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IRE AUS 2023 – Preliminary Program Presented by the IRE Australasian Branch
IRE AUS 2023 – Preliminary Program Presented by the IRE Australasian Branch


Sun 26 & Mon 27 March 2023 Rydges, Sydney Airport Hotel

Presented by the IRE Australasian Branch

Sun 26 March – Evening Welcome Function
Mon 27 March – Conference/Training Day
Mon 27 Evening – Conference Dinner $TBA

Members A$300 Non-Members A$400 End User / Retired / Student A$200
End User Speaker – no cost

The Rydges, special rate: $239 per night (Superior Queen Room) incl. one full buffet breakfast. Book direct and mention the IRE.

For more information, email Dean Tredinnick :
Organising Committee: Mark Prince (Aus Branch President), Mario Taddeo (Aus Branch VP), Dean Tredinnick (Secretary), Greg Connor (Public Officer) & Phil Walls (IRE President)
IRE AUS 2023, Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel 23-24 March 2023.


18:00 – 20:00 Welcoming Reception – Sponsored by 


8:30 Welcome, housekeeping– Mark Prince, IRE Aus President

8:35 Conference opening – Philip Walls, IRE President

Session I Chair – Phil Walls, IRE President

8:45 – 9:05 “BlueScope Green Steel presentation” (TBC)

9:10 – 9:30 “Design of Refractory Linings in a Virtual Environment Before Attempting Actual Changes in the Plant” Frank Soto, Managing Director, SOTO Group Pty Ltd, Australia

9:35 – 9:55 “Optimised Design for Refractory Lined Equipment” (TBC)

10:00 – 10:30 Networking / Refreshment Break

Session II : Chair – Greg Connor, IRE Australasian Branch Public Officer

10:30 – 10:50 “Liberty Prime Green Steel Presentation” (TBC)

10:55 – 11:15 “What is API 936? A Discussion Regarding the American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard 936, Refractory Installation Quality Control, Inspection and Testing Monolithic linings and Materials.”
Ivan Gray, Product Development and Testing Engineer, Vesuvius Australia Pty Ltd

11:20 – 11:40 “Monitoring Multi-Point Sensors in Refractory Linings” (TBC)

11:45 – 12:05 “Cement Kiln Developments at Boral” (TBC)
Mick Dubokovich, Consultant, Boral

Lunch 12:10 – 13:10

Session III Chair – Dean Tredinnick, IRE Australasian Branch Secretary

13:10 – 13:30 “Mount Isa Mines Cu-Sm Rebuild” (TBC)

13:30 – 13:50 “Furnace Monitoring” (TBC)
Daniel Zeelie, General Manager, Saveway Furnace Monitoring Africa (Pty) Ltd – South Africa

13:55 – 14:15 “Working with Refractories – An Update on RCS”
Linda Apthorpe, Lecturer: WHS Academic Program, Occupational Hygiene, School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong

14:20 – 14:40 “The Pros and Cons of Recycling Refractories”
Philip Walls, Director, Hitech Materials Pty Ltd, Australia, IRE President

14:45 – 15:20 Networking Break

Session IV Chair – Alan Blanch, IRE Fellow, Past-Secretary AU branch

15:20 – 15:40 “Glencore Technology Update” (TBC)

15:40 – 16:00 “Value Addition of Matrix Aluminas in Castable Properties & Performance”
Shankha Chatterjee, Applications & Market Development Manager India/SEA, Almatis Alumina Priv. Ltd.

16:00 – 16:20 “Preparation and Testing of Site Samples”
Mark Herring, Technical Systems Manager, Shinagawa Refractories Australasia Pty Ltd

16:20 – 16:40 Green Steel R&D Paper – TBC

End of Conference

17:00 – 17:30 IRE-Australasia AGM

19:00 – 21:00 Conference Dinner – Sponsored by  

A Safe Journey Home to all Attendees

In addition to the included number of delegates sponsors will have the opportunity to access a display area for brochures/product with banner display if required, as well as the opportunity to contribute to compendium/bags.

3 Attendees Free

GOLD – A$2500
2 Attendees Free

SILVER – A$1500
1 Attendee Free

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