April General Membership Meeting

    April 08, 2021
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Cadillac Bar
    1802 Shepherd Dr.
    Houston, TX 77007
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    Nondestructive Testing, an Alternative to Swiss Cheese

    Concrete degradation mechanisms are generally related to numerous processes, which are undeniably complicated and difficult to assess on-site.  Thus far, the default method of assessment has been direct sampling, which often involves costly and time-consuming coring also leading to subsequent hole repairs.  This method of destructive testing also provides limited information since only a small portion of a structure can be evaluated.  It is simply not practical to core holes all over a structure to get a representative sample in order to pose a judgement on the condition of a structure.  Therefore, various Nondestructive test (NDT) methods can be used alone or concurrently to help in the diagnosis of ongoing problems, and to evaluate damage extent or progression in time.  The focus of this presentation will be on providing an overview of currently available NDT methods that can aid an investigator in their infrastructure condition assessments. The presentation will offer insight on planning an NDT program, types of tests based on their working principles, factors affecting accuracy of results and test limitations.  


    Speaker:  Julie Ann Hartell, PhD
    Assistant Professor/Construction Science, College of Architecture
    Texas A&M University

    Dr. Julie Ann Hartell newly joined, as an assistant professor, the Construction Science Department housed in the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University.  Her research interest are primarily focused on concrete material applications including nondestructive testing to evaluate the behavior of degraded concrete and assess its performance in service.  She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2009 and 2014 respectively.  Afterwards, she moved to Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Ok) where taught several courses on construction materials including two upper level courses on concrete infrastructure assessment, testing and monitoring methods along with conducting research on the topic. She has been an active ACI member since 2006.  She is a voting member on ACI committees 228 - Nondestructive Testing and 236 – Material Science.  She is Chair of sub-committees 228-B - Visual Condition Survey and 236-TG1 – Advanced Characterization Methods.


    This Meeting is available in-person or virtually via MS Teams.  Information to join the meeting will be sent to all who register in case you need that option.


    Save the Date(s) for our 2021 General Membership Meetings


    August 12, 2021
    Cadillac Bar

    Topic:  Pervious Concrete

    Speaker:  Dr. Liv M. Haselbach
    Chair and Professor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Lamar University


    October 7, 2021
    Cadillac Bar

    Topic:  TBD

    Speaker:  Todd Allen
    Radarview, LLC


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