The Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU) is an active research unit in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town. The unit’s research is focused on durability of concrete structures, structural health monitoring, structural integrity assessment, and repair and rehabilitation strategies for concrete structures.
The guiding principle for CoMSIRU is developing high-level manpower for industry, research and academia, while engaging in innovative and impactful research. This is reflected in the strong integration between the unit’s research, education and technology transfer activities. The unit maintains healthy and active links with industry through an advisory board, involvement in professional bodies and continuing professional development courses, as well as postgraduate training. CoMSIRU’s well-established international links provide opportunities for collaborative research and benchmarking, which enables the research unit to continuously evolve and strengthen its niche research focus.
CoMSIRU’s research enjoys high impact as measured by scholarly productivity, inclusion in local standards, local and international awards and the demand for its graduates in industry.