Inspection and Maintenance of Concrete Structures

Start Date: 28 Jan 2018
End Date: 1 Feb 2018
Duration: 5
Country: Istanboul / Turkey
Category: Engineering and Technical Programs

Structures like people never get younger. Structures, like people can maintain their good health with age, if properly inspected, cared for, examined when ill, maintained, and repaired when needed. 

It may be said that a concrete structure that has withstood the combined effects of use, abuse, loads, and environmental conditions over time has, in fact, proven itself. However, buildings and other structures do deteriorate with time because of repeated loadings, exposure to the elements, aging of materials, wear and tear from normal use, abuse, inadequate maintenance, and other factors.

Engineers and managers working in the field of inspection, construction and maintenance of concrete structures often feel the lack of a comprehensive practical guide on the practice, needs and effective programs of good maintenance. Few practical references are available that bridge the gap between theoretical, technical, practical and managerial matters in this regard.

This course is planned to answer technical questions frequently asked by the experienced engineer and executive. It includes information about the significance of applicable codes and standards, critical characteristics of a given structure, and causes of common deficiencies of structures, workable preventive measures for the decay and deterioration of concrete structures, maintenance work types, root cause analysis, comprehensive check list library and the use of innovative technology and new materials.

Who should attend:

This course is designed to meet the needs primarily of managers, engineers and technicians, working in the area of construction engineering, and facing the challenges of maintaining and preserving good, sound concrete buildings. It is also useful for quality assurance experts, construction and supervision engineers and technicians, owners and managers of constructed facilities. 

It is expected that a number of the attendees will find the information beneficial and a useful addition to their reference library even though they are not directly practicing in the field. 

Engineers involved in design, supervision, construction or planning will find many direct links with their practice and requirements and can put the information provided to use immediately.

Daily Outlines:

Day One

Introduction to the need of the course.

Introduction to inspection of concrete structures 

ν Meaning of inspection.

ν What is the life cycle of concrete structures?

ν Inspection checklist and organization.

Definitions of durability of concrete structures.

Factors affected the Durability of concrete structures. 

Introduction to maintenance and repair works 

ν Meaning of maintenance and repair.

ν When we Need for maintenance or repair?

ν Target of maintenance organization.

ν Objects and maintenance works.

Factors to be included in maintenance objectives. 

Day Two

Maintenance and repair of structural works

ν Safety of Structures

ν Serviceability of structures

ν Establishing the capacity of the structure

Assessment of Site Conditions

ν Construction safety codes

ν Inspection of structures

ν Accepting undesirable existing conditions

ν Improvements in durability

ν Detailed inspections

ν Problem conditions requiring special consideration

Engineering Analysis of Structural Defects

ν Types and causes of nonperformance and failures

ν Causes of deterioration of concrete

ν Exposure to aggressive chemicals

ν Carbonation

ν Erosion

ν Alkali-silica reactivity

ν Thermal volume change

ν Fire damage

ν Non-structural elements

Day Three

Maintenance and repair strategies

ν Anatomy of surface repairs

ν Repair concepts

ν Repair approaches

ν Shoring

ν External prestressing.

ν Supplemental reinforcement

ν Stress reduction

ν Internal, external grouting

ν Epoxy repair

ν Span shortening techniques

ν Different strategies

ν Polymer composites

Reasons and causes of deterioration of structural elements.

Shape of distress for structural elements.(slabs-beams- columns-walls-foundation) 

Day four

Repair material

ν Maintenance and repair of concrete structures. 

ν Types of retrofitting and repairing materials

ν Selecting the suitable material for repair.

ν Common faults in application of repairing materials 

ν The main function of the retrofitting and repairing materials

ν Application of the repair material.

ν Advanced materials.

Day five

Repair of different structural elements.






Repair management

ν How to carry out the study for the safety of the building?

ν The guide lines to take the decision of repair.

ν Types of risk in the repair works.

ν How to face the risk in the repair works?

ν Bill of quantities of the repair works.

ν Specification of the repair materials.

ν Influence of the properties of the materials on the cost of the repair works.

ν Influence of the repair techniques on the cost of the repair works.

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