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Concrete as a Building Material

Course Outline

As one of the most popular construction materials, concrete has been used to construct buildings, roads and bridges since ancient time. Concrete is a composite construction material composed primarily of aggregate, cement, and water. This course focuses on the history, properties and applications of concrete.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers and construction professionals who want to learn about the applications and benefits of concrete.

Course Content

You are directed to the following weblinks to study for this course:

History and Properties of Concrete (PDF file)
Types of Concrete (HTML page)

In addition, you need to view the content of the following webpages to learn the various applications of concrete:


Cast in Place
Controlled Density Fill
Decorative flatwork
Fiber cement siding
Hardscape & Pavers
ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms)
Soil Stabilization/Solidification
Tilt-Up Construction
Water Infrastructure

Course Summary

This course provides information about the history, properties and applications of concrete.

Related Links

Wikipedia - Concrete
Concrete Fundamentals


Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.