Use of SCMs from a Structural Engineer s Perspective

At the October 2007 EcoSmart Concrete Seminar in Abu Dhabi and Dubai UAE Fox discussed how the use of SCM’s has impacted his role as a structural engineer. Based on Halcrow Yolles’ Canadian experiences he described some of the reasons for using SCMs such as increased sustainable building awareness and demand from clients. Fox also discussed some of the mechanical properties and logistics associated with using SCM concrete.

Presentation Author: David Fox, Halcrow Yolles,

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Durability of EcoSmart Concrete

At the October 2007 EcoSmart Concrete Seminar in Abu Dhabi and Dubai UAE Seabrook discussed the durability of EcoSmart Concrete. He outlined potential challenges to durability in the UAE and approaches to overcome them. Seabrook also discussed the concrete properties used to evaluate durability and referenced case studies that demonstrated typical EcoSmart Concrete performance. Seabrook concluded that the durability of EcoSmart Concrete can equal or better that of conventional concrete.

Presentation Author: Phil Seabrook, P.Eng., Levelton Consultants Ltd,

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EcoSmart – AUD Seminar on Sustainable Concrete

In this presentation at the October 2007 EcoSmart Concrete Seminar in Abu Dhabi and Dubai UAE de Spot provided an overview of the EcoSmart Foundation and the EcoSmart Concrete Project. De Spot discussed a number of points including the environmental impact of the concrete and cement industry the benefits of FA concrete and the use of EcoSmart concrete in a number of case studies in Canada. De Spot further discussed strategic key elements for consideration in the Emirates.

Presentation Author: Michel de Spot, P.Eng., EcoSmart Foundation,

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EcoSmart Concrete Seminar in the Emirates

The free seminar was hosted jointly by EcoSmart and the American University in Dubai and held in two cities in the United Arab Emirates – October 22, 2007 in Abu Dhabi and October 24, 2007 in Dubai.

The seminars drew approximately three hundred representatives from a cross section of the UAE construction industry. In attendance were construction managers, property developers, engineers, architects, policy makers, as well as those working in cement, concrete and ready-mix companies.

Participants learned from experienced industry professionals about the benefits of EcoSmart Concrete in a time when climate change is having a global impact on building design and operation. Seminar speakers also discussed the more technical aspects of concrete durability and performance.

The proven success of EcoSmart Concrete is being brought to the UAE by EcoSmart through the support of the Government of Canada and in collaboration with leading research, design and construction companies.

Seminar Description

Seminar topics included:

  • advantages and planning for green buildings; materials and computer modeling for concrete durability;
  • tests on designs for and performance of EcoSmart Concrete;
  • implications of EcoSmart Concrete for structural design and construction;
  • background on reasons the Canadian Government supports EcoSmart Concrete, particularly it link to mitigating climate change.

Speakers included:

  • James Aldred of GHD Global, Manager of the Independent Verification and Testing for Burj Dubai Tower – Dubai, UAE
  • Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager for Unibeton Ready-Mix, Abu Dhabi and formerly professor of Civil Engineering at Laval University – Quebec, Canada
  • Michel de Spot, President of EcoSmart, and a LEED Accredited Professional – Vancouver, Canada
  • David Fox, senior structural engineer, Halcrow-Yolles – Toronto, Canada
  • Kerri Henry, GHG Technology Officer, Natural Resources Canada – Ottawa, Canada
  • Nils Larsson, Executive Director, International Initiative for the Sustainable Built Environment – Ottawa, Canada
  • Jacques Marchand, President of SEM Inc. and Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Laval.- Quebec, Canada
  • Phil Seabrook, Executive Vice President, Levelton Consultant Ltd. – Vancouver, Canada
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Finalized AP2K Reports on SCM Use in Canada

October 2007

All the three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project have been approved for public release.

EcoSmart undertook a qualitative assessment and related information dissemination activities with regard to the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs) in Canada. These activities were a follow up to the federal AP2K project. The goal of the qualitative assessment on SCM use in Canada was to determine changes over the past several years and to gain a better understanding of stakeholders’ position and concerns. Also, there was further dissemination of information on the use of SCMs in concrete in an effort to increase acceptance.

The EcoSmart Foundation completed these activities with the support of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), the Canadian Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA), the Association of Canadian Industries Recycling Coal Ash (CIRCA), the National Research Council (Institute for Research in Construction), Public Works & Government Services Canada, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. As a part of the dissemination aspect of the AP2K 2007 project, the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs. These resources are intended to provide helpful information to the ready-mixed concrete, construction and design industries, as well as federal, provincial and municipal agencies across Canada.

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