Analysis and strengthening of concrete buildings 1950 - 1985

Author: Various

Date published

2 May 2024

Members: £180 + VAT
Non-members: £280 + VAT

Analysis and strengthening of concrete buildings 1950 - 1985

Date published


Date published

2 May 2024




Members: £180 + VAT
Non-members: £280 + VAT

Delve into a comprehensive webinar series exploring concrete buildings from 1950-1985, offering insights on reuse project challenges, cost-effective investigations, corrosion management, historical building modelling, and the sustainable application of carbon fibre reinforced polymers for their strengthening.

The construction industry continues to explore ways to redevelop existing structures and reduce the use of new materials, demonstrating its commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

By moving towards implementing the circular economy, reuse is soon to become the default construction type for concrete building projects and structural engineers will increasingly be expected to understand how to justify, repair, reuse and repurpose existing concrete buildings.

The five webinars on this series explore:

  1. The common concrete building construction types and materials that were commonly used between 1950 – 1985, and the associated difficulties engineers might encounter during a reuse project

  2. The best practices and methods to carry out cost-effective, non-intrusive investigations and surveys

  3. The most common types of corrosion of historic concrete buildings and ways to manage deterioration and enhance fire-resistance

  4. The historical building modelling methods and how to utilise modern computer-aided analysis to assess the structural behaviour of these buildings

  5. The benefits and principles of strengthening historic concrete structures using carbon-fibre reinforced polymers (FRP), including common pitfalls and best practices for its implementation on site, quality assurance considerations and the positive sustainability implications of its application

The series also briefly considers some of the changes to the Eurocode 2, second generation.

Reasons to watch

By watching the webinars on this series, you will be able to:

  • Describe concrete building types and materials that were commonly used between 1950 and 1985, and outline the difficulties you might encounter during a reuse project involving them

  • Carry out cost-effective on-site investigations and choose the best in-depth, non-intrusive tests to examine the conditions of ageing concrete buildings

  • Determine suitable fire-resistance solutions, to enhance their fireproofing, and appraise aging concrete structures, making use of both modern and historic modelling methods

  • Estimate the best remediation solution available to you to counteract typical corrosion issues

  • Design strengthening solutions for concrete structures built 1950-1985, conclude whether FRP-strengthening is a viable option for the reuse project you are working on and implement carbon-fibre successfully

Intended for

  • Engineers assessing the safety of existing structures concrete structures built between 1950 and 1985

  • All built environment professionals involved in the modification, partial demolition or extension of existing concrete structures

  • Designers interested in the practical implementation of advanced composite as a retrofit solution

  • Academic researchers and students wishing to stay ahead of the curve in FRP science

  • Professionals with an interest in historic design practice


Jenny Burridge Director, Structural Design, The Concrete Centre

Jenny Burridge is a chartered civil and structural engineer and is responsible for the team of structural engineers providing technical guidance to designers and contractors. Prior to joining the Concrete Centre she worked for several consulting engineers including Aecom and Arup, where she designed several award winning buildings. Jenny chairs the BSI strategic committee on Engineering Design and Construction and sits on the Construction and Built Environment Sector Policy and Strategy Committee. She is also currently on the Institution’s Council.

Antony Darby Professor of Structural Performance and Design, University of Bath

Antony's research involves strengthening concrete structures FRPs. He co-authored two editions of the Concrete Society's TR55, UK's design guidance for strengthening concrete structures, and is UK's principal expert on the Eurocode 2 committee, responsible for drafting the new appendix on strengthening concrete structures using FRP.

Dr Joshua Elliott Technology Manager, NDT

Dr Joshua Elliott is a Technology Manager in the Metrology & Non-Destructive Testing (M&NDT) department at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry. His research interests include developing new inspection solutions across a range of sectors, predominately focusing within the construction & infrastructure and power & energy industries.

Jessica Foster Associate, Civic Engineers

Jessica has worked on a number of significant repurposing projects, such as Quadrant Arcade, Len House, and Canon Green. She is one of the authors contributing to the recently published IStructE Publication “Circular economy and reuse: guidance for designers”

Steve Holmes Senior Technical Manager, Sika

Steve is Sika’s Senior Technical Manager for structural refurbishment and flooring teams. He has a degree in Materials Engineering and an Engineering Doctorate from Loughborough University. He has been working in the construction materials sector in various roles for 18 years and with FRP structural strengthening for just over two years.

Tony Jones Technical Director, MPA The Concrete Centre

Tony is a Structural Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design, research and investigation of concrete structures. He provides guidance on all aspects of structural concrete design, including performance in fire. Tony has been involved with the production of numerous industry guides and with the development of concrete structural codes for over 20 years. He is currently the UK Head of Delegation on the European committee responsible for Eurocode 2, Design of Concrete Structures.

Sebastian Kaminski Associate, Arup

Sebastian is a Structural Engineer based in Arup’s specialist Technology Analytics and Research Team in London. He has worked on various concrete, steel, masonry and timber existing buildings and structures across the world, involving condition surveys, load path analysis and structural and seismic retrofit.

Kunal Kansara Principal Research Engineer (Construction and Infrastructure), National Composites Centre, UK

In his role at NCC, Kunal provides consultancy services to private corporations, government agencies and SMEs, helping them to adopt innovation towards sustainable infrastructure and faster achievement of net-zero targets. Kunal's PhD at the University of Bath focused on using composites for strengthening and life extension of concrete structures.

Octavian Lalu

Structural Fire Engineer, BRE Group

Octavian has over 12 years of experience in the field of fire safety engineering. His expertise covers a broad spectrum of areas, including standard fire testing, large-scale fire testing, non-standard fire testing, and the performance in fire of cladding systems. Currently, Octavian is involved in delivering Government and European fire research projects, focusing on the critical aspects of the fire performance of cladding materials, the integrity of compartmentation and the fire resistance of structural elements.

Paul Lambert

Head of Materials & Corrosion Technology, Mott MacDonald

Paul has over 35 years’ experience in the investigation of structural durability and the development of remedial techniques for many types of structures and is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Infrastructure Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

Robin Whittle Consultant

Robin has extensive experience working in concrete structural design and on site and has worked as a Consultant to Arup and the Concrete Centre. Between 1968 and 2001 he provided specialist advice for reinforced, prestressed concrete and structural design within Arup Research and Development. He has been involved with the development of Eurocode 2 since the mid-1980s and is a member of the UK Structural Codes Committee for concrete, taking an active role in the development of handbooks and design aids.

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