Designed for civil, sanitary, and structural engineers, this course delves into the design intricacies of concrete slabs-on-grade in warehouse facilities, equipping students with the knowledge to create durable slabs that can withstand the demands of hard wheels, heavy storage racks, and various loading scenarios, while also addressing joint construction, surface finishes, and maintenance concerns for optimal long-term performance.
This continuing education course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses II – Slab Design, is the third course in a course series detailing the importance of concrete slabs-on-grade.
In the initial course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: From the Ground Up students gain essential knowledge in the important processes of designing and detailing concrete slabs-on-grade. Delve into the intricacies of structural specifications and design techniques that underpin these foundations.
The subsequent course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses I – Background & Loading covers warehouse facilities and their intricacies. Navigate through the foundational background of warehouse construction. Notably, this course illuminates unique challenges specific to these structures and offers insights into various loading strategies that come into play.
This course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses II – Slab Design, equips participants with the expertise to devise slabs adept at withstanding the rigors induced by small, sturdy wheels that strain slab joints within warehouse environments. This course offers insights into designing slabs to endure the concentrated loads exerted by the legs and base plates of weighty storage racks, particularly in proximity to structural transitions. Valuable guidance regarding joint construction, joint filler application, and surface finishes is also provided. The durability of the concrete surface and joints holds the key to a slab’s service life. Inadequate slab design in certain facilities incurs substantial expenses for joint repairs and maintenance, leading to productivity losses during disrepair and operational pauses for remediation. This course comprehensively addresses the unique challenges tied to warehouse slabs, proposing strategies for their optimal design and construction, fostering enduring performance excellence while curbing maintenance expenses.
In the context of this course, the focus is squarely on qualitative methodologies underpinning slab design and construction. Moreover, quantitative design measures essential for accurate calculations are introduced. The curriculum caters to engineers well-versed in the principles of statics and mechanics of materials, bolstered by a degree of familiarity with concrete construction and design.
Author: Thor Heimdahl, PE, SE
Course Number: 397
Course Hours: 4 PDH