Training that aims to help consulting engineers and contractors overcome several challenges related to concrete industrial floors on the ground.
The volume of calls received by The Concrete Institute for assistance are predominantly associated with ground level concrete industrial floors. According to Bryan Perrie, M.D at The Concrete Institute, these calls are not surprising as it is not generally realised that design and detailing, as well as sound construction practice, are aspects of concrete flooring that require specific training.
“A thorough understanding of all the characteristics of concrete, the influence of material selection, environmental inconsistencies, as well as handling and finishing, are essential when producing a quality floor,” he says. “A disregard for any of these factors can cause problems normally observed too late in the process for remedial action.”
The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology’s training on Concrete Industrial Floors aims to help consulting engineers and contractors overcome these problems. The syllabus is extensive and covers, for example, thickness, design, joints, reinforcement, construction and surface finishing. The training covers the selection of materials, construction of the sub-grade and sub-base, concrete requirements, as well as construction and finishing of the floor surface.
Flooring training courses are presented by The Concrete Institute regularly. For the rest of this year, the ‘Concrete Industrial Floors on the Ground’ one-day course will be held on May 29 in Durban, July 1 in Cape Town and September 12 in Midrand. This course has full Engineering Council of S.A. accreditation, with one full Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit awarded for attendance.
For more information visit www.theconcreteinstitute.org.za