Industrial Workshop and Graduate Course CIV 1299S – June 6-10, 2016

Open to both graduate students at the University of Toronto and other Ontario Universities (for graduate credit), in addition to Graduate students from Universities outside Ontario as well as Cement and Concrete Industry Professionals for a fee (see details).

Course Description

This unique and popular course has been run 5 times previously and consists of lectures covering chemistry, and physics of the following subjects:

  • Cement Manufacture
  • Phase Equilibrium & Reactions in Cement Kilns
  • Supplementary Cementing Materials
  • Crystal Chemistry of Silicates
  • Hydration of Cements
  • Chemical Admixture Effects on Hydration
  • Microstructure of Cement and Hydrates
  • Sulphate Reactions and Attack
  • Alkali-Aggregate Reactions
  • Chloride and Corrosion Reactions
  • Chemistry Related to Freezing, Scaling

Course Coordinator:

R. Doug Hooton, University of Toronto

Plus Special Lecturers:

  • Paul Brown, Penn State University, USA
  • Duncan Herfort, Aalborg Portland, Denmark
  • Karl Petersen, University of Toronto
  • Lawrence Roberts, Roberts Consulting, USA
  • Larry Sutter, Michigan Tech. University, USA
  • Michael Thomas, University of New Brunswick


The participants are expected to have a reasonably advanced knowledge of cements and concrete technology. Graduate students shall have previously taken CIV514: Concrete Technology or a pre-approved equivalent from another university.

Contact Hours

Approximately 27 contact hours during the period of June 6 – 10, 2016. Lectures and any exercises will be given during morning and afternoon sessions, running from 9am to 5pm (noon on Friday). OnMonday June 6, reg’n. starts at 8:30am.


Applicants should submit the completed registration form, to be in the hands of the Department not later than Monday March 17, 2014. Participation for officially registered University of Toronto graduate students is included in normal tuition. Students from other Ontario universities can pay tuition though the Ontario University exchange program. For industry professionals auditing the course for professional development, fees are $1,500CDN (or $1,100US) including all course materials (by cheque payable to the University of Toronto on or before April 29, 2016). For students from non-Ontario universities wishing to audit the course, the reduced fee is $900CDN.

Course Materials

Power point notes will be provided at the beginning and PDF copies of lectures will be provided later.

Evaluation and Graduate Credit

Credit for graduate students will be issued based on active participation in the entire course as well as completion of a take-home examination to be provided after course completion.
Industry professionals will be provided a letter of attendance, if requested.
This course series is sponsored by RILEM and all registered graduate students will receive a 3-year free membership in RILEM.


A list of hotels in the vicinity of University of Toronto is available on request.

Further Information

Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 35 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A4 Attn: Diane McCartney
tel: 416 946-3791 fax: (416) 978-6813,
R. Doug Hooton, tel: (416) 978-5912,
For teaching and research at the Department see:

Register for the course.