Join us in Corvallis in July of 2017 for this exciting short course!

The Doctoral Short Course: Service Life Prediction of Concrete, will be held July 9-14, 2017 on the Oregon State University campus. The course will bring together leaders from across the globe, focused on the important issue of developing reliable service life prediction tools that are verified by laboratory and field data to predict long term performance of concrete structures.  After the short course, the 3rd Corvallis Workshops will be held with the same theme – Service Life Prediction of Concrete.


  • Doug Hooton (U. Toronto)
  • Jason H. Ideker (Oregon State)
  • Burkan Isgor (Oregon State)
  • Karen Scrivener (EPFL)
  • Iris Tien (Georgia Tech)
  • David Trejo (Oregon State)
  • Jason Weiss (Oregon State)
  • Claire White (Princeton)


  • National Science Foundation
  • CTL Group
  • Elsevier
  • LafargeHolcim
  • Taiheiyo Cement

Required Abstract Submission

All students registering for the short course should submit an abstract at this link: Abstract Submission   

The template for abstracts can be found here: Doctoral Short Course Abstract Template

Funding from NSF for Travel and Accommodation

Competitive funding is available for up to 15 domestic and U.S. Green Card holders for travel and lodging through the National Science Foundation.  To be eligible for funding you MUST submit:

  • Submit an abstract per the format posted above (please upload this through the submission link above);

Email the following to and use “NSF Doctoral Short Course Application” as your subject

  • NSF style 2-page biography;
  • Preferred departure and arrival airport (our travel agent will book final accommodation).

If you are a U.S. Green Card holder we will also need a scanned copy of your Green Card. Registration is NOT covered in this funding mechanisms.

For priority consideration please submit by May 15th, 2017

Registration Rates: 

Student Registration: $395 / $495
Industry/Other Registration: $495 / $595

Early Registration Ends June 1, 2017.  To Register Click Here.  Final payment will be due June 1, 2017 for early registration.  

Included in Registration:

  • Welcome Reception at Kearney Hall
  • Breakfast, refreshments and lunch each day of the Courses
  • Off-Site Short Course Dinner on Thursday, July 13th (Transportation Included)
  • All course related materials

About the Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to provide education and motivation for graduate students to understand degradation mechanisms and service-life prediction models for concrete in their current and future research endeavors and careers.  This workshop will address the need to educate the next generation of researchers with the knowledge and tools (experimental and numerical) to mitigate concrete deterioration and retrofit damaged concrete and thus enhance the concrete performance.  A group of research experts in the area of service-life and concrete durability will educate  students from across the United States and international locations on the development of reliable service-life prediction tools.  The workshop will incorporate the verification of prediction models and tools using analytical results from laboratory and field exposed cement and concrete samples

A particularly compelling facet of the workshop are the hands-on laboratory exercises that will take place in the afternoon educational sessions.  Over the past year, the research team at Oregon State University has cast samples for exposure to chlorides, carbonation, alkali-silica reaction and freeze-thaw attack so that the students can take test method end point measurements during the workshop.  They will be supplied with the measurements done throughout the previous months and year (depending on the test) and they will then be able to use those measurements to interpret the entire testing results.  They will also see how that data can be used to verify several different service-life approaches provided by the course instructors.

Technical communication is also a crucial area for graduate student development and the workshop will feature two ways to improve their technical communication skills.  The students will be instructed on effective oral presentations and then asked to produce an oral presentation in small groups to be given on the afternoon of the final day of the course.  Students will also have a session on effective proposal writing and asked to individually prepare a short proposal on concrete durability that includes important concepts learned from the workshop.

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