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Fine concrete finishes and surfaces

Short Course
Tue 23 Feb 2016

We all wish to create smooth, uniform, defect-free concrete finishes. The precast industry with its experience and skilled craftsmanship is able to achieve it every time, so why is it difficult when it comes to site-cast concrete? After all, the concrete mix is the same and while the site conditions are perhaps more onerous there are many similar processes.

This short course will cover:

-Controlling the surface appearance of all types of concrete

-How to specify a fine concrete finish

-How to detail architectural in-situ concrete

-How to ensure good site workmanship with minimum defects

-Reviewing modern precast concrete facades

All the topics covered will provide essential information for those responsible for designing specifying and reviewing architectural concrete finishes.

The course tutor David Bennett is an expert on visual concrete construction and has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to share.


Part 1: Site cast concrete
Concrete mix, colour, tone and workmanship
Face material selection, detailing tips
- Ensuring consistent concrete colour and tone
- Correct placing and compaction
- Form face materials and preparation - smooth ply, board-marked, chipboard and other surfaces
- Detailing rules for sheet layouts such as walls and soffits, shadow gaps and recesses, circular column formers, tie bolts and tie cones
- Good practice guidance

Part 2: Modern precast concrete facades
GRC, ductal and sandwich panel construction 
- Reviewing modern, efficient, lightweight and economic total precast concrete facade solutions
- The choices of surface finish - texture, profiling, and speed of assembly 

Part 3: Achieving a good concrete finish
Causes of common surface defects
-How to avoid them and when to judge a concrete surface finish
- Acceptance standards
- Aesthetic concrete repairs

Cost: £128 + VAT or £88 + VAT for students

Time: 1.30pm - 5.45pm (registration will be from 1.30pm and the course will start at 2.00pm) 

Please note that the title of this course has been changed from Framed Buildings and Fine Concrete Finishes.

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