A new Board of Directors was elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in October 2021.
Several members actively participated in the election process. We wish to thank everyone for their engagement.
The following members make up the new eight seat Board and offices:
James Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Silva Global PRESIDENT
Don Fraser (email@example.com) – Interspan VICE-PRESIDENT
Albert Haddad (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Crosbe TREASURER
Max Schweiger(email@example.com) – Individual SECRETARY
Tim Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Edge Consulting
Sander van Ameijde (email@example.com) – Dywidag
Lance Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Quantum Consulting Engineers
Andrew Ritchie (email@example.com) – Interspan
The Board generally sits for a two-year period. The next election will be held in October 2023.
A new rationalised committee structure was adopted in January 2022 which created three committee tiers which are itemised below:
- Membership and Marketing.
Chair: James Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) _ Silva Global
Chair: Tim Peters (email@example.com) – Edge Consulting
- Industry, Education and Training.
Chair: Sander van Ameijde (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Dywidag
As with most things in life, you get out of the PTIA what you put into it, so we would invite all members to become active in our committees. This allows you to participate in the process of forming the industry and adding value back to the whole industry.
We ask members to get involved and volunteer some time and ideas to share with the committees. Please reach out to the relevant committee chair to get involved in the committee activities.
PTIA – CARES:
Launch of APTS Non-Highway Structures
Proposed further APTSs:
- Highway & Civil Structures
- Stressing Bar
- Post tension related products
The CARES scheme has been gaining much needed momentum over the course of the last few months. The initial, UK-based, specifications were worked on collaboratively between the PTIA Technical Committee and CARES UK and have now been formalised, they are:
Quality and Operations Schedule for the Production and Supply of Prestressing Anchorages for Post-Tensioning Systems
Quality and Operations Schedule for the Production and Supply of Pre-bagged Grout Material for use in Post-Tensioning Systems
Quality and Operations Schedule for the Supply and Installation of Post-Tensioning Systems in Concrete Structures
CARES Registration Scheme for Competent Post-Tensioning Personnel
The PTIA and CARES have a strong alignment with ACRS and the CARES scheme references the ACRS specifications for strand.
“We need industry alignment” says James Woods – PTIA President.
“Without partnerships like this with local Australian likeminded and aligned organisations the scheme roll out would be a greater challenge than it already is”.
Once the specifications were finalised, CARES secured the services of Peter Tonkin, a locally based auditor. Peter is a seasoned Post Tension professional with over 35 years’ experience. His title is Technical Officer – Post Tensioning & Lead Auditor and his mandate is to ensure Post Tensioning Contractors and PT Kit manufacturers/suppliers provide a Quality Management System that complies with the requirements of ISO9001 and the Australian Post Tensioning Scheme.
The PTIA has been actively canvassing and presenting the scheme to relevant stakeholder groups. The PTIA and CARES have both made representations to the local Government departments of most states, Austroads, consulting engineers and head contractors, as well as participating in many Concrete Institute seminars.
We have launched the status of ‘Pathway to CARES’ for companies that have commenced the journey but not yet completed it. CARES audits are in several stages. However, if the stage one audit is satisfactorily completed then companies can receive a letter from CARES stating their ‘Pathway’ status. This will allow contractors and consulting engineers to specify the scheme and its requirements without reducing the field of possible contractors.
*Applications to CARES
The next exciting stage is the first key project which will have CARES specifications, CARES approved contractors and suppliers, all backed by both the head contractors and specifying engineers. The journey continues but critical momentum is steadily building. Contractors and suppliers are currently going through the process and certifications should be issued in April.
As always, any feedback or queries on any of the content in this newsletter please send us an email at email@example.com
A review of the PTIA constitution was undertaken in 2020/21 -the first review since 2008. The thrust of the review was to update the constitution to change how the PTIA was structured and to embed and embrace our new philosophy of expanding the membership beyond the contracting founding members to also include other stakeholders, such as, designers, product manufacturers, suppliers, main contractors and government agencies. The review aimed to create an equal opportunity for new stakeholders to get involved with the PTIA and to also enable the PTIA to represent the membership more effectively as a comprehensive industry association.
The revised constitution will be available shortly on the newly developed website.
Change of Name
In October 2021 it was proposed that the PTIA change its name to the:
Post Tensioning Institute of Australasia
This change was to enlarge the scope of the Institute to include those in the post-tensioning industry in New Zealand and the South Pacific. There are only a few industry participants in this region, so they benefit from being included in the Australian organisation.
The world is currently a very uncertain place, in times like this it can feel difficult to dwell on the positives when the world is facing difficulties and some people are struggling. That said, I would like to recognise the strong effort shown by many people at the PTIA. Their continued, voluntary, contributions to our primary purpose of fostering a viable and competent industry with high standards of design and construction of post-tensioning systems – for the benefits of members, their employees, and all their clients.
If we reflect back a few years, the PTIA only had six members and was in the preliminary stages of creating a plan. We decided at that point to create and agree to a plan and to then execute it. Fast forward to today, I am proud to say, we have realised much of this vision. We set out to grow membership, add value and collaborate on a PT industry-first scheme. All of this is underpinned by our desire to nurture a sustainable PT Industry
The CARES scheme is now well underway and gaining momentum. More and more PT companies, suppliers, engineers, and builders are embracing the CARES scheme. I greatly look forward to the first key project where we hope to bring all the scheme’s key stakeholders and specifications together.
Earlier this year we formed three key committees which are headed by different board members. The committees are Technical, Membership and Marketing, and Education and Training. These committees will aim to produce valuable content for our members.
Having now grown our membership from six to over sixty the PTIA has a much more diverse membership base. We thank all our members for their continued support and particularly those who have volunteered and assist with our important committee work.
Over the course of the next few months, we will provide more updates on the roll out of our new content and training.
We are always on the lookout for members who wish to play a more active role in the PTIA, if this is something you’re interested in please contact us by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive Officer’s Message:
As the construction sector emerges from the last two years which has been dominated by the global COVID pandemic combined with a tragic military conflict in Europe, against this grim backdrop, I’m impressed by the resilience of the PT industry and the great achievements made by the PTIA during these unprecedented and challenging times.
In late 2019, we embarked on a transformational strategy to update and improve the PTIA. We summarise some of the highlights below.
Our broader membership continues to expand as we attract members from the contracting, design, and product supply sectors. During the last two years we’ve implement many changes and engaged with a more diverse set of stakeholders in the post-tensioning industry. This engagement has increased contact with a wider audience, including government ministers responsible for building, government departments overseeing legislation and quality as well as various industry groups who share our objectives of improving the building and construction sector.
We have rebranded and repositioned the PTIA during this process, most notably geographically by formally changing the name of the Institute to the Post-Tensioning Institute of Australasia. This reflects our engagement beyond Australia’s shores to include New Zealand and the South Pacific region. We also amended and updated the PTIA Constitution to assist the strategic development aims of the Institute as an effective industry association. We remain not-for-profit but we do seek to offer increased value to our membership by increasing industry engagement, running events, and boosting education and training.
The reorganisation of the PTIA has rationalised the new committee structure which now has three core tiers under the management of individual chairs.
It was also a great pleasure for the PTIA to award a Lifetime Membership to Max Schweiger in October 2021. This was in recognition of Max’s contributions to the PTIA as a founding member and as a long serving member of the board and as Secretary. We thank him for his contribution to the post-tensioning industry in Australia, and internationally, during the past three decades.
Our members and volunteers are the lifeblood of the PTIA. We thank all of them for their continuous effort and support.