STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Concrete is a combination of materials, which since the creation of “Portland cement” in 1824 by Joseph Aspdin,
has typically been composed of aggregate (stones), sand and cement mixed with water. The composite of these components generates a material very useful in the construction of structures.
With the addition of tensile reinforcements composed of steel bars or mesh, the excellent compressive strength
of concrete is combined with the high tensile strength of steel, resulting in “reinforced concrete”. Taking it a
step further, using high-strength steel that is under tension, thereby pre-compressing the concrete, generates a whole new level of efficiency and increased capacity.
Concrete, both plain and reinforced, is utilized in many types of applications including foundations, walls, beams, columns, slabs, shear walls, piles and piers.
Among the many individuals and organizations that have advanced and improved the application of concrete is
the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Their publications have become the basis for the design and construction of concrete at this time.
For precast concrete, concrete cast in forms offsite from the project, both the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and the Architectural Precast Association have helped forward the progress in the industry.
Engineering Techniques, Inc. can help you best implement concrete in its various forms into your next project. Since 1980 we have gained extensive experience in conventional and architectural precast concrete.
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Front Royal, VA 22630