilitation or research.