Evaluating the condition of an existing structure - a building, a dam, a bridge - is a vitally important exercise carried out by those in the engineering profession. But there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach for such a task. Different situations, conditions and materials - concrete, wood, metal, stone - require different techniques and testing procedures.
This course covers material evaluation practices and procedures used for assessing the structural condition of existing structures. It covers many aspects of evaluating structures and structural material conditions.
During this course you'll cover:
- Condition surveys,
- planning a materials evaluation,
- destructive and non-destructive testing (NDT),
- limitations of NDT testing,
- statistical evaluation of test data, and
- the interpretation and use of test results will be discussed.
NDT techniques for establishing in-place material properties for concrete, masonry, wood and metals are a primary focus.
This course is run exclusively by The American Society of Civil Engineers with Engineering Education Australia.
We can customise this course for groups of six or more.
You choose the time, place, duration and format.
Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.
Is this course for you?
This course is for you if you’re a building industry professional involved in evaluating concrete, masonry, wood and steel, destructive and non-destructive testing, inspecting, conducting structural condition assessments, repair, and the restoration of existing structures.
Professionals who will find the course particularly useful are engineers, architects, designers, developers and inspectors.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
- 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
- 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
Larry D. Olson, P.E., M.ASCE is President of Olson Engineering. He has expertise in the areas of geotechnical and materials engineering with specialisation in non-destructive testing and evaluation of buildings and infrastructure. He has been actively involved in the management and performance of non-destructive testing and evaluation, forensic, vibration and geophysical engineering, and applied research to engineering projects since 1985.
Larry has conducted investigations to determine the conditions of concrete-based facilities such as bridges, slabs and pavements, nuclear reactors, buildings, deep foundations, dams and tunnels. He has also performed non-destructive testing of wood and steel pile foundations, masonry structures and steel columns for integrity evaluations.
He is active in ACI Committees and is the Chairman of the Evaluation committee of the International Concrete Repair Institute.
Larry's knowledge and background was extremely helpful in understanding the topic.