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Chemical Quagmires: A Chemist’s Perspective on Identifying, Evaluating, Repairing, and Avoiding Damage to Building Facades

BEC
May 13, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Posted by Jeff Diqui

AIA CREDIT: Yes

DESCRIPTION:

A variety of facade investigations with be discussed involving chemical incompatibility, staining, and damages to an assortment of facade materials including glass, stone, metals, and coatings. Details will be provided regarding field and laboratory techniques involved with the investigations, including energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC/MS), along with discussing recommendations for reducing the risk of encountering chemical complications with buildings.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn to recognize the primary types of building failures due to chemical incompatibility to an assortment of facade materials including glass, stone, metals, and coatings.
  • Understand the relationship of deterioration vs time.
  • Learn the various levels of investigation using field and laboratory techniques.
  • Understand how to reduce risk of encountering chemical complications on your building.

PRESENTER BIO: 

Kimberly Steiner is a chemist and Associate Principal and Unit Manager of the material science group in the Janney Technical Center within WJE. Kimberly has extensive experience with characterization and analysis of materials to investigate composition, failures, and degradation mechanisms with an eye on interaction with their environment.

VIRTUAL MEETING REGISTRATION & LOGIN INFORMATION:

For BEC Chicago members, an invite with REGISTRATION LINK will be sent out approximately 7 to 10 days in advance of event. After registration, a confirmation email with LOG IN INFORMATION with be sent for the virtual meeting that will be hosted through ZOOM. For non-BEC Chicago members interested in attending, you may contact Jeff Diqui at jdiqui@imiweb.org to request an invite. The invitation will include a REGISTRATION LINK.