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Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures

Instructors:

Best seminar I have ever attended. I was impressed by the case studies. Good mix of theory, codes and practical applications. Good photos, handouts, and demos. FANTASTIC! — Michael Headley, Estes Park, CO.

Purpose and Background

This seminar is an intensive overview of material evaluation practices and procedures used for assessing the structural condition of existing structures and covers as many aspects of evaluating structures and structural material conditions as possible. State-of-the-art information on visual inspections, destructive and nondestructive testing (NDT), and the hands-on experience provided in this seminar are essential for those involved in evaluating concrete, masonry, wood, and metal structures.

After a brief review of structural condition assessment procedures and guidelines, the seminar will cover condition surveys, planning a materials evaluation, destructive and nondestructive testing, limitations of NDT testing, statistical evaluation of test data, and interpretation and use of test results. Nondestructive testing techniques for establishing in-place material properties for concrete, masonry, wood, and metals are a primary focus.

The hands-on workshop and case studies will enhance understanding of condition survey and inspection procedures and destructive and nondestructive testing techniques.

Seminar Benefits and Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will have gained enormously from the experience and practical knowledge of the instructors and will be able to:

  • Plan and implement an effective structural evaluation program;
  • Use Guidelines for Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings, SEI/ASCE 11-99;
  • Examine the latest destructive and nondestructive investigation techniques for evaluating concrete, masonry, wood, and metals;
  • Identify the pros and cons of common destructive and nondestructive testing techniques and find out how to select the best techniques to suit your projects;
  • Understand how to interpret and use destructive and nondestructive tests results; and
  • Identify quick and simple evaluation techniques.

This seminar will also help you to:

  • Plan and conduct a condition survey for concrete, masonry, wood, and metal structures;
  • Develop a condition survey inspection checklist;
  • Design a materials evaluation program for your structural condition assessment projects;
  • Select the best destructive and nondestructive testing techniques for your projects;
  • Identify the limitations of various nondestructive testing techniques;
  • Diagnose problems and assess strengths and weaknesses of structural materials; and
  • Evaluate test data statistically.

Day one covers structural condition assessment procedures and evaluation, conducting a survey, concrete and masonry considerations, including destructive and nondestructive testing, corrosion, and interpreting test results. Included are hands-on NDT workshops and participants will have an opportunity to operate various NDT equipment. Day two focuses on wood and metal structures with regard to evaluation, inspection, NDT, defects/damage, connections, and includes case studies.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Achievements of the learning outcomes will be assessed by quizzes given throughout the seminar.

Special Features

Each participant will receive:

  • Guidelines for Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings, SEI/ASCE 11-99;
  • ACI 201.1R-08: Guide for Conducting a Visual Inspection of Concrete in Service;
  • Wood and Timber Condition Assessment Manual;
  • Workbook with course notes and carefully selected references addressing many aspects of structural condition assessments; and
  • An opportunity to operate various NDT equipment in the hands-on NDT workshops for concrete.

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is for all building industry professionals involved in evaluating concrete, masonry, wood, and steel; destructive and nondestructive testing; inspecting; conducting structural condition assessment; repair; and restoration of existing structures. Engineers, architects, designers, contractors, developers, inspectors, and other building professionals in both private and public practice will benefit.

Seminar Outline | 1.4 CEUs

Day 1

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

  • Structural Condition Assessment Procedure
  • Conducting a Condition Survey
  • Planning the Evaluation
  • Statistical Procedures
  • Destructive and Nondestructive Testing for Concrete and Masonry
  • Pros and Cons of Nondestructive Testing
  • Establishing Strength and Quality of In-Place Concrete and Masonry
  • Evaluating Cracks in Concrete and Masonry
  • Analyzing Wet Masonry Walls
  • Evaluating Corrosion
  • Interpreting and Using Destructive and Nondestructive Test Results

Day 2

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

  • Conducting Condition Surveys of Wood and Metal Structures
  • In-Place Evaluation of Wood-Based Materials and Metals
  • Planning the Evaluation
  • Inspection Procedures
  • Destructive and Nondestructive Testing of Wood-Based Materials and Metals
  • Establishing In-Place Strengths for Wood and Metals
  • Understanding the Limitations of Nondestructive Testing
  • Investigating Defects and Damage
  • Evaluating Wood and Steel Connections
  • Case Studies
  • Interpretation and Use of NDT Results
  • Wood NDE Equipment Vendors
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