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February Meeting – Techniques, Materials, and Design Considerations for Strengthening & Repair of Existing Concrete Structures

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Techniques, Materials, and Design Considerations for Strengthening & Repair of Existing Concrete Structures
by Nate Poen

Although the analysis and upgrade of concrete structures is somewhat of a “scientific art” that has been practiced for many years it has evolved into a complex science that requires a blend of engineering, material science and construction perspectives. Strengthening projects may utilize traditional materials such as conventional cement-based and steel materials as well as advanced composite materials (FRP’s) that are commonly used for aerospace applications. The techniques used to design and install these materials for upgrade applications are not common to the engineering and general construction industry which can make strengthening projects even more challenging and complex than new construction.

This presentation will describe the design strategies, different techniques, materials and design concepts used for upgrading concrete structures. The use of each technique will be illustrated through actual case studies covering various types of projects that will display the strengthening of both new and old structures.  Case studies include two designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater and the Guggenheim in NYC.

Nate Poen is a Manager, Strengthening Solutions for Structural Technologies. His responsibilities are to aid the contracting and structural engineering communities to formulate value engineered solutions to strengthen existing concrete structures. Structural Technologies primarily works on strengthening existing structures on adaptive reuse or renovation projects and also repairs design/construction defects on ground up jobsites. Prior to his position at Structural Technologies, Nate was a Territory Manager at EFCO Corp. where he aided clients to find engineered concrete formwork solutions in the heavy civil/bridge market. Nate is a Civil Engineering graduate of Iowa State University.


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2017 at Hess Engineering and Scientific Society, 5430 Westheimer, Houston 77056. Tel: 713 627 2283

6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Program

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