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095-Fundamentals of Concrete

By: Patrick L. Glon, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

095-Fundamentals of Concrete

Written in an easy to understand style, the course Fundamentals of Concrete takes a look at the properties of concrete including its ingredients as well as the nature of the product from its inception at mixing these ingredients to some of the final products. A clear discussion of the ingredients of concrete is included as well as the process that makes the initial slurry change to a hardened structural material. Some of concrete's material properties — such as workability, weight, and strength — are discussed including precautions and factors affecting these properties. The effect of evaporation on newly placed concrete is discussed along with methods to prevent it.

The course continues with a clear discussion of reinforced concrete, stresses in a concrete beam, and reinforcing steel. The principles of pre-cast and post-tensioned beams are discussed with several representative cross sections presented. The course concludes with an introductory discussion of the principles of formwork design.

The course is not a design course but does offer some sample calculations to demonstrate the design criteria involved in the design of reinforced concrete beams and the design of formwork for vertical structures such as walls and columns.

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Gisela Rey
01/20/2019
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Very easy to understand
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John
01/14/2019
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Nice introduction or simple refresher for those who are looking to learn about civil materials.
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Bill White
01/04/2019
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Good course for review of basic fundamentals. Well organized and presented.
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James J mullen jr.
12/11/2018
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Very informative and easy to understand. I enjoyed reading about the various topics
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Dave Pickut
11/29/2018
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Very good course. It reinforced some of what I already knew about concrete, but I also learned quite a bit.
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M. Davidson
09/25/2018
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A good entry level course on concrete; useful to those indirectly involved with large concrete projects, or directly involved with home type concrete projects.
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Uday Kirtikar
09/06/2018
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As a fundamental course it is well presented, however it is very basic for any PE who has taken even a single course in concrete in school.
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S.J. Brocato
09/05/2018
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Very useful general information
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Robert Fudge
08/29/2018
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Text was complete and understandable. Questions required an understanding of the Subject.
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gregory harrison
08/27/2018
course was a great refresher for me since last time I had it was 50 years ago..... ****one major mistake I believe is that text said to raise reinf. wire to middle of concrete in a sidewalk or patio and that would put wire in the NA and no benefit there. wire should be about 1 inch off the ground and use spacers or hold up with strong rake as concrete will push it flat to ground during the pour.
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Ben Algee
08/27/2018
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Good review of basic fundementals of concrete. Enjoyed the review.
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Ron Dailey
08/14/2018
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I was surprised to see Working Stress design used for the numerical examples. I've always thought this method of design was [mostly] abandoned decades ago.
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Philip Perkins
08/09/2018
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Well-presented fundamentals course. Lots of basic information - begs for a follow-on course. Test questions fairly cover the material.
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Jeff R
07/07/2018
Straightforward and informative. Worthwhile.
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
Larry Jones
07/06/2018
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Very good overview of concrete fundamentals. The material is presented in a very logical manner with discussions that even an old Electrical engineer can understand!
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
Jason Monk
06/28/2018
Great class to cover the basic concrete items.
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ANDREW BIRTOK
06/18/2018
Verified Buyer
Nice little refresher from things studied in detail decades ago....As a site/civil, I don't always get into the finer details of concrete beyond what strength is req'd, slump test results, etc....All in all, good course!
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Ghulam Mujtaba
06/09/2018
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I enjoyed the course.
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Robert J Willems
06/08/2018
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This was a great overview of concrete.
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Robert Hill
06/06/2018
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Good discussion/review of the basics of concrete, with examples of mix, reinforcing, and lateral pressure calculations. Succinct, informative, and relevant refresher for current aspects of my work. You will remember the difference between cement and concrete...
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Doug Yovaish
03/27/2018
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Very useful course
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Ronald F Kramps
03/06/2018
Nice course. Very well written and understandable - this author's courses all seem to be very good.
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Bill Pippine
02/14/2018
Verified Buyer
Wish I took this course on day one of my concrete design course. Explains the basics. Strongly recommend for a user of concrete, i.e. the engineer who uses the foundation but does not design it. An ME doing piping comes to mind.
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Charles Allred
01/23/2018
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Very good refresher course.
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Charles Allred
01/22/2018
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Good refresher course.
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Justin Minadeo
12/18/2017
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Good overview of concrete
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Daniel
11/26/2017
Helpful fundamental information on concrete
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Tom Fairbairn
11/19/2017
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Very interesting course.
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Calvin Edson
08/07/2017
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Excellent concise course what I was looking for.
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Jeffrey K Bradley
07/02/2017
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The course materials were straightforward and easy to understand. I learned several new concepts about concrete and its uses that will be helpful in my job.
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Chris Budd
05/13/2017
Verified Buyer
Good, concise class - thank you
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Bill McConnell
05/03/2017
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As an electrical engineer who uses concrete structures and foundations to support electrical equipment I found this course very useful.
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Prakit Siatragul
04/21/2017
Verified Buyer
The course was great, and I would like to rate "Excellent"
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JOSEPH FISHER
04/09/2017
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Good course. Straight forward.
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PW
03/13/2017
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Excellent refresher course. The test questions are tricky.
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Robin Osborne
02/28/2017
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Very practical course on the basics of concrete behavior.
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Lorenzo Casanova
02/20/2017
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Easy to follow and understand--Straight forward instruction
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Atharali Shaikh
02/16/2017
Excellent course for basic concrete strength analysis and various forms of increasing strength of concrete beams and columns.
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Richard Kellner
01/18/2017
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An excellent review of concrete properties and uses in construction. Clear and straightforward language in the Course Content.
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
01/15/2017
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Adequate.
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
Howard Gilkes
01/11/2017
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A fair and reasonable overview of the characteristics of concrete
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
Lawrence Lippert
12/29/2016
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The course material was well-presented and touched on the "fundamentals", as titled. The test followed the material, which is good, and had a couple of tricky questions, although most were very straightforward. Overall, excellent.
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Roger Cantrell
12/07/2016
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A very well written course. Focuses on the basics, as advertised, and treats the subject clearly.
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Paul Luoma
11/23/2016
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informative basic course for none structural engineers. Worked well for my purposes as an Electrical Engineer.
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Ed Jacobsen
11/14/2016
Verified Buyer
A great introduction to, or refresher on, the fundamentals of concrete construction. A straightforward, easy to understand presentation.
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James Roeder
11/12/2016
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I thought it was really nice and helpful. I haven't focused much on this topic since my college days in the early (19)80s, so it was a nice refresher. Easily accessible.
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charles McDonald
11/06/2016
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Class is reasonable - a good overview
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Peter C. Talbot
11/02/2016
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Good fundamentals, good illustrations Some wording a little different from what I am use to !
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Stephen Laccinole, PE, SE
11/01/2016
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Good update on a few practicalities that needed updating...
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Bill H
10/29/2016
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Appropriate refresher on concrete
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Carlos Muller
10/29/2016
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Excellent course
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
John B
10/28/2016
Verified Buyer
Let me just say that I applaud all Engineers who are brave enough to develop and present PE continuing ed course for the rest of us. Having said that, I thought the course could have went a little more into the design of reinforced concrete as I remember from school, maybe provided a beam, wall or slab design example. I think then you could justify a 4 PDH. Otherwise good job. Thanks I
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Rick Taulman
10/26/2016
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Very descriptive course for the beginner of concrete fundamentals.
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Excellent
Early M. Sorenson
08/01/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent review of the essentials. I found this particularly clearly written; and the easy-to-understand diagrams were very helpful.
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095-Fundamentals of Concrete
Robert McCabe
07/03/2016
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Good intro or review
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Great intro for the Uninitiated.
Tomas M Bagdas
04/28/2016
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Great intro for a non civil engineer.
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Concrete
Anonymous reviewer
02/15/2016
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Very good overview of subject.
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Well done
Mark Morgan
01/02/2016
Very informative and concise. Also great blend of practical and theoretical information.
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Fundamentals of Concrete
Anonymous reviewer
12/07/2015
Very well organized and effectively presented. Fundamentals well covered.
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Fundamentals of Concrete
Kip Robinson
11/14/2015
Thoroughly explained, good examples; good review of fundamentals.
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Donald King
09/02/2015
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I feel that this course gave a good general overview of concrete and its uses
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Great introduction for those with zero knowledge.
anonymous
08/09/2015
I rarely have to work with concrete but knowing the basics will serve me well when I do. Understanding how 'technical' concrete can be was an eye-opener!
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095 - Fundamentals of Concrete Course Review
Alfred DeStefano Jr
08/03/2015
The course presentation material was straight forward and easy to comprehend. As in any test, you need to understand every word of the questions being asked.
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anonymous
07/09/2015
Good education
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Good basic course
Diane Carlson
06/30/2015
The course was organized well, and included a balance of theory and example problems. I did find that several rereads of pages 19-20 were necessary to understand the points. Perhaps this area could be improved. The flow just did not match other sections of the course.
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Lee Marlow
06/29/2015
Excellent, all the fundamentals of concrete was covered. A lot of details in the 30 pages of course work.
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anonymous
05/09/2015
Great overview of basic fundamentals of concrete.
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Informative Material
Nick Halbrook
04/01/2015
Learned I need to tay aptension as regards cement vs concrete. I knew that! Still caused me to miss 2 questions. Grrr.

Q5 is poorly worded.

Time to complete <2h. Fair enough.
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Very good
Mike C
02/08/2015
I like how this course was presented and how it covered all of the different aspects of concrete.
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Exellent
Don
02/02/2015
Well written and covers the subject matter in a clear and organized manner. A good refresher.
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anonymous
01/20/2015
Good review of basic concepts
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Kenneth Sykes
01/18/2015
This was a good refresher course. I was unfamiliar with some aspects of wall construction. Things are clear now.
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anonymous
01/17/2015
This course is well-done. The reading material and the test were perfect in terms of time required and complexity of information. I would not hesitate to recommend SunCam to others to meet their PDH requirements or to better understand a topic.
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anonymous
01/17/2015
Very informative, straight to the point, easy to understand.
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anonymous
01/15/2015
The course is an excellent source of information for someone who is not concrete specialist
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fundamentals of concrete
David Mueller
01/04/2015
ok. I am a design engineer, not a field engineer. I am more interested in the design numbers rather than the manufacturing process. But, ok information
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Excellent review
Don Edwards
12/28/2014
The material hit the main points from an introductory standpoint, the test was about perfect in that it required some calculation and did not resort to tricky questions. I thoughly enjoyed this course as well as the other courses by Professor Glon
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Fundamental of Concrete
Ahcene Djebli
12/07/2014
It is a refreshing course. To review what I have learned before which we forgot with time after graduation.
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Fundamental of Concrete
JUR
12/01/2014
Very well set up course on-line. Easy to understand while refreshing the concrete mix knowledge. Recommended.
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Charles Robinson
11/04/2014
Good for basics, could be expanded to include 'temperature' steel and what additives are commonly used.
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Thomas Niedergeses
10/29/2014
An enjoyable read that covers the essential points in an engaging manner.
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Basic Concrete
C. Porcello
09/17/2014
Good basic review of concrete principles. Would like to have had some better insight from the author on real-world concrete issues.
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Fundamentals of Concrete
Pat
07/24/2014
The content was clear and easy to understand. There was a lot of important detail. There were no trick questions on the test.
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Very Useful
Gerald Davis
06/30/2014
Very good overview of concrete. Especially good for non-civil engineers that have had little exposure to this material and its characteristics.
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P.E.
Bob King
06/18/2014
Very good basic course.
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Harvey Flamholtz
05/01/2014
The material is well organized and easy to follow. The questions are clear and easy to understand.
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anonymous
04/22/2014
This course should be taken by engineers early in their careers because all will at some point get involved with a construction project and this uses terminology that will be heard.
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Roy Taliaferro
04/22/2014
Excellent narrative. Fair test.
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Refreshing and informative
Walter A. Tillit Jr,.P.E.
04/22/2014
Course really updates and refreshes your knowledge of concrete. Test is very focused on the main principles for this material, that are very important for angineers to keep in mind.
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anonymous
04/21/2014
Good, clear, concise review of subject.
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Fundamentally sound
J. Deliyiannis
02/12/2014
Good refresher course for the fundamentals of concrete.
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M. Nimmons
01/30/2014
Informative outline and refresher on concrete. Example calculations were helpful.
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Fred J. Schmalzer, P.E., S.I.
01/21/2014
Very thorough and I enjoyed this review: Fundamentals of Concrete
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Tricky test
mp
01/21/2014
the reasons for two stars are: #1 the test questions are tricky (misleading), #2 it's only 3 credit (PE requires 4 credit minimum)

SunCam Comment: The average score for this test is 91% and our statistical analysis of all of test takers shows that none of the test questions is ambiguous. The complaint about the duration of the course is unfounded. If you want a 4-PDH course you should purchase a 4-PDH course. Additionally, only Florida has a 4-PDH requirement. Most states require 30-PDHs.
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William Ratterree
01/18/2014
My test grade should have been 100. The first 2 answers I gave were graded as wrong. However, when reporting the correct answer, you told me that the answer should have been the exact answers I gave. You should probably check the reason for this error.

SunCam Response: There was no error but we have revised the wording of the questions and the detailed explanations to add clarity.
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anonymous
01/10/2014
Appreciated the detail data introductions to enable calculation of properties.
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anonymous
01/02/2014
I misread question #7 as using 7.8 cubic yards because at a glance I didn't see the 7 was the question number and 8 was part of the question.
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anonymous
11/10/2013
Wanted to get just a little "street smart" about Concrete. This course did that.

I can now converse with contractors at a higher level.
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Great course
Wm Warren
11/01/2013
Great course.

Learned a great deal.
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John Robinson
10/31/2013
Good Review of Concrete
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Good basic course
James Ruggieri
10/30/2013
Although I'm an electrical engineer, I do much with concrete with home improvements, and to a lesser degree in my work where there is some concrete foundation for elek equipment. This was a useful course, easy to understand for an elek type, and enjoyable. Good work!
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Good refresher course
Mark A Sinkhorn, P.E.
01/02/2013
I've been out of school for some time. This review of concrete mix principles and steel reinforcing won't make you a structural guy but it's helpful for estimating quantities and pour rates.
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anonymous
12/28/2012
The course was helpful and practical.
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anonymous
12/19/2012
Very good review information on the basics of concrete.
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anonymous
11/28/2012
Good course for explaining the basics for understanding how concrete is manufactured, specified, and used in construction
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JAMES SHOMAKER
02/17/2011
PRESTRESS CONCRETE - THE BEAM DOES NOT NECESSARLY LIFT OFF THE POUR BED WHEN TENDONS ARE CUT ONLY IF CAMBER IS DESIGNED INTO THE MEMBER. tHE BEAM DOES NOT GO INTO TENSION - IE. IT IS ALWAYS DESIGNED TO HAVE COMPRESSION UNDER NORMAL DESIGN UNLESS YOU ARE IN EXCESS OF CODE LIMIT SHOULD EMPHACISE PRESTRESS CONCRETE WAS NOT POSSIBLE BEFORE HIGH STRENGTH STEELS BECAME AVAILABLE IN FAIRLY RECENT YEARS. THE PROBLEM IS CREEP IN MILD STEEL.
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10/18/2010
Too basic for Structural Engineer
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Course Code: 100215-01
Course PDH Hours: 3
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