Concrete is a heterogenous material composed of a variety of manufactured and naturally occurring constituents. To begin creation of a concrete product – foundation, slab, structural framing – these constituents are proportioned and mixed with a precise balance to yield a mixture with prescribed fresh (wet) properties. This mixture is then required to be transported, discharged, consolidated, cured and maintained in order to meet its intended design and service life. At any point from the sourcing of raw materials, to placement, and to the maintenance of a structure, one imbalance or misstep can lead to unintended consequences for the behavior of the material or structure.
In this presentation, case studies will be presented that demonstrate types of distress that can occur during and after the construction of concrete structures and how our multi-disciplined team gets to the root cause of these failures. This presentation will be of interest to those who have been involved in matters involving construction defect claims involving concrete, those interested in learning about the tools and techniques implemented to investigate concrete structures in the field and in the laboratory.
As consulting engineers and scientists, the Jensen Hughes Concrete Materials + Engineering Team (JH CMET) complete investigations to identify the root cause of distress, determine the potential for future distress, and identify techniques for repair or mitigation of the distress. JH CMET utilizes a host of standardized and specialized engineering and testing techniques to support our analysis.
Anthony Bentivegna, PhD, PE
Anthony Bentivegna, PhD, PE, is the Director, Concrete Materials and Engineering Group at Jensen Hughes. He is a Senior Civil Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the concrete industry, with specific focus on the study of concrete materials, standardized testing practices, as well as construction related consulting and forensic services. His experience concentrates on laboratory investigations accompanied by on-site investigation through visual, destructive and non-destructive testing (NDT), and correlation of findings between the field and laboratory. He specializes in forensic investigations, including determining the root cause of failures of concrete, as well as novel construction products and building materials. His field work is supplemented and enhanced by his deep materials laboratory testing experience, where he is knowledgeable in both conventional test practices as well as creating proprietary methods for unique materials testing applications.
CLE is not provided for this event.