Distance - Slab on Ground Design Workshop (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

This course is a practical structural design course that contains step-by-step procedures that include instructions that help understand and design for slab on ground. This course presents information on the design of slabs-on-ground, primarily industrial floors. The course addresses the planning, design, and detailing of slabs. Background information on design theories is followed by discussion of the types of slabs, soil-support systems, loadings, and jointing. Design methods are given for unreinforced concrete, reinforced concrete, shrinkage-compensating concrete, post-tensioned concrete and fiberreinforced concrete slabs-on-ground, followed by information on shrinkage and curling problems. Advantages and disadvantages of each of these slab designs are provided, including the ability of some slab designs to minimize cracking and curling more than others. Several design methodology will be introduced including the ACI design methodology.  Examples using several design methods are also provided.

This course will provide the participants with an understanding of the subgrade drag theory and how it relates to the reinforcing of slab-on-grades as required to help control shrinkage cracking. Two other alternate design methods are also discussed relative to the sizing of "distribution" slab-on-grade reinforcement. Different types of reinforcing materials are also discussed including welded wire fabric, conventional deformed reinforcing bars and post-tensioning tendons.
Target Audience
  • Structural site Engineers and even design Engineers needing to refresh their design skills according to the new building code and design standards
  • Structural contractors wanting to know how the structures they erect are designed
  • Structural draftsmen wanting to know how the structures they draw are designed
  • Architects and non-structural engineers such as Mechanical, Electrical and Plant Engineers interested in upgrading their knowledge and skills in the area of structural design

Learning Outcomes
This course will introduce you to the current codes and standards that govern structural design of slab on ground, including the structural provisions of the ACI . You will also learn:

  • Basic understanding of codes and design methods.
  • This course will enable the user to become familiar with the following methods of designing slab-on-ground:
    • PCA method
    • Slab thickness design  by WRI method
    • COE charts
    • Equivalent tensile stress design
    • Shrinkage-compensating concrete using post-tensioning to minimize cracking

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability. 

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed an analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction.

Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.

Concrete slabs-on-ground are highly susceptible to cracking due to shrinkage. Construction and control joints are typically used to control crack location. Since it is not always desirable or practical to use a large number of closely spaced joints, reinforcing of the slab-on-grade allows for greater flexibility with joint spacing. Welded wire mesh or deformed bar reinforcement normally used in slabs-on-ground helps to control the width or growth of any cracks that may occur. This type of steel is sometimes called distribution reinforcement to differentiate it from structural reinforcement that is added to increase the load-carrying capacity of the slab.
  • Design theories for slabs-on-ground
    Slab types
  • Design and construction variables
  • Support systems for slabs-on-ground,
    Geotechnical engineering reports
  • Subgrade classification
  • Modulus of subgrade reaction
  • Design of slab-support system
  • Site preparation
  • Inspection and site testing of slab support
  • Special slab-on-ground support problems
  • Vehicular loads, concentrated loads, distributed loads, line and strip loads, unusual loads & construction loads
  • Environmental factors
  • Factors of safety
  • Load-transfer mechanisms
  • Sawcut contraction joints
  • Joint protection
  • Joint filling and sealing
  • Design of unreinforced concrete slabs
  • Thickness design methods
  • Shear transfer at joints
  • Maximum joint spacing
  • Design of slabs reinforced for crackwidth control
  • Thickness design methods
  • Reinforcement for crack-width control only
  • Reinforcement for moment capacity
  • Reinforcement location
  • Design of shrinkage-compensating concrete slabs
Thickness determination
  • Reinforcement
  • Design of post-tensioned slabs-onground
  • Applicable design procedures
  • Slabs post-tensioned for crack control
  • Industrial slabs with post-tensioned reinforcement for structural support
  • Residential slabs with post-tensioned reinforcement for structural action
  • Design for slabs on expansive soils
  • Design for slabs on compressible soil
  • Fiber-reinforced concrete slabs-onground
  • Polymeric fiber reinforcement
  • Steel fiber reinforcement
Structural slabs-on-ground supporting building code loads
  • Design considerations
  • Design and specification considerations
  • Temperature drawdown
  • Reducing effects of slab shrinkage and curling drying and thermal shrinkage
  • Curling and warping
  • Factors that affect shrinkage and curling
  • Compressive strength and shrinkage
  • Compressive strength and abrasion resistance
  • Removing restraints to shrinkage
  • Base and vapor retarders/barriers
  • Distributed reinforcement to reduce curling and number of joints
  • Thickened edges to reduce curling
  • Relation between curing and curling
  • Warping stresses in relation to joint spacing
  • Warping stresses and deformation
  • Effect of eliminating sawcut contraction joints with post-tensioning or shrinkage-compensating concrete
Design Examples
  • Design examples using PCA method
  • Slab thickness design by WRI method
  • Design examples using COE charts
  • Slab design using post-tensioning
  • Design example: residential slabs on expansive soil
  • Design example: using post-tensioning to minimize cracking
  • Design example: equivalent tensile stress design
  • Examples using shrinkage compensating concrete
  • Example with amount of steel and slab joint spacing predetermined
  • Design examples for steel FRC slabs-on-ground using yield line method

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