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Concrete Solutions

Conferences and Training for the Construction Industry

Concrete Solutions 7th International Conference on Concrete Repair 

Cluj Arena, Cluj Napoca, Romania

30 Sep to 2 Oct 2019

                                                 List of Papers 




Conference Themes
Self-Healing Concrete
Patch Repair 
Electrochemical Repair 
Strengthening Materials and techniques/Repair with Composites 
Surface Protection Methods and Materials 
Repair of Fire Damage 
NDT and Diagnosis of Problems 
Repair and Preservation of Heritage Structures
Service Life Modelling 
Whole Life Costing
Risk Management 
Case Studies
Sustainable repair

No further papers can be accepted. We may allow some technical sales presentations to sponsors so if you would like to take a Stand at the event, please enquire.

Supporting Organisations

The Conference is supported by the following organisations:

Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, The University of Ulster,

TU Dresden,

INSA Rennes,

The University of Padova, ,

The Concrete Society UK and The Institute of Concrete Technology, RILEM 

American Concrete Institute 

30 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
31 May 2019

Submission of abstracts

Notification of acceptance

Final papers due

Author                       £650
Delegate                   £700
Student                     £250
Enhanced Student    £350
Author/Delegate/Enhanced Student include Proceedings and Conference Dinner

Key dates and fees



Download Conference Flyer

For Rates - HERE

Register and Pay HERE 

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​​Student rates are for Bona Fide students only. Proof of student status will be required. The Student rate and enhanced student rate are for ACCOMPANYING STUDENTS ONLY OR STUDENTS ATTENDING AS DELEGATES. If a student is presenting a paper and no other delegate or author from that organisation is attending, they must register at the Author rate.

Students may attend the sessions and will receive a PDF copy of the Proceedings. Enhanced students also receive a hard copy of the Proceedings and can attend the conference dinner.


Refund Policy - 28 days before the event, full refund, less 200 GBP, if you  have a paper being published. Within 28 days of conference - no refund.


​If you require a letter of Invitation, please mail us and provide the following information


The data we need in order for the University to send an invitation letter for visa issue is:
- Personal Information (Name, country, position, e-mail, Passport Nr)
- Scanned passport
- Town of your country with a Romanian Consulate
- Title of the presentation in the Conference

- Copy of Registration Ticket for the Event

Venue & Hotels


Access to Cluj by air, train, car..

By air: Cluj-Napoca is connected by direct flights with 20 cities. In order to check the flight schedule please visit www.airportcluj.ro


By road: At the junction of four European roads(E60, E576, E58, E81) and crossed by TransIlvania Highway, Cluj is accessible both by car and by bus, in which case we recommend you to visit www.autogari.ro.

By railway: For traveling in Romania: www.infofer.ro

For traveling in and outside Romania: www.bahn.de

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Conference is being held at the Cluj Arena in central Cluj in the pretty Old Town area which has some great restaurants and bars.

The name Cluj comes from Castrum Clus, first used in the 12-th century as the name of the citadel surrounding the city. Clus means "closed" in Latin and refers to the hills that surround the city.

German merchants, who arrived here in the 12th century, rebuilt the medieval earthen walls of Clus in stone after the Tartar invasion of 1241. Known as Klausenburg to the Germans* and Kolosvar to the Hungarians, Cluj became Cluj Napoca in the 1970s, when the communist regime added the name of the old Roman settlement to emphasize its Daco-Roman origin.

With one of the most vibrant economies in the country and a population of around 330,000, Cluj, is today a vibrant cultural and educational city. The six state and several private universities located here also make Cluj Napoca the city with the largest percentage of student population in Romania.

The main square, resplendent with 18th and 19th century buildings and home to many shops and restaurants, is dominated by the 15th century St. Michael's Church, one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Romania. The square also claims the 18-th century baroque Banffy Palace, housing the weaponry and Romanian art collections of the Art Museum. Visitors who want to learn more about the region should pay a visit to the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, a true display of folk architecture. For entertainment, spend an enjoyable evening at the Opera or attend a classical music concert offered by the Cluj Philharmonic


We have partnered with hotelscombined.com to help you find a hotel for the event.  please click HERE to access the search site. Look for hotels close to Cluj Arena


We have also negotiated preferential rates at the following Hotels. You should mention Concrete Solutions when booking. You should also check the hotel using the above search engine to ensure the best deal!

1. Double Tree Hilton ***** http://eventsathilton.com/show/5cf63cf920d49e5315fd5b58, walking distance 15 minutes, 7 minutes by taxi– reservations up to 1.09.2019


2. Grand Hotel Napoca **** reservations@hotelnapoca.ro (unfortunately just period 29.09-2.10 2019) walking distance 10 minutes, 3 minutes by taxi – reservations up to 1.09.2019


3. Hotel River Park **** rezervari@hotelriverpark.ro walking distance 17 minutes, 4 minutes by taxi – reservations up to 20.08.2019


4. Hotel Ramada **** reservations@ramadacluj.ro walking distance 34 minutes, 11 minutes by taxi – reservations up to 15.08.2019


5. Hotel Oscar *** info@hoteloscar.ro walking distance 13 minutes, 3 minutes by taxi – reservations up to 15.08.2019

6. Hampton by Hilton *** 15% discount. 30 minutes on foor, 10 mins by taxi http://group.hamptoninn.com/ConcreteSolutions


Sponsoring the Event


This package will be restricted to a maximum of two sponsors. The cost is 2500 GBP and includes,

A web page on the web site, with links to your own site.

Mention on opening slides and banners at the event with logo (artwork to be provided).

  • Information included in all delegate packs (sponsor to provide). 

  • A single page advert in the published Proceedings. 

  • A space up to 6m x 4m for exhibition (sponsor to provide own stand, but chairs and tables available). 

  • Two delegates may attend the conference and Gala Dinner. ​


This package, is available at a cost of 1500 GBP, it includes,

  • An entry on the web site, with links to your own site. 

  • information included in all delegate packs (sponsor to provide). 

  • Listing as a sponsor in the Published Proceedings. 

  • A space up to 3m x 2m for exhibition (sponsor to provide own stand, but chairs and tables available). 

  • Two delegates may attend the conference and Gala Dinner. 


This, lower cost, package is available at a cost of 1000 GBP and includes

  • An entry on the web site, 

  • A space up to 3m x 2m for exhibition (sponsor to provide own stand, but chairs and tables available). 

  • One delegate may attend the conference and Gala Dinner. 


Available to companies who would like to take advertising space in the Proceedings and to have literature in delegate packs.  The cost of this option is 300 GBP.  This gives a full page advertisment in the Proceedings - Artwork to be provided.

 For bookings please contact us info@concrete-solutions.info


Training Courses

General Information and Course Costs


GR Technologie Ltd (Concrete Solutions) is one of the UK's leading companies specialising in training in concrete and concrete repair. We lecture regularly on topics associated with the inspection and repair of concrete. Training courses are usually presented "in-House" for Clients, but public courses are presented from time to time or may be available via equipment suppliers such as Proceq SA.


Comments from Previous Courses

"A very informative and useful course, well presented and brought across" 

"Very interesting and educational, well presented in a pleasant atmosphere" 

"I found this to be a very informative lecture with good reference to practical situations" 

"Very informative and interesting presentations. Well delivered, good, clear course notes for future reference and to help focus on talk. Useful demonstrations". 



The Course costs £1200 per day (with a limit of about 15 on numbers) Plus VAT. We may be able to offer a reduction if just a few people require training, depending on venue. Please enquire.


Understanding Concrete Defects, Diagnosis and Repair



Technicians and Engineers who need a basic understanding or revision of concrete deterioration mechanisms, methods of diagnosis, and techniques for concrete repair. The course is intended as a stand alone course or can be combined with our course on Concrete for Engineers and Contractors, to make a 2 day course.





Professor Michael Grantham BA EurChem CChem FRSC IEng MCQI CQP FICT 

Mike has worked for several of the major testing houses in a career spanning some 30 years. He has been involved in a considerable amount of testing work on bridges and other heavy structures such as; car parks, office buildings, multi-storey flats, down to small scale problems with prc housing. He is a Visiting Professor at Leeds University, supporting their MSc Advanced Concrete Technology course. 



After the course, participants will have an understanding of deterioration mechanisms for concrete, methods for diagnosis of these problems, including some of the newer techniques such as linear polarisation for corrosion rate measurements, radar, ultrasonic tomography, infra red thermography etc. They will understand how these techniques are applied in diagnosis and how concrete repairs can effectively deal with the problems. 


9.00  Registration and Coffee  

9:30  What is concrete : constituents, cement, aggregates, steel, admixtures. Special problems arising from the use of materials. Carbonation of concrete, calcium chloride, high alumina cement.  

Recognising concrete defects : Structural cracks, reinforcement corrosion, alkali silica reaction, freeze-thaw damage, shrinkable aggregates, chemical attack, fire damage, poor quality construction, plastic cracking - plastic settlement and plastic shrinkage cracks.  

10:30  Coffee  

11:00  Investigation of defects - the Two Stage Approach  

Desk study, visual surveys, covermeter survey, ultrasonic pulse velocity and tomography surveys, sampling by coring and dust drilling, chemical analysis, determining compressive strength, including assessment by non-destructive methods (SONREB  for example) petrographic examination, rebound hammer, other near to surface tests - the Windsor Probe, the LOK test, break off tests, sub surface radar, infra red thermography.  

12:30  Questions and discussion  

1:00  Lunch  

2:00  Testing for reinforcement corrosion : Half cell potential, resistivity, linear polarisation measurements to determine corrosion rate of steel (section loss per year).  

3:00  Tea  

3:30  Concrete repairs : the patch repair approach - when to use and when not to use it, understanding the cost implications and remeasurement. Electrochemical repair: cathodic protection, realkalisation and desalination, galvanic cathodic protection including Hybrid systems, new textile reinforced repair materials and overlays, strain hardening engineered Cementitious composites: What they do, how they work, practical experience. Corrosion inhibitors, what they are and do they work?  

4:45  Questions and discussion  

5:00  Course closes  


The course includes some hands-on practice with a covermeter, ultrasound and rebound hammer - and advice on their correct use.


All delegates will be given a certificate of attendance. Full and detailed course notes, with photographs and illustrations are provided on Memory Stick (90+ pages). 



Concrete Solutions

Prof Michael Grantham

133 Westbrook Avenue, Margate, Kent, CT9 5HG UK

Tel: +44 (0)1843 310032

Email: info@concrete-solutions.info

Prof. Calin Mircea
Technical University of Cluj Napoca
Memorandumului street, nr. 28 Cluj‐
Napoca, 400114
Jud. Cluj, Romania
T: +40(0)728 555 980
F: +40(0)374 099 531
E: calin.mircea@dst.utcluj.ro