Protecting Concrete Infrastructure: Long-term Solutions

April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
1 p.m. Eastern | 12 p.m. Central

It's no secret that damage caused by salt, deicers and freeze-thaw conditions is a major issue facing our country's infrastructure. When water gets trapped in concrete pores, premature damage occurs which can lead to costly repairs. Cracking or scaling of concrete can lead to negative perceptions by constituents or customers. That's why the Indiana Department of Transportation approached Purdue University to develop a solution to this costly problem. In partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Purdue scientists developed PoreShield, a product that enhances durability in a unique way. 

Join us as experts cover:

  • Current issues facing our industry today, including premature damage due to salt, deicers and freeze-thaw damage
  • The industry need for effective solutions to increase the longevity of concrete
  • An overview of the science behind PoreShield including trials, testing and commercial use

The Indiana Soybean Alliance is a statewide organization that serves Indiana soybean farmers through checkoff, membership and policy programs.  As part of the New Uses program the ISA works with product development companies, entrepreneurs and universities to identify, develop and commercialize new soybean uses that have significant market demand impact for Indiana soybean farmers.

Jason Weiss
Director, Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research

Jason Weiss, PhD, is the Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the Director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research. Before joining Oregon State as the Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Dr. Weiss was a faculty member at Purdue University for over 16 years where he held the position of the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Pankow Materials Laboratory. He earned a B.A.E. from the Pennsylvania State University and a MS and PhD from Northwestern University in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Weiss is actively involved in research on cement and concrete materials specifically focused on early age property development, cracking, transport in concrete, and concrete durability.Specifically, he is known for research his group has performed in the areas of shrinkage and cracking reduction, the use of the ring and dual ring test, use of electrical resistivity and the formation factor, use of internally cured concrete, and concrete pavement durability.

Paul Imbrock
Product Growth Consultant, Indiana Soybean Alliance

Paul Imbrock is a product growth consultant for the Indiana Soybean Alliance. After growing up in rural Northeast Indiana, Paul attended Purdue University where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, Paul performed research with Purdue Civil Engineers focused on electrical sensing of concrete and concrete preservation. His work included continued development of ISA's PoreShield technology with the state DOT partners. Upon leaving Purdue, Paul started Environmental Concrete Products and has since been working to bring this soy-based technology to real world infrastructure preservation.