Diagnosing Defects in Aging Concrete Structures and Developing Effective Repair Solutions

Online /
Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1017-ONL24

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

  • 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.

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

More Information

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

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


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


Moncef L. Nehdi, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FACI, FCSCE, FAAIA

Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Moncef received his BASc from Laval University, MASc from Sherbrooke University, and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, all in civil engineering. He is currently dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph. He was previously professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University and 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 the past chair of the ACI committee 555 on recycled materials, past chair of the CSCE sub-committee on cement and concrete, past chair of the CSCE Materials and Mechanics Division, is deputy 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 some of 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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