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Bare Essentials of Concrete Videos

The Bare Essentials of Concrete is a series of short educational films covering the Bare Essentials of:

  • Concrete as a material
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Prestressed concrete


CONSTRUCT has received funding support from the CITB Growth Fund and has produced the films in conjunction with thᴉnkup Innovators in Engineering Education.  The film content are aimed at all who work and are focused on working in the Concrete Sector and will increase the knowledge, awareness and understanding of the viewer.  The films have been designed to benefit and support employee education; apprenticeship programmes and those in higher/further education with the potential to also promote concrete as a material of choice in construction.

Three eminent professionals present the on-line film content as follows with all links below currently leading to YouTube; you can also view in Vimeo by using the links at the bottom of this page:

Bare Essentials of Concrete films by Professor Nick Buenfeld

1.                   What is concrete?

2.                   Aggregate and cement.

3.                   Concrete under the microscope.

4.                   How strong is concrete?

5.                   The water in the mix

Bare Essentials of Reinforced Concrete films by Professor Tim Ibell

1.                   What is Reinforced Concrete?

2.                   How does a reinforced concrete beam resist bending?

3.                   The compatibility of Steel and Concrete.

4.                   Durability of reinforced concrete.

5.                   Resisting Shear.

Bare Essentials of Prestressed Concrete films by Professor Chris Burgoyne

1.                   What is prestressed concrete?

2.                   Achieving the high levels of compression in the beam

3.                   The effect of creep on prestressed concrete.

4.                   Where in the beam do the prestressing cables go?

5.                   Where in the beam do the prestressing cables go? (Extended version)

Vimeo Versions

Bare Essentials of Concrete in Vimeo

Bare Essentials of Reinforced Concrete in Vimeo

Bare Essentials of Prestressed Concrete in Vimeo

For more information on the films and how to access please contact Tracey Stafford, CONSTRUCT Training Manager

CONSTRUCT Member CCL has further film resources on the use of post tensioned concrete slabs to view on their website.