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.


Monday, 17 February 2020
Football match Civil Eng UG vs PG
Team UG scores at annual match

Old rivals met yet again on the 22nd of March for the annual football battle. As it goes, and has so for decades, UCT’s Department of Civil Engineering undergraduate final-years faced off against its postgraduate counterpart ...

Publication Date:
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 - 14:00
ISEE Africa 2019
CoMSIRU joins Africa’s experts in engineering education and research

The Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU) at the University of Cape Town was invited to partake in a key event on the African continent, the ISEE Africa: Innovation, Science, Engineering and Education ...

Publication Date:
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 - 10:00
CoMSIRU directors, staff and students
And it’s holiday time!

As the end of the academic year approaches, the CoMSIRU team, students and laboratory staff got together for a braai. (For our international readers: “braai” is the local South African term for a barbeque).

Publication Date:
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 - 09:00
Participants of ICCRRR 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa
CoMSIRU hosts international think tank on concrete repair

CoMSIRU is proud to host yet another International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting (ICCRRR) Cape Town. First held in 2005 and now in its 5th edition, the ICCRRR has established itself as one of the leading gatherings in the field globally.

Publication Date:
Fri, 23 Nov 2018 - 09:00