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, 27 February 2021
Season's greetings

The year 2020 has been a challenging one, not just for CoMSIRU, but for the world as a whole. Despite the challenges of managing work and life in the current pandemic, the research unit managed to get together at Cape Town's scenic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden...

Publication Date:
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 - 15:45
UCT and India's IITM to collaborate in civil engineering

The civil engineering departments of the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India have signed a memorandum of understanding to secure further research co-oporation and engagement ...

Publication Date:
Sun, 15 Nov 2020 - 08:15
CoMSIRU provides video lectures for Europe's concrete industry

Professor Hans Beushausen, Co-Director of CoMSIRU, has been selected by the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) to educate professionals in Europe's concrete industry on durability of concrete structures ...

Publication Date:
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 - 16:15
RILEM youth community to be formed

The General Council of RILEM, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, has formally approved the formation of a RILEM Youth Council (RYC) and youth community forum ...

Publication Date:
Fri, 09 Oct 2020 - 10:45