The concrete industry gathered at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) Fall Concrete Convention and Exposition held from October 23-27, 2016. The convention offered educational and technical programs focusing on the theme of “Revolutionary Concrete.” The annual event brings together leaders within the concrete industry to participate in the development of industry codes and standards, network with other concrete professionals, and discover the latest in concrete technology.
During the event, SK&A Structural Engineer, Ahmed Al-Rahmani along with Robin Kalfat and Riadh Al-Mahaidi from Swinburne University of Technology, presented a session entitled “Advanced Analysis of FRP-Strengthened Concrete Structures: A Guideline and Review on the Modeling Techniques Used in Finite Element Simulations of Concrete Structures Strengthened Using Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP).” The presentation focused on the application of advanced analytical techniques for the analysis and design of FRP strengthened concrete structures, with an emphasis on structure and member behavior, as well as debonding and anchorage devices.
SK&A Structural Engineer, Sarwar Siddiqui, presented a session entitled “Are We Taking Concrete Repair Seriously – An Industry Point of View.” The session focused on the challenges faced by the concrete repair, restoration, and rehabilitation industry including: pre-existing conditions, unforeseen conditions, resource constrains, unavailability of existing construction documents, constraints imposed by the Owner, and so on. In addition, SK&A Structural Engineer, Sarwar Siddiqui and David W. Fowler from the University of Texas at Austin, also presented a session entitled “Effect of Fine Aggregate Gradation, Shape, Texture, and Microfines Content on the Workability of Pavement Concrete.” The session discussed how high microfines content and poor shape and texture of the aggregate affect the workability of the concrete significantly.