OWICS08 had SUSTAINABILITY in the context of concrete as its theme. This
theme has opened up new fields and areas of research involving materials
technology, design, construction and management. Developers, building owners,
and industry professionals are now sensitive to the environmental impact of their
projects and there is global awareness of the need to balance environmentalism
with economic growth.
OWICS09 continues this focus with GREEN CONCRETE as its theme. As
indicated in the web page of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association of
U.S.A., concrete is increasingly being recognized for its strong environmental
benefits in support of creative and effective sustainable development. When
considering the lifetime environmental impact of a building material -- extraction,
production, construction, operation, demolition and recycling -- concrete is an
excellent choice to meet these goals. Concrete has been the construction material
of choice and it is the view of many that it will continue to play the lead role in
building infrastructure for future generations. Our built environment must be able to
accommodate our modern and demanding lifestyles whilst ensuring that the ability
of future generations to meet their own needs is not compromised.
OWICS09 is dedicated to Mr. Ken Day for his continued support and long
association with this conference series.
I would like to thank our authors and participants for their contributions. Thanks are
also due to the OWICS Honorary Chairmen, the OWICS Advisors, our Sponsors
and the Organizing Committee.
Khim Chye Gary ONG