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An Introduction to Tropical Engineering: Concrete, Wood and Metals

COURSE NO: T03-005
An Introduction to Tropical Engineering: Concrete, Wood and Metals
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to the application of construction materials such as concrete, wood and metals in tropical climates where humidity, weather and seafront locations are considerations.


Concrete materials, reinforcement, accessories, curing, structural precast concrete, prestressed concrete, and cast-in-place concrete are discussed. Concrete masonry units (CMU), both solid and hollow, used in general construction are included. Structural steel and metals of a generic nature are considered but not specific products.  Wood construction covers rough carpentry, heavy construction timber, finish carpentry, plywood, wood treatments, prefabricated structural wood and its uses and prefabricated plastics. Rough hardware, particle board and treatment and use are also included.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil and structural engineers and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to the special challenges present in employment of concrete, metal and wood materials in facilities in tropical climates where heat, humidity and seafront conditions are important.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the importance of minimizing the salt content of both the water and aggregates (especially coral) used in the concrete mix
  • Understanding how the density of aggregates affects concrete strength, cement and water content, workability, and porosity of the concrete, all of which indirectly influence steel corrosion
  • Understanding how air-entraining agents are used to improve workability of concrete
  • Learning about the precaution to be observed when using galvanized reinforcement
  • Understanding the significance of water infiltration of concrete masonry units in the tropics
  • Understanding why it is important to avoid corrosion of metals caused by galvanic action between two dissimilar metals
  • Learn how to base the selection of wood for exterior lumber and timber on strength and treatability
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Tropical Engineering".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Tropical Engineering: Concrete, Wood and Metals (1.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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