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Pieter VanderWerf: About the Author
President, Building Works


Pieter VanderWerf

Dr. Pieter VanderWerf is President of Building Works, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in new construction products. He has written six books and many articles on new concrete products and systems. His firm has advised trade associations and government agencies about the merits of alternative construction methods and materials, and assisted many companies looking to commercialize their new products. Dr. VanderWerf received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied innovative materials. For three years he also worked as Business Development Manager for the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, where he evaluated new construction products and services. As a young man he worked as a carpenter and general contractor.

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Published Articles

  • Concrete Corrosion Problems and Cures
    September/October 2011 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Pieter VanderWerf at Building Works

    Deterioration of concrete structures has plagued petrochemical production facilities. As a result of sulfur compound exposure, concrete corrodes and weakens continuously over time. The proper operation of the structure deteriorates with it until management undertakes repair or replacement of the affected sections. While the concrete degrades, productivity can be lost and product quality can suffer. The repairs undertaken can be costly. The production downtime during repairs can cost even more.


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