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This course explains the mechanisms responsible for the deterioration of concrete structures, the methodology to inspect such concrete structures, as well as the materials and techniques that can be used for their protection, rehabilitation and repair.

Course Outline
After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:

Follow the visual inspection methods used by specialists
Select from a sound knowledge base, suitable testing methods
Interpret results of the various components of concrete structures to assess their useful life
Use the decision-making process involving effectiveness of restoration options and life cycle analysis
Benefit from up-to-date knowledge of the best materials for repairing existing concrete structures
Apply to your projects experiences of those who have monitored concrete structures over the years and
   have carried out restoration work
Boost your effectiveness in concrete structures evaluation
Harness new ideas to increase durability of your concrete structures by understanding causes of concrete failures
Employ relevant standards for your concrete restoration projects
Achieve cost effectiveness in your strategies of concrete restoration
Decide with confidence if replacement of concrete structural member can be avoided
Choose the right test for the right job, from among techniques such as acoustic emissions, magnetics, ground penetration radar,
   infra red and radioscopy and load capacity evaluation techniques


The deterioration of concrete structures is a very serious problem. Despite the costly and tragic failures of some North American concrete structures, there is currently a lack of guidelines and procedures for assessing, testing, classifying and prioritizing preventive and corrective action to initially mitigate the deterioration and ultimately restore concrete structures to safe, serviceable conditions.
In many cases, the evaluation of existing concrete structures is done by visual inspection.  However, many defects are not evident either because they are physically concealed, as in underground components, or lie beneath surfaces as in corrosion damage or cracking.  Likewise, once located, the impact of these defects on service life is difficult to determine.  Selecting appropriate and cost-effective rehabilitation measures is often hampered by limited information on the structural defects.

Engineers and other professionals need to keep abreast with the latest advances and recent successful experiences gained in the diagnostic methods, new materials and methods for the rehabilitation and upgrading of concrete structures. This course explains the mechanisms responsible for the deterioration of concrete structures, the methodology to inspect such concrete structures, as well as the materials and techniques that can be used for their protection, rehabilitation and repair. Participants will learn how to identify the causes behind the degradation of concrete structures, how to assess the risks associated, and how to mitigate those risks using informed decision making and sound repair and rehabilitation techniques. Case studies and observations from real world structures will enforce the learning process and participants will have opportunity to discuss real cases they have been exposed to in their professional practice.


To provide the information needed to identify the deterioration mechanisms, design and implement a professional Condition Assessment Program by identifying the tests that complement visual inspection, the concrete condition information that can be obtained from the tests, and how this information should be interpreted for protection and rehabilitation of concrete structures.

Who Should Attend

Construction and structural engineers, designers, owners, consulting engineers, architects, technicians and technologists, contractors, facility managers, construction inspectors, inspection agency officials or building managers with responsibility for maintenance or rehabilitation of both public and private concrete structures, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of speciality products and those who need to know what testing methods best apply.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:30      Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:40      Why Concrete Deteriorates Part 1
            • Introduction: cement and concrete
            • Causes of concrete deterioration
            • Corrosion of embedded reinforcement
            • Frost action
            • Examples and case studies

10:10    Refreshments and Networking

10:30    Why Concrete Deteriorates Part 2

            • Sulphate attack
            • Alkali-aggregate reaction
            • Examples and case studies

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Why Concrete Deteriorates Part 3
            • Dimensional stability (shrinkage, creep, thermal effects)
            • Loads, workmanship and other causes
            • Examples and case studies

2:00      Refreshments and Networking

2:20      Monitoring and Inspection

            • Visual inspection
            • Reading cracks
            • Non-destructive testing methods: strength methods, impact echo and other ultrasonic techniques, radar, infra-red,
               non-destructive methods for corrosion inspection, surface assessment methods
            • Guide for making condition survey
            • Routine monitoring
            • Investigation following the identification of the need for preventive action

4:30      Adjournment

Day II: Review of Day I and Preview of Day II

8:30      Concrete Repair – Strategy and Economics
            • Surface preparation methods
            • Surface repair techniques
            • Repair strategies
            • Compatibility between substrate and repair material
            • Replacing corroded bars
            • Pinpointing and repairing structural deficiency

9:30      Refreshments and Networking

9:50      Epoxy Injection
            • Causes and evaluation of cracks
            • Technique and procedure
            • Repairing cracks
            • Case studies
10:50    Other Materials for Concrete Repair
            • Polymer modified concrete
            • Fibre-reinforced concrete and shotcrete
            • Elastomeric coatings
            • Penetrating and film forming sealers
            • Moisture protection systems for joints

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Repair Using Fibre-Reinforced Polymers (FRP)

            • Surface preparation
            • Repair materials
            • Strengthening for axial load
            • Strengthening for flexural load
            • Strengthening for shear load
            • Case studies and design guidelines

3:00      Refreshments and Networking

3:20      Case Studies
            1) Reinforced Concrete and Precast Prestressed Parking Garages

               • Condition evaluation
               • Load capacity evaluation
               • Interpretation and rehabilitation
               • Maintenance and restoration within budget 

4:30      Adjournment

Day III : Review of Day I and II and Preview of Day III

8:30      Case Studies

            • Bridge decks
            • Exterior Walls
            • Balconies
            • Fire Damage
            • Foundations

9:15      Forensic Structural Engineering
            • Implications of structural damage and failure
            • Litigation issues
            • Construction claims and the role of the engineer

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:20    Presentation and Interpretation of Condition Survey Reports

            • Responsibilities
            • Check list of inspection
            • Inspection planning
            • Documentation
            • Field observations and condition survey
            • Sampling and material testing
            • Evaluation
            • Final report

12:00    Open Forum-Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

12:30    Luncheon, Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Moncef Nehdi
Dr. Moncef Nehdi, P. Eng., is a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, and the Founder and Director of Nehdi Concrete Solutions (NCS Inc). Prior to joining academia, he held senior positions in industry.  An award winning researcher and teacher, he is for instance the recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Young Member Award for Professional Achievement from the American Concrete Institute, the Faculty Fellow Award for Excellence in Engineering Education from the American Society of Engineering Education, along with several best paper awards. He has also been an invited keynote speaker for various international conferences.  Dr. Nehdi has been providing consulting services for high profile projects in Canada and abroad for instance related to the rheology of cement-based materials,
solidification and stabilization of by-products, non-destructive testing, durability and repair, and difficult design details of concrete structures. A prolific author with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Nehdi has been active in several technical committees of the American Concrete Institute and The Canadian Standards Association, and a member of the Editorial board of several technical journals.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.5 CEU / 15 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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