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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Designing High Performance Concrete Structures

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About the course

This course will introduce you to state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies for designing and specifying concrete subjected to extreme conditions.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of quality concrete construction
  • Provide design details to minimize concrete deterioration
  • Develop project specifications to improve concrete durability
  • Utilize the latest technology in concrete materials and construction methods
  • Reduce potential conflicts in specifications
  • Understand quality assurance methods for concrete
  • Recognize and solve potential problems with concrete construction

Course Outline

Day 1

Concrete in Extreme Conditions

  • Freeze-Thaw
  • Chemical Attack
  • Marine Environments
  • Abrasion and Erosion
  • High Strength Concrete
  • Self-Consolidating Concrete
  • Mass Concrete
  • Roller-compacted Concrete
  • Pervious Concrete
  • Ultra-thin White topping

Design Details to Reduce Corrosion

  • Crack Control
  • Concrete Cover
  • Materials and Mix Design

Day 2


  • Membranes and sealers
  • Cathodic Protection

Fundamentals of Quality Concrete

  • Materials
  • Batching and Delivery
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Day 3

Construction Methods

  • Handling and Placing Concrete
  • Finishing and Curing Concrete
  • Hot and Cold Weather Concrete
  • Construction Scheduling

Specifying Concrete for High Performance

  • Prescriptive versus

Day 4

Performance-based Specifications

  • Performance Criteria
  • Construction Execution
  • Pre-qualification Testing
  • Acceptance Testing

Day 5

Troubleshooting Concrete Failures

  • Plastic Concrete
  • Hardened Concrete

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for engineers who design concrete structures exposed to harsh environments such as bridges, roadways, plazas, parking structures, marine structures or any building with exposed concrete. Nearly every structure has one or more components that are potentially subjected to a harsh environment including freeze-thaw and chemical attack. Engineers must have a good understanding of these failure mechanisms to provide effective design solutions. Contractors and product suppliers will also benefit from this seminar.

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