Advanced Concrete Technology for Durable and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure

Online /
Apr 6 - 8, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-0404-ONL22

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

Day 1: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 2: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 3: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Apply modern concrete technology in concrete projects
  • Develop performance specifications for concrete projects
  • Create more durable and sustainable concrete mix designs
  • Select suitable test methods to evaluate concrete performance
  • Interpret quality control data results for fresh and hardened concrete


Premature deterioration of civil infrastructure has created a colossal backlog of ageing concrete structures. Professionals need to design structures that can exceed their service life even in harsh environments and with minimum maintenance and repair. This, however, requires a solid understanding of concrete technology and the interaction between structures and their environment.

This course consists of several workshops which provide state-of-the art knowledge on durable and sustainable concrete, including mineral additions and chemical admixtures that enhance the workability, strength, and durability of concrete. The workshops will also enhance your decision-making process regarding various concrete products, construction procedures and performance test methods.

Course Outline:

  • Cement chemistry, hydration and microstructure
  • Supplementary cementitious materials
  • Concrete chemical admixtures
  • Workability of fresh concrete
  • Concrete mixture design
  • Concrete test methods and quality control
  • Modern concretes: HPC, SCC, FRC, UHPC, mass concrete and thermal stress, pervious concrete and shotcrete
  • Service life prediction
  • Concrete construction sustainability

Who Should Attend
Project Managers • Civil and Asset Engineers • Construction and Quality Engineers • Design Engineers • Technicians and Technologists • Plant and Facility Engineers • Business Owners

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Daily Schedule
10:00 Session begins
6:00 Adjournment (Day 1 & 11) and 1:30 pm on Day 3

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Workshop I: Portland Cement Chemistry, Hydration and Microstructure

  • History and manufacturing of cementing materials
  • Chemistry of Portland cement
  • Different classes of cement and their applications
  • Cement hydration reactions
  • Microstructure of hydrated cement

Workshop II: Supplementary Cementitious Materials and Chemical Admixtures

  • Pozzolanic reaction
  • Fly ash; Ground granulated blast furnace slag; Silica fume
  • Other supplementary cementitious materials
  • Effects on workability, mechanical properties and durability
  • Hydration accelerating and retarding admixtures
  • Air-entraining admixtures; Water reducers; Superplasticizers
  • Shrinkage reducing admixtures; Corrosion inhibiting admixtures
  • Alkali-aggregate reaction inhibiting admixtures
  • Other admixtures

Workshop III: Aggregates + Concrete Rheology

  • Fine and coarse aggregate grading for concrete
  • Density and voids
  • Durability features of aggregates
  • Recycled aggregates
  • Concrete workability and rheology
  • Effect of mixture design on workability; Models for concrete rheology
  • Modern rheology characterization tools


Workshop IV: Mixture Design of Concrete, Batching, Placing, Finishing and Curing

  • Selecting mix characteristics
  • Mixture proportioning principles and examples of mixture design
  • Batching and mixing guidelines
  • Consolidating concrete; Example of placing on hardened concrete
  • Joints and joint layouts
  • Finishing; Curing methods and materials
  • Formwork, form removal

Workshop V: Designing Concrete Mixtures for Durability

  • Designing concrete for extended service life in corrosive environments
  • Designing concrete for freeze-thaw durability
  • Designing concrete for durability to sulfate attack
  • Designing concrete for durability to alkali-aggregate reaction

Workshop IV: Designing Mass Concrete and Mitigation of Thermal Cracking

  • Thermal stress
  • Thermal differential prediction and modeling
  • Case Studies


Workshop IIV: Special Concretes

  • Self-consolidating concrete
  • High-performance concrete
  • Pervious concrete
  • Fibre-reinforced concrete
  • Shotcrete

Workshop IIV: Sustainability of Concrete Construction

  • Basics of concrete sustainability
  • Sustainable concrete rating systems
  • Examples: precast concrete, foundations
  • Sustainability and relevant design codes

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Moncef L. Nehdi, P.Eng., Professor, FACI

Dr. Moncef L. Nehdi, Ph.D., P. Eng.

Moncef is an award winning academic, researcher, teacher and industry manager with over 25 years of experience in concrete technology, durability, sustainability and structural applications. He is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University, and the Founder and Director of NCS Inc. He previously was Technical Director for Imasco Minerals Inc. and Technical Manager for BCS and MTL. A Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the American Concrete Institute and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering , he is recipient of many awards including the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Ontario Professional Engineers (PEO) Engineering Medal for Research and Development, the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, the CSCE Horst Liepholz Medal, the CSCE Whitman White Award, the Bill Curtin Metal from the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers, the ASEE Faculty Fellow Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, along with several best paper awards. He has also been an invited keynote speaker for several international conferences. Moncef has been providing consulting services for high profile projects in Canada and abroad for related concrete technology and concrete structures. A prolific author with more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, he has been active in several technical committees of the American Concrete Institute and the Canadian Standards Association, and a member of the Editorial boards of several technical journals. .

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 1.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 17 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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