Protecting and Repairing Concrete Structures

Online /
Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-1116-ONL22

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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: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 2: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 3: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • use the visual inspection methods used by specialists
  • select suitable testing methods
  • interpret test results of the various components of concrete structures
  • assess the useful life of concrete structures
  • apply up-to-date knowledge for concrete repair and restoration to your projects
  • evaluate concrete structures effectively
  • increase durability of your concrete structures by understanding the causes of concrete failures
  • employ relevant standards for your concrete restoration projects
  • follow cost-effective strategies for concrete restoration
  • decide whether or not the replacement of a concrete structural member can be avoided
  • choose the right test for the right job


The deterioration of concrete structures is a very serious problem, and there is currently a lack of guidelines and procedures for assessing, testing, classifying, and prioritizing preventive and corrective action to restore concrete structures.

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). 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 in diagnostic methods, materials, and techniques 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, and 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 the opportunity to share cases they have encountered in their professional practice.

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, manufacturers and suppliers of specialty products, and anyone who needs to learn about concrete testing methods.

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day I

Why Concrete Deteriorates Part 1

  • Introduction: cement and concrete
  • Causes of concrete deterioration
  • Corrosion of embedded reinforcement
  • Frost action
  • Examples and case studies

Why Concrete Deteriorates Part 2

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

Why Concrete Deteriorates Part 3

  • Dimensional stability (shrinkage, creep, thermal effects)
  • Loads, workmanship, and other causes
  • Examples and case studies

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 a condition survey
  • Routine monitoring
  • Investigation following the identification of the need for preventive action

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

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

Epoxy Injection

  • Causes and evaluation of cracks
  • Technique and procedure
  • Repairing cracks
  • Case studies

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

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

Case Studies

  • Reinforced concrete and precast, pre-stressed parking garages: condition evaluation, load capacity evaluation, interpretation and rehabilitation, maintenance and restoration within budget


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

Case Studies

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

Forensic Structural Engineering

  • Implications of structural damage and failure
  • Litigation issues
  • Construction claims and the role of the engineer

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

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

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


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

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

Dr. Nehdi received his BASc from Laval University, MASc from Sherbrooke University, and PhD from the University of British Columbia, all in civil engineering. Prior to joining McMaster University, he was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University from 1999 to 2021. His industrial experience includes serving as Technical Manager for three different companies: Imasco Minerals Inc., Materials Technology Laboratories, and BCS. He also served as Associate Director for Environmental Research Western. 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, and was co-chair of the Infrastructure Division of NSERC’s Discovery Grant Committee 1509. During sabbatical leaves, he was visiting research professor at Qatar University, inaugural chair of urban planning at Alhosn University in Bau-Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and worked in Saudi Arabia on the world’s next tallest building, the world’s third tallest building, 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 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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