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Concrete Technology for Civil Engineering

Improve your working knowledge of concrete technology to effectively assess risks during the specification, production and placement of concrete.
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Improve your working knowledge of concrete technology to effectively assess risks during the specification, production and placement of concrete.

Concrete is the most common construction material on earth. If you work in construction, you're likely to use concrete at some point in your career. 

If you're new to working with concrete or you need a refresher, this course will build on your theoretical knowledge in civil, structural or concrete engineering. You'll gain practical knowledge of concrete as a construction material. 

This course takes you through the design, production and placement of concrete from raw materials through to verification. It also introduces common special applications of concrete in civil engineering, such as shotcrete and tremie concrete.

You'll learn about:

  • the basics of cement chemistry
  • concrete batching, placement, compaction and curing
  • testing of fresh and plastic concrete

You'll learn how concrete mixes are designed to meet strength and durability requirements. You'll also see how the main concrete constituents influence concrete performance in its fresh and hardened states. 

During the course, you'll use practical case studies and videos, and test your knowledge with quizzes and assignments. You'll also gain real-life insights from a civil engineer with decades of experience specialising in concrete.

By the end of the course, you'll understand how raw materials like sand, water and cement can turn into reinforced concrete structures. You'll also understand how concrete is produced and shaped—while still plastic and workable—to meet the required performance criteria after hardening.

EA members
8 Hours, self-paced

Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.

We can arrange a bulk corporate registration for 10 or more learners.

This course can also be customised to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • The most important steps and processes in concrete technology from the selection of raw materials to the verification of hardened concrete
  • Identifying the key constituents of concrete and their influence on how fresh and hardened concrete performs
  • The basics of cement chemistry and effects of some concrete admixtures on concrete performance
  • Common concrete placement methods
  • Common concrete testing methods
  • The fundamentals of some special applications of concrete engineering (practice shotcrete, tremie concrete for piles, and self-compacting concrete)
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits civil engineers, structural engineers and geotechnical engineers. It may also be of interest to those who want to understand the principles behind concrete technology including:

  • construction professionals
  • builders
  • architects
  • project managers
  • quantity surveyors
  • QA professionals
  • commercial managers
  • academics
  • students

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • Introduction to concrete
  • Constituent materials
  • Concrete mix design
  • Concrete production
  • Concrete placement
  • Verification and testing
  • Special concrete applications in Civil Engineering
Dr Martin Larisch MIEAust CPEng
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our new digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks.

It will take approximately 8 hours to complete.

As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you start the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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Mobile access

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