History of Sprayed Concrete
The Sprayed Concrete Association was originally formed in 1976 by a small group of leading Gunite Contractors. Although the Association has grown considerably, the Members remain committed to the following aims:-
- Promote and develop the practice of sprayed concrete
- Produce and maintain specification and codes of practice
- Educate and train in the use and techniques of sprayed concrete
- Promote discussions and technical exchange of information to advance the technology of sprayed concrete Recognising that the quality of sprayed concrete and its reputation is dependent on the operatives in the field, the Association has worked closely with CITB to introduce an NVQ for operatives.
SCA Membership is divided into four categories as follows. Full Members: contracting companies, based in the UK engaged and established in sprayed concrete; who have demonstrated their financial stability and technical ability, provided a proven track record and employ only fully qualified nozzlemen on sprayed concrete contracts. Associate Members: Manufacturers, companies and organisations directly concerned with sprayed concrete work, materials or equipment. Overseas Members: As Full Members but based overseas; and Consultant/Honorary Members. Click here to request a membership pack.
There is a disputes service for clients using a member of the Association in the unlikely event of a problem arising. SCA also has a CDROM presentation which is available to engineering practices, consultancies, main contractors etc about the use and application of sprayed concrete. To book a presentation ring SCA Office on 01420 471622.
The SCA has worked closely with Professor Simon Austin (Loughborough University) over the years to advance the development of spraying techniques including fibre reinforcements. Loughborough University is now working closely with several SCA members in an adventurous piece of research to take construction technology way beyond anything the industry has seen to date. Click here for more information on Freeform Construction: Mega-scale rapid manufacturing for construction.
SCA and EFNARC have jointly produced a European Specification for Sprayed Concrete which is available on the publications download page.
Nozzleman Registration Scheme - To renew you cards or to apply for the scheme please click here to download the form which should be completed and sent to the SCA Office.
Structural Concrete Alliance Award - The 2015 winner was Concrete Repair Association member Bersche Rolt for concrete repair and coating works they completed to the Barry Island Eastern Shelter.. The Awards Evening 2016 will be held on 17 November.
Structural Concrete Alliance held its first Practical Demonstration Day at Vinci Technology Centre . For more information and photographs please click here
Workforce development - TUCA offers a wide range of courses for anyone who is joining or already working in the tunnelling and underground construction industry. Click here