Recent Developments in Service Life Design of Concrete Structures

January 21, 2020
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Italian Cultural Center
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4
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Recent Developments in Service life Design of Concrete Structures

Presented by: Meghdad Hoseini

ACI BC Chapter

In recent years the number of projects specified to have service life of 100 year or more have dramatically been increased. The majority of these projects are in the form of Private Partnerships (P3s), Design-Build (DB), Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM), or similar project delivery methods in which often is led by a general contractor and the design professional are typically retained by or form a partnership with the general contractor. Further, the Request for Proposals (RFP) or Project Agreements (PA) for these projects sometimes include prescriptive requirements which sometimes are inconsistent with the specified service life, prohibit design or construction innovations, or may result in uneconomical designs.

 In this presentation, the current practices in specifying and designing for service life will be reviewed. Excerpts from a number of recent RFPs requiring extended service life in North America will be presented and current challenges and shortfalls in service life designs will be discussed. Moreover, recent developments in service life design will be presented and recommendations for improvement of the future projects will be discussed.   

Our presenter, Meghdad Hoseini received his PhD from University of Alberta and is a senior professional engineer with WSP’s Materials Division. He has more than fifteen years of combined academic research and consulting experience in the field of materials engineering and concrete technology. He has managed projects in durability-based design, service life extension of concrete structures exposed to different chemical and physical conditions, condition assessment, and rehabilitation design. Meghdad’s experience in advanced concrete technology and building materials includes design, evaluation, and research in durability and life-cycle cost analysis for reinforced concrete structures, aggregate qualification, and concrete transport properties. Meghdad is a member of Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CSA CHBC S-6)-Durability and Sustainability Committee and American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 201- Durability. He is also a director of the ACI BC Chapter and served as the past chair of International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) BC Chapter.


5:30 p.m. No Host Bar and Registration
6:30 p.m. Dinner                   
7:30 p.m. Presentation

Reservations must be online at or e-mail to [email protected] by Friday, January 17th at 4:00 p.m. Cash, cheques and credit cards will be accepted at the door, but reservations must be made to guarantee dinner. No shows will be billed.



$65.00 ACI-BC Chapter Members

$30.00 Student Ticket

$80.00 Non-Member Ticket