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
Prof. Pilate Moyo on CNBCAfrica
Africa on track for heavy haul railways 4.0

In an interview with CNBCAfrica, Professor Pilate Moyo, Director of CoMSIRU, Head of UCT Department of Civil Engineering, and Chairman of Technical Programmes at SAHHA, shares insights into new technologies for heavy haul railways and South Africa’s role in advancing these on the continent. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 - 09:00
Alice Titus Bakera at Rilem Week 2018
Taking local research to the global stage: Alice Titus Bakera at RILEM Week 2018

Alice Titus Bakera, PhD student at the University of Cape Town’s Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU), reports on her experience at RILEM Week 2018 in Delft, Netherlands.

Publication Date:
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 - 09:00
Coastal concrete structure
CoMSIRU students score not one but two RILEM scholarships – and they are off to Delft to present their work

Joanitta Ndawula and Alice Titus have been awarded each a scholarship from RILEM, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures.

Publication Date:
Mon, 21 May 2018 - 09:00
Brian Abala (MSc), CoMSIRU
Professional status for Brian Abala (MSc) – Congratulations!

Congratulations to CoMSIRU's Brian Vukindu Abala for obtaining his practising licence as Professional Engineer (Civil Engineering) with the Engineers Board of Kenya. Brian, a Masters student of CoMSIRU, successfully passed the rigorous application procedure...

Publication Date:
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 - 15:15