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28 January 2016

Petrographic Analysis of Concrete at WOC 2016!

2016 CUTM DURABILITY CoverDRP will represent again this year at the 2016 World of Concrete in Las Vegas next week. We look forward to returning to this great event, which promises to be one of the biggest and best shows in recent memory. Registration is up  to levels not seen since 2008 and we are excited to share how the petrographic analysis of concrete can help in an array of different construction situations.


The World of Concrete is an amazing gathering for the construction industry that everyone should try to attend at least once if not periodically. I know of no other event that pulls in such a wide array of different facets of the concrete construction community. It is a truly international event where you can see latest industry offerings for innovative products, construction machinery, construction equipment and more. The exhibitor halls are an amazing opportunity to see the latest for suppliers, contractors and even investigators. You can also get your hands on products ranging from a new concrete mixer to the latest riding tools for placing large floors to simple hand tools. There are countless demonstrations and showcases on a diverse set of topics. For contractors and others interested in slab construction there will be a showcase featuring the newest techniques for form, place, treat or repair concrete on slabs on grade, elevated floors and pavements.

David Rothstein will teach two seminars this year. Once again we are lucky to team up with Kim Basham of KB Engineering, LLC to co-teach a 3 hour seminar titled “Combining Engineering and Laboratory Methods to Troubleshoot Problems with Slabs”. In this seminar we cover everything from early age shrinkage cracking to finishing an curing to durability issues such as freeze-thaw scaling. Learn how engineers use petrographic analysis of concrete to gain an understanding of the

Combining Engineering and Laboratory Methods to Troubleshoot Slabs will be from 8-11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. For more information click here

David will also present a new 90 minute seminar for the World of Concrete titled “Concrete Under The Microscope: Troubleshooting Durability”. In this seminar we will look at how concrete petrography provides a useful way to learn about a variety of durability mechanisms such as alkali-aggregate reaction, sulfate attack, salt weathering, freeze-thaw damage and scaling and more.

Concrete Under the Microscope: Troubleshooting Durability will be from 1-2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd. For more information click here

For more information on the WOC in general click here

Hope to see you there.