The Concrete Institute (TCI) and the South African Coal Ash Association (SACAA) have formed a working relationship to make coal ash research and information available to all interested parties via the TCI Information Centre.
Susan Battison, TCI’s Information Specialist, says the new cooperation will have mutual benefits for both the Information Centre and SACAA.
“The Information Centre collection currently contains 5 000 reference documents about fly ash and the added information and input from SACAA members will substantially expand this number. The Information Centre is well known and widely used by the entire construction sector for research and to consult reference works, so it is ideally positioned to have extensive information on coal ash available at one central point,” she explained.
Mark Hovy, president of SACAA, says the association was constituted in 1987 and has for 30 years played an important role in establishing the Coal Combustion Product (CCP) industry in South Africa by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific and technical information on ash utilisation in construction.
“The aim of SACAA is to promote and encourage the utilisation of CCPs where technically feasible, sustainable and economically viable. Membership is open to individuals, companies, academia, non-governmental organisations, as well as regulatory authorities within government. Along with other international ash associations, SACAA established the Worldwide Coal Ash Council (WWCAC) which provides members with access to an international database of information. Housing such important information at the TCI Info Centre will provide convenient one-stop access for our members,” Hovy stated.
To search the TCI coal ash collection, visit www.cciinformationcentre.org/ActiveConnect2002/default.html.