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Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures

1.4 CEUs | Thursday–Friday, September 29–30

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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
  • Identify quick and simple evaluation techniques

This seminar will also help you to:

  • Plan and conduct a condition survey for concrete, masonry, metal, and wood 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
  • 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 metal and wood 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
  • An opportunity to see demonstrations of various NDT equipment in the hands-on NDT workshop for concrete with videos of wood NDT equipment.

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

Day one

  • Structural condition assessment procedure
  • Conducting a condition survey
  • Planning the evaluation
  • Statistical procedures
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing (NDT) for concrete and masonry
  • Pros and Cons of nondestructive evaluation (NDE)
  • Establishing strength and quality of in-place concrete and masonry
  • Core drilling and laboratory tests of concrete
  • Evaluating cracks in concrete and masonry
  • Analyzing wet masonry walls
  • Evaluating corrosion in reinforced concrete
  • Interpreting and using NDE results for structures, foundations, and slabs

Day two

  • Separate morning and afternoon sessions each for metal and wood structures
  • Approach to conducting condition assessments of existing metal and wood structures
  • Planning an assessment
  • Properties of metal and wood
  • Destructive testing of metals
  • Inspection tools and procedures
  • Nondestructive testing of metal and wood
  • Limitations of NDT
  • Interpretation of NDT results
  • NDE equipment vendors for assessment of wood

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