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We facilitate smart, industry-led research

SmartCrete CRC is an incorporated company, limited by guarantee. The governance model is based on the principles and recommendations of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program. SmartCrete CRC will: Provide an opportunity for SME’s to participate in, and nominate, research projects Promote networking, training and knowledge transfer opportunities amongst SME’s.
SmartCrete CRC will provide an opportunity to partner with other segments of the industry and research community to improve the delivery of breakthrough advancements in the cement and concrete product market.

SmartCrete Program Overview

SmartCrete exists to foster industry-research collaboration which drives the development of Australia’s concrete industry, enhancing sustainability, productivity and longevity of concrete infrastructure. SmartCrete’s research portfolio covers three core research streams:

SC Engineer Solutions

Engineered Solutions

Improving the way we
engineer concrete structures
to enhance sustainability,
longevity and fit for purpose

SC Sustainability

Sustainability, Environmental and Disposal

Improving sustainability of
new infrastructure as well as
the longevity and durability of existing concrete structures.

SC Asset Man

Asset Management

Improving the monitor and
manage our concrete assets
to better understand health,
use, structural integrity and
degradation rates.

SmartCrete Project Development Process

In order to be truly industry-led, SmartCrete is changing the way it calls for projects. The new 5 stage process was launched in July 2022 and will be run quarterly.

SC Step1
1. Theme Selection

Based on insights from Industry, SmartCrete will select one or two “Themes” each quarter to focus the challenge discovery process.

SC Step2
2. Industry Challenge Design

Key industry participants are brought together for a facilitated design session focused on:

1. Futurecasting
2. Identifying key current challenges to the future vision

SC Step3
3. Reverse Pitch

The challenge set identified by industry is ‘Pitched’ to the SmartCrete research community asking for EOIs from researchers who have ideas for solutions to test.

Sc Step4
4. Industry Review

Industry participants are brought back together to review the innovative solutions proposed and choose the research team(s) to undertake the project(s).

SC Step5
5. Agile Delivery

Agile project management principles are built into the way we run, monitor and assess projects to ensure outcomes meet industry needs and are driven towards impact pathways.

Have an idea?

Do you have an idea that we could run through our design process? We want to hear from you!

SmartCrete will set new Themes for industry challenge discovery each quarter. If you have an idea for the theme, we want to know:


*How does it align with our Core Research Streams?

*Who are the industry stakeholders who have a stake in this theme?

*What is the potential size (value) of the challenges in this theme area?

If you are interested in undertaking new research within the SmartCrete CRC, we encourage you to respond directly to the Industry Challenge Sets as they are released.


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SmartCrete CRC would like to acknowledge the funding provided by the Commonwealth through the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program.


Smartcrete CRC acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional owners of the land on which the office stands, the Wattamattagal clan of the Darug nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

© 2022 SmartCrete CRC. ABN: 71 641 784 161

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