Split-slab Waterproofing in High-load Traffic Environments

January 30, 2013

Many commercial and institutional buildings are designed for urban settings that have constrained sites where service areas are exposed to weather or wash-down are located over occupied spaces below. The design of the wearing surface over the waterproofing system, especially in a high-load traffic environment such as a loading dock, is not always well understood. Drawing on the authors’ experience both in the investigation of concrete slab failures and in the design of successful concrete topping slabs, this article presents a topping slab design method for waterproofing installations.

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