Geared towards civil, sanitary, and structural engineers, this course delves into the design of concrete slabs-on-grade in warehouse facilities, addressing loading challenges, background knowledge, and construction methods to optimize long-term performance and minimize maintenance costs.
This continuing education course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses I – Background & Loading is the second course of our continuing education course series covering concrete slabs-on-grade.
The first module, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: From the Ground Up imparts essential knowledge vital for crafting designs and specifications for concrete slabs-on-grade.
In the following course in the series, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses II – Slab Design participants gain insights into varied slab design methodologies alongside prudent recommendations pertaining to joint particulars, joint filler applications, and surface finishes.
This lesson, “Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses I – Background & Loading,” is a resource-rich course about slabs-on-grade within warehouse facilities, where considerations encompass forklift and pallet jack traffic, as well as storage rack loading. Readers stand to enhance their foundational understanding of warehouses, thereby fostering productive dialogues with facility proprietors and operators. Notably, in instances where site soil and/or slab designs fall short, the costs of rectification and upkeep of slab joints can be exorbitant. This encompasses efficiency losses during disrepair and operational downtime during remedial phases. This course identifies unique challenges encountered by warehouse slabs, differentiating them from conventional structures, while also proposing strategies for their design and construction to attain sustained performance excellence and cost-effective maintenance.
This course primarily emphasizes qualitative methods for designing and constructing slabs, while also introducing relevant quantitative measures. It’s aimed at engineers with a foundation in statics and mechanics of materials, along with some familiarity in concrete construction and design.
Author: Thor Heimdahl, PE, SE
Course Number: 396
Course Hours: 4 PDH