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Claims Cast in Concrete


Course Overview

The incidence of disputes and claims in the construction industry is too high and insurance claims occur too frequently.  Many of the claims fall into a grey area called applied concrete technology. Structures are designed, expertly drawn and printed, contractors produce tenders and structures are built.  The material of concrete, however, is highly variable and requires careful mix proportioning to achieve the anticipated properties.  The questions then hang in the air “What concrete properties are required and who is responsible for achieving them?” Is it the designer or the man who tendered the lowest price or the Ready-Mix Supplier? Who has to fix the cracks?

The presenter has accumulated many case studies from a long career in the field, and has combined them into a training course that covers many of the most often utilised and time-worn specification and interpretation pitfalls.  The course will improve the standards of specification and construction” and will contribute in no small measure to the reduction of “Claims Cast in Concrete”.

Course Description

This two-day course will be of great interest to consulting engineers and contractors who have ever been in a dispute situation over an inadequate or absent specification for the concrete required for a specific structure or set of environmental conditions.  The course has been designed for specifiers and constructors alike and is intended to obviate unnecessary arguments over who should take the blame for defects.

Course Outline

·         Parties to a construction contract and their responsibilities

·         Simple structural analysis and material properties

·         Properties of concrete that affect structural behaviour

·         Causes and avoidance of shrinkage and cracking

·         Constituent concrete materials and who should choose them

·         Life-span of concrete structures and durability testing

Learning Outcomes (Claims Cast in Concrete)

·         An ability to assess the needs of a structure in terms of concrete properties

·          Translating the structural needs into an adequate specification that will guide the contractor in quality control and with formulating tender prices

·         Understanding the causes and implications of concrete defects

·         A knowledge of the elastic modulus and how it affects concrete deformation and deflection

·         Skills in the supervision of concrete works including formwork inspection, transport, placement, compaction and curing

The expertise to understand the mechanism of concrete shrinkage and how it can be controlled

Who should attend?

·         Anyone who is engaged in the design, construction or supervision of concrete structures.

·         Government and municipal inspectors, client bodies, insurance evaluators, architects and arbitrators.

Concrete practitioners who wish to construct high quality reinforced concrete structures at the lowest






Type: Course
CESA Validation Num: CESA-646-12/2017
CPD Points: 2
Coordinator: Blessings Banda
Fee: R 4 429.82 excl. VAT