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SEPTEMBER 2019 Professional meeting

Topic: Honeycombing: Structural or Cosmetic?

Speaker: Stephanie Tsen, P.E., President of Tsen Engineering

Date: Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (lunch to be served)

Location: Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin’s J. J. Pickle Research Center (Bldg. FS1 on Pickle Research Campus).  A map of the Pickle Research Campus can be found at

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Stephanie Tsen, P.E.

is the co-founder and president of Tsen Engineering (formerly JQ+Tsen). She is an active community member in Austin—having served as President of the Pecan Springs Neighborhood Association, a Commissioner on the Community Development Commission, and a Disparity Study Ambassador for local Minority/Women-Owned Businesses. In her two-decades long career Stephanie as worked extensively with the City of Austin, Austin ISD, the State of Texas, Austin Community College, as well as numerous private clients. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the City’s continued growth and expansion through her work as a structural engineer.

Honeycombing: Structural or Cosmetic?

The jury is out amongst design engineers, contractors, owners, and concrete specialists as to whether honeycombing presents a structural issue or just a cosmetic one.  This presentation will explore the occurrence of honeycombing in concrete structural members and review two local case studies to find the answer of how the speaker determined when to consider honeycombing a structural defect or a cosmetic one. 

The presentation will discuss the following:

  • The mysterious world of concrete

  • Causes of voids in concrete commonly called honeycombing

  • Tools commonly used to chip concrete and why they are or are not appropriate

  • Repairs commonly applied and why they are or are not appropriate. Reference will be made to the ACI/ICRI Concrete Repair Manual

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