About Us
The Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU) is an active research unit at UCT's Department of Civil Engineering. We conduct research, teaching and consulting.
Our Aim
CoMSIRU's guiding principle is developing high-level personnel for industry, research and academia, while engaging in innovative and impactful research.
Testing Facilities
CoMSIRU's laboratories offer specialised facilities for concrete manufacture, testing of concrete properties and structural assessment of concrete elements.
CoMSIRU events and conferences
Events and Conferences
Meet the CoMSIRU team – our people attend a range of specialist conferences across the globe, presenting the work and representing the research unit.


Saturday, 19 September 2020
Limestone Calcined Clay Cements (LC3) Information Day, Cape Town, 19 November 2019
Expert briefing on limestone calcined clay cements – new downloads!

CoMSIRU was proud to host the LC3-Information Day in Cape Town on 19th November 2019. The workshop brought leading international researchers to Cape Town, and participants were updated on the latest developments in low carbon cements, specifically limestone calcined clay cements (LC3)... Download presentations

Publication Date:
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 16:45
CoMSIRU announcement
Announcement: Don't miss

Emer. Prof. Mark Alexander, notice of a unique workshop, 19 Nov 2019 in Cape Town: This workshop will bring leading international researchers to Cape Town and update participants on latest developments in low carbon cements, specifically limestone calcined clay cements (LC3)... 

Publication Date:
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 - 14:00
Atop Africa’s longest suspension bridge

Emeritus Professor Mark Alexander had always wanted to stand on top of a suspension bridge, just to soak in the combined forces of nature and structural engineering, the massive arcs of steel cable looping between pylons, mimicking the shape of a spider’s web, or a necklace around a woman’s neck.

Publication Date:
Tue, 07 May 2019 - 08:30
50 Years Concrete Society of South Africa
Set in stone – celebrating 50 years of promoting excellence and innovation

The University of Cape Town joined The Concrete Society of South Africa (CSSA) in celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The golden jubilee was commemorated with the installation of a concrete seat at UCT’s New Engineering Building ...

Publication Date:
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 10:00