Over the past several decades, there has been a continuous increase in human and economic loss from disaster events. The rise in disasters and their consequences is related to a rise in people’s vulnerability, induced by human development. However, examples of resiliency planning and more stringent building code requirements still lag. This article will offer a view on emerging risks and opportunities as human and economic losses from disasters increase, with the overarching goal of supporting and advancing resilience in future construction of buildings and critical infrastructure.
Wear resistance is required to provide abrasion and erosion protection in order to prolong the service life of concrete. An integral hardening admixture is critical for a functional, superior and long-lasting structure.
This educational unit examines exactly how concrete hardening technologies work, differing features and benefits, so the best abrasion and erosion resistant methods can be specified for each project.
This course will provide an overview of the history and role of welded wire reinforcement in concrete construction.
It will help architects and designers understand the benefits of WWR in creating high-performance buildings and will explore best practices in specifying WWR to realize cost and time savings in construction that ultimately benefit the owner and all project stakeholders.
This course investigates the current applications of panelized Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) in pre-fabricated wall systems and additional potential uses and innovations possible with A|UHPC’s mechanical properties, characteristics, and manufacturing methods.
Architectural Ultra High-Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) in thin cladding panels has been established as a highly suitable material for high-performance Back Ventilated and Drained Cavity (BVDC) wall facades. A|UHPC offers new capabilities for structural and aesthetic architectural applications.
This course discusses the history, science behind, and benefits of high performance polyurethane and polyurea floor coatings and sealers.
Sustainability market drivers, aesthetic options, coating technologies, and application requirements will be discussed throughout the course.
In addition, we will also examine several floor coating case studies throughout the course materials.
In addition to performance, budget and aesthetics, design professionals are now being asked to evaluate the environmental burdens of their design choices. Measuring the impacts of buildings, assemblies and products can be complex. Every design decision, from material and product selection to envelope design and construction can have an impact on the environment and the methods used to evaluate those decisions are still not widely understood. This article will address critical issues the design professional should consider as he/she evaluates the environmental impacts of building materials to maximize performance and deliver lasting value.
Cracked concrete can lead to safety issues, water leakage, durability problems, shortened service life, poor aesthetics, and costly repairs. Minimizing cracking is a challenge, but fortunately, there are options to minimize and control concrete cracking. Concrete cracks because it fails in tension; and a common cause is shrinkage.
This presentation will describe typical influencing factors that lead to concrete shrinkage, plus options and construction practices that can mitigate shrinkage to control cracking. This presentation will provide information that architects, engineers, and specifiers can use to enhance project specifications to help ensure more sustainable, and durable concrete construction.
This course will address the need for joints in concrete, while reviewing and explaining the current joint spacing recommendations. It will highlight the different options for extending joint spacing by showing some example projects.
This course will also discuss the theory for using extended joint spacing in concrete slabs today.
This program takes a look at the unique challenges related to coating high-rise buildings. It begins with a discussion of how exterior waterproof coatings work.
Participants learn the key to proper surface preparation and coating selection. Benefits and limitations of different coating chemistries are explored. The program will conclude with a discussion of best practices and troubleshooting common coatings applications.
This course explores the various means and methods of waterproofing vehicular and pedestrian decks through the use of liquid membranes.
The course will introduce the learners to multiple technologies available in the market, and the proper procedures for installation that will result in an effective protection strategy for concrete decks.