This course will enable learners to examine new and existing methods of waterproofing concrete water containment structures. The most common problems preventing waterproofing will be examined, as will mechanisms that influence integrity and resiliency. Mitigating such issues will be demonstrated by the adoption of a dynamic systems approach where both integral and external waterproofing treatments are utilized.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most common problems in water containment structures, including the migration of water-soluble compounds, water leakage, corrosion, compromised waterproofing membranes, and potential for failure of vapor impermeable membranes.
  • Assess mechanisms that influence integrity and resiliency of waterproofing applications, such as capillary action, osmosis, efflorescence, and osmotic pressure.
  • Examine a dynamic systems approach and two lines of defense, where the first is internal (integral) waterproofing and the second is external waterproofing.
  • Understand the importance of correctly executing application steps and being detail oriented which is equally important as the material selection process. This includes, but is not limited to proper surface preparation, installation methods, transition details and on-site testing.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of concrete materials.