SEI New Orleans Chapter Events
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
ASCE SEI New Orleans Chapter started the 2018-19 year with a seminar Code-Based Approach for Evaluation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures by Carl J. "Chuck" Larosche, P.E., Principal, Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Austin, TX on November 1, 2018. Mr. Larosche presented the reasons for and motivation behind the development of the Repair Code (ACI 562 Code), the overall philosophy and organization of the material. Mr. Larosche stated ACI's Code approach to determination of unsafe conditions and presented practical examples of structural assessment, existing material evaluation, and load testing of existing structures using the ACI Code.
On January 17 Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., P.E., (Vice President, Structural Technologies, Columbia, Maryland) presented Techniques and Design Considerations for Strengthening of Existing Concrete Structures. Dr. Alkhrdaji explained the analysis and techniques for upgrading concrete structures is 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 more complex than new design/construction projects.
Save the date for upcoming seminars to be announced:
- Simplified Building Design, by ACI 314 Jose M Izquierdo-Encarnacion, Puerto Rico
- Great Builders - (Annual DH Lecture) Paul Giroux, Kiewit Corporation
By Om Dixit, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE