The Cement and Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) one-day industrial flooring training course is gaining popularity as more designers, specifiers and contrac-tors feel the need to understand the under-lying principles of concrete industrial flooring.
C&CI education and training manager Petrus Jooste says that this greater understanding will prevent costly claims, replacements and repairs that go hand in hand with flooring defects, which can mostly be avoided.
He adds that the challenges associated with concrete industrial floors on the ground remain the most frequent source of defects investigated by the C&CI.
Jooste explains that the basic principles of floor design pertain to accommodating the properties of concrete, and to the support of loads placed on the floor. “Floor design is not covered in the code of practice for the design of concrete structures, and is generally not covered in the syllabus for a course in struc- tural design at tertiary education level.
“Many of the cracks that occur on a floor are drawing board cracks that should have been avoided at the design stage. “With experience, it is relatively easy to see where incorrect detailing will result in cracks,” he says.
This Engineering Council of South Africa-accredited course awards a continu-ing professional development credit for attendance.