Durability Plans

Whilst Australian codes gives some guidance on design for durability they are severely limited, conflicting and in some case provide inadequate guidance. BCRC have the extensive background necessary to competently consultant on building and construction materials durability issues. BCRC holds its leading position through:

  • Developing models which have been developed for assessing durability design in a wide range of circumstances
  • Ensuring our consultants are at the leading edge of research
  • Maintain expertise by continued attendance at international conferences
  • Providing extensive experience as durability consultants, having worked on some of Australia’s largest and most exposed projects
  • Maintaining active membership of international  durability committees
  • Drawing the experience of on a network of international associates who are leaders in their respective durability fields


These are used, with an assessment of exposure to define materials and workmanship requirements. BCRC commonly assist contractors resolve issues where construction is not in accord with specifications or where repairs are required.

Concrete, and Concrete Materials Assessments

BCRC can assist with:

  • Mix design
  • Assessment of materials for use in concrete
  • Assessment of proposed mixes
  • Assessment of concrete supply

Performance Concrete Design

Concrete strength assessment. BCRC consult on design of:


  • Floors and pavements
  • Marine concrete
  • Precast concrete
  • High strength concrete
  • Enhanced porosity concrete
  • Self compacting concrete
  • Lightweight concrete
  • Pumping
  • Slipforming

Building & Construction Inspections

Building and construction inspections. BCRC have one of the most advanced ranges of inspection equipment in Australia and have developed detailed standards for all of our work. We combine test results, analytical methods and years of research in areas such as patch materials, coatings and cathodic protection to assess and specify repair methods.

  • Concrete supply
  • Post pour cover checks
  • Assessment of as placed strengths
  • Class of concrete finish
  • Coatings testing
  • Moisture testing (e.g. pre floor covering tests)
  • Floor abrasion testing
  • Resonance tests on cores for dynamic modulus
  • Cracking assessment
  • Strength assessment
  • Foundation assessment (e.g. piles, diaphragm walls etc)
  • Pull off testing

Structural Survey & Defect Diagnosis

Concrete strength, cores. BCRC consultants provide structural survey and defect diagnosis of:

  • Concrete strength
    • Cores
    • Ultrasonic pulse velocity
    • Rebound hammer
  • Reinforcement corrosion activation
    • Cover testing
    • Corrosion potentials
    • Polarisation resistance
    • Concrete resistivity
    • Carbonation
    • Chlorides
  • Concrete defects and geometry
    • Ultrasonic pulse velocity
    • Ultrasonic pulse echo
    • Ultraseismic
    • Spectral analysis of surface waves
    • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
    • Impulse response
    • Impact echo
  • Sampling and Analysis
    • Sampling methods
    • Chemical analysis
    • Chloride analysis

Structural and Corrosion Monitoring

BCRC provide structural and corrosion monitoring advice regarding:

  • Corrosion monitoring
  • Cracking
  • Strain gauging
  • Deflection and vibration testing

Concrete Thermal Analysis

  • Assessment of heat of hydration
  • Determination of insitu temperature rise
  • Crack control design
  • Maturity assessment
  • Monitoring concrete pours

Remedial Engineering

Product Development & Assessment

BCRC undertake market assessments, provide technical review and assist in developing product and marketing literature for admixtures, additives, repair materials, SCM’s, fibres, cement systems, grouts, mortars, concretes, construction systems & light weight products. BCRC are leaders in Geopolymers and can manage a company’s rapid development of geopolymer products. BCRC combine technical, construction and marketing expertise to assess product development requirements.