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CoMSIRU ISO 9001:2015 certification
ISO 9001 certification for CoMSIRU’s laboratories
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 10:00

CoMSIRU’s laboratory for structural integrity and concrete materials has been certified against ISO 9001:2015. This international standard is based on a number of quality management principles and ensures consistent, high-quality outputs. 

Construction World October 2017
Great read: Designing concrete for optimal performance
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:45

The cover story of the current Construction World magazine illustrates the importance of CoMSIRU’s research in concrete materials and custom design of performance-based concrete mixes for particular applications. Read the article on an AfriSam construction project, a bridge...

IITM Civil Engineering
Prof. Alexander’s work in Chennai, India
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 09:00

Emeritus Prof. Mark Alexander just returned from a six-week stay in Chennai, south-eastern India. As a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai, Prof. Alexander joined the faculty team...

Matongo Kabani Outstanding Student Engineering Award IHHA 2017
UCT PhD student receives IHHA award
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 09:00

Matongo Kabani, a doctoral student of the Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Unit (CoMSIRU) at UCT’s Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded the “Outstanding Student Engineering Award”...

Heavy-haul railway
UCT joins global rail discussions at IHHA 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 09:00

The 11th International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 2-6 September 2017, is a five-day event attended by close to a thousand delegates from more than 25 countries.

CoMSIRU team
CoMSIRU team at the fib 2016 Symposium
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:00

The fib Symposium 2016 in Cape Town took place in November 2016 at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business in the V&A Waterfront, bringing together fib members from around the world...

Musings of a professor
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 15:00

Prof. Mark Alexander of UCT delivered an unusual Snape Memorial Lecture, in which he shared personal anecdotes, paid generous tribute to his mentors, and offered some refections on the industry. We herewith bring you the shortened...

CoMSIRU staff and students
CoMSIRU Student Retreat 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:00

The annual CoMSIRU Student Retreat, held on the 20 of July, was again a wonderful opportunity for CoMSIRU students to get together, learn and get to know each other.

CoMSIRU Student Retreat 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 09:30

The Student Retreat, held in the new Economics Building of UCT on the 16 of July, was a wonderful opportunity for CoMSIRU students, who range from countries across the African continent, to gain knowledge through interaction and information sharing...

CoMSIRU Annual Panel Meeting 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 07:30

On Thursday 18 June 2015, members of various engineering organisations all stepped away from their normal work to take part in the fourth annual panel meeting of the Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU). 

Service life prediction models for reinforced concrete in the South African context
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:00

Service life prediction models exist at an international level, but it is essential that locality-specific models also be developed and calibrated, in view of the specificity of local environmental exposure conditions. Two such models are under development...

Construction industry supports research in CoMSIRU
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 11:45

The Concrete Materials & Structural Integrity Research Unit has been successful in securing new funding for its research. In the past, the Unit was mainly funded by the Cement & Concrete Institute (C & CI), who channelled funding from the cement industry to tertiary institutions.