Giatec Award for Best Paper

We are very excited to announce the launch of our annual research paper contest! This is a great opportunity for civil-engineers to expose their research and development to a global audience of industry experts. Plus, the winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000. The "Giatec Award for Best Paper" is open to civil-engineering professors, students (undergraduate and graduate), and researchers across Canada and the U.S. Interested individuals can submit either an expository paper or a previously published article that relates to one of the following topics:

  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies for concrete
  • Concrete durability and sustainability
  • Concrete testing technology, including; thermocouples, sensors, and probes
  • Wireless concrete testing
  • Rebar corrosion of concrete
  • Electrical resistivity of concrete
  • Novel cement-based materials

Eligibility Criteria

  • Articles must be written in English
  • Articles must be a minimum of 1000 words in length
  • Articles must cover one of the topics listed above
  • Previously published articles must have been published in 2019
  • Articles must be submitted by July 31, 2020

How to Submit

Submitting is easy. Simply upload a copy of your published article below. Remember, the deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020. A winner will be announced on September 1, 2020.


Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 31, 2020
Winner announced: September 1, 2020

Share Your Research with a Global Scientific Community!

In addition to the CAD $1,000 award for the author of the winning article will:

  • Be featured on the Giatec blog, which has a global audience of 150,000 industry experts; and
  • Be shared across all of Giatec's social media channels, where we engage with 50,000+ users each month.

Getting this kind of exposure on a global scale is a huge advantage for researchers, especially students who are just beginning to grow their networks and careers.

Last Year's Winner!

Unveiling Electromechanical Behavior of Cementitious Materials for Diagnosing Health of Concrete Structures

Mo Li, Shuai Fan, & Xiaopeng Li
"Cement and Concrete Research" Volume 106, April 2018, Pages 77-90
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Synopsis
This work elucidated the effects of damage and self-healing on the frequency-dependent electrical response of strain-hardening cementitious materials. Electrical impedance spectroscopy was conducted before material cracking, during single crack opening, sequential formation of multiple microcracks, and subsequent self-healing of the microcracks. The results revealed that the material complex impedance was strongly influenced by crack opening and crack number; both changed during mechanical straining as well as the self-healing process. A new equivalent circuit model was formulated for predicting the frequency-dependent electrical response of the material during damage evolution and self-healing process. Analyzing the changes of model parameters revealed the mechanisms that contribute to the frequency-dependent electromechanical response of the material. This study generated new experimental data and analytical model coupling the electrical response with damage level in cementitious materials. The new understandings are critical for the next step of realizing damage sensing in strain-hardening cementitious materials through frequency-dependent AC measurements.

Check out the full article here

About Giatec

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