Technical Publications

Our online publications serve CCAA member companies, industry professionals, educators and students or anyone with an interest in cement, concrete and aggregate based applications and provides quality services, collections and facilities supporting our commitment to leading knowledge and sharing information in the heavy materials construction industry.  The collection includes access to CCAA technical publications including Guides, Datasheets and Industry Guidelines and is available for access 24 hours 7 days per week.

Guide to Concrete Construction 2020

Posted on 27/05/2020


Guide to Concrete Construction 2020

Posted on 27/05/2020


Safe Site Delivery Checklist

Posted on 3/05/2019
This Safe Site Delivery Checklist has been developed to assist concrete suppliers in determining whether it is safe to discharge to a concrete pump, including both line and boom pumps.


Guide to Residential Slabs and Footings in Saline Environments

Posted on 1/10/2018
Salts exist not only in coastal regions, but are present throughout the landscape, including the drier inland areas of Australia. These salts have the potential to not only affect the landscape and agriculture, but also the built environment.


Tolerances for Concrete Surfaces

Posted on 1/07/2018
Tolerances can be defined as the allowable variations from the specified values or performance levels. Setting tolerances also demonstrate that some degree of variation is inherent in all building work.


Handy Hints in specifying concrete buildings

Posted on 1/03/2018
Concrete is ideally placed to be the sustainable material of choice by virtue of its economics, thermal mass, durability, fire resistance, acoustic performance, adaptability, versatility and recyclability. This document highlights issues that should


Delamination of Concrete Industrial Floors

Posted on 1/02/2018
This data sheet highlights the potential causes of surface delamination of concrete industrial floors and pavements and makes recommendations to reduce the risk of occurrence.


Technical Note 78 - Ground Slag Properties, Characterisation and uses

Posted on 1/01/2018
In the Australian concrete industry context, the term ‘slag’ generally refers to ground, granulated, iron blast furnace slag – with the descriptors to be explained and developed in this technical note.


Technical Note 79 - Amorphous Silica properties, characterisation and uses

Posted on 1/01/2018
The amorphous silica materials are a class of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM’s) more diverse than the other SCM’s commonly used in concrete.


Residential Concrete Driveways and Paths

Posted on 1/12/2017
This Data Sheet provides guidance on the planning, design, construction, maintenance and specification aspects that need to be considered to ensure a successful concrete paving project.


Hot Weather Concreting

Posted on 1/10/2017
Most of the problems associated with placing concrete in hot weather conditions relate to the increased rate of cement hydration at higher temperatures and the increased rate of evaporation of moisture from the fresh concrete.


Technical Note 77 - Fly ash properties, characterisation and use

Posted on 27/09/2017
Fly ash, a by-product or ‘waste’ product from the combustion of coal, has become an important material in a variety of construction industry applications.


Technical Note 75 - Aggregate For Railway Ballast

Posted on 25/09/2017
This technical note provides background knowledge of the requirements used when supplying aggregates for use in railway ballast applications.


Technical Note 59 - Cements – manufacture, characterisation and use

Posted on 12/09/2017
While various materials may act as ‘cements’, this technical note will focus on Portland cement-based binders, including cement-only products and blends of cement with supplementary cementitious materials (SCM’s) such as fly ash, slag and silica fume


Ordering Premixed Concrete

Posted on 1/09/2017
With the many different designers’ specifications and suppliers’ proprietary products, it is important that customers are very specific as to their requirements when ordering concrete.


Specifying Concrete

Posted on 1/09/2017
This datasheet provides guidance on the preparation of specifications for the supply of premixed concrete.


Green Star Life Cycle Impacts – Concrete Credit 19B.1 User Guide

Posted on 1/09/2017
This document provides users of the Concrete credit with background information that will aid in meeting the technical intent of the credit.


The supply of Moist Roadbase Materials

Posted on 1/04/2015
Roadbases are quarry materials which are used in the construction of road pavements. They are made up of a combination of coarse and fine crushed materials which, when placed and compacted at the correct moisture, form a rigid layer.


Durable Masonry Specification Checklist

Posted on 1/04/2015
This datasheet sets out items in the plans and specification that the builder should review prior to ordering materials and commencing construction of any masonry.


Climate-Responsive House Design With Concrete

Posted on 1/04/2015
This publication covers the role of concrete in climate-responsive house design for each of Australia’s climate zones.


Removal of Mortar

Posted on 1/04/2015
This datasheet sets out procedures for removing mortar smears, splatters or stains from surfaces such as clay masonry, concrete masonry, concrete, timber, plasterboard, aluminium and powdercoated finishes.


Plastic Settlement Cracking

Posted on 1/04/2015
Plastic settlement cracks are so-called because they form while the concrete is still plastic, ie has not set.


Render for Small Projects

Posted on 1/04/2015
This data sheet provides guidance on rendering for small projects


Working Safely With Dry Concrete Materials

Posted on 20/11/2014
Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials. Anyone who uses concrete or is responsible for managing or supervising its use should be aware that it may be a hazard.


Technical Note 69 - Aggregate For Sprayed Bituminous Surfacing

Posted on 1/08/2014
This technical note provides background knowledge of the requirements when supplying aggregates for sprayed bituminous surfacing.