Using FRP to Correct Construction Errors and Modifications
Length: 17 Minutes
Construction errors such as the misplacement of reinforcing steel and modifications like the addition of openings traditionally required intrusive repair methods. The addition of structural steel support or enlargement of the concrete elements is often not aesthetically pleasing or practical and the cost and time impacts are onerous. FRP strengthening solutions are non-intrusive, practical, and can be implemented quickly without major impact on the other building trades. The presentation will guide the audience through the feasibility assessment of FRP strengthening and implementation of the strengthening solution. The roles of the various parties, including the Engineer of Record, the FRP Design Engineer, the General Contractor, the Structural Contractor, and the FRP Installer, will be illustrated. Photographs of completed repairs will be presented.
With more than 40 years of experience in the engineering industry Mr. Baum has attained a unique blend of project management, engineering supervision and practical structural design. He is currently the managing partner of B Squared Engineering, with duties including supervision of the daily design and restoration efforts, project management, and acting as the Quality Assurance Officer. He is an active member of the Technical Committee 330 - Strengthening and Stabilization and has performed hundreds of FRP designs throughout the US and Canada.