Concrete Principles in a South African context (Engineer's Course)


Duration: 2 days, normally a Thursday and Friday
Lecturers: Jacques Smith (Pr Eng), Jaco du Plessis (Civil Eng), Chris Smit (Civil Eng)
Cost: R5 367.00 Excl VAT per delegate
Course manual: The full file with comprehensive notes as well as reference material from Fultons Concrete Technology and Concrete Industrial Floors on the ground is included in the course.
Clothing: As we have included some practical work in the course, we suggest that delegates come in casual clothing.


Course Objectives:

The writers of these notes have extensive experience in readymix and site practice. During their involvement in the technical and sales side of the readymix industry, they were faced with many problems that occurred over and over again.

The very first shortened version of this course was compiled to teach their own customers in an attempt to limit the mistakes made with perfectly good concrete and thus limit the queries they had to face over and over again.  

Target Audience:

This version of the course was written for consulting engineers and any person working with concrete on site, specifically in a supervisory capacity. Readymix technical and sales staff will benefit greatly from this information as well. Very little calculations are included in the course, but we rather adopted a more practical approach.

A South African Context:

The course aimed to give answers to problems the writers have found to frequently arise on South African construction sites. Handling concrete in South Africa is similar, however quite different from the way in which it is specified and handled in Europe.

Aggregates, mix designs, conditions, specifications and customers are all different and have an influence on how we should handle concrete.

This course should help to prevent a number of problems that do occur on site, but will also go a long way to identify problems and then give a serious attempt to investigate the problems and get to the root of the problem. Once there, some information on how serious the problems are as well as how to go from there, will make for a very useful tool.

Continuing profession development (CPD):

This course was approved by CESA (Consulting Engineers South Africa) for 2 CPD (Continuing profession development) points. Our certificate is available on request.