Concrete is an essential building material used throughout the world, providing proven performance for strong, durable and economical construction. A primary reason for this extensive use is the flexibility offered, but with this comes the responsibility to understand the strengths, limitations and optimization strategies to achieve desired performance. This course examines many of the fundamental issues that building and site designers must consider before designing and specifying quality ready-mixed concrete.
- Understand the fundamental ingredients that make quality concrete and their impacts on performance
- Recognize the variables that must be considered for installation and the impact that best practices in the field have on the long term performance of site cast concrete
- Identify the desired properties for fresh and hardened concrete
- Understand the impacts and benefits that supplementary cementitious materials and admixtures have on concrete