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In-situ Pull-off Tests
Original Broadcast: January 22, 2020
Author:ICRI Committee 210 – Evaluation
Presenter: Matthew Sherman, PE, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. (SGH)
Continuing Education Credit:1.0 PDH and Approved AIA
Registration Fee Individual Participant: $25/ICRI member; $40/non-member
Registration Fee Ten (10) Participants from the SAME Company: $150/ICRI member; $250/non-member

This webinar will describe the use of tensile pull-off (bond) testing for concrete repairs and bonded overlays. The webinar will provide guidance on applications of the test, industry standards and guidelines, acceptance criteria, proper testing procedures, appropriate equipment, and interpretation and reporting of test results. Bond is important because it relates to structural requirements (e.g. for strengthening and structural repairs) and for durability requirements (e.g. for overlays and cosmetic repairs). Testing of bond is needed to verify that the specified bond requirements have been met and a satisfactory result has been obtained.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn where and why tensile pull-off (bond) testing should be performed
  2. Recognize industry standards and guidelines for tensile pull-off (bond) testing
  3. Understand the importance of developing acceptance criteria prior to repairs
  4. Develop an understanding of proper in-situ pull-off (bond) testing procedures and equipment
  5. Learn guidelines for interpretation and reporting of test results

Matthew Sherman Matthew Sherman, PE, is a Senior Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), Inc. of Waltham, Massachusetts and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states and a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the International Concrete Repair Institute. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1991 and a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993. 

Matt has over 25 years of experience in consulting and heavy construction throughout the United States. His specialties include concrete materials, thermal and durability simulation, non-destructive testing, corrosion mitigation, and concrete repair. At SGH, he has led projects such as restoring The University of Notre Dame Stadium, overlay repairs nationwide, and investigating aggregate problems in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.

Matt is an active committee member of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) and American Concrete Institute (ACI), a member of the American Welding Society (AWS), and The Concrete Society. He is a National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Certified Concrete Technologist - Level 2, 3, and 4 and an ACI Concrete Field Technician–Grade 1.

Specifying Concrete Repair
Original Broadcast: July 31, 2019
Author: ICRI Committee 110 – Guide Specifications
Presenter: Karl Rickert, PE, Rickert Engineering, Inc.
Continuing Education Credit: 1.0 PDH and Approved AIA
Registration Fee Individual Participant: $25/ICRI member; $40/non-member
Registration Fee Ten (10) Participants from the SAME Company: $150/ICRI member; $250/non-member

This webinar will review issues that should be addressed when preparing a specification for concrete repair. ICRI developed an editable specification titled “Guide Specification for Structural Concrete Repairs” that can be used by design professionals. The webinar reviews the specification and discusses decisions that should be considered when developing a concrete repair specification.

Learning Objectives

  1. Become familiar with ICRI Technical Guide No. 110.1, “Guide Specifications for Structural Concrete Repairs,” based on the CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) Masterformat.
  2. Understand the breakdown of key information in the three parts of the specification: Part 1: General, Part 2: Products, and Part 3: Execution.
  3. Understand the decisions made by the committee during the development of the specification.
  4. Be introduced to the decisions that will need to be made by the Design Professional when using the specification.
  5. Learn the standard practices commonly used in the concrete repair industry, with options and commentary, and how to require them through specifications.

Karl Rickert Karl Rickert, PE, was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Arnold, Maryland.  Thanks to familial connections, his father was a structural engineer. Karl obtained a job at Lamprecht Consultants, a structural engineering firm in Baltimore, where he worked during the summer after his junior year in high school until about 2 years after finishing college.

Between 1971 and 1975, Karl attended Drexel University, participated in their cooperative education program and became a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Following graduation with a BS in Civil Engineering, Karl spent the next 11 years gaining experience as a structural engineer through work at Lamprecht Consultants, Skarda & Rickert Structural Consultants, and Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani.  In 1979, Karl became a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland and is currently registered in eight states and the District of Columbia.  Karl completed an MS in structural engineering at George Washington University in 1984.

In 1986, Karl founded Rickert Engineering, Inc. and continues to serve as President of the firm.  Karl completed an MBA at Loyola College in Baltimore in 1994 and has maintained memberships in professional organizations including ACI, ACEC, AISC, ASCE, CSI, ICRI, and NSPE.  He has been an officer at the local level of several of these organizations and is currently active on committees (past-chair of Committee 110) at the national level of the International Concrete Repair Institute.  He is also currently serving on the Maryland Board of Professional Engineers.

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