ICM's Aquatic Concrete Mastery: A Case Study in Structural Innovation

Pioneering Aquatic Concrete Excellence

For over three decades, International Concept Management (ICM) has been at the forefront of aquatic concrete construction, showcasing unparalleled expertise in the design and engineering of aquariums and water-retaining concrete structures. This article delves into ICM’s extensive experience and innovative practices, focusing on a case study that exemplifies their commitment to excellence in every detail.

ICM’s dedicated design and engineering division plays a pivotal role in advancing the field of aquatic concrete construction. Their meticulous approach involves providing detailed specifications, coupled with on-site supervision by the Construction and Planning Division. This collaborative effort ensures seamless structural integration and concrete phases, emphasizing best practices throughout the process.


Aquatic Concrete Mastery

The term “Aquatic Concrete” takes center stage in ICM’s repertoire—a specialized, impervious concrete designed to withstand water, saltwater, or exposure to chlorides without the need for elastomeric membranes or liners. This unique construction material boasts a low coefficient of permeability and high durability, making it ideal for use in various water-containing or water-exposed structures.

ICM’s expertise extends to a wide range of structures, including pools, vessels, channels, drain channels, skimmers, pits, salt mixing basins, and basins containing water. 

Even floor slabs, beams, or members within 30 feet of water-related elements are meticulously designed to adhere to watertight standards. Members in direct contact with water, saltwater, splashed water, or water spray—commonly termed as “splash zones”—are crafted with specific characteristics to ensure longevity and structural integrity.

Case Study: ICM's Exemplary Exhibit Tank Concrete

A notable example of ICM’s aquatic concrete prowess lies in the construction of our Typical Exhibit Tank. This particular concrete formulation features a restricted water-cementitious ratio, necessitating heightened curing requirements to ensure uniform hydration and strength gain across the entire concrete cross-section.

Given the challenging nature of marine structures, often subjected to splashing seawater, ICM employs a high-range water reducer. This strategic choice minimizes water requirements while preserving workability, especially in areas with concentrated reinforcing—a critical consideration in the construction of these awe-inspiring structures that showcase the wonders of the sea to visitors.