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AGM date and seminars in Brisbane

The Australian Stone Advisory Association (ASAA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at Rydges Hotel, Camperdown on Thursday, 17 November, commencing at 4.30 p.m. The AGM will be preceded by a meeting of the current board which will commence at 2.00 p.m.

The Directors meeting and the AGM may be followed by a seminar. Check back with the ASAA website for more information at a later date.

The venue is: Rydges Hotel, Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW

Directors Meeting: 2.00 p.m.
Swear In New Board:​ 4.00 p.m.
Annual General Meeting:​ 4.30 p.m.
Seminars Commence:​ 6.30 p.m. (To be advised)
ASAA will provide finger food and beverages.

Oh the 27th October in Brisbane, MAPEI Australia
will host our ASAA seminars. 
See here full details of the seminar programme.

To reserve seat(s) SMS, call 0431 388127 or email


Over the last few months the ASAA Board has discussed two key questions:

  1. Provision of a wider range of valuable benefits to financial members.
  2. How to enlarge the membership of ASAA by making it a broader church which represents all of the key elements of the industry.

In regard to item 1, the Board are examining offers from the Marble Institute of America (MIA) which would allow ASAA to modify MIA industry survey material which would provide a valuable snapshot of industry trends. In addition ASAA could re-badge and modify suitable MIA documents that would be useful to ASAA members.

Item 2, is a potentially sensitive issue, however the Board is keen to expand membership by attracting greater numbers of suppliers, processors and installers of natural stone, many of whom also supply, process and install engineered stone.

To achieve this goal some elements of the existing constitution would have to be modified. Discussions will continue over the coming weeks with a view to making any required changes at the AGM in November. Financial members are invited to attend and express their opinion.

ASAA Brisbane Seminar hosted by Mapei Australia


The Board is delighted to announce its first seminar programme in Brisbane. The seminars will be presented at Mapei Australia’s new production facility on Thursday, 27 October.

Venue: Mapei Australia, 180 Viking Drive,  Wacol QLD

The schedule is:

5.30 – 6.15 p.m.​ Australian Dimension Stones presented by David West, Materialswise

Description: This presentation is an introduction to the range of natural dimension stones (granite, marble, sandstone, bluestone, slate, limestone) currently quarried and sold in Australia. It provides a brief historical context, and illustrates the range of Australian dimension stones through reference to an assortment of buildings and landscapes completed in Australia over the past thirty years. Details of resources with further information on these dimension stones will be provided.

Speaker background: David has over thirty years’ experience with the use of stone in buildings. He has run a stone testing lab, written standards for stone, inspected a wide range of stone quarries and fabrication plants worldwide, designed and specified major stone cladding and paving installations, and inspected and reported on many stone buildings and landscapes. David is a materials scientist by training, and currently consults on the use of stone in buildings.

6.15 – 6.30 p.m.​ Questions and answers

6.30 – 7.15 p.m. ​Preventing Dimensional Instability & Curling of Stone presented by Marco DeSantis, Manager of Research & Development, Mapei Australia.

Description: Choosing an appropriate adhesive for natural stone or agglomerate materials can be achieved by accurately assessing the products dimensional stability – sensitivity to water and thermal variations. Marco DeSantis will present an analytical classification system which measures the amount of deformation natural and artificial stones will be subjected to. Products are designated class A, B or C, and an appropriate adhesive is recommended. Learn about the associated specialised equipment and processes.

7.15 – 7.30 p.m.​ Questions and answers

7.30 p.m.​ Refreshments

A number of visitors will be invited to participate in a short tour of Mapei’s new laboratories.

To reserve seating call or SMS Tony Stock on 0431 388127 or email

Note: The content of all presentations are entirely generic

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