Innovating the Construction Industry - Another Successful Technical Seminar on GFRP

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Innovating the Construction Industry - Another Successful Technical Seminar on GFRP

Dritan Topuzi

Part of the satisfaction of being in the business of innovative materials is the organization of technical events for the construction industry. Such was the seminar organized in cooperation with PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) on June 23, in Mississauga, ON, where the satisfaction was even higher because the event sold out within a few days following the announcement.

GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers) is increasingly being used in Canada, in particular for structures where corrosion resistance is important, but also in applications benefiting from its transparency to magnetism, electrical and thermal non-conductivity etc. The focus of this event was on the recent developments on GFRP as reinforcement for concrete structures as well as structural profiles. 

GFRP Products

Fig. 1 – GFRP Rebar and Structural Profiles

The event started with a reception where the attendees could network and get informed about the GFRP products displayed on stands, while enjoying the refreshments kindly offered by PEO. Angelo and Filip were busy all the time, answering various questions about the products on display.

The speeches started with a general presentation on FRP’s – benefits, design codes, applications etc., by the Product Manager of Fiberline, Dritan Topuzi, PhD, P.Eng. Marianna Polak, PhD, P.Eng., a professor at the University of Waterloo, followed with a presentation on the latest research on GFRP – testing and finite element modelling of GFRP reinforced concrete beams, suggestions on improving the quality control program, etc. Juan Sobrino, PhD, P.Eng., CEO of PEDELTA, concluded with a presentation of several design cases of GFRP bridges – pedestrian as well as vehicular ones. 

Seminar Room

Fig. 2 – Seminar Room

At the end, the three speakers answered the questions from the audience, the number and variety of which showed the interest the presentations had created.


Fig. 3 – Q&A Session

It is such high interest from industry professionals that motivates us, to further develop innovative materials and applications, for a more sustainable construction industry. Stay tuned for more events ;)