Optimizing Concrete Flatwork Design

  • 14 Nov 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Lakewood Country Club

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Optimizing Concrete Flatwork Design

Presented By:

Robert Rodden - PNA Construction Technologies


About the Topic

Historic concrete slab and pavement design approaches do not adequately model cracking potential or joint performance, exposing designers and contractors to risk of callbacks because of unpredicted failures. Newly developed design methods that utilize the most sensitive input variables provide opportunities to optimize designs and improve in-service performance. Utilizing these tools in accordance with ACI 325,330, and 360 documents, engineers and owners can reduce concrete cracking, joint spalling, and costs in slabs and pavements. This meeting will explore these modern concrete slab and pavement design tools and how they can be accessed.


About the Speaker

Robert Rodden, Engineering Manager at PNA, has dedicated his entire career to concrete pavements and slabs-on-ground. Through his research while earning Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robert discovered his love of concrete materials and flatwork.  His 9 years of experience with the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) focused on assisting engineers and contractors with project designs and details, responding to technical service inquiries, and developing publications and tools to support the industry.  Prior to joining PNA, Robert served dual roles as the Executive Director of the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and as a Research Engineer at Lafarge-Holcim's global research center in France.  Through these efforts, he has contributed over 1,000 pages of published text, provided consulting services, and lead hundreds of presentations and discussions around the world on all aspects of concrete flatwork, including design, materials, construction, performance, preservation, and life-cycle cost analyses. 

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