Title: Realizing The Potential Of Concrete As A Construction
Author(s): Bryant Mather
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 11-19
Keywords: Concrete; Durability; Environment; Ethics; Service life; Specification overkill; Statistical methods;
Concrete is international, but made locally; has infinite variability, but can be made very uniform; and can be made to last as long as you want it to. Therefore, what is needed to more fully realize its potential as a construction material is to understand what we want it to do, learn how to make it so it will do so, use available methods to restrict undesired variability, consider the ethical and environmental aspects of its use, and help the people who are making it to do it better.