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Diagnosing Defects in Aging Concrete Structures and Developing Effective Repair Solutions

17 Professional Development Hours

After participating in the seminar, you will be able to do the following:

  • Diagnose durability problems
  • Apply non-destructive testing methods
  • Design surface repair strategies
  • Identify the best materials for repair
  • Achieve cost-effectiveness in restoration projects

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 for these structures. This course focuses on training participants to properly diagnose the root causes of damage in concrete structures, develop effective repair strategies, and select the right repair materials.

Case studies and observations of existing structures will enhance the learning process, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss actual cases that they have been exposed to in their professional practice.

Course Outline:

  • Mechanisms of premature damage in concrete structures
  • Non-destructive testing methods for hidden defects
  • Surface repair methods for concrete structures.
  • Epoxy injection of cracks
  • Repairing and strengthening using fibre-reinforced polymers
  • Condition survey of concrete structures
  • Failure analysis and forensic engineering

Who Should Attend:
Designers, Construction and Structural Engineers • Project Managers • Technicians and Technologists • Engineers in Training • Construction Inspectors • Inspection Officials • Facility Managers • Architects 

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Methods

Day I

  • Introduction: cement and concrete
  • Causes of concrete deterioration
  • Corrosion of embedded reinforcement
  • Frost action
  • Sulphate attack
  • Alkali-aggregate reaction
  • Dimensional stability (shrinkage, creep, thermal effects)
  • Construction defects, faulty workmanship and excessive loading
  • Shrinkage, thermal stress and other dimensional stability problems
  • Examples and case studies

Day II

  • Visual inspection
  • Reading cracks
  • Non-destructive testing methods:
    • strength methods
    • impact echo and other ultrasonic techniques;
    • Ground penetrating radar
    • infra-red thermography
    • non-destructive methods for corrosion inspection; surface assessment methods
  • Concrete Surface 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
  • Epoxy Injection of Cracks
    • Causes and evaluation of cracks
    • Technique and procedure
    • Repairing cracks
    • Case studies
  • Repair Guide for Concrete Structures
  • Materials for Concrete Repair
    • Polymer modified concrete
    • Fibre-reinforced concrete and shotcrete
    • Elastomeric coatings
  • Repair and Strengthening 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


  • Condition Assessment and Evaluation
    • Responsibilities
    • Checklist of inspection
    • Inspection planning
    • Documentation
    • Field observations and condition survey
    • Sampling and material testing
    • Evaluation
    • Final report
  • Forensic Structural Engineering
    • Implications of structural damage and failure
    • Litigation issues
    • Construction claims and the role of the engineer

Open Forum: Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Course Rating
4.6 out of 5

Overall rating of this course by its previous attendees!


This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 10/30/2024


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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