Advanced Concrete Technology for Durable and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure

Online /
Jun 26 - 28, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0412-ONL24

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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)

Please note that it is a requirement for all attendees to sign a "Confidentiality Agreement" prior to receiving the course notes for this online offering.

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 the concrete performance
  • Interpret quality control data results for fresh and hardened concrete

The premature deterioration of civil infrastructure has created a colossal backlog of ageing concrete structures. Professionals must 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 improve 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 concrete: 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  

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

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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 mixed 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 sulphate 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 modelling
  • 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, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FACI, FCSCE, FAAIA

Professor and Chair

Moncef received his BASc from Laval University, MASc from Sherbrooke University, and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, all in civil engineering. Currently professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. He was previously the professor of civil and environmental Engineering at Western University, where he also served as associate director for Environmental Research Western.

His industrial experience includes serving as technical manager for three different companies. He was licensed as a professional engineer in British Columbia in 1998 and in Ontario in 1999. He is past chair of the ACI committee 555 on recycled materials, chair of the CSCE sub-committee on cement and concrete, vice-chair of the CSCE Mechanics Division, depute chair of the RILEM committee on concrete data science, and was co-chair of the Infrastructure Division of NSERC’s Discovery Grant Committee 1509.

He has provided consulting services for some world landmark projects including the world's tallest buildings, the world’s largest airport, the world’s most venerated pedestrian bridge, and the world’s deepest and second-largest water treatment plant.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

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

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